Gingerbread houses have all the elements of a fun family activity for the holidays: messy, fun, creativity, candy. Sure, you can grab a kit from Trader Joe’s (no judgement; it’s a fun one), but several places around town can help you up your gingerbread game. Plus: a ginormous gingerbread city that’s a must-see for the holidays. Read on for ginger-tastic destinations!

photo: New York Hall of Science

GingerBread Lane at the New York Hall of Science 
The big game in town — nay, the world — when it comes to gingerbread houses is at GingerBread Lane, located at the New York Hall of Science. (The massive display is routinely named the largest gingerbread village in the Guinness Book.)

The exhibit is included in the price of admission to the Hall, and visitors can marvel at homemade gingerbread houses made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing, and candy. The houses are drafted, designed, baked, planned, built and decorated by creator Jon Lovitch over the course of an entire year.

Gingerbread Workshops with a transit twist 
The New York Hall of Science offers gingerbread workshops in conjunction with the impressive exhibit. GingerBread Lane workshops will take visitors to the road, track, and water with all of the fixings to design a truly sweet car, boat or train. Each participant will receive a kit with all of the materials that Chef Jon Lovitch uses to create his GingerBread Lane exhibit: gingerbread pieces, icing, and candy. $15 per kit, plus NYSCI admission. Workshops happen throughout the run of the exhibit. Click here to to see dates and times. 

And then — they give it away!
On January 15, you can take home a piece of GingerBread Lane. Gingerbread houses from the exhibit will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis until every piece of GingerBread Lane is gone. Bring a box or bag (flat-bottomed shopping bags or paper grocery bags work best) to carry your gingerbread loot home.

Giveaway is from 2 – 5 pm; line starts at 1 pm.

47-01 111th St.
Corona
Flushing Meadows
718-699-0005
Online: nysci.org

photo: Taste Buds Kitchen

Gingerbread House Workshop at Taste Buds Kitchen
The Gingerbread House Workshop is the signature offering for the season at Taste Buds Kitchen. Kids ages 2 to 8 are joined by a caregiver to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House using all the frosting, pretzels, and candy it can handle. As you craft your confection in the “Winter Wonderland Kitchen” the holiday vibe is strong, with seasonal tunes and hot chocolate on tap.
Cost: $75 per child w/one caregiver included
Nov 24-Dec 27
109 w. 27th St.
212-242-2248
Online: tastebudskitchen.com

Gingerbread House Decorating at The Plaza (with Eloise)
The Plaza is offering four chances to make a gingerbread house a la Eloise this December. Kids ages four and up can create a mahvelous house while sipping pink hot chocolate and eating assorted sweets. They’ll then write a letter to Eloise and finally enjoy a story about one of Eloise’s many adventures. Each child will go home with a favor and receive a $10 store credit to use at the Eloise store on the day of the event.

Tickets: $100 per person
Tues., Dec. 5, 4-5 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 10, noon – 1 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 16, Noon – 1 p.m., Tues., Dec. 18, Noon – 1 p.m.
The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue and Central Park West
212-759-3000
Online: theplazany.com

Ginger-mania at SHASTYE Art Gallery and Play Space
Astoria spot for creativity and play of all kinds SHASTYE is hosting festive gingerbread house making this December.  Each child will be given a gingerbread house and a variety of candy  and icing to go to town with. Heads up: Santa Claus will also be available for a mini photo session with kids, however purchase is not required. Three separate sessions are available.

Tickets: $65
Sat., Dec.16, 10-11:30am; Noon-1:30pm, and 2-3:30pm.
Astoria Play Space SHASTYE Art Gallery
26-16 23rd Ave.
Astoria
Online: eventbrite.com

photo: via Bambino Chef Facebook page  

Bambino Chef
Jersey City’s culinary spot for kids is hosting several gingerbread house workshops this December. Got a December birthday to celebrate or entertaining a crowd? They do private gingerbread house workshops as well!

Tickets: $48
Sat., Dec. 9, 11 a.m., 5 p.m.; Sun., Dec 10, 11 a.m., Sun., Dec 17, 4 p.m.

213 Newark Ave.
Jersey City, Nj
201-333-9090
Online: bambinochef.com

Do you have a favorite spot for making gingerbread houses? Tell us in the comments below! 

— Mimi O’Connor