Don’t plan on spending your entire weekend shopping those Black Friday deals – there’s lots of fun family events on the agenda, too. From ways to get outside and burn off all of that stuffing and pie to holiday kickoff celebrations, read on to discover six great activities happening this weekend.



Storytelling Walk in Central Park
The Urban Park Rangers are hosting a special storytime in Central Park. The organization focuses on the theory that kids who spend time outside develop strong imaginations and earn to socialize better with others. So brave the chill today and enjoy a story with a side of nature. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Upper East Side. Free. All ages. Event details.


Tree Lighting Ceremony at South Street Seaport
Live musical performances are planned (but not yet announced) for this lighting event. Plus, get ready to channel your inner ice dancer as the brand new outdoor ice skating rink opens on November 29th as well. Fri., 6 p.m. South Street Seaport. Free. All ages. Event details.

Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train Live
All of your favorite Dinosaur Train characters (giant King or teeny Tiny anyone?) will be live on stage for this prehistoric performance. The Jim Henson Company is producing the show while director and co-writer, John Tartaglia has some serious puppetry skills (Avenue Q and Shrek the Musical) under his belt. Get ready to show of your dino dancing skills and roars – this is going to be a great ride. Fri., Sat., & Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Greenwich Village. $22-$49. Ages 3+Event details.


Little Laffs Variety Show for Kids
You’ve gotta love a Sunday morning activity that includes a Bloody Mary or Mimosa in the ticket price for you. You’re welcome. What’s in it for the kids? A variety show packed with juggling, balloon art, music, comedy and more. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Carroll Gardens. $5/kids, $10/adults, $25/family. Ages 3-9Event details.

Twelve Birds of Christmas
Go on a guided walk in Prospect Park led by an expert from the Brooklyn Bird Club to spot some common birds that don’t fly South for the winter. This walk is appropriately timed at the busiest birding hour of the day. Sun., 8 a.m. Prospect Park. Free. Ages 3 and olderEvent details.

Staten Island

After Thanksgiving Day Hike
Feeling stuffed after yesterday’s meal? Head to Greenbelt park for the 10th Annual After Thanksgiving Hike led by Greenbelt educators. This 2-hour hike, which includes a quick stop at the LaTourette house, is suitable for older kids – or parents who are happy toting babies and toddlers on their backs. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.orgFri., 10 a.m. Staten Island. Free. Ages 0-2 and 8+Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned this weekend?

— Julie Seguss

Image courtesy of  Sharon Mollerus via Flickr