NYC is full of great activities for kids, and this weekend is no exception. If you’re looking for ways to teach your kids about giving back since it’s the run up to Thanksgiving, you can volunteer this weekend to clean up leaves at Madison Square Park, or help the Bayside Historical Society decorate their castle (there will be cocoa!) Or you can be one of the first to experience the holiday lights at the Bronx Zoo, something they haven’t done since 2007. All that and more round out our top weekend picks. Keep scrolling down for more details!

Photo: Max Pulsinelli (WCS – Communications)


Rooftop ice skating? Yes, please. Enjoy the skyline views while checking off this quintessential winter activity from your bucket list. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Leaf Fest
Rake, collect, and bag leaves throughout the Park in this family-friendly community event. Sat. Event Details.


17th Annual Holiday Train Show
Dazzling both children and adults alike, the Transit Museum’s display will feature Lionel trains traveling along a 34’ long, two-level, “O” gauge model train layout, departing from a miniature replica of Grand Central Terminal on their way to the North Pole. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


Bloomingdale’s Holiday Window Unveiling
Celebrate the unveiling of the iconic Bloomingdale’s holiday windows with a performance by award winning artist, John Legend. Then go inside to check out the out-of-this world activities including Ralph’s Winter Wonderland Polar Ice Lounge, a Daily Harvest Latte Counter and more! Fri. Event Details.

Yeti Set Snow
An original story and production from the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, Yet, Set, Snow! is the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti, who dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun but also the value of friendship. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Family Concert: Hopalong Andrew Band
Hear the down-home fun of Hopalong Andrew and his crackerjack band of world-class Americana musicians as they playfully adapt traditional folk songs and classic country songs to reflect city life for urban cowpokes. Sun. Event Details.


The Knights: Family Show
The Knights are known for connecting with audiences of all ages and educating while entertaining, so even if your little ones arrive sleepy, cranky, wiggly … they’re guaranteed to leave happy and inspired! Sat. Event Details.

NYTM Train Operators Workshop
Drop by the Computer Lab to take control of a NYC Subway car and operate it over virtual miles of track, using some incredibly realistic software. Sat. Event Details.


Castle Decorating
Volunteer to deck the halls and spread holiday cheer as the Bayside Historical Society decorates the Castle for the holidays. There will be cookies and cocoa for all! Sat. Event Details.

Holiday Food Science Festival
Enjoy the opening weekend of GingerBread Lane with a series of demonstrations that celebrate some of the foods, traditions and science that happens around holiday dinner tables. Each hour of the event will bring a different topic and taste for you to enjoy and maybe influence your holiday menus! Sat.-Sun. Event Details.


Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo
The zoo is bringing back the holiday tradition for the first time since 2007. The dazzling light displays will cover several acres of the zoo in a walk-through experience with wildlife-themed LED displays, custom Asian lanterns, and animated light shows on the historic Astor Court. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

NYC Winter Lantern Festival
The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is back to transform Staten Island’s Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden into a whimsical world of light.There will be over 1,000 lanterns on display, sculpted into magnificent figures of luminescent art! Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


–Jesseca Stenson

featured image: Max Pulsinelli (WCS – Communications)