There’s so much more going on this weekend around the city; it’s not ALL about that famous parade. (Although it is a NYC institution!) Celebrate Harvest Time at Wave Hill, learn about the history of Thanksgiving and the city, or get a jump on your holiday shopping at this local bazaar. If you’re looking for something to do on Turkey Day, check out these. Need some more inspiration? See the rest of our family fun event picks by scrolling down!

Photo: Joshua Bright


Gingerbread House Workshops
Parent and child pairs work together to design and decorate their very own Gingerbread House. Enjoy the endless decorating options, from frosted candy roofs to pretzel picket fences, and cheerful holiday tunes while sipping hot chocolate and experiencing quality family time. Fri.-Sun. Event Details.


NYC Turkey Trot 15k and 5k
New York City – are you ready to run? Each participant gets a comfy fleece pullover and is greeted at the finish line with warm, gooey cinnamon rolls! Sat. Event Details.


Thanksgiving Weekend Celebration
Celebrate family during Thanksgiving weekend at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. Add your plate to the community dinner table art installation, design a float for the Thanksgiving Day parade, and dance in workshops with Thunderbird American Indian Dancers or Steps on Broadway. Fri-Sun. Event Details.

A Time of Thanks
Learn about the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday in New York City and the traditions that have emerged such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Get thoughtful about what you are thankful for and create a tree of gratitude to bring home with you! Fri. Event Details.


Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
The 5th edition of Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is bigger than ever. This annual showcase of the best of Brooklyn is bringing together an amazing weekend for the whole family, featuring 60+ handpicked top-notch makers, awesome food, complimentary drinks, free craft activities for the littles, gift wrapping, live DJ, a professional photo booth and more good times for the whole family. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Historic New York: Colonial Cooking
Fort Greene, Brooklyn, holds an important place in the history of the Colonies and the American Revolution. Learn about the traditions of colonial cooking and the people who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago. Sat. Event Details.


Thanksgiving Recess Family Workshops
Young visitors will be inspired to create cooking-related projects from such on-screen culinary greats as Remy from Ratatouille and the Swedish Chef from the Muppets. Projects will include personalized chef hats, food animation, and more! Fri-Sun. Event Details.

A Very Electric Christmas
This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight. Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young bird named Max and his family head South for the winter. Find out what happens next in this one of a kind show. Sun. Event Details.


Family Art Project: Natural Weavings for Harvest Time
Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

Staten Island

Winter Wonderland Staten Island
Winter Wonderland Staten Island is the premiere fully immersive holiday experience for locals and tourists alike. The event will feature ice-skating, rides, games, a 34-vendor holiday market, and a festive, family friendly atmosphere. Sat.-Sun. Event Details.

What are you most thankful for this year? Tell us about it in the comments!

— Jesseca Stenson