Traditionally, Thanksgiving means sitting down with your family around the dinner table and enjoying turkey, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. But it doesn’t have to! NYC has a wide variety of family-friendly Thanksgiving dinner alternatives. Have a fancy Thanksgiving tea party at The Plaza, enjoy a stress-free and kid-friendly restaurant experience, or even let the kids save you the trouble and make the Thanksgiving treats themselves. Click through for 8 alternative ways to observe and celebrate Thanksgiving!

“Tykesgiving” with Nibble+squeak and Wolf+friends

Kids can make it difficult to go out and eat, as you tend to be too preoccupied with making sure they behave to enjoy yourself. Nibble+squeak and Wolf+friends sets out to change this for Thanksgiving. Enjoy a fine dining experience at the famous Ai Fiori restaurant, judgement-free. Parents are welcome to actually sit back and enjoy the food in a relaxing and friendly environment as their children are treated to a sensory retreat and activities that will keep them busy and happy. This one-of-a-kind experience has yet another perk -- children up to age 9 eat free. Now that's something to be thankful for.

$156-$220 (plus fees)/adults; $40/children over 9; free/children 0-9
Sat, Nov 18, 2017 11:00 p.m.- Sun., Nov 19, 2:00am
Ai Fiori
400 5th Ave. #2

Photo: Nibble+squeak via Facebook


Do you have a favorite alternative Thanksgiving celebration? Tell us about it in the comments! 

— Yuliya Geikhman