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!

Thanksgiving mini-chef camp with Taste Buds Kitchen

Who says you have to do all the Thanksgiving dinner prep? Thanks to Taste Buds Kitchen's children's cooking classes, kids can learn how to lend a hand in the kitchen. This Thanksgiving-themed cooking lesson is geared towards kids ages 4-8, and will include instruction on how to put together a mini-Thanksgiving feast. Kids will make "Stuffin' Muffins", turkey cupcakes, and sweet potato fries with the help of an experienced staff.

$195 for 2 days, or $100 per day
Wed. Nov. 22 and Fri. Nov. 24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Taste Buds Kitchen
109 W 27th St. 10th Fl.
(212) 242-2248

Photo: Taste Buds Kitchen via Facebook


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

— Yuliya Geikhman