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 With the Beasts

Instead of eating animals this Thanksgiving, stop by the Staten Island zoo and eat with the animals. Join the SI zoo's annual Thanksgiving With the Beasts program for some family fun with the zoo's beloved furry residents. Kids will join zookeepers in preparing a special Thanksgiving feast for the animals. The festivities will also include a performance of traditional Native American music, dance, and stories by the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe.

$15/adult, $6/child 3-14, free/2 and under
Nov. 18, 12-3 p.m.
Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway
Staten Island


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

— Yuliya Geikhman