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Thanksgiving activities for kids during the holiday weekend

Staying in town over the holiday? We've got the scoop on the best Thanksgiving activities for kids of all age

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There's more on the menu this Thanksgiving than turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes. After working off that epic meal on one of our favorite hiking trails for families in NYC, checking out the bestfall foliage and catching the Macy's Day Parade balloon inflation, keep the tots entertained all holiday weekend long with our rundown of the best Thanksgiving activities for kids. From musical performances to arts & crafts projects, our list is chock-full of fun family events throughout the city that will keep your crew busy between feasting on yummy Thanksgiving leftovers. Now get out there and earn your turkey-induced nap!

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Holiday weekend Thanksgiving events for kids

New York Historical Society Living History Days: Thanksgiving Weekend

History lovers can go back in time- specifically, to Valley Forge in the winter of 1777- at this two-day New York Historical Society event. Kids will meet battle-ready members of the Third New Jersey Regiment, a living history troop, and their commander, Colonel Elias Dayton. They'll get an up-close look at the soliders' historical gear and join them for drills. All ages.

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The Annual Post-Thanksgiving Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour

Spend Black Friday exploring the various cultures of the Lower East Side through a turkey-burning, tastebud-tingling tour. Tots can sample 10 different Jewish, Italian, Chinese and Dominican treats and snacks at outdoor markets while learning about different ethnicities and their histories. Meet at the southwest corner of Essex and Delancey Sts in front of Chase Bank. Ages 5 and up.

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Mummenshanz's The Musicians of Silence

Kids will be in awe of this critically acclaimed theater group's imaginative use of light and shadows in The Musicians of Silence. The show will incorporate both new creations and audience favorites.

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"Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked the World"

Come discover the evolution of this rockin' instrument through the centuries. Kids can rock out to their own music while using playables. Also, get a closer look at the world's largest guitar and the world's oldest electric guitar. Are you a fan of rock music? Then you'll enjoy the exhibit's display of guitars autographed and owned by icons in music. All ages.

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Fall Harvest and Husk

Long before the borough of Manhattan was populated by 1.6 million New Yorkers, it was inhabited by the Lenape Indian tribe, who called it 'Mannahatta.' Kids can explore the history of the island and its original residents at this fall-themed exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. They'll learn what the Lenape ate, where they lived, what they wore and how they survived the elements. Then, kids will make their own corn-husk dolls to celebrate the harvest season. No RSVP required.

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