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Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend in NYC 2012

Turkey Day may be over, but there are plenty of Thanksgiving events in New York City to keep families entertained over the long weekend.

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & the Masters of Studio Ghibli

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Origami Holiday Tree

  • Photograph: Jael Marschner

    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    "Holiday Express: Toys and Trains of the Jerni Collection"

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Turkey Be Gone Hike

     

     

  • Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Free Family Movie Night at the Moxie Spot

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    MoMA Art Lab: People

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    NYBG Holiday Train Show

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular

     

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical

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    New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Chuck Amuck

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Family Bowl

     

     

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Tortoise and the Hare"

     

  • Photograph: Colin Brennen

    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Black Violin

     

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    iLuminate: Artist of Light

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    "The Art of Rise of the Guardians"

     

  • Photograph: Kirby Tidwell

    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    NYBG Gingerbread Adventures: House by Cake Power and Baked Ideas

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    The Grinch's Holiday Workshop at CMOM

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Caring is Squaring

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    E.T. "Communicator" and Film Screenings

Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & the Masters of Studio Ghibli


The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and Thanksgiving dinner are over, but there are still tons of Thanksgiving events to be thankful for this weekend. We've put together a list of our favorite activities taking place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday including festive train shows, storytelling workshops, hands-on holiday crafts and other Thanksgiving events. Happy holidays!

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Friday, November 23

Castles in the Sky: Miyazaki, Takahata & the Masters of Studio Ghibli

  • Price band: 1/4

This comprehensive retrospective of the Japanese animation studio best known for Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro was so popular during its run last winter that IFC has brought it back for another go-round. The fest runs through Dec 20. Visit ifccenter.com/series/castles-in-the-sky-miyazaki-takahata-the-masters-of-studio-ghibli for more information. All ages.

  1. IFC Center 323 Sixth Ave, at 3rd St
  2. Until Thu Dec 20
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Origami Holiday Tree

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

More than 500 handmade origami ornaments adorn the holiday season's craftiest Christmas tree. This year's theme is "Museum’s Collections," so keep your eyes peeled for baubles representing exhibits and creatures from the AMNH’s trove, including lemurs, spiders, monkeys and even crows. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St
  2. Until Sun Jan 12
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"Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Take a journey back in time as you peruse this vintage collection of European toys and trains. In the premiere museum exhibition of the Jerni collection, a display of model trains, bridges, carousels and Ferris wheels, as well as the first ever model of an elevated train station, creates a diorama populated by figurines in colorful 19th-century garb. All toys are hand-crafted and hand-painted, giving each piece a unique flair. All ages.

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Until Sun Jan 27
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Turkey Be Gone Hike

  • Free

Walk off yesterday's turkey and stuffing with a two-hour hike through the woods of Staten Island's Greenbelt. The park's educators will also lead hikers to the historic LaTourette house for a brief rest during the walk. Ages 8 and up.

  1. Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Ave, at Brielle Ave
  2. Fri Nov 28
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Sing Along with Patrick!

  • Free

Little ones sing and shake away their Thanksgiving dinner with kid-oriented musician Patrick Raftery, who will lead songs about animals, the outdoors and the winter season. All ages.

  1. Greenbelt Nature Center 700 Rockland Ave, at Brielle Ave
  2. Until Fri Nov 23
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MoMA Art Lab: People

  • Price band: 1/4

This recently-unveiled interactive space at the MoMA allows visitors to explore movement of the human body through art, digital play, and other creative activities. Kids can create a self-portrait using Fresh Paint, a new Microsoft app, put on a shadow puppet show, and work on a collaborative "exquisite corpse" wall drawing. All ages.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Until Sat Aug 31
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Holiday Train Show

  • Critics choice

Some 150 landmarks featured in NYBG's popular diorama are made entirely out of plant-based materials such as twigs and acrons. Little locomotives zip along their tracks against a backdrop of diminutive sights that kids should recognize, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty among them. Tickets must be purchased in advance. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Sun Nov 16 - Wed Dec 31
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Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 3/4

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. Last year, new music, more eye-catching costumes and advanced technology (think 3-D film elements, a video game-inspired sequence and LED backdrops) were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance. This year, as the precision-dance troupe celebrates its 85th anniversary, the show incorporates a nod to the past—a costume retrospective showcasing the Rockettes' ensembles through the decades, from flowing 1930s dresses to Space Age helmet-and-pearl getups to perky pre-millenial attire. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Until Mon Dec 30
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Photos with Santa at Macy's

  • Price band: 2/4

Twinkling lights, faux snow and elf helpers fill the shop's Santaland. Of course, St. Nick's there too. Kids gab about gifts and receive a free treat. Visit on a weekday to avoid long waits. All ages.

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Mon Dec 24
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New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Even your littlest tyke will feel like a giant while wandering around the 34-foot-long display, festooned with miniature versions of city landmarks like the Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building. Watch as Lionel model trains travel over the river (the East River, to be exact) and through the woods to reach their final destination, the north pole. Free. All ages.

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Until Sun Feb 23
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Chuck Amuck

  • Price band: 1/4

Chuck Jones may have been a Hollywood legend, but one of his greatest creations (namely, Bugs Bunny) was born in a Brooklyn warren and spoke with distinctly New York inflections. At BAM's centennial celebration of the legendary animator, little cartoon fans will meet the borough's notorious rabbit as well as the whole Warner Bros. crew (think Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote) in a rapid-fire screening of Looney Tunes shorts. A selection of live-action films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Looney Tunes: Back in Action, complement the cartoons by showing the extent of Jones' influence. All ages.

  1. BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave, between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St, 11217
  2. Until Mon Nov 26
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Family Bowl

  • Price band: 2/4

Bring your brood to the Brooklyn bowling alley the day after Thanksgiving and see if you can roll a turkey, then refuel with a Blue Ribbon brunch. All ages.

  1. Brooklyn Bowl 61 Wythe Ave, at North 11th St
  2. Fri Nov 28
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"The Ugly Duckling" and "The Tortoise and the Hare"

  • Price band: 2/4

Kids familiar with these two classic tales won't remember them quite like this. Using glow-in-the-dark props and puppets formed from electroluminescent wire, Corbian Arts and Dance and Light Wire Theater present these stories in a magical way, set to a blend of classic and modern music. Ages 3 and up.

  1. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts 566 La Guardia Pl, at Washington Sq South
  2. Until Sun Nov 25
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Black Violin

  • Price band: 2/4

Violin virtuosos Kev and Wil B are back at the New Vic, where they last played to sold-out crowds in 2009. This time, their funky blend of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R&B is accompanied by cello, drums and a DJ. Listen up for new tunes, classic faves and pop covers that are sure to appeal, whether your kid is into Jay-Z or J.S. Bach. Plus, during opening weekend families are encouraged to bring blankets, flashlights and cleaning supplies, which the theater will donate to local aid organizations; meanwhile, in the lower lobby, little ones can craft holiday cards bearing messages of cheer for hurricane victims. Ages 6 and up.

  1. New Victory Theater 209 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Until Sun Nov 25
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iLuminate: Artist of Light

  • Price band: 3/4

America's Got Talent dance crew iLuminate brings their light-up suits and jaw-dropping dance moves to a new stage with their show, "Artist of Light." Through multimedia projections, light and movement, "Artist of Light" tells the story of Jacob, a young artist whose magical paintbrush is stolen by a bully. Jacob must fight to save his town without the help of his lucky tool. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Duke on 42nd Street 229 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Wed Aug 20 - Sun Sep 7
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"The Art of Rise of the Guardians"

  • Price band: 1/4

The Museum of the Moving Image teams up with DreamWorks Animation Studios to present "The Art of Rise of the Guardians," a behind-the-scenes look at the creative forces behind the upcoming movie. Focusing on the artistic and technical process of the film's creators, the exhibit features sketches, animation artifacts like masks and fabric, and exclusive footage from inside the studio. The movie itself won't hit theaters till November 21, but you can catch a special advanced screening ($15) on November 10 and 11 as the museum kicks off its retrospective of the DreamWorks Animation catalogue. The Saturday screening will be introduced by director Peter Ramsey and special guests. Other films showcased in the retrospective include Shrek (Nov. 23, 24, 25; 1pm), Madagascar (Dec. 8, 9; 1pm) and the first DreamWorks animated feature, Antz (Dec. 1, 2; 1pm). Check the musuem's website for a detailed screening schedule. All ages.

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St
  2. Sun Mar 3
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"The Grinch's Holiday Workshop"

At CMOM's latest interactive exhibit, kids immerse themselves in the world of Dr. Seuss's The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, meeting facsimilies of Cindy-Lou Who and all the Whos down in Whoville, plus the adorable dog Max and his (initially) repugnant owner, the Grinch himself. In addition to a scavenger hunt and sleigh-driving, children can take part in various themed workshops throughout the run of the show, from Halloween mischief and Seuss storytimes to Who-Ville Mad Libs, arts and crafts, a community mural and even a cooking demonstration in honor of Thanksgiving. The book's core message that goodwill toward all is what the holidays are all about is reinforced at every turn. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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Caring is Squaring

  • Price band: 1/4

Budding artists create their own squares of decorative fabric, which teaching artist Cecilia de Corral will piece together into a series of collaborative quilts for families impacted by the superstorm. All ages.

  1. Children's Museum of the Arts 103 Charlton St, between Hudson and Greenwich Sts
  2. Until Fri Dec 21
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E.T. "Communicator" and Film Screenings

  • Price band: 1/4

In the 1982 classic movie, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" the friendly alien creates a device using household objects (Speak 'n Spell, anyone?) to communicate with his home planet. Though the movie was set in California, a New Jersey company created an exact replica of the device after the film was released—a device that now resides in the Newark Museum. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of "E.T. " by checking out the creation and catching a screening of the movie (Nov 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 25 at 2pm). After each screening, a raffle gives audience members the chance to win a Blue-Ray DVD of the movie. All ages.

  1. Newark Museum 49 Washington St, at James St, 07102
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Harvest Collage

  • Price band: 1/4

Celebrate the fall season by decorating paper cutouts of colorful and tasty fruits and veggies with glitter glue. Ages 4 and under.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
  2. Until Sun Nov 25
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  2. Saturday, November 24
  3. Sunday, November 25

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