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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.

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

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    Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

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

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Origami Holiday Tree

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    New York Transit Museum's Holiday Train Show

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    Photos with Santa at Macy's

     

     

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    DIYnamite Thanksgiving Weekend

     

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    The Mistletones

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

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

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    R&R: Shabbat at the JCC

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular

     

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Black Violin

     

     

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    Chuck Amuck

     

     

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

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    New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

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    "The Art of Rise of the Guardians"

     

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    Gingerbread Adventures

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    "The Grinch's Holiday Workshop"

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Natural NYC: Scavenger Hunt

Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

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Saturday, November 24

Holiday Train Show

  • Price band: 1/4
  • 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. Until Mon Jan 19
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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 11
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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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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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DIYnamite Thanksgiving Weekend

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Skip out on Black Friday this year and head to the Newark Museum where little ones will delight in the hands-on joy of making gifts. Kids can craft beeswax candles, picture frames, castle lanterns, bath fizz and more. All ages.

  1. Newark Museum 49 Washington St, at James St, 07102
  2. Sun Nov 29
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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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R&R: Shabbat at the JCC

  • Free

Spend an afternoon of free fun with the JCC in Manhattan! While grownups enjoy activities like meditation sessions, film screenings and an cappella concerts, kids can take advantage of the JCC's rooftop playground, in addition to art projects, circle games, interactive concerts, storytelling and other activities. Plus, this week tykes can settle in for Thanksgiving Theater NYC, a modern retelling of the Turkey Day story set in the Upper West Side. All ages.

  1. JCC in Manhattan 334 Amsterdam Ave, at 76th St
  2. Until Sat Mar 15
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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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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 Sat Nov 22
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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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New York City Ballet: George Balanchine's The Nutcracker

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This Lincoln Center production is the one people have in mind when they ask, "Have you been to The Nutcracker?" The New York City Ballet's full roster of ballerinas, danseurs and musicians—plus children from the School of American Ballet—perform Balanchine's classic choreography. Princess-smitten tots are most likely to fall for the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Snow Queen, but all kids will get a kick out of the one-ton Christmas tree that "grows" onstage, and Mother Ginger, who hides little dancers under her nine-foot-wide skirt. Ages 5 and up.

  1. David H. Koch Theater (at Lincoln Center) 20 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 63rd St
  2. Until Sun Dec 30
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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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James Beard Foundation Family Chef Series

Sara Jenkins—owner and chef of restaurants Porchetta, Porsena and Veloce—shows families how to cook Italian-style meals using fresh, affordable ingredients. Tickets will be distributed one hour prior to the demonstration at the Visitor Information Desk. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Children's Museum of Manhattan 212 W 83rd St, between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway
  2. Wed Feb 19
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Gingerbread Adventures

  • Price band: 1/4

Visions of gingerbread will dance in your little one's head when she enters the Everett Children's Adventure Garden, which transforms into a gingerbread town for the holidays. Families can check out gingerbread houses designed by city bakers, then decorate their own festive version. All ages.

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd
  2. Until Wed Jan 2
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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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Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings

  • Price band: 1/4

Kids turn nature into wall art by gathering leaves, cones, pods and more from the grounds and weaving them together to form a seasonal decoration. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Wave Hill W 249th St, at Independence Ave
  2. Until Sun Nov 30
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Natural NYC: Scavenger Hunt

  • Price band: 1/4

After searching the museum for objects related to the natural world, little ones will realize that the city holds a bounty to be thankful. Ages 7 and up.

  1. DiMenna Children's History Museum 170 Central Park West, at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
  2. Sun Nov 29
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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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