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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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    Literally Alive's A Christmas Carol

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    Winter on a Flatbush Farm

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    New York Youth Symphony

     

  • 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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    The Free Marketplace

     

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Arty Facts

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular

     

     

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    Angelina Ballerina: The Very Merry Holiday Musical

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    DIYnamite Thanksgiving Weekend

     

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    The Mistletones

     

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Chuck Amuck

  • Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

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

     

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    Black Violin

     

     

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    "The Art of Rise of the Guardians"

     

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    "The Grinch's Holiday Workshop"

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    Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

    Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings

     

Thanksgiving events on Thanksgiving weekend

Literally Alive's A Christmas Carol

Sunday, November 25

A Christmas Carol

  • Price band: 2/4

Literally Alive Children's Theatre presents a musical twist on the classic holiday tale about a Christmas-hating grouch whose bah-humbug life is transformed by a visit from three Christmas ghosts. During Saturday and Sunday morning performances, arrive an hour early for a free preshow art workshop. Ages 5 and up.

  1. Players Theatre 115 MacDougal St, at Minetta Ln
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Tue Dec 30
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Fall Harvest: Apples vs. Pumpkins

  • Price band: 2/4

Send off the fall season with a last hurrah of autumn-centric fun. Kids can sample apple and pumpkin-flavored treats while parents indulge in a seasonal cocktail. Then dance while a DJ rocks the turntables, and witness a live debate between an apple and a pumpkin to determine who is the king (or queen) of fall. All ages.

  1. Hudson Terrace 621 W 46th St, between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves
  2. Sun Nov 30
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New York Youth Symphony 50th Anniversary Celebration

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Plan an affordable cultural outing for your brood as the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra opens its 50th season. Talented youngsters perform melodies including Shostakovich's Festive Overture; Dvorak's Symphony No. 9, "From the New World"; and the world premiere of Gabriel Zucker's Universal at Midnight, featuring the NYYS jazz ensemble. Ages 10 and up.

  1. Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Until Sun Nov 25
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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. Mon Nov 24 - Sun Jan 11
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The Free Marketplace

  • Critics choice
  • Free

You won't want to miss the launch of this new Brooklyn-based market featuring live music from Adrian Grenier's Wreckroom Records, interactive workshops, artisan vendors and gourmet food trucks. And with a special area just for families featuring kid-friendly activities (like yoga and crafts), healthy treats and stroller parking, holiday shopping has never been easier. The market will also be collecting non-perishable food items and warm clothing for Far Rockaway and Coney Island families affected by Hurricane Sandy. All ages.

  1. FreeCandy 905 Atlantic Ave, at St. James Pl
  2. Until Sun Apr 28
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Family Stories at the Center: Young Historians

  • Price band: 1/4

A historical figure from the Center's archives will come to life and guide kids through the process of interviewing a family member about their past. Expert videographers and storytellers will be on hand to capture conversations between you and your little genealogist. Each family will recieve a recording in a private link.All ages.

  1. Center for Jewish History/Yeshiva University Museum 15 W 16th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves
  2. Sun Nov 30
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Arty Facts

  • Price band: 1/4

In November, tots and their guardians are treated to a tour of the collections, with an emphasis on the use of light in art. A family activity and an art-making session round out the day. Please note that children younger than four or older than seven (yes, even siblings) are not permitted to join in. Ages 4 to 7.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Sun Nov 30 - Sun May 17
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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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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. Mon Nov 24 - Mon Jan 19
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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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DIYnamite Thanksgiving Weekend

  • Price band: 1/4

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 30
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The Mistletones

  • Free

What better way to get the little ones in the holiday spirit than to listen to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Frosty the Snowman" in front of the Seaport's big tree? Known as the The Mistletones, this alternative caroling group prides themselves on their hipster-chic fashion sense and expertly sung a capella. All ages.

  1. South Street Seaport 19 Fulton St, at Front St
  2. Until Sun Dec 29
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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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"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 Sat Nov 22
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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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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. Sat Nov 29 - 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 30
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