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Thanksgiving-themed events for New York City kids

Craft cornhusk dolls, sing songs about Turkey Day and listen to book readings about the origin of the holiday at these Thanksgiving-themed events.

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From watching animals at the Staten Island Zoo enjoy their own feast to learning about the history of the holiday, these Turkey Day-themed events teach kids about the significance of Thanksgiving.

Cathedral Pilgrims: A Thanksgiving Workshop

  • Price band: 1/4

After finding inspiration in a tale about Thanksgiving, tots will play a hands-on role in the Turkey Day celebration as they craft cornhusk dolls, turkey hats and more. Ages 4 and up.

  1. Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine 1047 Amsterdam Ave, at 112th St
  2. Sat Nov 21
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Astrograss Thanksgiving Hoedown

  • Price band: 1/4

Though not often a holiday connected with music, Thanksgiving gives us plenty to sing about. Join bluegrass wonders Astrograss as they serenade the Living Room with Turkey Day-inspired tunes. You'll hear songs about eating, table manners, and American history. And with the band leading instrument demonstrations, sing-alongs and a dance contest, it's impossible not to get in the holiday spirit. All ages.

  1. The Living Room 154 Ludlow St, between Rivington and Stanton Sts, 10002
  2. Sun Nov 22
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Kids 'N Comedy: Thanks, I Guess?

  • Price band: 1/4

Giving thanks is an important part of the Thanksgiving tradition, but what about those things we're not so grateful for? Stop by and listen to hilarious local teens churn out jokes about that certain subway smell, talking animals, and other topics sure to be ignored at the Thanksgiving dinner table. Ages 9 and up.

  1. Gotham Comedy Club 208 W 23rd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Sun Nov 22
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

For the 86th year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will usher in the holiday season with familiar sights like giant balloons, high-kicking Rockettes and Santa’s sleigh, plus celebrity appearances. New balloons to keep an eye out for include Elf on a Shelf and characters from the popular children's network Sprout.

  1. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route visit macys.com/parade.
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