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The best things to do in NYC with kids this week

Look no further for the best things to do with kids this week including festivals, concerts, museum exhibits and more.

Thanksgiving is almost here, meaning it's time to scope out your Thankgiving pies and put the best Thanksgiving weekend events for kids in your calendar. See below for our favorite events happening this week!

Things to do with kids, November 24–28

1

Grand Central Holiday Train Show

  • Free

While you’re exploring the New York Transit Museum, be sure to visit its vintage Lionel Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains displayed on a 34-foot long, two-level “O” gauge model train layout through February. Kids will love checking out a miniature Grand Central Terminal and seeing vintage Lionel ads from the 1930s.

  1. Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse 42nd St to 44th St, between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 22
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2

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

You'll get a kick out of this holiday stalwart, which—after 86 years—still features Santa, wooden soldiers and the leggy, spunky Rockettes. In recent years, new music, more eye-catching costumes, and advanced technology were introduced to bring audience members closer to the performance, including last year's debut, a number called "Snow", in which the decor, costumes and technology transform the stage into a white wonderland. All ages.

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 31
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3

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, 10458
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Mon Jan 19
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4

Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: Assembled Realities

Little New Yorkers will love seeing their world in a new light through this captivating exhibit. More than 40 large-scale panoramic photos by Taiwanese artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao depict iconic NYC landmarks—like Coney Island and the Flatiron Building—with brilliant color and fantastical perspective. Each photo is composed of multiple exposures taken over the course of several hours, resulting in dynamic images that could never be captured by a single shot (or the human eye alone). Head to the Museum of the City of New York on Nov 11th or 30th for Boroughrama, a hands-on collage-crafting program for kids and families inspired by the exhibit. All ages.

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Feb 15
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5

"Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters"

  • Price band: 2/4

If Hurricane Sandy has taught New Yorkers anything, it's that no one is safe from the forces of nature. Though we often hear news of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis obliterating areas around the world, many were shocked that a place like NYC could be hit by such a massive storm. Now families can learn more about these natural disasters through an interactive exhibit that lets kids bone up on the geological causes, the risks to humans, coping in the aftermath and how to predict future destruction. Hands-on activities invite visitors to monitor earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulate an earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand at the center of a roaring tornado and check out an interactive map of NYC during the hurricane in 2012. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Aug 9
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6

Origami Holiday Tree

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Around 1,000 handmade origami ornaments adorn the holiday season's craftiest Christmas tree. This year's theme is "Night at the Museum," inspired by the institution's supercool sleepovers and the films in which museum artifacts, characters and exhibits come to life. Kids should keep their eyes peeled for baubles representing a mischevious monkey, an Easter Island Moai figure and Teddy Roosevelt on horseback. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 11
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7

Handmade: Artists' Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art

  • Price band: 1/4

Nothing spreads holiday cheer quite like a homemade gift. Crafty kids can get inspired by the pros at this special seasonal exhibit at The Morgan Library & Museum. Gather cardmaking inspiration from the display of nearly 60 personal, handmade greeting cards created by major modern and contemporary artists for their loved ones. The collection includes cards made by painter Helen Frankenthaler, sculptor Alexander Calder and cartoonist Saul Steinberg, among others. On Nov. 22nd from 2pm–4pm, kids can make their own festive creations just in time for the holidays in a workshop run by educator and artist Stephanie Krause. Ages 6–12.

  1. The Morgan Library & Museum 225 Madison Ave, at 36th St
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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8

Eloise at the Plaza Workshops

  • Price band: 3/4

The arrival of November means the holiday season is truly in full swing—celebrate with a host of festive Eloise-themed events at the Plaza. Whether you choose a beginner ballet class (Nov 11, 1–2pm), a pasta-making lesson (Nov 11, 3–4pm), a holiday etiquette course (Nov 14, 4–5:30pm) or a "Rawther Fancy" flower aranging class (Nov 25, 4–5pm), your little lady is sure to be delighted. Most events include expert instruction, refreshments and a favor. Reservations required.

  1. Eloise at the Plaza One W 58th St, at Fifth Ave
  2. Tue Nov 25
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9

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Head to the Upper West Side (beginning at 79th Street and Columbus Avenue near the Museum of Natural History) on Thanksgiving Eve to watch as the balloons for the Turkey Day parade transform from piles of wilted fabric into floating giants for their big trek through midtown. Kids are sure to gaze in amazement as their favorite balloons- like Spider-Man, Pikachu and Paddington- come to life. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Wed Nov 26
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10

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the 88th 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. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route visit macys.com/parade. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Thu Nov 27
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11

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

  • Critics choice
  • Free

For the 88th 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. Begins at W 77th St and Central Park West; for the complete parade route visit macys.com/parade. All ages.

  1. Manhattan
  2. Until Thu Nov 27
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12

Henri Bendel holiday windows

  • Critics choice
  • Free

This year, the luxury department store invites holiday shoppers to gaze upon intricate window displays centered around an enchanted secret garden. The main window's brushed gold gate intertwined with ivy lures New Yorkers to explore the lush greenery, cobblestones and fountains that lie beyond. Keep an eye out for Bendel's own Louise the Elephant, and continue inside to view a two-story birch tree hung with giant ornaments in the store atrium.

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Thu Jan 1
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13

The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess

On its newest touring production, the arts nonprofit New York City Children's Theater (formerly Making Books Sing) has teamed up with well-known children's musician Laurie Berkner to turn the book Harvey the Child Mime into an original musical. The imaginative story, written by Barbara Zinn Krieger, stars Harvey, an ordinary kid who accidentally ends up on Pink Mountain Island in the company of a princess and her royal family. Set to upbeat, original music, the tale invites families to follow along as Harvey teaches the princess about fun and togetherness. Ages 3 to 8.

  1. Theater Three 311 W 43rd St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves, third floor, 10036
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Dec 7
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14

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

  • Price band: 2/4

Based on the children’s book series by Jane O’Connor, this new holiday musical tells the story of Nancy, who loves all things posh and glamorous. When her plan to decorate the Christmas tree with her brand-new sparkly tree topper doesn't exactly work out as planned, she has to find a way to accept that Christmas can still be splendiferous. Ages 3 to 10.

  1. Vital Children’s Theatre 2162 Broadway, at 76th St, fourth floor
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Sun Jan 4
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15

Macy's Santaland

  • Price band: 1/4

Head up to the eighth floor of the Herald Square behemoth for 13,000 sqare feet of holiday cheer, igloos, an enchanted forest, ice-skating penguins, a chorus of teddy bears and of course, Santa Claus' abode, where his elves will escort little ones up to the man in red.Though visiting this Christmas wonderland won't cost you much, the trip will be a time commitment. Families can expect to wait 90 minutes or more on a weekend afternoon to visit with old Saint Nick—just enough time for your little one to make his own list and check it twice (or a few more times). All ages.

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Fri Nov 28 - Wed Dec 24
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