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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

Here are the absolute best things to do with kids this week! Families can do everything from visiting the Big Apple Circus to planning the ultimate Thanksgiving for kids in the next five days...what are your plans?

For more things to do, check out our favorite 101 things to do with kids in New York City and our favorite free things to do with kids, too.

Things to do with kids Nov 23–27


Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation

Critics' pick

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 Hello Kitty, Sponge Bob and Spider-Man- come to life. All ages.

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Until Wed Nov 25

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Critics' pick

For the 89th 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.

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Thursday November 26 2015

Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot

Register early for this popular pre-feast race in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Walkers are welcome on the five-mile course, which starts on Center Drive and winds up near the Lakeside Center. If the promise of a hearty Thanksgiving meal isn't motivation enough, the first three male and female finishers win holiday pies.

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26 Nov 2015

Macy's Santaland

Head up to the eighth floor of the Herald Square behemoth for 13,000 square 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.

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Macy's Herald Square , Midtown West Friday November 27 2015 - Thursday December 24 2015

Mimirichi presents Paper World

The Ukrainian pantomime troupe Mimirichi present their brand-new show in which they construct an enormous house of paper and tear it down with the help of the audience. Three clown performers engage the audience in a stage show combining improvisation, live music and slapstick comedy. All ages.

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Theater for the New City , East Village Until Sunday November 29 2015

Grand Central Holiday Train Show

Feast your eyes on this train display featuring vintage Lionel Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains leaving a miniature Grand Central Terminal on a 34-foot-long two-level "O" gauge model train layout. Guests can check out model Lionel trains from the museum's collection as well as old-school Lionel advertisements from the 1930s. All ages.

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Grand Central Terminal, Main Concourse , Midtown East Until Sunday February 21 2016

“The Discovery of King Tut”

Archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tut almost 100 years ago and now kids will get the opportunity to experience the excavation firsthand. This exhibition provides visitors with an in-depth look at the tomb of famed boy-king, Tutankhamun. Featuring replicas and reconstructions of the burial goods found in the tomb—created by Egyptian craftsmen and Egyptologists—the exhibition will make kids feel as if they’ve traveled 3,000 years back in time. Guests can go on an audio tour based on Howard Carter’s diaries, video documentaries, extensive texts and object descriptions. Additionally, the exhibition will include a series of lectures by Egyptologists and a gallery dedicated to the relationship between New York and King Tut. All ages.

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Premier Exhibitions 5th Avenue Until Sunday May 1 2016

School of Rock The Musical

Practice your “bass face” and get ready for some killer guitar solos—a rockin’ new musical based on the 2003 feature film School of Rock makes its Broadway debut in November! The show follows Dewey Finn, a failed musician posing as a substitute teacher at a refined prep school, as he shirks typical teaching practices to pass on his love of rock ‘n roll to his students. Regular NYC kids got the chance to jam out during open auditions for the show, and now they’ll hit the stage with Alex Brightman—the energetic actor tasked with filling Jack Black’s shoes in the role of Dewey—to perform music from the movie, plus new tunes written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Ages 8 and up.

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Winter Garden Theatre , Midtown West Friday November 27 2015 - Sunday June 12 2016

“Superheroes in Gotham”

Since their introduction in the 1930s, superheroes have inspired kids through comic books, games, television and movie screens—even the Broadway stage. This exhibition tells the story of superheroes in NYC, ranging from the birth of comic book superheroes to their transition to radio, TV, film and more, including New York Comic Con.

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New-York Historical Society , Upper West Side Until Sunday February 21 2016

Shababa Saturdays

Spend a relaxing Saturday morning with cantorial soloist Karina Zilberman as she and her puppet Coco celebrate Shabbat with instruments and crafts. Ages 6 months to 5 years.

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92nd Street Y , Upper East Side Saturday November 28 2015 - Saturday May 7 2016

"Swedish Wooden Toys"

The durable, plastic toys on most toy store shelves today are great and all, but we still adore the detail and craftsmanship that went into making wooden toys back in the day. Luckily, Sweden still upholds the tradition of making these special playthings, and the Bard Graduate Center is putting many of them on display this fall. Check out handmade rattles, rocking horses, dollhouses, building blocks and more, plus learn about the educational value of the toys. Tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, 11am–4pm and Thursdays until 7pm. Tour reservations required. Ages 4 and up.

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Bard Graduate Center Gallery , Upper West Side Until Sunday January 17 2016

"Heart and Seoul"

This exhibit educates visitors on modern-day South Korea. Kids can learn about the worlds "most wired country" through learning experiences highlighting South Korea's culture, traditions, stories, diverse pastimes and everyday life. The exhibit features Korea K-Pop Stars Studio where visitors can perform onstage with K-Pop stars, Animation Studio where kids can view a stop-motion animation station and draw an animated story and Taekwondo Studio where kids can learn martial arts techniques. Guests can try authentic Korean food in the restaurant, try on a hanbok and learn to do a traditional bow in the Apartment, learn how to speak and write Hangul in the Classroom and draw an ancestor to honor at the Hanok Guest House. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Until Sunday January 3 2016

Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

Gotham's favorite circus troupe kicks off its 38th season with a brand-new production, transporting families to the Roaring 20s when ships, planes, trains and automobiles transformed travel as we knew it. Under the direction of Ringmaster John Kennedy Kane, the professional performers will wow young circusgoers with acts inspired by far-flung places like Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and South America. Duck under the Big Top to witness fearless aerialists, gravity-defying acrobats, impressive jugglers and silly clowns perform alongside talented ponies and pups, accompanied by live tunes from the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band. Families with special needs can attend autism-friendly shows (Oct 28–29, Nov 17). On select days, grab two-for-one tickets for a 75-minute show with no intermission. Ages 3 and up.

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Damrosch Park (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Until Sunday January 10 2016

Origami Holiday Tree

Critics' pick

What if we said you could see an ultracool holiday tree inside your kids’ favorite museum? You’d say, “Heck, yeah!” The ornate 13-footer at the American Museum of Natural History makes a statement with a great theme every year, this season’s being “Mighty and Microscopic Life.” Check out 1,000 handmade ornaments inspired by the museum’s upcoming exhibitions “The Secret World Inside You” and “Dinosaurs Among Us,” plus try your hand at the art of paper folding with on-site volunteers. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Sunday January 10 2016
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