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Veterans Day for kids in NYC

Honor America's brave vets—and keep the kids busy on their day off—with exhibits, classes and shows

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/LaNola Kathleen Stone

Veterans Day falls on a Tuesday this year, but just because you don't get a long weekend doesn't mean you can't take full advantage of this holiday with the kids. After experiencing the patriotic fanfare of the Veterans Day Parade on Fifth Avenue—the largest Veterans Day event in the nation, by the way—you can hit up one of our favorite ice-skating rinks in New York City for families, take in one of the best museum exhibits for children or consult our list of fun kid-friendly activities celebrating Veterans Day. 

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What is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

When is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day is on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Veterans Day events for kids

Veterans Day Parade

Families can honor those who have served in the military at the annual New York City Veterans Day Parade, commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. Servicemen and -women and marching bands galore march up Fifth Avenue from 26rd Street to 53rd St. The parade also marks the beginning of the Marine Corps Toy for Tots Drive. Spectators are encouraged to bring playthings with them to the festivities—the toys will be collected at different spots along the parade route. All ages.

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Textile Arts Center Veteran's Day Mini Camp

Creative kids can spend their day off from school at either of Textile Arts Center's two locations at a hands-on day camp, where they'll explore subjects like sewing, weaving, embroidery, printing, felting and dyeing. After a full day of working on their project—with breaks for organized play time—little makers will take home a finished creation. Ages 5-11.

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"Tico Tales"

Literally Alive children’s theater presents this bilingual adaptation of Costa Rican folktales uses music and storytelling to celebrate the traditions and culture of the Central American nation. Get to the theater one hour before showtime to make a rain stick and jam out with the musician who will perform live during the performance. Free. All ages.

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