November events calendar for kids in NYC

Our lengthy November events calendar for kids will keep your family super busy this season, so rest up while you can
Photograph: Courtesy Cesar McKay and Cranksgiving NYC

Don't say goodbye to 2018 just yet! Our November events calendar for kids is the perfect mix of autumn and winter festivities in NYC, from holiday train shows to leftover Halloween celebrations that need one final hoorah. You're going to want to start mapping out that calendar.

Not only are we looking forward to the annual seasonal fun, but there will be plenty of cool art installations making their debut, such as "Mickey: The True Original Exhibition" and "DreamWorks Trolls the Experience." It's hard to tell who is more excited: parents or kids.   

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for kids

Even if the weather is a bit colder, there's no shortage of things to do with kids in NYC. Bundle up and prepare to enjoy lovely kids' events, cool exhibits and fun workshops. Send 2018 out with a bang! 

Don't forget to also explore our favorite indoor activities for kids, taste test the best hot chocolate in NYC and scope out epic indoor playgrounds in the five boroughs.

November events calendar for kids

Courtesy Jim Kay/Bloomsbury Publishing
Museums, Special interest

"Harry Potter: A History of Magic"

icon-location-pin Upper West Side

Take a trip to Hogwarts—without leaving NYC! Potterheads can experience "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," a British Library exhibit that is coming to the New York Historical Society. Harry Potter: A History of Magic will open at the New-York Historical Society October 5, 2018 and will feature rare books, manuscripts and treasures from the British Library’s collections that relate to the myths and magic behind the series. Original drafts and drawings by author J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay will also be on display for the first time. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
News, City Life

“Mickey: The True Original Exhibition”

A dose of Disney magic is Manhattan-bound this autumn, so grab your mouse ears and ready your Instagram.  In celebration of Mickey's 90th birthday, the iconic character will be treated to a popular NYC phenomenon: an interactive art exhibit. “Mickey: The True Original Exhibition” is slated for a Nov 8 debut on 10th Ave, and we already planning our epic photo ops with our favorite mouse.

Photograph: Courtesy DreamWorks Trolls the Experience
Things to do, Quirky events

DreamWorks Trolls the Experience

icon-location-pin Midtown West

New York City is going to be treated to a dose of color thanks to "DreamWorks Trolls the Experience." When little visitors enter the 90-minute walkthrough exhibit, they'll fall in love with a bunch of exciting features. Poppy's Party Room will include augmented reality and 3D technology in the midst of musical fun. Before getting wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of Troll Village and playing in the life-size Caterbus, youngsters will want to hit the bright, imaginative Hair-We-Go Salon and Barbershop—which is sure to be an Instagram hit for moms and dads. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Human's Best Friend
News, Weird & Wonderful

"Human's Best Friend"

Human's Best Friend is giving the immersive experience a canine touch, and our tails are wagging with excitement over the Sept 15 debut.  The latest interactive pop-up to hit NYC is essentially a dog's-eye view of his world through eight different vibrant rooms. Among them are The Dog House, which will provide a sneak peek into Fido's home, while The Toy Pit is a look at his most coveted possessions. You'll love exploring, and so will your furry BFFs. You and your family can adopt a new family pet after visiting the experience (so good luck going home empty-handed)!

11th Annual Brooklyn Children's Book Fair
Photograph courtesy Rachel Papo
Things to do, Literary events

Brooklyn Children's Book Fair

icon-location-pin Prospect Park

The annual fair returns to the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion at the Brooklyn Museum for its 12th year with 40 Brooklyn-based authors and illustrators of picture books, storybooks, novels, and graphic novels. Check out readings and various hands-on activities appropriate for different age groups from toddler through middle schoolers. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Ann-Sophie Fjelloe-Jensen/New York Hall of Science.
Things to do

GingerBread Lane

icon-location-pin Queens

Get ready to have your mind blown at this massive gingerbread house display. In it, you won’t find just a couple of houses made of gingerbread cookies, candy and icing. That would be child’s play compared to this 500-square-foot village that has won the Guinness World Record for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Master builder Jon Lovitch designs, bakes and builds each feature over the course of the year. All ages.

Things to do

Holiday Train Show

icon-location-pin The Bronx

Some 140 landmarks featured in NYBG's wildly popular diorama are made entirely out of plant-based materials such as twigs, acorns and berries. Little locomotives zip along their tracks against a backdrop of small sights that kids should recognize, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty among them. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There's no better way to ring in the holiday season! All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Macy's and Kent Miller
News, Events & Festivals

Macy's 2018 holiday windows

Macy's in Herald Square just unveiled some big news. On Nov 15 at 6pm, the iconic shopping locale will ring in the holidays with its festive window displays, so it's time to grab your heavy coats and mugs of cocoa. Six windows will get an other-worldly twist this year thanks largely to Macy's new character, the sweet and fierce Sunny the Snowpal, who will be at the forefront of the "Believe in the Wonder of Giving" theme. Visitors and neighbors will be able to enjoy the holiday spirit with these installations where Sunny is trying to save Christmas with her BFFs by her side. If your kiddies can't help but fall for Sunny's sweet demeanor, they'll be able to snag an 11-inch plush of the character exclusively in the Midtown store.

Things to do, Classes and workshops

Fall Forest Weekend

icon-location-pin The Bronx

Join NYBG for Fall Forest Weekends this season, where guests can check out the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, see live birds of prey demonstrations, go for a paddle in a canoe and enjoy some Shakespeare at the head of the Ridge Trail! Themed discovery walks will also be available and cover topics such as birds and forest ecology. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Cesar McKay and Cranksgiving NYC
Things to do, Quirky events

Cranksgiving NYC


Partake in one of New York's most unique holiday events this year—on your bicycle! This action-packed fundraiser has folks on bikes (families can work together as a team) race to complete a scavenger hunt (longer and shorter rides are available, depending on your crew/biking experience), ultimately collecting food items to donate to The Bowery Mission. All you need to participate is a bicycle, $15–$20 cash to purchase food items, a bike lock for each bike (you'll need to lock up outside several grocery stores) and the ambition to find some great stuff around the city for families in need. In 2017, the event gathered more than 1,900lbs of food—including whole turkeys! Registration begins at 1pm at Hudson Yards Park (34th St between 10th and 11th Aves). Event starts at 2pm. All ages.

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