November events calendar for kids in NYC

Use our November events calendar for NYC's best exhibits, performances and family-friendly activities this month

Photograph: courtesy Oran Etkin/BAMkids Music Concert Series

We know you've all been waiting for our November events calendar for kids! The fall chill has officially set in, which means it’s the season for cozy nights in drinking hot chocolate, catching family movies on Netflix and getting tummies ready for Thanksgiving. But there are still plenty of fun reasons to get out of the house! Cool kids’ exhibits await in NYC’s best museums, theater programs and story time events whisk audiences away to far off lands and, of course, families can watch their favorite characters float by at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. So zip up those jackets and head out for a day of adventuring with the kids.

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When it’s time to warm up or regain energy, visit these indoor playgrounds or grab a snack at the best kid-friendly restaurants with play spaces.

Featured events

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

Step inside the world of senses in this funhouse-like exhibtion at AMNH. There are eleven unique galleries in all. You’ll be able to explore how real our “reality” is (and what it’s shaped by.) And what our mind tells us through our different senses. Step into a room that tests your balance as the walls will appear to wave and ripple, through your feet tell you otherwise. Fly through a garden seen through the eyes of a bee or butterfly to learn how other animals experience flowers. Take a smell test and learn how what we think is one scent really is a symphony of different smells. There will also be a live presentation on why our senses are necessary for survival, how our senses are different from other animals and why human perception is unique. All ages.

American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday January 6 2020

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"From Farm to City"

During this family-friendly tour of the exhibition, tykes will learn about the island's evolution as well as its hidden history of farming, manufacturing and sports. Little ones will then commemorate the borough's storied past and present in a tile-making workshop, presented by the Staten Island's own Kreischer Brickworks and American Linoleum Manufacturing Company. Ages 7 to 12.

Staten Island Museum , Midtown West Until Tuesday January 1 2019

Inside You

The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.

American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Tuesday July 16 2019

Blue Man Group

4 out of 5 stars

Three deadpan, blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they consume Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch; they engulf the audience in a roiling sea of toilet paper. For sheer weird, exuberant fun, it's hard to top this long-running treat. Ages 5 and up.

Astor Place Theatre , East Village Until Wednesday October 31 2018

Storytime at Books Are Magic

Each Saturday and Sunday at 10:30am this enchanting independant kids bookstore in Cobble Hill hosts a storytime. Be sure to check out all their unique special events for children and young adult readers. All ages.

Books Are Magic , Carroll Gardens Until Sunday August 26 2018

Farmhouse Family Day

Children are invited to explore the oldest house in New York City on the third Saturday of every month, for free! This event offers seasonal activities like artifact investigation, scavenger hunts, gardening and other hands-on projects. Ages 4-10.

Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum , Brooklyn Until Saturday September 22 2018

SpongeBob SquarePants

Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob SquarePants! And soon, Nickelodeon’s clothed and spongey character will also live at the Palace Theater. The cast of underwater characters, including Squidward, Sandy Cheeks and Patrick, will be a part of a new Broadway Musical beginning December 4, 2017 and we can’t think of a better way to introduce little ones to the magic of Broadway! All ages.

Palace Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday September 2 2018

Gazillion Bubble Show

4 out of 5 stars

Created by Fan Yang, 16-time Guinness-record holder for blowing the biggest soap bubble, this show is an ode to airborne orbs. In the newest incarnation of the show, Yang's son, 20-year-old Deni Yang, takes over, presenting magic, lighting effects and bubbles—giant bubbles, walls of bubbles, helium bubbles and bubbles within bubbles. Ages 5 and up.

New World Stages , Hell's Kitchen Until Sunday October 28 2018