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.   

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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

Photograph: Courtesy SMARTSTUDY / Nickelodeon
Theater, Children's

Baby Shark Live

icon-location-pin Multiple venues

It's true, parents: You can swim, but you can't hide. One of the the catchiest kids' songs of all time is getting the theater treatment later this year. It's time to put your fins together for Baby Shark Live! In the slight chance you haven't heard the sensation that is "Baby Shark," the family jam from Pinkfong has permanently seeped into toddlers' brains and garnered a total of over 2 billion YouTube plays. Round Room Live and Pinkfong will join forces to bring this experience to the stage, and needless to say, we're swinging, swaying and singing, "Doo doo doo doo doo doo." All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats
Things to do

BAMkids fall programming (2019)

icon-location-pin BAM Rose Cinemas, Fort Greene

The Brooklyn outpost invites its youngest visitors to get in tune with the arts by way of its BAMkids program, which includes concerts, workshops and movie screenings. Find the 2019–2020 schedule below. Ages 2–11.  Oct 20: Screening of Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse at 2pm  Nov 3: Screening of Okko's Inn at 2pm  Nov 9: Lucy Kalantari & the Jazz Cats performances at 10:30am and 2pm  Nov 16: Get Up, Stand Up! Family Workshop at 1pm  Nov 17: Queen of Katwe screening at 2pm  Dec 1: Muppet Christmas Carol screening at 1pm  Dec 7: Raga Kids performances at 10:30am and 2pm 

A Little Princess (1995)Directed by Alfonso CuaronShown: Liesel Matthews (as Sara Crewe)
Photograph: Courtsey of Warner Brothers.
Movies, Family and kids

Playtime: Family Matinees at Metrograph

icon-location-pin Metrograph, Chinatown

Playtime, Metrograph's series of family-friendly Saturday matinees, kicks off this weekend with The Little Princess (1995)—the beautiful and haunting film was directed by a young Alfonso Cuarón long before he took on the Harry Potter franchise, or won an Academy Award for "Roma" (2018). In other words, Playtime is for the budding cineaste in your life. It's win-win. You get to watch good films in a fantastic venue, while your little one is exposed to terrific movies and won't be shhh'd by your neighbors. Upcoming movies include City Lights (1931), The Black Stallion (1979), The Iron Giant (1999) and the original King Kong (1933)—check Metrograph for full listings. The series wraps up on Nov 2.

Photograph: Courtesy Jennifer Mitchell
Things to do

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

icon-location-pin Van Cortlandt Manor,

There's nothing else quite like the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze for experiencing the magic and wonder of Halloween with your family. The attraction is set along the beautiful 18th century riverside landscape of Van Cortlandt Manor, and you can stroll along the Pumpkin Promenade to take in thousands of Jack O' Lanterns (all of which are hand-carved)! This delightfully eerie walk is also set to cool sound effects, synchronized light displays and an original soundtrack. Expect to see spiders and snakes, animals of all kinds on this spooky stroll. Be sure to get your tickets early—they sell out fast and required to gain access to the event! Also note that the tickets you purchase are for specific times. All ages.

Halloween at the Bronx Zoo
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher
Things to do, Festivals

Boo at the Zoo

icon-location-pin Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society | Bronx, NY, The Bronx

This fall-tacular Halloween celebration takes over the Bronx Zoo spot on weekends from Sept 29 to Nov 14 (plus the school holiday on Monday, Oct 14). Kids can hold on tight during the Haunted Pirate Hayride, get spooked at the Extinct Animal Graveyard, pick up sweets on the Candy Trail, show off their Halloween getups at the costume parade and so much more. Tiny kids will love the mini corn maze, and you'll love all the adorable photo ops. Go on the Spooktacular Night Walks (separate ticket costs $45 per person, $35 for members), and you'll see what happens in the zoo after hours...if you dare! All ages.

Rendering of a green dinosaur
Photograph: Courtesy Wildlife Conservation Society
Things to do, Quirky events

Bronx Zoo Dinosaur Safari

icon-location-pin Bronx Zoo Wildlife Conservation Society | Bronx, NY, The Bronx

Advertised as the "biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America," the new attraction shuttles families (with narration) through a wooded area packed with 40 ultra-realistic (read: gigantic) animatronic dinosaurs. One of the most notable features will certainly be the two towering Tyrannosaurus rex—as well as the vegetarian Omeisaurus that stretches an impressive 60 feet long. And to make things as realistic as possible, the Bronx Zoo teamed up with a paleontologist from the American Museum of Natural History—Don Lessem even served as an advisor on the original Jurassic Park! The experience is topped off with an ADA-accessible fossil dig area for kids to play in, plus some additional dino-themed activities around the zoo. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy David Mitchel + Arcadia Earth
Things to do, Exhibitions

Arcadia Earth

icon-location-pin 718 Broadway, Downtown

This is planet Earth like you've never seen her before. NYC's latest immersive installation—located at 718 Broadway—is photo-worthy for a cause: While venturing through 15 rooms of underwater realms and fictional landscapes, "Arcadia Earth" visitors will be able to participate in virtual and augmented reality offerings while learning how our lifestyle choices will impact the future of our planet. Proceeds from all ticket sales will also directly support Arcadia’s educational and charity partner, Oceanic Global. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy Pulse Creator LLC
Things to do, Exhibitions

“Pixinity: Pop Futurism”

icon-location-pin Various locations, Hell's Kitchen

A tech and gaming-inspired pop-up from artist Tianyu Qiu, the former creative director behind the whimsical Wonder World installation in Brooklyn, has opened in Soho at 1 York St. With odes to the American Pop Art movement and European Futurism movement, “Pixinity: Pop Futurism” will transport visitors of all ages to a creative universe. Those who swing by will be led through 10 vibrant rooms chock full of sculptures, pixelated pieces, emoji-like figures, digital and gaming icons and computer-inspired work. (Yes, there's even a ball pit!). All ages. 

Photograph: Bruce White
Museums, Military and maritime

"The Last Knight"

icon-location-pin The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park

The armor of Emperor Maximilian I, who ruled the Holy Roman Empire until 1519, was made for battle, and for showing off—just look at that lacy metalwork and exquisite details. There are over 180 items are in the exhibit, including the childhood armor of Maximilian's son, the future Philip I, King of Castile: This knight at the museum is sure to get the imaginations of your young ones racing. Mark your calendar for a special family afternoon on Nov 10 from 1pm–4pm that will include story time, a shadow puppet performance by Caroline Borderies and a chance for your young knights to embellish their custom armor. All Ages.

Tyrannosaurus Rex, 4th floor halls
Photograph: Courtesy Craig Chesek
Museums, Natural history

“T. rex: The Ultimate Predator”

icon-location-pin American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

Prepare to dig deep like a true paleontologist thanks to "T. Rex: The Ultimate Predator." The Museum of Natural History's new exhibit will give visitors a peek into how the massive creatures came to be. Patrons will get a good look at the new findings about the tyrannosaurs genus, with a special focus on our main man, the T. rex. Unlike what people may think—and what movies led us to believe—T. rex is simply one part of the species' 100-million-year evolution. Who knew that tyrannosaurs species actually include small, agile creatures? For real! 

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