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November events calendar for kids in NYC

Use our November events calendar for kids to find the exhibits, activities, performances and more this season

Photograph: Courtesy of the Jewish Museum

November in NYC means crisp fall leaves, apple picking, thoughts of Thanksgiving for kids and (of course) dreams of delicious holiday desserts

RECOMMENDED: Full NYC events calendar for kids

Make the most of the season by attending cool events like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and balloon inflation, or chill at home with our favorite family movies on Netflix.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


For the 90th 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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Until Thu Nov 24

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation


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. All ages.

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Until Thu Nov 24

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"Dinosaurs Among Us"

Learn how a very special group of dinosaurs evolved into the creatures we call birds today via the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit "Dinosaurs Among Us." Expect to see life-like models (including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur named Yutyrannus Huali) and rarely-seen dinosaur fossils. All ages.

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02 Jan 2017

Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

The charistmatic youngster from Jane O'Connor's best-selling children's book series comes to life in this family musical from Vital Theatre Company. Fancy Nancy can't get enough of the wrapping paper, decorations and sweets that Christmas brings—after all, the holidays are the fanciest time of year! When things go awry while her family is busy decking the halls, Nancy learns that, with a little teamwork, Christmas can still be splendiferous. Ages 2 to 7.

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Until Sat Dec 31

Mission to Space

Prepare your aspiring astronauts for a trip to space—no rocket required! Families can explore the cosmos in the Children’s Museum of the Arts’ new exhibit “Mission to Space,” which features artwork from famed visual artists like Thomas Broadbent, E.V Day, Masayoshi Sukita and Penelope Umbrico. You’ll see a selection of vibrant works (sculptures, paintings, photographs, videos and installations) that share the common theme of space exploration, including its history and potential, and examine humankind’s role in the galaxy. All ages.

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16 Jan 2017

Wonders of the Arctic

The American Museum of Natural History opens a new film exploring the inhabitants of the Arctic. Through stunning footage and stories from scientists and Inuit leaders, kids can learn all about how humans, polar bears, penguins, huskies and whales have adapted to life on—and under—the ice. All ages.

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02 Mar 2017

The Dining Concourse in Concert

Head to Grand Central for dinner and a show on the first Thursday of every month, when the iconic terminal serves up free concerts in its Dining Concourse, plus specials at select resturants. Lower Level Dining Concourse next to Track 101. All ages.

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01 Dec 2016

Picture This!

The Jewish Museum kicks off a new monthly family program featuring hands-on art projects and storybook readings, all inspired by the museum's contents. Each program concludes with a live performance: FunkyMonkeys (Sep 25), Josh & the Jamtones (Oct 9), Alex & the Kaleidoscope (Nov 20) and Oran Etkin (Dec 25). Buy a series package for all four dates at thejewishmuseum.org. Ages 4 to 10.

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25 Dec 2016

Storm King Art Center 2016 Seasonal Exhibitions

Storm King Art Center welcomes two new exhibits this season, Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio and Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson. Kids will be wowed by the late Oppenheim's colorful interactive works and Halvorson's hand-painted sculptures resembling massive measuring tools like wooden rulers and tape measures, not to mention the beauty of Storm King itself, which comprises 500 acres of fields, hills and woodlands. All ages.

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Until Sun Nov 27
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