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

Mickey: The True Original Exhibition
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 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)!

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 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.


The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter

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

It's a balmy 80 degrees in the museum's 1,200-square-foot vivarium, which houses up to 500 butterflies living among tropical flowers. The free-flying butterflies often land on the shoulders of visitors, allowing tykes to come into direct contact with monarchs, zebra longwings, paper kites other species as they emerge from their chrysalises. Outside the vivarium, youngsters can watch a short film and read displays on the life cycle of butterflies, how to protect their habitats and what kinds of adaptations certain species have. All ages.

Photograph: Courtesy Ondel Hylton and CityRealty
News, City Life


There's a reason New Yorkers can't get enough of waterfront parks—those epic views of the city never get old. With a skyline so breathtaking, it's no wonder Brooklyn Bridge Park and similar venues are always so packed.  For those who can't resist Instagram-worthy urban snapshots, we have good news. A recently opened exhibit from the Skyscraper Museum, titled “Skyline,” gives visitors a glimpse at the Manhattan horizon from three vantage points: the past, present and the future. With an emphasis on economic, technological and regulatory factors, the exhibition delves into different aspects of the city and offers something for all interests. History buffs, urbanites, engineers and curious minds will love spending time at the Skyscraper Museum, so visit before it closes in January 2019!

Photograph: Courtesy NASA
Museums, Special interest

"Personal Space"

icon-location-pin Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Hell's Kitchen

If you have trouble packing your suitcase before a trip, wait until you find out what astronauts have to bring when they head to outer space! During this year’s annual Space & Science Festival, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will host an exhibit, "Personal Space," dedicated to all of the personal items that astronauts bring along for the trip. Astronauts who will be featured in this exhibit include Mike Massimino, Dr. Ellen Baker and more. All ages. 

Photograph courtesy Lincoln Center
Kids, Festivals

LC Kids

icon-location-pin Lincoln Center, Hearst Plaza, Upper West Side

Every year Lincoln Center presents a phenomenal lineup of programming for kids of all ages. This years, wee ones (ages 0–18 months) can explore their surroundings with Rain, a sensory performance that includes touch and music, while slightly older babies (ages 6 months-36 months) can join a friendly environment for creative exploration with Pulsar. Highlights for big kids include Is this a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth (ages 8 and up), a retelling of the classic tale by a Scottish storyteller; You Me and the Space Between (ages 6 to 12), a performance about an inventive child that utilizes storytelling and choreography; Soundtrack '63 (ages 12 and up), a multimedia musical experience about music's relationship to social justice. A number of shows offer relaxed performances for neurodiverse audiences. Visit here for more details. 

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