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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Artist Shani Peters enlisted the help of local youth to create this new site-specific installation, which explores self-determination through the traditional headresses of African, indigenous American and Western cultures. All ages.
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.
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.