RECOMMENDED: Full guide to Thanksgiving for kids
There are so many lovely things to do on Thanksgiving! It's one of the best times of year for spending some quality time together! You can visit NYC's best kids' playgrounds, explore cool local hiking trails and hit up great local events during the day. Consider trying out the best family dinner ideas together too—who cares if you've been using your oven as extra storage all year long?
Great things to do on Thanksgiving
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.
We called in the expertise of six awesome family restaurants in NYC to help us make dinnertime exciting for you and the kids. Here are six easy comfort food recipes for the little ones and, with just a few small tweaks, matching adult versions of each recipe that'll please you, too.
Need a fun family adventure? These kids' playgrounds can't be beat! When we think of NYC landmarks, we might first think of Lady Liberty or the Empire State Building—for kids, sweet kids' playgrounds are as much (if not equally) a warm weather priority. Without a doubt, some of the city's playgrounds are certainly better than others! We especially love ones that incorporate interesting climbing structures, unique themes and even crazy designs like Tom Otterness'.
Immerse the family in the new Ghostbusters flick at Madame Tussaud's latest attraction, Ghostbusters Experience, where guests don proton packs and virtual reality headsets and go on the hunt for wayward ghosts. Kiddos will be thrilled to see gadgets and props from the movie, like the Ecto-2 motorcycle. All ages.
Ditch the sidewalks and subways! It’s time to pack a light picnic and set out on one of NYC’s coolest hiking trails with the kids for an afternoon of outdoor fun. Little ones will love checking out birds, frogs and other creatures that might be hiding around the paths, and while you’re at it, you might even want to stop by one of the city’s best playgrounds. Last, in cooler weather, these trails are an excellent place for leaf peeping—they’ll have some pretty fall foliage in September and October.