Things to do on Thanksgiving with kids

There are so many great things to do on Thanksgiving! After eating some turkey, check out these cool activities.

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If you're looking for fun things to do on Thanksgiving, browse our list of great family activities! You can go for a stroll through the prettiest parks for kids or even plan on one of our favorite day trips from NYC!

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Great things to do on Thanksgiving

See 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 All ages.

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Until Thu Nov 23

Master a recipe from one of NYC's best restaurants

Want to master delicious meals from your favorite NYC restaurants? With this handy guide, families can make both regular and ultra-kid-friendly versions of the city's top dishes. We guarantee there won't be a crumb left on the table!

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By: Allie Early

Work off turkey at the playground

These incredible local playgrounds in every borough are a great place for your kids to burn off some energy (and for you to burn off your turkey, since we're guessing you're pretty full by now). Check out unusual picks like the Tom Otterness playground or visit tried and true favorites like Ancient Playground and Billy Johnson Playground.

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By: Lee Magill

Go for a hike!

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.

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By: Lee Magill