Once the turkey has been eaten, there is still a lot of down time to fill and we’ve got some great suggestions for places that are open on Thanksgiving Day and throughout the long weekend. We wish you a happy, peaceful Thanksgiving with your children, and thank you for helping us spread the word about SkipKid!
Turkey Trot, Prospect Park
If you’re looking for some fresh air and a change of scenery Thanksgiving morning, the Prospect Park Turkey Trot is the perfect way to kick off your holiday. Runners and walkers gather in Prospect Park at 9 AM for this family friendly 5k road race. This popular event fills up quickly so it’s too late to register to run, but you can come out to cheer. Runners in turkey costumes and the like will delight children of all ages.
Prospect Park Zoo, Prospect Park
Everyday, including Thanksgiving
The Prospect Park Zoo is open all day on Thanksgiving–the animals have to eat, too! Kids of all ages and their grown-ups will enjoy watching the sea lions, baboons and hundreds of other animals on display during the long holiday weekend.
Nature Exploration, Prospect Park
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for FREE nature education programs at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, the first urban Audubon Center in the nation. Activities include games, naturalist-lead tours for children and families, and animal encounters.
Park Slope Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, Park Slope
Tree lighting ceremony at the corner of 5th venue and 4th Street in Park Slope at 6:30 pm. There will be live music, puppets, Santa Claus, free activities and treats.
The Little People Party presents Brooklyn Bazaar Family Funhouse, Greenpoint
Enjoy three floors of family fun! The Market Place on the ground floor will host tons of family oriented vendors along with Brooklyn Star’s new restaurant serving up delicious brunch. The Cellar Play Area has ping pong, mini golf, arcade games, and four rooms of kid’s karaoke for the older kids to go nuts. Upstairs in the Concert Hall, the Little People Party present two rockin’ dance parties, one for ages 1-3 (3:00PM – 5:00PM) and a second for ages 4+ (1:00PM – 2:30PM), featuring rotating guest performances on a full stage as well as activities on the dance floor for the Little People and $5 Mimosa and Bud’s for the Big People.
ACTIVITIES WORTH TRAVELING FOR
Holiday Windows, Midtown East
Kids will love seeing the holiday displays at all the major department stores (think Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, etc.) Bonus: crowds are surprisingly sparse during Thanksgiving weekend!
Holiday Train Show, New York Botanical Garden, The Bronx
Open everyday except Thanksgiving
Celebrating 25 Years of Holiday Magic! Enchanting model trains zip through a display of 150 landmarks — marvel at G-scale locomotives humming along among familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty, and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. The recent exhibition expansion continues with more trains, and an all-new Queensboro bridge and a true New York finale featuring a whimsical tribute to the iconic Coney Island amusement park’s architecture and attractions.
From November 28th through December 2nd Hootenanny Art House will host a range of activities with ALL the money raised going to the organizations who are ready to protect human rights, civil rights, women’s rights, and the environment! Hootenanny hopes to also provide a continued place to support and inspire each other with music, art, and dance! All proceeds donated to ACLU,Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock, 350.org, Southern Poverty Law center. All Hootenanny teachers and parents are volunteering their time.