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13 Ways to Get In the Thanksgiving Spirit

Thanksgiving is coming! If you’re in need of help in the kitchen this year—or just have some little helpers who want to get into the spirit—check out these 13 Thanksgiving-related activities going on all over the city in the next few weeks!

Challah Bake & Open Gym at Preschool of the Arts
Greenwich Village / 15 months – 2 ½ years old

Why not switch it up and bring some challah to Thanksgiving? In this class, children can blow off some steam in the open gym play time, and then get their little hands dirty learning how to make Challah dough from scratch!

Ciao and Chow at ECNS Etc.
Upper East Side / 3 – 4 years old

Italian food may not be the most traditional of Thanksgiving fare, either, but we bet no one’s going to complain if you show up to dinner with homemade pasta. At this introductory Italian language and cooking class, kids learn to cook simple Italian foods while learning basic Italian phrases and vocabulary. Mama mia, mangia!


Cooking Classes at Allergic to Salad
Long Island City / 18 months – 5 years old

Get your Thanksgiving sous-chef ready with these healthy, fun, hands-on cooking lessons. They’re less about drilling in “what’s good for you,” more about teaching kids that cooking is fun. Children develop basic kitchen skills such as kitchen safety, knife technique, measuring, and more. Their goal is to give kids agency over the production of the meal, and along with that, a new perspective on food.

Cooking Classes at the Creative Kitchen
Tribeca / 2 – 6 years

This provider teaches children how to cook in a fun, safe, and educational manner with age-appropriate recipes that focus on kid-friendly themes, colors, numbers, and shapes that are perfect for a midday snack. Children use fresh, wholesome ingredients, and when they’re finished, they eat their creations and leave happy!

Cooking Classes at Freshmade NYC
NoHo / 2 – 12 years old

This cooking and craft studio is designed to teach your little ones all about healthy, mindful eating through fun and dynamic cooking classes and competitions. Classes are taught in age-appropriate increments—choose from Little Chefs, Young Chefs Cooking Camp, and Junior Chefs classes.


Cooking Monsters at Apple Seeds
Upper West Side / 2 ½ – 5 years old

Create your own cooking monster by sending your child to these classes at Apple Seeds. Kids explore cultures and cuisines by measuring and mixing ingredients creating dishes from around the world. Part art class, part math class, part really good food, your child will have a greater appreciation for making food and may even taste something new!

Cupcake Decorating at Agata and Valentina
Upper East Side / 3 – 12 years old

What’s better than cupcakes? Thanksgiving-themed cupcakes! Kids will learn how to ice their own cupcakes, choose from a variety of fun toppings and decorations, and best of all, take home their own edible turkeys and pilgrims to be gobbled up later!

Farm Foodies Art Class at The Art Farm in the City
Upper East Side / 2 – 8 years old

Join Chef Sylvie in smelling mint, shaping brioche, peeling rhubarb, cutting cookies, and tasting new fresh fruits and vegetables! Your kids will embark on a cooking and sensory adventure while developing their taste buds for food fresh from the farm!

Tasty Turkey Treat Time at Chocolate Works
Upper West Side  / 3 – 15 years

Get a head start on those Thanksgiving desserts! Chocolate factory, party destination, and candy store all in one, Chocolate Works is where children can watch chocolate being made on their 30-foot conveyor belt and even make some of their own. In this special Thanksgiving class, kids will fill their own chocolate cornucopias with chocolates and candies of their choice!


Thanksgiving Break Robots & Science Camp at Nory
Financial District / 3 – 7 years old

Do you have a little innovator on your hands? Do you need something to do over Thanksgiving break? If so, we have the camp for you! Your child will spend the day doing what they love and learning while they do it. Young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop at The Craft Studio Tribeca
Tribeca / 3 – 17 years old

Come by the Craft Studio for a special Thanksgiving craft-making session. Children can make their own family heirlooms to grace your table! Terra cotta turkeys, pilgrim hats, and mini gourds make one amazing holiday centerpiece.

Thanksgiving Activities The Little Gym Smithtown
Smithtown, Long Island / 4 months – 3 years old

The Little Gym believes fun environments are conducive to the kind of learning that prepares kids for life’s adventures. Come by for Thanksgiving Music, Movement, & More, or the Little Gym’s Thanksgiving Party the weekend after the big day, with gym activities and snacks!

Thanksgiving Snow Globes at Recess DUMBO
Dumbo / 2 – 6 years old

Drop in to Recess Dumbo for playtime on custom-made play structures—or come by for a special Thanksgiving craft! Your little one can make their own snow globe, a great addition to your holiday decor!

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