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8 Ways to Get in the Thanksgiving Spirit in NYC

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 Thanksgiving-related activities going on all over the city this month!

Cooking Classes at The Creative Kitchen

Where: Financial District, Midtown East, TribecaUpper East Side, Upper West Side
Best for: age 2 6 years

Turn your kid into your little sous-chef. Here kids will learn age-appropriate recipes that focus on kid-friendly themes, colors, numbers, and shapes. Kids use fresh, wholesome ingredients, and when they’re finished, they eat their creations and leave happy!

Cooking Classes at Freshmade NYC

Where: Greenwich Village
Best for: age 2 12 years

Another great option for cooking classes, this cooking and craft studio is designed to teach little ones all about healthy, mindful eating through fun and dynamic cooking classes and competitions. Choose from Little Chefs, Young Chefs, and Junior Chefs classes.

Turkey Decorating Workshop at The Craft Studio

Where: Upper East Side
Best for: age 5  17 years

Here kids will get in the Thanksgiving spirit by assembling and decorating their own turkey cakes! Tons of fun, and ends with a delicious treat.


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Thanksgiving Place Card and Place Card Holder Workshop at The Craft Studio

Where: Upper East Side
Best for: age 3 17 years

Yet another Craft Studio fun craft hour, here children will create their own Thanksgiving place cards and place card holders for Thanksgiving dinner.

Turkey-Tastic Kindermusik Class at Larchmont Music Studio

Where: Larchmont
Best for: age 5 and under

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with a special Turkeytastic Kindermusik class! Enjoy fall and Thanksgiving-themed music, activities, and lots of instruments in this fun music class.

Thanksgiving Recess Robots & Science Camp at Pine Street School

Where: Financial District
Best for: age 3 7 years

Calling all tiny innovators! At this camp held on Thanksgiving Eve, young innovators will use their strengths, as well as develop new skills, to program a robot and build circuits and structures. Instructors encourage children to ask ‘why’ and will never answer ‘just because’.

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Where: Financial District
Best for: all ages

What better time to come view one of the world’s most expansive collections of Native artifacts, including objects, photographs, archives, and media covering the entire Western Hemisphere? The museum is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere’s Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity.

Watch The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Where: Upper West Side and Midtown
Best for: all ages

Not just for tourists! Mommy Nearest has your guide to the best (and most hassle-free) way to see those parade floats up close and personal.

Looking for more ways to play in the city? Here are 9 playspaces to visit in the NYC area. And if you want to discover and book even more fun, check out all upcoming activities across the NY Metro area. 

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