The holiday season roars into town like a freight train—or like one of the seasonal train shows popping up all over, including the Grand Central Station and the New York Botanical Garden displays, both opening Saturday. Kids can create vehicles and trains from gingerbread at Gingerbread Lane workshops at the New York Hall of Science, or test their inner engineers at the Transportation Museum's Train Operators workshop.
As we head toward Thanksgiving, honor original Americans at the National Museum of the American Indian, where you can see Navajo hoop dancing all weekend—and don't miss the excellent imagiNATIONS exhibit. Wave Hill's Harvest Festival also runs all weekend, with a special performance by the renowned Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, plus how-to workshops for cornhusk dolls and pumpkin pies. On Saturday, families can prep for turkey day at the Thanksgiving Table Children's Workshop or the first-ever Thanksgivingpalooza.
Check out literary treasures at the Brooklyn Children's Book Fair on Saturday, with appearances by beloved kid lit authors, and snag half-off bestsellers at the Goddard Riverside book fair all weekend. Kids can even bind books of their own at Scandinavia House.
Don't wait much longer to make your plans for the Thanksgiving Parade, or to buy tickets to the bumper crop of NYC Nutcracker shows, some of which are already in performance this weekend. There's no denying it: the holidays are here (hooray!). As always, consult our November GoList and our Event Calendar for a dazzling array of events and activities.