See the Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons being inflated. Photo by Mommy Poppins
See the Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloons being inflated. Photo by Mommy Poppins

35 Free Things To Do with Kids in New York City This November

As we usher in the holiday season in New York City, it can also seem like we're entering the spend-and-splurge time of year. Thankfully, this month also ushers in some of our favorite FREE annual events for families in NYC, such as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and Macy's Santaland. You'll also find plenty of non-holiday (and non-Macy's) fun for the kids, or even visiting families, such as Pumpkin Smash 2019 and the Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington.

Read on for more of our top FREE event picks for the month, and don't forget to hop over to our just-released November GoList, featuring the very best of the month, including those with an admission fee. You can always find more freebies in our FREE NYC Guide, from play spaces and gratis admission hours at museums to birthday perks.

Note: Each event is listed by the week it falls in, and roughly in calendar order. Everything listed is FREE, but some events may require tickets or other advance planning. Click through to the event listings for details.


Isham Park
1 Park Terrace East
New York, NY 10034

Randall's Island Park
Icahn Stadium 20 Randall's Island Road
New York, NY 10035

New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Sunnyside Reformed Church
48-03 Skillman Avenue
Queens, NY 11104

Lincoln Center
61 West 62nd Street, David Rubenstein Atrium
New York, NY 10023

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
New York , NY 10023

Gallery at BRIC House
647 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian
One Bowling Green
New York, NY 10004

Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
3441 137th St.
Flushing, NY 11354

Corlears Hook Park
397 FDR Drive
NY, NY 10002

Countee Cullen Library
104 West 136th Street
New York, NY 10030

Prospect Park
Lefferts Historic House, Audubon Center
Brooklyn, NY

Stephen A. Schwarzman Library, Children's Center
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
New York, NY

Brookfield Place
230 Vesey Street
New York, NY

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Juniper Valley Park
Juniper Boulevard South and 80th St
Queens, NY

Brooklyn Central Library, Youth Wing
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Madison Square Park
23rd Street and Fifth Avenue and heads north to 53rd Street
New York, NY

Wyckoff House Museum
5816 Clarendon Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Powerhouse on 8th
1111 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Fort Tryon Park
1 Margaret Corbin Drive Cafe Lawn
New York, NY

Bnai Jeshurun
270 West 89th Street
New York , NY 10024

Albee Square
Fulton Street and Bond Street
Brooklyn, NY

Madison Square Park
Between 23rd and 25th Streets and Madison and Fifth Avenues
New York, NY

Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Powerhouse on 8th
1111 8th Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Balloon Inflation
74th St and Columbus Ave exit 81 St and Central Park West
New York, NY

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Starts at 77th St. & Central Park West
New York, NY

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues
New York, NY

Macy's Herald Square
151 W 34th Street 8th Floor
New York, NY

James Cagney Place
East 91st Street Between 2nd and 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Park Slope
Corner of 4th Street and 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
2351 Veterans Rd W
Staten Island, NY 10309