Free in November: 35+ Things To Do in NYC with Kids

Celebrate the holiday season Brooklyn style at DTBK Gets Lit: Holiday Lighting Party!. Photo courtesy Downtown Brooklyn
Celebrate the holiday season Brooklyn style at DTBK Gets Lit: Holiday Lighting Party!. Photo courtesy Downtown Brooklyn

As the holiday season hits New York City, it's easy to fall into a spend-and-splurge vortex, but there's no need: We've found 35 free things to do in NYC this November with kids. Our list of free things to do in November includes annual favorites, like the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade and Macy's Santaland. You'll also find non-holiday fun for the whole family, like a weekly Happy Dance Club at The Hugh, a seal exploration in the Bronx, and more picks sprinkled throughout the boroughs.

Read on for more of our top free event picks in November, and don't forget to hop over to our just-released Best of November List, which includes our top picks all month long. You can always find more freebies in our Guide to Free Things To Do in NYC with Kids, from free play spaces and gratis admission hours at museums to our list of 100 free things to do in NYC with kids.

Each of our picks for free things to do this November 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.

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Places featured in this article:


Brooklyn Central Library, Dweck Center

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

National Parks - Multiple Locations

Orchard Beach Nature Center in Pelham Bay Park
Hibernators Weekend at Wave Hill
Wave Hill - 10:00 AM Pick
Little Miss Ann Family Concert
The Jewish Museum - 10:30 AM Pick
Lunar New Year in Bryant Park
Winter Village at Bryant Park - 10:00 AM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides