Thanksgiving Weekend for NYC Kids: Macy's Parade, Santaland, Dyker Lights

Whether you're visiting NYC or staying local for Thanksgiving, there is plenty for kids and families to do over the holiday and long weekend while school is out.

Have we mentioned the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade yet? There will be a dozen marching bands! Plus, the New York Botanical Garden's beautiful Holiday Train Show is up and running, Santa is brunching with kids all over town, the big department stores are unveiling those over-the-top holiday windows, and Christmas tree and other holiday lights are being switched on all over NYC.

There's lots of non-holiday fun to enjoy, too, like a feline-themed stop-motion animation workshop, a Black Friday non-shopping event for families and plenty of theater, including preschool favorite Clifford the Big Red Dog.

These are just a few of the great things going on this Thanksgiving weekend. Read on for all of our picks, and remember, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids: Turkey Trots, Santa & His Reindeer, November 26-29

Get ready to gobble, gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. From Turkey Day Trots to Christmas trees, holiday lights, art and more, we are serving up several weekend activity options. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

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Parent Review: 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway with Glee's Matthew Morrison

The story of Peter Pan is universal and beloved by children everywhere. While it’s probably most well-known as a Disney movie, it was originally a play written in 1904 by Scotland’s J.M. Barrie.

Finding Neverland, which hit Broadway earlier this year, explores Barrie’s process and inspiration for writing the play. While it centers around Peter Pan and contains plenty of references to characters we know and love, going into Finding Neverland anticipating a show about Wendy and the Lost Boys will leave you disappointed. But recreating the magic of Peter Pan is not what Finding Neverland is about. 

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkeys, Lights, and Holiday Shows

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy the company of family and friends and have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. 

After the turkey and stuffing are but a distant and delicious memory, we've got plenty of activities to keep you busy including holiday lights, outdoor fun, and a LEGO exhibit that the Star Wars fans in your life will not want to miss. If you have visitors in town, we have a full run down of ideas to get everyone out of the house in Fairfield County. We've also got suggestions for upcoming holiday shows and Santa activities that you won't want to miss.

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

Thanksgiving Weekend for Westchester Kids: Frosty Day, Winter Wonderland, Chanukah Fun Nov. 26-29

Thanksgiving is upon us, as is the official kickoff of the holiday season in Westchester. With a four-day weekend ahead, there are plenty of great events happening in our area to keep families entertained.

To help minimize damage to your waist line from all that pie and stuffing, join one of the turkey trots we’ve identified in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

As we shift gears from Thanksgiving to Christmas and Chanukah, the holiday events start to really pick up. Several big events make their debut this weekend, including the Chanukah Fun House and Gift ShopWinter Wonderland and Holiday Spirit Festival, to name a few. Also happening this weekend is the return of Frosty Day, featuring a town-wide celebration of the pride that comes from claiming Frosty as a native son. 

When you’ve had your fill of holidays, kick back at the live performance of Curious George.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click through for full details. Looking for more holiday options? Browse our Holiday Guide, full of events, activities and ideas for every day of the holiday season. Also be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

We wish you a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, great food—and lots of fun activities!

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Near Boston

Whether it’s a family holiday tradition or a new experience, cutting your own Christmas tree adds a dimension to the holiday season that’s hard to match. There’s nothing quite like the real deal—a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, Christmas tree—and the opportunity for creating a lasting family memory in the process is an added bonus. We have rounded up a sampling of cut-your-own locations to get started, and keep reading to the end for helpful tips!

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Thanksgiving Day: 10 Places Open for Family Fun in Los Angeles

Filling your house with family this week? Isn't it wonderful? And doesn't it make you just want to... get them all out of your house? We mean this, of course, in the nicest possible way. After all, this is sunny SoCal, and maybe your guests have traveled far to enjoy LA. Telling them where to go is just being a good host, right? Even if the family members in your home this Thursday are the same ones who are always there, knowing what's open could be invaluable—both for clearing the house to prepare the meal and for walking it off afterward. Our event calendar has the full listing of Thanksgiving day happenings, and our holiday guide has a few ideas, too; the suggestions below are 10 places you may not have realized have opening hours on the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Santa Express: Christmas Train Rides for Kids in PA, DE & NJ

There is something about trains that evokes nostalgia at Christmastime.  It could be stirring up childhood memories of building a model train set under the twinkling tree lights. Maybe it is a reminder of that "coming home for the holidays" idea, where folks would arrive at the train station, arms filled with Christmas packages for family at home.

Whatever the reason might be, many railroads in the tri-state area hold events to bring back that old-fashioned holiday tradition.  At many of these special outings, families can ride a real locomotive with Santa Claus, hear Christmas stories, sing carols, sip hot chocolate and admire the views of the passing countryside. Children are even invited to wear their pajamas at some of these events!  We have rounded up a list of railroads hosting holiday-themed trains of all kinds. Some of these are located more than an hour's drive from Philadelphia, but can make for a fantastic holiday outing. All aboard for some Christmas fun!


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