Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Survival Challenge, Santa, and Holiday Cards, November 14-18, 2016

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, take a moment to pause and enjoy some of these great events happening in CT this week.

See if you have what it takes to survive the wilderness, and if you don't, you'll learn the skills by the end of the night at Friday Family Fun Night at the New Canaan Nature Center. Santa is in town and you can visit with him at Stamford Town Center this week. Remember our soldiers by making holiday cards for them at Stepping Stones Museum. Burn some energy off, safely, during the Rockin Tots jumping time in Trumbull.

If you plan to eat out on Turkey Day here are restaurants serving Thanksgiving feasts in Fairfield and Hartford counties. With holiday shows starting now, we've listed holiday shows that aren't the Nutcracker as well as a list of Nutcracker performances throughout Connecticut! Feel free to leave a comment under each post with any shows we may be missing.

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Weekday Fun in NJ: Turkey Time, Christmas Light Show

From the look of this week’s calendar, the holiday season is officially upon us! In honor of the upcoming Turkey Day, tots can get in the Thanksgiving spirit at Trailside’s Turkey Time, and kids of all ages can enjoy Club Mac’s Be Thankful.

And it’s not too early to get revved up for Christmas. Don’t miss the debuts of this season’s Disney on Ice: Follow Your Heart and Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show

Read on for our best children's events the week of Nov 14–18, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar, November GoList, and Fall Fun Guide for even more pre-Thanksgiving fun.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Owls, Improv, Holiday Crafts

Westchester families have plenty of fun in store this week, with events covering the gamut from nature to entertainment and holiday head-starting.

Fans of improv comedy are in for a treat at the family-friendly Comedy Improv Show. Animal enthusiasts can learn all about the diet and nocturnal habits of Owls on the Prowl, while the holiday crafting season kicks off with Holiday DIY.

But wait, there’s more! These are just a few of our top weekday picks. The rest are below, and there are many more family events to choose from on our Event Calendar!

The Nutcracker in NYC: 18 Family Picks

The Nutcracker ballet is a classic holiday experience for kids and parents, and NYC offers dozens of wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show.

While many children love the energy and drama of a Nutcracker—from the sweet Sugar Plum fairy visit to the frantic battle with the Rat King—it can be long for some. So we've rounded up more than a dozen variations of The Nutcracker playing in Manhattan this season, plus a few in Brooklyn, including some just-for-kids versions. Many of our picks are abridged versions and inexpensive while still possessing the charm to keep kids wide-eyed.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Museums, Shows November 14-18

With holiday wish list catalogs piled in the mailbox and grocery store shelves stocked with candy canes, it is no wonder November seems to fly by. Take a moment to pause and enjoy some of the great fall activities that can be found in our events calendar this week.

Attend a free demonstration with The Music Class at Chestnut Hill United Church or Old Pine Community Center. Explore a museum such as Delaware Children's Museum and receive discounted admission during its $2 Nights event. Discover the beauty of nature during autumn at Briar Bush Nature Center's Magic Mornings, Tyler Arboretum's Garden Sprouts, Bucktoe Creek Preserve's Drop In On Nature, or Camden Children's Garden's Sprouts and Seedlings. Or, see a show such as Ambler Theater's Puss in Boots or Keswick Theatre's Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure.

However, if you are a huge fan of the winter holidays and just can't wait until they arrive, fear not! This week, Santa turns on the lights at Peddler's Village to start the season and The Nutcracker is on stage at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

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Weekday Fun: Train Shows, Magic Shows, Indian Heritage Month

The calm before the turkey? Not really. The holiday season already goes full throttle at Grand Central with its 14th annual model train show opening on Monday, as well as the opening of the station’s Holiday Fair on Tuesday (don't miss our complete guide to holiday train displays).

For the parent who likes to plan ahead, there’s a solid, commercial-free lowdown on the NYC public school system on Thursday at Brooklyn Free Space. If you seek dual-language immersion preschools, check our best-of guides to those schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Also, November is National Indian Heritage Month, so make sure to hit the National Museum of the American Indian's fun events like Buffalo Days or Taíno Music for Toddlers

Our best weekday bets are below. And just a reminder: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is only two weeks away. See our essential guide to parade navigation. Or peruse our November GoList, Holiday Fun Guide, and Event Calendar for upcoming events.

Fun Things to Do in Ansonia With Kids

This year, take a fresh look at your hometown and the surrounding areas and take your kids to one (or a few) of these great events. Packed with history, Ansonia, also known as the "Copper City," has some great annual traditions and tasty destinations to check out. A true small-town in New Haven County, Ansonia loves football and claims the very first American bicycle, patented by Pierre Lallemont.

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