Head to Liberty Park at the World Trade Center, which has been transformed into a lantern display featuring the 12 zodiac animals from the Lunar Calendar. Photo by Janet Bloom
Head to Liberty Park at the World Trade Center, which has been transformed into a lantern display featuring the 12 zodiac animals from the Lunar Calendar. Photo by Janet Bloom

Things To Do in NYC This Weekend: Book Fests, Pre-Thanksgiving Fun, Holiday Trains & Lights

The holiday season roars into town like a freight train—or like one of the holiday train shows popping up all over, including the Grand Central Station and the New York Botanical Garden displays. Kids can even test their inner engineers at the Transportation Museum's Train Operators workshop.

As we head toward Thanksgiving, honor original Americans at the Children's Museum of Manhattan, where you can see the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers on Sunday. Kids can create "Skyscraper Hand Turkeys" at the Skyscraper Museum on Saturday, or listen to kids tell funny tales of Thanksgiving past and future on Sunday.

Beloved kid lit authors appear at the Brooklyn Children's Book Fair on Saturday, and kids can snag half-off bestsellers at the Goddard Riverside book fair all weekend. In the Bronx, kids can craft up a storm at the Riverdale Temple Gift Fair.

All that, plus the town is lighting up like a holiday pinball machine. Dazzle is set to 11 at the NYC Winter Lantern Fest, The Bronx Zoo's Holiday Lights are all a-twinkle, and the Seaport's Winterland Skating rink glitters on the East River. Don't forget to consult our November GoList and our Event Calendar for a comprehensive array of events and activities.

Children's Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building 212 W 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Blvd
Bronx, NY 10458

Grand Central Gallery Annex
87 E 42 Street
New York, NY 10001

New York Transit Museum
corner of Boerum Place and Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

New York Hall Of Science
47-01 111th St
Queens, NY

Bronx Zoo
2300 Southern Blvd.
Bronx, NY 10460

Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY N

Theatre Row
410 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017

South Street Seaport
Fulton and Front Streets Rooftop at Pier 17
New York, NY

Goddard Riverside Bernie Wohl Center
647 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10025

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

Al Oerter Recreation Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
131-40 Fowler Avenue
Queens, NY

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
Brooklyn, NY

New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

The Skyscraper Museum
39 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

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

Miller Theater at Columbia University
2960 Broadway (at 116th Street)
New York, NY 10027

Union Square West Plaza
15th Street + Union Square West
New York, NY 10003

Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

The Jewish Museum
1109 Fifth Avenue by 92nd St
New York, NY 10128

Riverdale Temple
4545 Independence Avenue at 246th Street
Riverdale, NY 10471

Brooklyn Bowl
61 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Cynthia King Dance Studio
21 Snyder Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11226

St. Mark's Church in the Bowery
131 E 10th St (at Second Ave.),
New York, NY

Gotham Comedy Club
208 W 23 Street between 7th and 8th Avenues.
New York, NY 10011
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