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See Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation with Kids

Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn't be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you're eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, to watch the giants come to life, including the brand-new balloons for 2018.

While the balloon inflation isn't crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat dinner afterward. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.

10 Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day With NYC Kids

Other than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is there really anything else to do in New York City on Thursday, November 22? You bet! We found fun ways to spend Thanksgiving Day in NYC with kids that don't involve eating turkey or watching giant balloons. Many of these events are FREE, and some of them occur only this year. Some, like the public art exhibit B. Wurtz: Kitchen Trees, are both free and here only in 2018.

Read on for our picks, from zoos to bowling alleys to movies, and even a super fun exhibit dedicated to Trolls. Got a car? Loads of events right outside New York City are open on Thanksgiving. See our guide to 10 picture-perfect holiday day-trips near NYC. In town for the whole holiday weekend? Here are 16 fun things to do in NYC over Thanksgiving break.

And finally, a very Happy Thanksgiving to your family from everyone at Mommy Poppins NYC. Here's to a festive holiday season.

For more events happening over Thanksgiving weekend, check out our Event Calendar and November GoList.

Macy's Santaland NYC: When and How to See Santa at Herald Square

There are few places to see Santa in New York City that compare with Macy's Santaland. It's a magical experience for tourists and natives alike during the Christmas season.

'Tis the season for Macy's to open its 13,000-square-foot winter wonderland, which overflows with holiday cheer from its live "elves," to an enchanted forest, animatronic toys, and a train display. Santa holds court from Friday, November 23, 2018 (the day after Thanksgiving and the parade) through Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve.

For the second year in a row, visitors must book a FREE reservation to visit with Santa at Santaland, which requires some advance planning but does mean a much shorter wait when you get there. Read on for everything you need to know about visiting Santaland this year.

Weekend Fun: Veterans Day, Film Fest, Mickey Mouse, Broadway

Sunday is Veterans Day, and that means it's time for the biggest celebration of service in the United States: The NYC Veterans Day Parade. Salutes to our military continue with Veterans Day Weekend events at the New-York Historical Society (on Monday, NYHS visitors get M&Ms, originally produced for WWII soldiers). Catch a Sunday concert of WWI-era music at Baruch Performing Arts Center or Carnegie Hall, or join Prospect Park's Veterans Day family programs when school's out on Monday. 

The third annual My First Film Fest kicks off this weekend for young cinephiles; festival standouts include Tito and the Birds from Brazil, Hayeo Miyazaki's Porco Rosso, and the Shorts screening. It's also the first weekend for Mickey: The True Original, a pop-up museum celebrating everyone's favorite mouse (this weekend's sold out, but tickets are available weekdays and over Thanksgiving weekend, if you care to plan ahead). If you're more inclined toward pig-and-frog adventure, The Muppets Take Manhattan all over again on Sunday at BAM.

Great shows and concerts fill this weekend, too: Layer the Walls at the 14th Street Y, Don Quixote Takes New York at LaMaMa Kids, and Just Kidding's Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers at Symphony Space. Plus there's the launch of this year's Broadway Under the Stars series, with free performances by the casts of School of Rock, Anastasia, and other hit shows.

Meanwhile, one of our favorite creative holiday displays comes out of the oven at last: Gingerbread Lane at the NY Hall of Science. Kids itching to create themselves can make candlestroll marionette puppetspaper—even Harry Potter-themed wands and brooms

Start planning your next holiday weekend with our helpful guide to the Thanksgiving Day Parade: Where to Watch, and What's New. Take advantage of our November GoList for easy holiday activity planning. And, of course, check in periodically with our Event Calendar for all the fun that's fit to post.

Big Apple Circus Returns to NYC with New Ringmaster and Incredible Acts

At a time when the world sometimes feels like a circus, it's soothing to find a real, true, exuberant circus wowing audiences at Lincoln Center. The Big Apple Circus is back for its 41st edition under an intimate one-ring big top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the stage. While many of the thrills are new, the joyful effect remains the same.

Stephanie Monseu, the fabulous new female ringmaster, keeps the show moving at an exhilarating clip alongside two wonderful clowns, Mark Gindick and Adam Kuchler. And the jaw-dropping array of acts, all backed by a live band, includes both veterans (Jenny Vidbel and her adorable animals) and first-timers (horizontal juggler Victor Moiseev). We've got the scoop on all the audience favorites, whether it's worth splurging on VIP tickets, and how you can connect with the circus stars after the show.

16 Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend with NYC Kids

The Thanksgiving holiday break is nearly here, and while Thursday is likely filled with giant helium-filled balloons and hearty portions, you've got three more days to entertain the kids after everyone's stuffed.

Whether you're entertaining out-of-towners, or enjoying a family staycation, we've got you covered. From only-in-NY experiences to fun holiday happenings and a slew of kid-friendly shows, we've rounded up 16 fun ways to spend some quality time with your family over the long weekend.

Tribeca with Kids: Top 30 Things to Do for NYC Families

One of New York City's original residential neighborhoods, Tribeca was initially settled back in the 1700s. The area has undergone several transformations since then. In the 19th century, it became an industrial and commercial hub, By post-World War II, it was a ghost town with only a few hundred residents, and block after block of empty warehouses. Thanks to all of that affordable loft space, artists and bohemians flocked to Tribeca in the 1980s and by the 2000s it had been reinvented once again as one of Manhattan's most affluent and amenity-filled areas.

Today, this unique neighborhood is in high demand with families thanks to its great public schools, the beautiful waterfront Hudson River Park, thriving locally owned businesses, kid-friendly restaurants, and a funky downtown vibe that is quickly disappearing from NYC. Here's a look at everything Tribeca has to offer families, including our favorites spots to eat, play, and shop, and our top things to do with kids in the neighborhood.

19 Indoor Party Spots with Mega Playgrounds for NYC Kids' Birthdays

For parents of winter babies, we feel your pain when it comes to birthday party options. While summer baby parents have both indoor and outdoor options (the park! the pool!), those of us with children born in colder months (or even fall and early spring), need to find a space where kids can run off all that pizza-and-cake energy. Enter: mega play spaces.

From bounce houses and trampolines to arcade-packed game spaces, these wide-open spaces give all pint-sized guests a chance to run free. Check out our top picks below—and start booking now.

8 Things to Love About the Children's Museum of Manhattan

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an absolute must-visit for any NYC family with young children, and it’s especially great for kids ages ten and under. This Upper West Side mainstay is a super-fun environment to learn about science, culture, art, music and history. CMOM features both permanent and rotating immersive exhibits, themed play areas, workshops, classes, and interactive performances, all designed around the latest child development research. The nearly 40,000-square-foot institution spans five stories, which seems to be just enough space to keep your children happy, engaged, and occupied without overwhelming them (or you).

I’ve taken my kids to CMOM more times than I can count, and it never gets old. There’s always something new and interesting to explore, along with some ever-present favorites (the fire truck is sure to please any child, big or small – just ask my husband). Read on to see our top reasons why CMOM is one of our favorite kid-centric destinations in all of New York City.

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