Thanksgiving Activities to Try With Your Family

Looking for a fun way to spend Thanksgiving Day, or want to start some meaningful Turkey Day traditions? This mix of indoor and outdoor activities will bring your family closer together in the true spirit of the holiday. Our location in the Upper West Side gives you front row access to some of Manhattan’s best Thanksgiving activities.

Start with watching the Thanksgiving Parade. Families have enjoyed watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV since 1948 (with the parade first being held in 1924). Watching giant balloons, floats, and marching bands roll through the streets of New York City with your family is a cozy and magical way to start the holiday. You also have the awesome opportunity to see the parade in person – with us being right on the Upper West Side. Head over to Central Park West the night before the parade and watch as they blow up the balloons by the Museum of Natural History! The crowds are much smaller than the actual parade and it’s up close and personal to all your favorites as a kid.

For a fun outdoor activity try out a “Turkey Trot” Run or Walk. Everyone in your family can work up an appetite for your Turkey Day feast by participating in a community walk or run. There’s probably a “turkey trot” or two in our area, and the registration funds raised typically benefit a good cause. For New Yorkers, the Prospect Park Track Club Turkey Trot takes place Thanksgiving Day at 9am, but with our proximity to Central Park and Riverside Park, there are tons of opportunities to plan your own.

One admirable way to spend Thanksgiving Day is serving food to less-fortunate families at a soup kitchen, church, or community center. If you can’t help on the holiday itself, look into ways your family can pitch in beforehand, such as collecting and sorting donated food or baking pies from the heart. Local “West Side Campaign Against Hunger,” is taking place November 22nd from 12:45-2:15pm, where you bring a frozen turkey and help “West Side Campaign Against Hunger” provide low-income families with turkeys for Thanksgiving! The event will take place at 263 West 86th Street (Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew) between Broadway & West End Avenue.

Entertain the Child in You in the UWS

Have family coming to town or friends with kids that you’d like to entertain? While there are a plethora of things to do in NYC for adults, there’s also some great things that kids AND adults can enjoy as well. Check out some of these options in the Upper West Side!

Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is organizing a fun event entitled: Morningside Lights. From Saturday, September 19th – Saturday, September 26th, the event delivers a week’s worth creative workshops in which families can design and craft their own lanterns. They can then showcase their work in a twilight procession through Morningside Park on Sept 26th at 8pm. The evening will be filled with a glowing, beautiful mass of handmade art. This year’s theme, “New York Nocturne” calls for vibrant lanterns inspired by the city after dark. Be sure to sign up for workshops online. A special craft table for families can also be found at the Common Ground Festival (Sept 26th) on the day of the big parade in Morningside Park. The event is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Before you take the little ones to Broadway, try something a little more low-key and local first. For some theatre fun with the kids,  check out the performance of Click, Clack, Moo at the Calhoun’s Mary Lea Johnson Performing Arts Center. The performance is on Saturday, September 26th at 2:00pm.

Also happening this September, Children’s Museum of Manhattan has a new installation called, NYC + Me: A Little Bite of the Big Apple. Only a 10 minute walk away from The Sagamore, this could be an easy, fun event to bring the kids to. From Friday, September 25th-mid January 2016, Little New Yorkers can explore their hometown at CMOM’s new exhibit that celebrates living in the Big Apple. In the gallery, tots can drive taxis and police cars, build mini skyscrapers, make public art, show off their talents on the street, manage a food cart, read stories, run for local government and even try a NYC-themed obstacle course.