Top 10 Events: Thanksgiving Weekend

With a four day weekend approaching, Queens Mamas has put together the Top 10 to keep kids busy this week from Thursday – Sunday.  Happy Turkey Day!




Long Island City YMCA Kids Turkey Trot

November 24, 8:00 a.m.

Keep your kids active and help fight childhood obesity. Trophies for top 3 boy and girl finishers in each race. Each participating child will receive a medal, commemorative t-shirt, photo with the Turkey, a goodie bag, and refreshments. Raffle prizes for the whole family. REGISTER BEFORE NOVEMBER 24TH: $8 per child or $15 per family. REGISTER ON RACE-DAY: $10 per child or $20 per family REGISTRATION FORM CAN BE PICKED UP AT THE LONG ISLAND CITY YMCA OR DOWNLOADED AT

Long Island City YMCA, 32-23 Queens Blvd., LIC

A Christmas Carol

November 25, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.

The whole family will enjoy a live performance of this classic Dickens holiday tale.

Queens Theatre in the Park


November 25, 7:00p.m.

Head to the Museum of the Moving Image to share the classic Walt Disney movie, Fantasia, with your kids. When Walt Disney put it all on the line for this passion project combining his love of cartoons and classical music, it baffled many in its day. Now, Fantasia is one of the most beloved, influential films of all time.

Museum of the Moving Image, 37th Street at 35th Ave., Astoria

Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, Claymation Workshop and Fantasia

November 25, All Day Events

The Museum of the Moving Image has got you covered with a 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. screening of the Christmas Tale, Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas; a 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Claymation workshop; and a 7:00 p.m. screening of the classic Disney film Fantasia.  Spend the day and see the entire schedule of events at The Museum of the Moving Image.

Museum of the Moving Image, 37th Street at 35th Ave., Astoria

Volcano Mine Ride

November 25 – November 27, Open All Day

Kids ages four and older can experience every sound and motion of an active fiery volcano in this simulated motion ride. Visit Volcano Mine Ride.

New York Hall of Science

Bounce U

November 25 and November 26, Various Classes and Times

Get in a little excerise before the leftovers get served again with various bounce times and classes at Bounce U including a “Black Friday” Bounce, a “Cosmic” bounce and various bounce times for different age group.  Check out all the fun at Bounce U.

Bounce U, College Point

Saturday Science Lab

November 26, 11:00 a.m.

Children in grades 1-6 are invited to explore cool science experiments in the library’s lab.  Learn more at Queens Library.

Central Library, Jamaica

Arts for Tots in Japanese

November 26, 10:30 a.m.

Open to children ages 2-4, kids will enjoy sculpting shapes.  All materials are provided.  Register in advance at The Noguchi Museum.

Noguchi Museum, Long Island City


November 27, 1:15 p.m. (4-6 year olds); 2:15 p.m. (7-12 year olds)

Kids can burn off there sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie at this high-energy Zumba class for kids.  Learn more at Zumbatomic.

Queens Central Y, Forest Hills

Historic New York: The Fort Totten Tunnel Tour

November 27,  1:00 pm

Walking through tunnels and hidden chambers can be very exciting, especially when you have a guide who knows them well and is armed with a lantern.  Come see an unfamiliar park of Fort Totten for free. For more information, call (718) 352-1769

Fort Totten Visitor’s Center (in Fort Totten Park), 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside


If you’re staying home:


85th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

NBC, Channel 4

There is nothing better then waking up on Thanksgiving Day and enjoying the parade together.  Forget trying to brave the crowds and tune-in to NBC for all your favorite Broadway musicals, celebrities and character balloons including Buzz Lightyear, Kung Fu Panda and Spiderman!  For more information visit Thanksgiving Day Parade.


A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

November 24, 8:00 p.m.

ABC, Channel 7

Since 1973, kids have been tuning in to this classic peanuts tale before bed as a great way to wrap-up the festivities of the day.  Check it out at A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.


Jennie Abrams – Rosenberg