Thanksgiving Week Activities on Long Island

turkeyThanksgiving Day is rapidly approaching, and many of us spend the day with family as we think about what we’re thankful for.  We’ve come up with some ideas of wonderful Thanksgiving week activities on Long Island that families can look forward to.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Head over to Garvies Point Museum and preserve to learn about life on Long Island. They are also offering a special Thanksgiving event. Check out their Native American Festival which will feature demonstrations of American Indian cooking, pottery-making, fire-making and films.

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
November 23-24, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.
Admission: $5.00, children under 4 are free.

Huntington Harbor Of Lights Holiday Boat Parade
View the annual boat parade, presented by Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society, for a spectacular evening with the family. Make sure to arrive early to find street parking along the water.

324 W Shore Rd, Huntington, NY
November 29, 2013
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Long Island Children’s Museum
Bring the kids to Long Island Children’s Museum for the day! While there be sure to check out their new exhibit: Broken? Fix it!

11 Davis Avenue, Garden City, NY
November 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Head over to your local movie theater. Thanksgiving weekend is popular for new movies to premiere in the theater. Disney’s Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Delivery Man and Contracted are all coming out Thanksgiving week.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Start your morning of right by watching the classic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you are of the more adventurous type, head over to New York City to watch the parade live for an experience not to be forgotten. The parade will also be televised on NBC from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Watch to see many performers such as Ariana Grande, Kellie Pickler and the Goo Goo Dolls. As always there will be an incredible array of balloons and floats.

Thanksgiving Food
Enjoy brunch at one of the many Long Island restaurants offering delicious meals over the holiday weekend. Want to try making your own Thanksgiving food? Read our posts: Toddler Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes and Roast Turkey with Brown Sugar and Mustard Glaze and Roasted Yams with Rosemary.

pieThanksgiving Crafts
Create a Thankful Tree with the entire family. Children will enjoy tracing and cutting out their hand prints. Once cut out, arrange the handprints on the tree and write in what you are thankful for.  This is a great way to reflect on the year with the kids and teach them what Thanksgiving is all about. Want more crafts? Read our posts: DIY Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids and Simple and Fun Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids.

Turkey Trots
Turkey Trots are a fun way to raise money for a cause and to enjoy Thanksgiving. This year there are several walks and fun runs being held on Thanksgiving morning. Here are just a few.

2013 Smiles Turkey Trot at Corey Beach Park
The Great South Bay, Blue Point, NY
9:00 a.m.
$25 for 5k run and $15 for Fun Run

Turkey Trot at Oyster Bay High School
150 East Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
9:00 a.m.

6th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot 
285 Stewart Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
8:30 a.m.
$15 for Fun Run / $25 for 5k

Montauk Turkey Trot-Run for Fun
742 Montauk Hwy., The Green, Montauk,, NY
8:00 a.m.- 9:30 a.m.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to show your thanks.  Head over to a local senior center or soup kitchen to give back to the community.

By Tara Arichabala

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