New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

Last night, my synagogue hosted its annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration, in which the clergy and members of local religious groups come together to share prayers and songs of hope and understanding. With all the distress in the world, it's a night I really do savor, especially because of the adorable children's choirs. And I'll say this much for world peace: If the religious leaders of several faiths can survive my eight-year-old son, there may be hope for us all. [Here's What Happened]


--Eric Messinger  

Parenting Tips

*Gobble gobble! Thanksgiving is almost here: Have you properly prepped for all the balloon inflating (starting at 3pm today!) and parade viewing fun? The 86th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has a new route so check out our helpful tips for watching this NYC tradition on Turkey Day.   


*The only thing more challenging than learning how to text your kids is interpreting their responses. We thought it only fair that parents be brought up to speed on the lingo. Use this fun translator to crack their codes during the flurry of texts this holiday weekend!   


*If you're looking to throw a magical, memorable birthday party for your child, look no further than our savvy guide to kid celebrations in the city. Plus, don't miss our roundup of party favors under $10. 

Contests & Giveaways

*"Harry Potter: The Exhibition" is back at Discovery Times Square, transporting NYC Muggles to the magical realm of Hogwarts. 

Never-before-seen props, interactive vignettes, and real Quidditch games will delight fans, and we have five family 4-packs to give away! To enter, click here. Deadline is Friday, December 7.


And don't forget...

*Vote for the best Halloween costume!

*Our Big Apple Circus giveaway

*Lunch with pregnancy guru Latham Thomas

Hot Topics & Tips 

*The most delicious part of any Thanksgiving feast is probably the sides. Here are recipes for crispy Thanksgiving potatoes, kale and eggplant chips, sweet potato casserole, and cheese crusted baked tomatoes.


*The holidays can be the most stressful time of the year. Thankfully, Mommybites' Jingle holiday bash on Tuesday, Nov 27 makes the to-do list much easier, combining one-stop shopping, local snacking, and parental mingling into one glamorous night of grown-up fun.


*It's that time of year for giving thanks. And our new Parenting In Progress blogger Lorraine Duffy Merkl is trying to get her son's grateful, service-minded attitude to translate from the wider world to inside the home


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Holiday Weekend Preview 

Below just a snippet of this weekend's festivities, but you can find more ideas for family fun in our full online planner.


Start working off the carbs to come at the NYC Pilgrim Pedal, guided by certified bike instructors. Route begins in Gramercy. Get ready, get set, go! (Thursday)


Dive into the holiday season at the American Museum of Natural History, whose 500-piece origami tree is now on view alongside special workshops. What a pine. (Thursday-Sunday)


The theater adaptation of "A Christmas Story" brings a classic and hilarious tale with bunny pajamas, leg lamps, and freezing flagpoles to Times Square this weekend. You'll shoot your eye out! (Thursday-Sunday)


Black Violin makes string instruments cool in their energetic and scintillating fusion of classical, jazz, hip hop, and blues tunes. Last chance to catch them at The New Victory Theater! (Friday-Sunday)


Join the Children's Museum of Manhattan for the debut of its Family Chef Series, in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, and get healthy diet tips from Sara Jenkins of Porchetta fame. Yummm. (Saturday)


Love martial arts action movies? Be amazed by the real thing at The Shaolin Warriors' kung fu performance at Brooklyn College. Hi-yah! (Sunday)

November 21-27, 2012
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