From pilgrim crafts to turkey lollipops, storytime, performances and more, one things is for sure -- there's no shortage of Thanksgiving events for kids on Long Island. Here's a calendar of fun, family-friendly Thanksgiving events to enjoy all month long:
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Pressed Apron Leaves
WHERE | WHEN Island Trees Library, 38 Farmedge Rd., Island Trees; 4:30 p.m.
INFO: Free; 516-731-2211; islandtreespubliclibrary.com
Children will decorate a full canvas apron with pockets for Thanksgiving using painted pressed leaves. Dress for a mess!
Wednesday, Nov. 16 (and Sat., Nov.19)
"Pocahontas -- The Peace Maker"
WHERE | WHEN Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma; 11/16: 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; Sat. 11/19: 1 p.m.
INFO $16 adults, $6 children 12 and under and senior citizens older than 62; 631-737-1964; theballetcenter.org
This one-hour ballet brings to life the story of a young girl, Pocahontas, who believed in peace between Native Americans and English colonists. Dancers perform classical ballet to a variety of music, including songs based on American Indian melodies.
Thursday, Nov. 17
Hearty Thanksgiving Feast
WHERE | WHEN What's Cooking? 30 East Main St., Oyster Bay; 4:30-6:30 p.m.
INFO $49; 516-922-2665; whatscookingny.com
This homemade Thanksgiving dinner features turkey stuffing burgers, garlic mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, cornbread and chocolate turkey lollipops. This session also includes a holiday craft.
WHERE | WHEN Seatuck Environmental Association, 550 South Bay Ave., Islip; 10:30-11:30 a.m.
INFO $8; $4 for members (price include one child and one caregiver); 631-581-6908; seatuck.org
There's no better time of year to celebrate the turkey! Kids will learn about wild turkeys on Long Island and even test out More than just a meal, turkeys are actually fascinating animals. We’ll learn about wild turkeys on Long Island and even test our abilities in a contest to see who can do the best turkey gobble!
Perfect for tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12. Enjoy Thanksgiving games, activities and crafts. Registration is required, with first priority to Valley Stream cardholders.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 19-20 and 26-27
1863 Thanksgiving Celebration
WHERE | WHEN Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
INFO $10, $7 for ages 5-12 and over 60; 516-572-8400; nassaucountyny.gov/parks
Take a step back in history and enjoy an old-fashioned Thanksgiving feast with everything from wood-burning stoves, beehive stoves and ovens, and hearths which are used to prepare the foods and baked goods made from 19th century recipes. Each afternoon, historical musical programs are offered and at the Noon Inn, children's stories will be read several times a day.
Friday and Saturday Nov. 19-20
American Indian Fest
WHERE | WHEN Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, 50 Barry Dr., Glen Cove; 10-4 p.m.
INFO $5, up to 4 is free; 516-571-8010; garviespointmuseum.com
Learn about Indian American cooking as well as fire making, pottery, films, corn grinding, spear throwing and more.
Sunday, Nov. 20
Native American Day
WHERE | WHEN Conklin Barn, 2 High St., Huntington; 2-4 p.m.
INFO $20 per child, adults are free; 631-427-7045, huntingtonhistoricalsociety.org
Explore the history of Native Americans and learn about their traditions, skills, food and more. For children ages 7 to 12; crafts games, songs and refreshments are included. Registration is required.
Kids & Family Programs: A Feast for the Eyes
WHERE | WHEN Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury; 12 p.m.
INFO $10 ($5 members); 516-333-0048, ext. 301; oldwestburygardens.org
Create a holiday floral arrangement for your Thanksgiving table using a bounty of autumn-inspired materials. For ages 6 - 10; class size is limited, registration is required. .
Monday, Nov. 21
Teen Cuisine: Thanksgiving Cornbread
WHERE | WHEN Elmont Public Library, 700 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont; 7 p.m.
INFO free; 516-354-5280; nassaulibrary.org/elmont
Learn to make delicious cornbread for Thanksgiving. You'll receive a recipe booklet and take the bread home to bake. Preference given to Elmont library cardholders; registration is required.
Tuesday, Nov. 22
Thanksgiving Storytime and Activity
WHERE | WHEN Barnes & Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset; 10:30 a.m.
INFO Free; 516-365-6723; barnesandnoble.com
Enjoy a Thanksgiving story and activity; all children are welcome.
Thursday, Nov. 24: Happy Thanksgiving!
Turkey Trot 2011
WHERE | WHEN Nissequogue River State Park, 799 Saint Johnland Rd., Kings Park; 8:30 a.m.
INFO Turkey Trot $10, 5K preregistration $20, race day $25; ourstatepark.com
Trot for kids (1K) starts at 8:30 a.m.; the 5K run/walk starts at 9 a.m. Prizes are awarded and it will be held rain or shine. Registration is required.
Friday, Nov. 25 (and Nov. 26)
Princess Tea Party
WHERE | WHEN Ballet Long Island, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma; 12-3 p.m. (performances every hour on the hour)
INFO $18; $30 for 2; 631-737-1964; theballetcenter.org
Ballet Long Island presents a Tea Party with the Princesses. Performing love on stage are Cinderella, Snow White, The Little Mermaid, Santa, and more. After the performance join the princesses and their friends for a tea party with cupcakes, cookies, juice, coffee and tea.
School's Out: Post Thanksgiving
WHERE | WHEN Center for Science Teaching and Learning, 1 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
INFO $50; 516-764-0045
Full-day programs for children ages 5-12, includes exploring nature and science with a variety of activities, bring lunch, after care is available. Registration is required.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society's Gingerbread Competition
WHERE | WHEN West Islip Public Library, 3 Higbie Lane, West Islip; 11-4pm
INFO 631.661-7080; sagtikosmanor.com/events
Sagtikos Manor Historical Society is holding its first Gingerbread Competition. Public viewing and judging; there are two categories: adults, 17 and up and children, 8 to 16 with a prize awarded to each top place finisher in each category. The top three finishers in each category will be shown during the holiday house tours at Sagtikos Manor Dec 10 — 11th. If you'd like to enter, registration is free, but must be mailed in and received by Saturday, Nov. 19.
Sunday, Nov. 27
Thanksgiving Origami: Be a Green Hero
WHERE | WHEN Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, 301 Main St. (Rte. 25A), Cold Spring Harbor; 2 p.m.
INFO Free with museum admission; 631-367-3418
Great for kids ages 6 to 12. Get ideas to help keep our planet clean and then enjoy an origami-making session.