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72 Hours of Fun for Kids During Veterans Day Weekend in NYC

From history brought to life to immersive underwater adventures, Veterans Day weekend brings family activities for all ages.

Thank veterans for their service this weekend

Veterans Day is a time to celebrate and honor our service members…it’s also a time to sneak in a little extra weekend fun. If you and the kids have off (public high schoolers have a half day on Friday, November 10, and some private schools may be off entirely)—or even if you don’t!—you’re in luck. New York City has countless fun, family-friendly events to keep you busy through Monday. Here, our top picks for the long weekend:

Living History: Veterans Day Weekend
Honor veterans past and present and watch historic battles come to life at the New-York Historical Society. Living historians re-enact scenes all weekend: On Friday, join the fight for independence during the American Revolution; on Saturday, team up with the Union in the American Civil War; and on Sunday, dive deep into World War I.

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No one’s messing with this clique at the New-York Historical Society.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street), Upper West Side
Friday, November 10–Sunday, November 12
Free with museum admission ($21; $16 for seniors/educators/active military; $13 for students; $6 for children 5–13; free for children 4 and under). Veterans admitted free all weekend long, and all visitors admitted free on Saturday.

The Migration
Step Afrika! returns to the New Victory Theater with a joyful performance that brings Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series to life with a celebratory show that includes dance, singing, percussion, and stepping. The live event incorporates Lawrence’s moving collection of paintings, which are projected on set, detailing the journey of the millions of African-Americans who migrated from the rural South to the urban North.

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Feel the migration at the New Vic. / Photo courtesy of William Perrigen

New Victory Theater
209 West 42nd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Midtown
Friday, November 10–Sunday, November 26
Tickets start at $16

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Take your kids on a journey to the wondrous Pacific Ocean—without getting wet! National Geographic’s immersive experience in the heart of Times Square incorporates high-tech lighting and sound effects with stunning visuals to create a fully immersive and interactive oceanic world that explores various habitats and the magnificent creatures that inhabit them. Get lost in a kelp forest and interact with friendly sea lions; meander through a beautiful coral reef while fish, sea turtles, and stingrays swim about; marvel at the deep depths of the sea where the Humboldt squid resides; and explore the open ocean with a humpback whale.

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Swim in the ocean while staying above sea level. / Photo courtesy of Ocean Odyssey

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
226 West 44th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Midtown
$39.50; $36.50 for seniors; $32.50 for children 12 and under

“Soulful Creatures: Animal Mummies in Ancient Egypt”
The phrase “ancient Egyptian mummies” may immediately conjure images of pharaohs like King Tut; however, ancient burial grounds have also been the resting place for many millions of animal mummies! It was believed that animals had connections to deities and could deliver messages to the gods in the afterlife. Learn more about this ancient practice while exploring more than 30 mummified birds, cats, snakes, and other animals.

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All dogs go to heaven…or the Brooklyn Museum. / Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights
Through Sunday, January 21, 2018
$16; $10 for seniors; $12 for students with valid ID; $6 for children 12–19; free for children 11 and under 

Gingerbread Lane
The world’s largest gingerbread village returns to the New York Hall of Science. This annual holiday tradition (and winner of the Guinness World Record for the past four years) opens on Veterans Day, making it one of the first displays to ring in the holiday season. Chef Jon Lovitch is the mastermind behind the houses, spending an entire year designing, planning, baking, building, and decorating the stunning and aromatic exhibition.

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It’s never too early to crave gingerbread.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Corona
Saturday, November 11–Monday, January 15, 2018
$16; $13 for seniors, children 2-17, and students (with college ID); free for children under 2

Contact one of our experience advisers and take the hassle out of planning the perfect long weekend.