Walk off Thanksgiving Day dinner with a 12-mile stroll along the Hudson River with Shorewalkers on Saturday. Meet at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, Whitehall Street at 10 a.m., and walk north with the group to the Little Red Lighthouse in Washington Heights. Bring water, lunch and a mid-day snack — and a camera for the spectacular river views. Check the Shorewalkers website for more information, or call 212-330-7686.
Free piano recital at the Nicholas Roerich Museum at 5 p.m. Sunday. This is a wonderful hidden gem museum of Asian art, on the Upper West Side. Check the museum website for more information.
Staten Island Ferry — always free, always spectacular views of the NYC skyline. Get some peace and quiet, reflect on the holiday madness.
Three Bears Holiday Bash is back at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater in Central Park. This popular puppet musical includes stories of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, and is playing almost daily through December 30th. Reservations are required — $8 for adults and $5 for kids. Buy tickets online on the City Parks Foundation website.
Free guided walking tours in NYC parks on Saturday —
- Take a walk with a Prospect Park naturalist to discover autumn secrets. Meet at the Audubon Center at the Prospect Park Boathouse. The walk is 3 PM to 4 PM and suitable for children.
- Tour the area around Union Square Park to learn why this part of NYC is called the Crossroads of New York (Times Square is the Crossroads of the World). The free walking tour is 3 PM to 4:30 PM. Meet at Abraham Lincoln at East 16th St.