Stepping Out

Smashed pumpkins at Cradle of Aviation Museum

Don't throw your pumpkins away, drop 'em


Holiday Fun

Smashing Pumpkins Drop

It’s time throw a few pumpkins! Avoid the Black Friday shopping frenzy and visit Cradle of Aviation Museum for its annual pumpkin drop. The kids can drop pumpkins from the museum’s upper floor balcony and watch as gravity takes over and the pumpkins become a pile of pulp (or mush) three floors below. It’s a great way to demonstrate the effects of gravity or simply use it as an opportunity to let out a little frustration. Either way it’s a lot of fun for the whole family. You can bring your own pumpkin or toss one of the museum’s pumpkins. After the drop, explore the museum’s eight galleries, which take you through on a trip through over 100 years of air and space history, from kites and balloons to man’s first steps on the moon.

Friday, Nov. 23, smashing pumpkin drop, 12-3 p.m. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Museum Row, Garden City. (516) 572-4111 or

1863 Thanksgiving

If you missed it last weekend, there’s still time to experience a traditional Thanksgiving as it was celebrated in the 19th century, during Old Bethpage Village Restoration’s annual Thanksgiving event. Old-fashioned wood burning stoves, beehive ovens and hearths will be fired up to prepare a variety of foods and baked goods, using historical recipes. A fat turkey is spitted and roasted, with a demonstration of food preservation methods, musical entertainment and children’s activities.

Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $10 adults, $7 children 4-14 and seniors. 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage. (516) 572-8400.

On Stage

Home for the Holidays…

Brooklyn’s Steve Solomon, the star and creator of “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy,” brings his comic touch to the season in his new one-man show to ring in the holidays. When everyone arrives home to celebrate the holidays, Steve is thrown together with all his dysfunctional family members in a riotous celebration of the holiday season. The uproarious show examines this time of peace, joy, and remembering why you left home in the first place.

Saturday, Nov. 24, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 25, 3 p.m. $39 and $49. Madison Theatre, Molloy College, 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre. (516) 678-5000 ext. 7715 or