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Top Family Activities for Thanksgiving When the Kids are Out of School

Posted on Blog, Family and Home, Holidays November 15, 2018

Wanting to make the most of your family time when the kids are out of school? Read on to learn the top family activities for Thanksgiving.

It’s almost Thanksgiving Break, which means you’ll soon hear those dreaded words from your children.

“I’m bored.”

Instead of having your children spend hours watching television or playing video games, use this break from school to make memories.

  1. Volunteer or Community Service

One of the best Thanksgiving ideas is to volunteer or perform community service as a family.

Use your time to give back to the great community you live in. Check out local soup kitchens or homeless shelters and see if they need volunteers. Search for volunteer activities online if you’re unsure where to start.

Also, consider volunteering in your local neighborhood. Rake leaves for an older neighbor, bake cookies to brighten someone’s day or pick up trash along the road.

  1. Thanksgiving Art Festival

The Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Festival is a great event for your family.

Choose a day to head over to this free festival. There you’ll find hand-crafted artwork from over 100 exhibitors.

You can use the festival as a chance to get ahead on Christmas shopping. Give every family member a budget to buy thoughtful presents. Or just enjoy all the art and spend the day exploring the exhibits.

  1. Polar Express Train Ride

The Gold Coast Railroad Museum offers a Polar Express Train Ride for the whole family.

Enjoy an actual train ride, interacting with characters from the movie, and a reading of the classic book. Each child will also get a silver bell from Santa’s sleigh for a magical start to your holiday season.

Children are invited to immerse themselves in the story by wearing their pajamas. Spend the evening before your ride reading the classic book and watching the movie for a great experience.

  1. Santa’s Enchanted Forest

Santa’s Enchanted Forest is the world’s largest holiday-themed park.

While there, enjoy over 100 rides, shows, food, and amazing lights. This venue is open all of November and December so the fun isn’t limited to Thanksgiving break.

Take advantage of a season pass and enjoy the holiday-themed park over several nights. There’s fun for the whole family.

  1. Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving activities wouldn’t be complete without Thanksgiving dinner.

Instead of mom working up a sweat all day, make the cooking process a fun, family affair. Assign each member of your family with cooking their own dish. Let your children pick out their recipes and make a shopping list.

Spend the day shopping for supplies and teaching your children how to cook their holiday favorites. Ignore the messy kitchen and let your children’s creativity shine. Make it a challenge and give out awards for best dish, most original recipe, or best presentation.

If you’re not up for cooking, check out the best spots in Fort Lauderdale for Thanksgiving dinner.

Beyond Thanksgiving Family Activities

Once you know what family activities will keep your children entertained during Thanksgiving Break it’s time to start thinking about Christmas break.

While Thanksgiving break is just a few days, Christmas break lasts several weeks. Don’t make the holidays a stressful time. Plan out at least one small activity to do as a family for each day.

Looking for other fun things to do with your family year-round? Check out this article about family-friendly activities in South Florida.




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