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9 Thanksgiving Weekend Activities To Keep Your Kids Busy


Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and friends, indulge in your favorite holiday dishes, and—well—give thanks for the fortunes that have come your way over the past year. While football fans and Black Friday shoppers have it made on Thanksgiving weekend, what about the rest of us who are looking for some relaxing family fun? Luckily, Seattle is brimming with kid-friendly activities to keep you and your little ones entertained all weekend long. Happy Thanksgiving!

1.  Are your kiddos out of school and just itching to expel some of that pre Thanksgiving pent-up energy? Instead of letting them bounce around the house all day, throw on the scarves and coats and head on out to the many parks in the Seattle area. Try checking out some fast playground slides, a new playground in your neighborhood, a zip lining park if you're game for adventure, or head to "the beach" at a sandy indoor oasis.

2. Don't forget to relish the tryptophan-induced food coma once you've finished eating and relax--Thanksgiving is a holiday after all! Play a fun round of your favorite game, whether it be Battleship or Clue, or bust out the markers and construction paper and make a Thanksgiving inspired craft.

2. Oh, but what to do after the turkey coma has worn off? The obvious answer is the Macy’s Holiday Parade, which starts bright and early at 9:00 am on Friday, November 23, the day after Thanksgiving. Get there early so the little ones can watch the floats, marching bands and other spectacles welcoming Santa to town in his brand-new sleigh. The best view is from Westlake Center across from Macy’s.

3. Seattle Center kicks of the Winterfest holiday celebration on Friday, November 23 with an amazing opening ceremony featuring the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. Seattle Center Winterfest runs for five weeks and boasts a favorite amongst Seattle families: the Winterfest Ice rink. There's also an ice sculpting demonstration on Saturdays. All of the Winterfest holiday events, except for the ice skating, are free.

4. Sure, you've got a whole month of holiday cheer to look forward to, but if the supermarkets are already stocking Christmas decorations, then there's no reason you can't get in the holiday mood by building a gingerbread house. Head over to the Hotel Murano in Tacoma on November 24 or 25 and put those building skills to work.

5. If fighting the downtown Black Friday crowds isn't your thing, then we suggest heading to a local bookstore for a quiet respite from the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, catch a kid-friendly flick, or brave the creepy crawly world at the Monroe Serpentarium.

6. Have Pictionary, Apples to Apples and charades gotten old? Seattle has a variety of family-friendly bowling alleys to choose from so take the whole fam out for a day of bowling, a game that can be enjoyed by all.

7. If your family needs to get out of the house this weekend, you can hope in the car for a fun day trip, jump on I-5 Northbound to escape the city, or have a staycation and explore a hot new neighborhood that boasts it's own pinball arcade. For the more hip set, head to Capitol Hill for cool shops and some good eats that will give you a break from leftovers.

8. If it's Sunday and if you're anything like us, you've been eating Thanksgiving dinner leftovers for quite a few meals. If you're looking for a meal that's not leftovers then we have a few options that will get you out of the house and surely satisfy your cravings including, kid-friendly breweries, places for hearty fall soup, and an indoor farmers market serving up delicious eats rain or shine. Bon Appetite!

9. The holiday season can't officially start until Santa comes to town, which just so happens to be this weekend. Friday, November 23, Santa himself will be riding his sleigh down Bellevue Way along with all of his friends and helpers along Snowflake Lane. Grab a spot on NE 8th for a little extra elbow room to watch the parade, and bring your camera for a chance to snap a photo with St. Nick.

And, please, pace yourself. The holiday fun launches on Thanksgiving weekend, but it keeps rolling until we’ve welcomed in the new year. Share your family's Thanksgiving weekend traditions below. 

photo credit: di_the_huntressandreaardenjc.winkler

Source: Seattle Kids


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