Whether your family is looking to burn off extra calories, create a new tradition or just have a little fun together, we have the perfect Thanksgiving activity ideas for you.
Run a Turkey Trot1 of 9
Turkey trots are a time-tested Thanksgiving Day tradition. Not only do these family-friendly runs offer the chance to earn extra helpings at dinner, but many also give back to the community. Most turkey trots are 5Ks, and participants can run, walk or a combination of the two. Not to mention, costumes are welcome!
Play a Game of Touch Football2 of 9
Talk about the perfect family halftime activity! Step away from the couch (but bring the snacks) and head outside for a game of touch football. After all, what's more fun than giving the kids the chance to tackle their relatives? Raise the stakes by giving the winning team first pick from the dessert table.
Help Others in Need3 of 9
There's no better time than Thanksgiving to teach kids a lesson in compassion. Volunteer as a family at a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Alternately, you may choose to spend a few hours at home sorting clothing, canned goods and toiletries to donate to those in need.
Get Crafty4 of 9
Busy little hands can wreak havoc at the holidays, picking through pies and pulling apart centerpieces (among other things). Give them something constructive and creative to do instead! Create an "imagination station" in an unused corner, laying out plenty of paper and crayons or the makings for a cool fall craft.
Host a Game Tournament5 of 9
Even if the weather isn't cooperating, a good old-fashioned board game tournament can get everyone energized and engaged. Whether you're into wordplay or building an empire, guessing at trivia or getting out of jail free, there are countless options to choose from. Cards are also fair game. The only rule is 'no screens allowed.'
Go for a Walk6 of 9
Grab the family dog and take a stroll around the block. Or, if everyone's feeling ambitious, select a nearby park, creek or nature preserve to explore. Outdoor exercise can boost your mood and reduce stress–and who doesn't need that around the holidays?
Take a Family Bike Ride7 of 9
When the weather is cool and the leaves look stunning, it's also a great time for a family bike ride. Select a fun destination that's not too far, and make sure to budget enough time for a round-trip by dinner. Who knows? You might even start a new holiday tradition or inspire your next family vacation.
Make a Family Tree8 of 9
Finally, Thanksgiving sets the perfect scene to create a keepsake family tree. With help from mom and dad, the tree's outline can be drawn by hand or even prepared with a digital template. Throughout the day, kids can interview family members to fill in the branches. The finished product can then be shared at the dinner table–along with more than a little history, we're willing to bet!