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Things to Do in North Texas While the Kids Are Out of School for Thanksgiving

November 20, 2019
Things to Do in North Texas While the Kids Are Out of School for Thanksgiving

Beautiful North Texas offers temperate weather, welcoming communities, and endless activities year-round. But with the kids out of school for an entire Thanksgiving week, even the most creative parents may find themselves needing a few moments alone in the closet. Let’s face it: time away from school disrupts routines and can be stressful for everyone, especially if you’re juggling work, Thanksgiving preparations, out of town company, and other duties. Our ArrowBrooke planned community is committed to keeping families happy, healthy, and safe year-round. That means finding something fun to do might mean little more than walking to a neighbor’s house. If you’re itching to get out of the house, check out these amazing Thanksgiving week activities.

Frozen Premieres

Frozen 2 premieres November 22, making this movie a great weekend event for families transitioning into Thanksgiving week. Make the most of the premiere by getting fully into the Frozen spirit. Encourage kids to dress up. Sing along to Frozen songs on the way to the theater, and be prepared to hear lots of references all Thanksgiving week. If you’re craving some time to yourself, a Frozen-themed playset might be a great investment for keeping the kids occupied during or before Thanksgiving dinner.

North Texas Thanksgiving Events

Aubrey, Texas, and the surrounding North Texas community boasts some great fall and Thanksgiving-themed activities this week. Check out these ideas:

  • Get teens to stop whining by sending them to the Ultimate Teen Glow Party.
  • Burn off some restless energy on the morning of Thanksgiving at the Paris Fitness and Aquatics 44th Annual Turkey Trot.
  • Want to get the whole family in the right headspace as you head into Thanksgiving day chaos? Check out Goat Yoga Thanksgiving morning.
  • If you’re dreaming of winter-themed fun and a little irritated that there’s no snow, head to Panther Island Ice for family-friendly skating. 

Fun at Home

If you’re entertaining guests or trying to clean the house for Thanksgiving, you don’t have to get everyone dressed and piled into the car to enjoy a little holiday fun. Try the following easy options:

  • Put up a tent in the living room and have an indoor family camping day.
  • If indoor camping doesn’t feel authentic enough, try toasting s’mores in the backyard.
  • Make some holiday-themed crafts. Get a few barrettes, earring backs, or ring blanks from a craft store or Etsy. Then glue Thanksgiving or Christmas-themed decorations onto the jewelry.
  • Make a succulent pumpkin. This is a great centerpiece, and a fun craft for older kids. Simply glue moss to the top of a pumpkin, then glue succulents into the moss. When you’re done with the centerpiece, pull the succulents off and plant them in succulent soil.

Cooking Together

If you’re sick of having kids under foot when you’re preparing a holiday meal, don’t send them to their rooms. Involve them. Younger kids love to feel like grown-ups, so find age-appropriate ways to cook together. Some strategies might include:

  • Show children how to set the table.
  • Give children a mixing bowl and let them mix ingredients on the floor.
  • Ask older kids to help with chopping vegetables.
  • Make a dessert together.
  • Ask kids what side they’d most like to see this Thanksgiving, then help them make it.

Picky eaters may be more likely to eat food they prepared, so if you know you’re in for a mealtime battle, getting the kids involved in the process may be the best Thanksgiving gift you give yourself.

In ArrowBrooke’s beautiful North Texas homes, every day is worth celebrating. We know you’ll be thrilled to show your loved ones your stunning kitchen and breathtaking holiday spread. Ready to invest in your family’s perfect forever home? Check out our available options here.

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