Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Nov. 24-25

From all of us on the Mommy Poppins Houston team, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for all of you who support us by reading our content and sharing our articles. Y'all are the best!

For those of you who may have waited until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving feast and are suddenly looking to outsource it, we have you covered! Just check out our round-up of kid-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving for an easy fix to feeding the family this holiday. 

If you're officially ready to start kicking off the Christmas holiday activities, we are your one stop shop for all of the events: 

Looking for even more activities and events? Head over to our Fall Fun and Harvest Guideevent calendarNovember GoList, and a roundup of 20 FREE things to do in November for an exhaustive look at what's happening in Houston. You can also subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter to have all of the content on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox in one or two emails per week. 

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Now let's check out all of the awesome post-Thanksgiving activities Houston has to offer this weekend. 

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Boston Kids; Nov 23-25

With the holidays approaching but not quite yet in full swing, why not spend this weekend appreciating all the excitement of the season (and try to leave the stress behind)? Head to the birthplace of Thanksgiving for a jubilant three-day celebration, and immerse kids in our rich early American history on these Thanksgiving Tours. The Enchanted Village (one of my favorites as a child!) is up this weekend, along with Edaville's always magical Festival of Lights. Kids also have a chance to celebrate and learn about anteaters, explore the awesomeness of trains, and breathe fresh air on a post-Turkey Day nature walk.

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Turkey Trots, Holiday Fun

Thanksgiving has arrived in the Delaware Valley! It's time for turkey, football games, parades, and family time.  With the extra days off from work and school, there’s plenty of time to experience Philly fun found in our "stuffed" event calendar (see what we did there?).

Start off Thanksgiving break by venturing to the Parkway to watch the floats, hear the marching bands, and see the performers in this year's 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you are the athletic type or just want to burn off some calories before your family's feast, consider running in a turkey trot in the city or in the suburbs. Afterwards, sit down to a delicious turkey dinner with family and friends. Because, no sooner than the leftovers are put away, Philly kids know what time it is. The holidays are here!

Take the kids to a show such as Scrooge The Musical or Nutcracker 1776. Lace up your ice skates to take a spin on the ice at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink at Dilworth Park. Watch the train displays at Longwood Gardens or Morris Arboretum. Or get a jumpstart on holiday shopping.

Happy Thanksgiving, Philadelphia, from the team at Mommy Poppins! Now, read on to see our top picks.

Weekend Fun: Thanksgiving Weekend Events for Kids in NYC

Thanksgiving weekend might just be four of the most fun-packed days of the year in NYC. There's no shortage of things to do with kids on Thanksgiving Day while you wait for turkey time, even if you're not one of the thousands eagerly awaiting the step-off of the Thanksgiving Day Parade. And if braving Black Friday crowds for shopping deals isn't your thing (who can blame you), there are plenty of family activities to choose from over the Thanksgiving weekend.

New York City shifts right into holiday mode immediately after Thanksgiving. Macy's Santaland opens, Winterfest sparkles at the Brooklyn Museum, and the Dyker Heights Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Make sure to catch the the annual, out-of-this-world holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden. On Saturday, you can attend tree lightings in Park Slope and at The Met and, on Sunday, kids can meet Santa on a historic farm or take a ride on a vintage subway train.

Also opening this weekend: Brooklyn Arctic Adventure, a FREE virtual-reality snowball fight with Santa sightings. And for those anxious to get into the "holiday spirit," a glorious version of A Christmas Carol opens on Sunday.

For more Christmas-season fun in New York City, see our guides to Christmas tree lightings, Nutcracker performances, and 21 holiday activities every NYC kid should experience once. And get a head start on your holiday planning by with the Mommy Poppins event calendar, and our action-packed holiday fun guide.

From all of us at Mommy Poppins, have a happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Weekend Events for Long Island Kids, 2018

This holiday weekend, work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving feast by participating in a family-friendly turkey trot on Thursday morning. Soak up some culture at a play or watch holiday magic come to life on stage. Drive through light shows at Jones Beach and in Riverhead.

See our Holiday Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including our Christmas tree cutting guide, breakfast with Santa events, Hanukkah fun guideice skating rinks and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and November GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkey Trots, Cocoa with Horses, and Holiday Fun!

Mommy Poppins would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully, you will have a chance to enjoy the company of friends and family and have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. 

Traditionally, this weekend unofficially marks the start of the Holiday Season- and Connecticut does not disappoint. Nutmeggers won't have to look for to find some festive fun. Every inch of this state is covered in  holiday lights, outdoor fun, and a chance to visit with Santa in Greenwich, Bethel, Niantic, and more. As always, you can find our recommendations for kids of all ages in our event calendar, which is updated frequently this busy time of year. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss out on any fun. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

Thanksgiving Weekend for New Jersey Kids: Lights, Musicals, Santa

Thanksgiving weekend is thankfully here, and we're serving up four days of activities with all the trimmings. The official 2018 holiday season is off to a brilliant start with majestic light spectaculars, including Smithville's Holiday Light Show, which debuts on Thanksgiving, Turtle Back Holiday Lights, and Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show. Plus, local towns kick off the holidays with tree lighting ceremonies in Red Bank, Princeton, Millburn, and Westfield. And Paramus' Van Saun Park commences its annual Winter Wonderland

Santa Claus is making his rounds throughout the state, arriving by helicopter in Nutley, visiting a farm in Wyckoff, and climbing aboard The Christmas Express, among many other festive train rides over the weekend.

Treat the family to kid-friendly productions of Annie: The Musical, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage, and a vast selection of Nutcrackers and Holiday Shows taking place this weekend.

Find even more options for the long weekend in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events, including Where to Have Breakfast with Santa and A Dozen Must-Do Holiday Activities. And look to our November GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Happy Thanksgiving, NJ!

Christmas Tree Lightings in New York City This Holiday Season

Good news for the crowd-averse: You don't have to brave the commotion at Rockefeller Center to witness a fabulous Christmas tree lighting in New York City.

We've rounded up some tree lightings that are much less crowded and every bit as lovely, from Brooklyn and Queens to the Bronx and everywhere in between. These community holiday celebrations are festive and (mostly) FREE, and there’s no need to stand on your car to glimpse the goings-on. So grab that cup of hot chocolate and cozy up to one of these holiday illuminations in New York City. Find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, recommended ages, and rain (or snow!) dates. Note: Tree lightings are organized by date.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events for Westchester Kids

Thanksgiving is upon us, as is the official kickoff of the holiday season in Westchester. With a four-day weekend ahead, there are plenty of great events happening in our area to keep families together and entertained.

Several holiday events launch this weekend, including the return of the annual (and enhanced) Winter Wonderland and Frosty Fest, to name but two. Also this weekend is the return of Frosty Day, featuring a town-wide celebration of the pride that comes from claiming Frosty as a native son. A similar affair, Mistletoe Magic, is held in Rye, also offering a smorgasbord of holiday fun. Celebrations of the Festival of Lights begin this weekend too, with the stage production of the Hanukkah Festival of (Laser) Light.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click through for full details. Looking for more holiday options? Browse our Holiday Guide, full of events, activities, and ideas for every day of the holiday season. Also be sure to check our Event Calendar for more fun happening this weekend and beyond.

We wish you a wonderful holiday weekend filled with family, friends, great food—and lots of fun activities!

Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities Around Boston

Boston lights it up with dazzling Christmas tree lighting ceremonies in and around town. By late November lights are aglow in Faneuil Hall, Boston Common, and Christopher Columbus Park, and the free festivities continue through early December with tree lighting ceremonies in neighborhoods throughout the city.

It's not only about flipping the switch, of course. Tree lighting ceremonies are treasured annual community celebrations with live performances, activities for kids, holiday giving, and appearances by Santa (and sometimes even Mayor Walsh).

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