Holiday Volunteering Opportunities for Houston Families

Many children worry about whether they are on Santa’s naughty or nice list. One way to help your little elves feel confident about their spot on the nice list is to encourage them to volunteer. Volunteering as a family is a great way to teach children that the holidays are about more than just presents while also creating a meaningful family holiday tradition. The holiday season is a busy time for many families with so much shopping, cooking, and socializing to do, not to mention all the exciting winter festivals and other seasonal events, so we’ve rounded up a variety of easy ways your family can volunteer locally or through national organizations.

Also, find five ways you can help families affected by Hurricane Harvey.

10 Thanksgiving Week Activities to do With Boston Kids

In some quarters, Thanksgiving is a blip on the November calendar between the splashier, more commercial holidays of Halloween and Christmas. But not so in the Commonwealth. Here in the region where the "first Thanksgiving" was said to have taken place, Bostonians take turkey day seriously, and the week is full of events to commemorate this day of family, food, and gratitude. 

10 Thanksgiving Week Events for Philly Kids: November 20-24

Thanksgiving is almost here! Get your gobble, gobble on with some turkey day activities found in our event calendar.

Listen to Thanksgiving stories at your local library, make a turkey craft during Bucks County Children's Museum's Drop-In Craft Days, or learn about turkeys at Norristown Farm Park. In anticipation of Thanksgiving dinner, lace up your shoes for a nature hike, bird walk, or turkey trot.

On Thanksgiving Day, bundle up and find the perfect viewing spot for 6abc Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade or watch from the comfort of your own home while preparing turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. After leftovers are put away, celebrate Black Powder Friday with a visit to Fort Mifflin, spend time at the National Constitution Center discovering the history of Thanksgiving, or get outside for a Black Friday nature hike at Bucktoe Creek Preserve.

Once Thanksgiving is over, get ready for the holidays by scheduling breakfast with Santa, a Christmas train ride, or a holiday show for your family.

10 Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day with NYC Kids

Other than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is there really anything else New York City can offer on the holiday? Of course! We found 10 fun ways to spend the day with your kids that don't involve eating turkey or watching giant balloons. And by 10 events, we mean almost 20, as you'll see below. Many of these events are FREE, and some of them occur only this year. Some, like Ai Weiwei's Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, are both free and here only in 2017.  

Read on for our picks, from zoos to bowling alleys, or movies, and even an exhibit dedicated to Downton Abbey. Got a car? Loads of events right outside New York City are open on Thanksgiving. See our guide to 10 picture-perfect holiday day-trips near NYC

Oh, also: A Happy Thanksgiving to your family from all of the parents at Mommy Poppins NYC. Here's to a happy holiday season

Find more Thanksgiving weekend events in our Event Calendar and November GoList.

10 Holiday Events Happening in CT This Thanksgiving Week

Get ready folks, the holiday magic season is officially upon us! We've rounded up 10 fun holiday events that you can bring family and friends to this Thanksgiving week. Turkey trots are a tradition for many, you can catch Santa around town, and holiday lights are now officially lit. If you are still dreading cooking the big dinner, maybe it's time to check out and relax at a restaurant this year.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week filled with gratitude, peace, love, and fun events! 

Photo courtesy of Shippan Turkey Trot.

10 Free Events for Westchester Kids During Thanksgiving Week

It’s Thanksgiving week, and our roundup of free activities for Westchester kids makes the most of this seasonal spirit.

The Teensgiving Celebration gives the older crowd their own private holiday, while younger kids can make a Thanksgiving wreath to adorn their home. Having trouble settling the debate of Pumpkin vs Pecan Pie? Make them both!

Read on for the rest of our free finds, and then head to our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo: Stu Spivack, via Flickr.

Best Holiday Light Displays in New Jersey

It may be hard to believe, but Christmas is right around the corner, which means holiday shows, visiting Santa, snowy sleigh rides, and of course, checking out the amazing light displays throughout the state. These sparkling spectacles—some of which feature more than a million lights—are sure to impress even the grinchiest member of your family. So bundle up the kids and head out to one of these illuminating shows soon! And of course, you can find even more ways to be merry in the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide.

Spectacular Holiday Light Displays on Long Island

Watch your little ones' faces light up as they see the glow coming off these spectacular holiday light shows across Long Island. That's not all: Most are complete destination stops with hot cocoa, ice skating, and photo-ops with Santa.

For more seasonal fun, see our Long Island Holidays Guide. Our events calendar is packed with up-to-date holiday activities for kids of all ages, including the best places to dine with Santa this season.

Best Places To Visit Santa Claus with Westchester Kids

For those who celebrate Christmas, the holiday season is hardly complete without a trip to visit Santa. Lucky for us, there's no shortage of places in Westchester where kids can have a meet-and-greet with the big guy, and we’ve rounded them up for you here. If you’re looking for a photo opp for your little ones (and your pets!), these Santa sightings are sure to delight you and your little ones this holiday season.

Want an even more relaxed environment? Check out some of the breakfasts with Santa occurring throughout Westchester. 

For even more holiday activities, see our coverage on holiday tree lightings and performances of the The Nutcracker, all happening in Westchester.

Holiday Volunteering: Helping LA Kids Find Their Spirit of Giving

Sharing traditions with our children makes the holidays all the sweeter. The pies we bake, candles we light, songs we sing, and the gifts we give enrich the rhythm of this festive season. Volunteering to help those in need is another tradition we can offer to our kids. Giving our time and attention to our communities, whether we're dishing up food or singing Christmas carols, is often the best gift of all. And setting up our kids for a life of sharing and empathy is a gift we give to them and to the world they inherit.


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