Fun and Free Things To Do Thanksgiving Weekend with LA Kids, November 26-29

In years past, Thanksgiving was all about cute mash-ups (remember Thanksgivvikuh?), Black Friday shopping, and outrage over Thursday-is-Not-Friday-But-the-Middle-of-a-Holiday sales. This year the competing holidays are safely tucked away in December, and many major retailers are promising to stay closed on Thursday. (You go, Costco, REI, and Barnes & Noble! As for the rest of you, time out with no pumpkin pie.)

We've found a few venues open on Thanksgiving, where you can enjoy family together time, the great outdoors, and maybe a good meal. (Make sure you check the hours for the day; some places are closing early). You can make your Friday about shopping, or you can go for the holiday lights. (I prefer holiday lights.) This year, Saturday is the new Friday, and it's all about the local.

We here are thankful for much, and hope you feel the same way. We're thankful for our beautiful climate, which lets us sled on the sand as easily as on the snow. We're grateful for the truly unique shows, spectacles, and experiences that come our way this time of year. We're grateful for the health and well-being of our loved ones, and we're grateful for you, our readers. Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

Keep reading for some of our best finds for fun this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and, thankfully, Thanksgiving weekend...

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: The Nutcracker, Tubas & Star Wars

Like many parents, I'm planning to spend much of the long holiday weekend doing some of my favorite things: eating leftovers, relaxing with family, and enjoying some holiday fun. With the most festive activities ramping up to full speed around town these days, families have their pick of great events. Seeing the Nutcracker might be at the top of your kids' wish list, and if so, you can take advantage of several productions opening this weekend, including a perennial favorite with the Boston Ballet (pictured). Little ones won't want to miss a sing-a-long movie about a beloved governess and young music fans might like the chance to listen to more than 150 tubas at once, but I'm personally looking forward to taking my kids to a show under the sea. This weekend also boasts several tree lightings in the area, something for those of you who'd rather celebrate trees indoors, and on top of that, a special Star Wars Night at ZooLights.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Hanukkah starts December 6 this year, and our roundup of celebrations can help you fill your family's holiday calendar.
  • If you've got a fourth or fifth grader, you'll want to check out these skiing deals in New England for this winter.
  • The Friday after Thanksgiving is a big day: It's when most Christmas tree farms open for cut-your-own season. 

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Nov 26-29: Thanksgiving Fun, Black Friday Madness and Holiday Activities

Ahhh... at last! Thanksgiving and the long weekend that follows are here. This holiday typically is full of family, friends, and food. But don't forget about fun because our Events Calendar is exploding with excitement for everyone.

Once the dinner dishes are cleaned and put away, gather the family to kick off the holiday season. Whether it is Santa trains, holiday lights, or Christmas shows, there is something for everyone. Or, if family-togetherness has reached its fill, tackle your shopping list without the kids. Whatever you chose, Mommy Poppins hopes you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Holiday Lights, Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov 26-29

Thanksgiving is here, and thankfully, there are plenty of fun ways to get into the holiday spirit over the long weekend. Santa’s popping up all over the state, via helicopter in Nutley, at the Christmas Tree Lighting in Palmer Square and during the Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green. Brighten up the weekend with dazzling light displays, including the Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights and the Skylands Stadium's Christmas Lights Show. And if crowded malls aren’t your idea of indoor fun, catch performances of Disney Live! Three Classic Fairytales, The Nutcracker or Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas. Whatever you decide to do this Thanksgiving weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Thanksgiving Weekend for NYC Kids: Macy's Parade, Santaland, Dyker Lights

Whether you're visiting NYC or staying local for Thanksgiving, there is plenty for kids and families to do over the holiday and long weekend while school is out.

Have we mentioned the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade yet? There will be a dozen marching bands! Plus, the New York Botanical Garden's beautiful Holiday Train Show is up and running, Santa is brunching with kids all over town, the big department stores are unveiling those over-the-top holiday windows, and Christmas tree and other holiday lights are being switched on all over NYC.

There's lots of non-holiday fun to enjoy, too, like a feline-themed stop-motion animation workshop, a Black Friday non-shopping event for families and plenty of theater, including preschool favorite Clifford the Big Red Dog.

These are just a few of the great things going on this Thanksgiving weekend. Read on for all of our picks, and remember, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids: Turkey Trots, Santa & His Reindeer, November 26-29

Get ready to gobble, gobble your way into some serious family fun this Thanksgiving weekend. From Turkey Day Trots to Christmas trees, holiday lights, art and more, we are serving up several weekend activity options. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Holiday Guide.

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Parent Review: 'Finding Neverland' on Broadway with Glee's Matthew Morrison

The story of Peter Pan is universal and beloved by children everywhere. While it’s probably most well-known as a Disney movie, it was originally a play written in 1904 by Scotland’s J.M. Barrie.

Finding Neverland, which hit Broadway earlier this year, explores Barrie’s process and inspiration for writing the play. While it centers around Peter Pan and contains plenty of references to characters we know and love, going into Finding Neverland anticipating a show about Wendy and the Lost Boys will leave you disappointed. But recreating the magic of Peter Pan is not what Finding Neverland is about. 


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