Thanksgiving Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Tree Lighting, Wagon Rides, and Holiday Stories, November 23-27

I'm not even hosting Thanksgiving this year, but somehow I am still overwhelmed with the size of my ever expanding to-do list. Still, I'm planning to set aside some time with my kids to revel in the joys of the season, whether at a special story time, a tree lighting ceremony, or even a special Thanksgiving-themed jump session at one of our favorite indoor activity centers.

For more options check out our constantly updated Event Calendar and our November Go List. Have a wonderful holiday week!

21 NYC Holiday Activities Every Kid Should Try Once

New York City serves up so many festive offerings, there's no way one family can see and do it all in one holiday season from train shows to Santa brunches. Our holiday bucket list grows every year. In fact, we found 12 must-do events this year already, and seven, picture-perfect holiday-themed day trips

But, there are a few holiday activities that are extra special, extra big, extra over the top—and can really only be found here in NYC—that every kid ought to experience at least once-a-childhood like skating under the iconic Rockefeller Christmas Tree or walking the illuminated streets of Dyker Heights.

Whether you call NYC home or you're in for a holiday visit, our list of 21 once-in-a-lifetime experiences for families represent the quintessential NYC holiday. The best part? Over half are FREE.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Turkey Trots, Parade, Black Friday Nov 23-27

Thanksgiving is almost here, and every family has its own traditions that make it special. Whether it's running a Turkey Trot, watching football, cooking dinner for 40 from scratch, or going to the Thanksgiving Day parade, everyone has a unique way to celebrate this holiday centered around family.

But before sitting down to eat turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, be sure to take a look at our Events Calendar, which is bursting with storytimes, nature experiences, and museum activities. To narrow down your options, select a specific age, type, and area. After the leftovers are put away, you'll notice winter holiday events such as Nutcracker Performances, Santa Train Rides, and Holiday Light Shows begin filling our calendar in full force.

No matter what your Thanksgiving traditions may include, please know that everyone at Mommy Poppins Philly is thankful for you! Read on to find our top picks for the week.

Visit the Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival at Burr Homestead

If there's a heaven, I have a feeling it looks something like Fairfield's Burr Homestead, decked out for the annual Fairfield Christmas Tree Festival. If you're a fan of design, or just love looking at beautiful displays, stop by from December 3-6 when the Homestead will showcase more than 200 decorated live Christmas trees and wreaths, sprays, decorations and garlands galore.  At the Festival, each of the mansion's high-ceilinged, Italianate rooms is transformed into a Christmas wonderland show room, with different materials, color schemes and themes from room to room, making each its own special Christmas vignette. [Visit our Holiday Guide for more events.]

Tree Lighting Ceremonies and Holiday Parades in Montgomery County PA

Bundle up the kids and grab your thermos of hot chocolate because it is time for the Christmas parades and tree lightings throughout Montgomery County.  A few towns welcome Santa Claus even before Thanksgiving!  

These festive community events are a great opportunity for friends and neighbors to gather and celebrate the holiday season.  Enjoy caroling, dance performances, and photo opportunities with Santa at these hometown parades and tree lightings.

Black Friday Activities for Philly Families (No Shopping Involved!)

Black Friday is almost upon us, but this year, you can hit the snooze button! Instead of making your way, bleary-eyed, through the crowds of people clamoring for the season's most-sought toys and tech, take advantage of all that the Philadelphia area offers for holiday cheer. Get out, get some fresh air, work off the turkey, and enjoy the season with family, with many activities at low or no cost. Let's spend time, not money!

Snag Super Savings on Skiing for 4th and 5th Graders in New England

Winters can feel like they never end in New England, but one sure way to combat cabin fever is to get the kids having fun outside. Living within driving distance of dozens of ski mountains in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts makes it easy to hit the slopes for the day or a whole weekend. But with a lift ticket usually costing upward of $50 per session, a ski day can get expensive. Luckily, several mountains offer great deals on ski passes for fourth and fifth graders. Here’s how to score one for a super skiing season.


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