Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkeys, Lights, and Holiday Shows

All of us here at Mommy Poppins CT wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy the company of family and friends and have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. 

After the turkey and stuffing are but a distant and delicious memory, we've got plenty of activities to keep you busy including holiday lights, outdoor fun, and a LEGO exhibit that the Star Wars fans in your life will not want to miss. If you have visitors in town, we have a full run down of ideas to get everyone out of the house in Fairfield County. We've also got suggestions for upcoming holiday shows and Santa activities that you won't want to miss.

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

Thanksgiving Weekend for Westchester Kids: Frosty Day, Winter Wonderland, Chanukah Fun Nov. 26-29

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 entertained.

To help minimize damage to your waist line from all that pie and stuffing, join one of the turkey trots we’ve identified in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

As we shift gears from Thanksgiving to Christmas and Chanukah, the holiday events start to really pick up. Several big events make their debut this weekend, including the Chanukah Fun House and Gift ShopWinter Wonderland and Holiday Spirit Festival, to name a few. Also happening 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. 

When you’ve had your fill of holidays, kick back at the live performance of Curious George.

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!

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Near Boston

Whether it’s a family holiday tradition or a new experience, cutting your own Christmas tree adds a dimension to the holiday season that’s hard to match. There’s nothing quite like the real deal—a pine-smelling, sap-sticky, Christmas tree—and the opportunity for creating a lasting family memory in the process is an added bonus. We have rounded up a sampling of cut-your-own locations to get started, and keep reading to the end for helpful tips!

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Thanksgiving Day: 10 Places Open for Family Fun in Los Angeles

Filling your house with family this week? Isn't it wonderful? And doesn't it make you just want to... get them all out of your house? We mean this, of course, in the nicest possible way. After all, this is sunny SoCal, and maybe your guests have traveled far to enjoy LA. Telling them where to go is just being a good host, right? Even if the family members in your home this Thursday are the same ones who are always there, knowing what's open could be invaluable—both for clearing the house to prepare the meal and for walking it off afterward. Our event calendar has the full listing of Thanksgiving day happenings, and our holiday guide has a few ideas, too; the suggestions below are 10 places you may not have realized have opening hours on the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Santa Express: Christmas Train Rides for Kids in PA, DE & NJ

There is something about trains that evokes nostalgia at Christmastime.  It could be stirring up childhood memories of building a model train set under the twinkling tree lights. Maybe it is a reminder of that "coming home for the holidays" idea, where folks would arrive at the train station, arms filled with Christmas packages for family at home.

Whatever the reason might be, many railroads in the tri-state area hold events to bring back that old-fashioned holiday tradition.  At many of these special outings, families can ride a real locomotive with Santa Claus, hear Christmas stories, sing carols, sip hot chocolate and admire the views of the passing countryside. Children are even invited to wear their pajamas at some of these events!  We have rounded up a list of railroads hosting holiday-themed trains of all kinds. Some of these are located more than an hour's drive from Philadelphia, but can make for a fantastic holiday outing. All aboard for some Christmas fun!

Sand Sledding: Winter Fun on the Sand Berms at Venice Beach

Rumor has it that in some parts of the country sledding involves getting cold and wet. How very... un-Californian. Oh, sure, there are places near LA to go sledding on snow if that's your thing, but we're raising California kids—and that means beach sledding. Every winter a few Los Angeles area beaches get their annual sand berms—intended as protection against winter storms and violent surf. Or so they say. The real purpose is clearly to lay the groundwork for the ultimate SoCal winter sport.

Best Places to Take Pictures with Santa in NYC

Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s not camera shy. New York City parents have a host of options for picture-taking with Santa, from the popular Santaland at Macy's to the more casual events where you can take your own festive photos of the kids and jolly St. Nick.

We’ve rounded up more than a dozen of our favorites from across the five boroughs, including options for those who want to splurge, bring their pets, or just get it over with, as well as those with special needs. With so many alternatives, chances are, wherever you are, your kids won’t be far from Santa. Find more seasonal fun, including a Santa brunch or tea, in our NYC Holiday Guide.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Thanksgiving Week, November 23-27

The race has begun to get all the Thanksgiving preparations done before either heading out of town or welcoming family and friends for a feast at home. Speaking of races, this week boasts some of the best choices for turkey trots of the month, including one with the theme of family gratitude (pictured). Other events this week feature trees and their lights, so make sure to check out our rundown of local tree lighting festivals to pick your family's favorite.

Keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other great events this holiday week!


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