See the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon Inflation with Kids

Thanksgiving in New York City wouldn’t be what it is without the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

If you’re eager to take your kids to glimpse those giant balloons and don’t want to rise before dawn, visit the area near the American Museum of Natural History on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 to watch the giants come to life.

While the balloon inflation isn't crowd-free, it’s an only-in-New York event all its own—and a must-do holiday event for families. Read on for tips on when to go and where to eat. In need of more holiday inspiration? Visit our Thanksgiving Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Election Day, Veterans, November 7-11

From the looks of our events calendar, this week is filled with a variety of excitement. With Election Day and Veteran's Day in the same week, and holiday fun beginning to enter our listings, it may feel overwhelming. But Philly families don't need to worry as we have rounded up the top picks for the week ahead.

Is school closed for your kiddos a day or two this week? Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, Briar Bush Nature Center, Riverbend Educational Environmental Center, and Delaware Museum of Natural History offer day camp opportunities. Lucky enough to have the day off as well? Take the kids to see Robot Revolution at the Franklin Institute and be sure to read our parent review before you go.

On the other hand, if you find yourself in the holiday spirit, the AMT Christmas Show is now on stage and Franklin Square opens its Holiday Light Show this week.

Keep reading to find our top picks below. Make it a great one and don't forget to vote!

Kid-Friendly Restaurants Open on Thanksgiving in Houston

While a traditional turkey dinner enjoyed at home with close family and friends may be the first image that comes to mind when thinking of the Thanksgiving holiday, it's not always a feasible reality. Whether you're overwhelmed with the thought of hosting a large group, facing a variety of dietary restrictions or preferences, or just wanting to try something different this year, there are plenty of Houston restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day ready to take the stress out of the holiday for you. 

‪A Daytrip to the Regina Laudis Abbey‬ Creche in Bethlehem, CT

The holidays are meant to be a time of reflection; however, the majority of my time is spent reflecting on everything I must prepare for that magical morning! So, I thought it would be a nice break to do something different and check out this creche with the boys. The children and I spent a couple of hours over in Bethlehem to see the creche on display at the Regina Laudis Abbey. We arrived at the Abbey and parked by the shop at the top of the drive. We found home-made cheeses and local honey while admiring the pottery, art, and especially the carved stone basins. My boys have never seen a gift shop that they don't like and this one was no exception. We then took a nice walk back down the drive and along a path that led through the grounds until we reached a restored 19th century barn.

Holiday Light Shows in the Hartford Area

With the dark evenings falling upon us earlier and earlier each night, all the houses lit up with holiday decorations are even more enjoyable. One of our favorite things to do this time of year is to drive around in the evenings looking at all of the beautifully lit houses. Not only are the houses breathtaking to gaze at, but many places in the Hartford area offer special holiday light shows. We've listed some Holiday Light Show events that are sure to make an impression!

Family Fitness: Houston-Area Turkey Trots & Fun Runs

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and if you're anything like me you've already started dreaming of all the delicious holiday food you're going to enjoy with family. After all, this is the one time each year that it's actually acceptable to spend the entire day eating...and then eating some more. But consider starting a new family tradition - participating in a family Turkey Trot, which gets everyone up and moving and allows you to raise funds for a good cause. Here are 12 family-friendly runs happening around Houston!

Thanksgiving Day Runs on Long Island

Turkey trots are a great way to spend the morning on Thanksgiving, whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to run (or walk) for fun. And most of them are open to all ages or feature a "fun run" just for tots. If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook--or if you are but want everyone else out from under foot--get the family out to work off those calories in advance to make room for the feast to come. And be sure to check out our Long Island Fun Guide for lots of other activities in the area, as well as our Long Island Events Calendar.

10 Westchester Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

I know two types of families when it comes to eating at a restaurant on Thanksgiving: those who swear by it and those who are confounded by it. I was born into one type and married into another, so I can relate with both. For those of you who want the deliciousness of a Thanksgiving dinner served with a side of ultra-convenience, we’ve gathered a list of Westchester restaurants serving Thanksgiving dinner for families. 

Many of these restaurants require reservations, so don’t delay! For more family-friendly restaurants, be sure to sign up for our newsletters

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