Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Philly Kids Nov 24-27: Parade, Turkey Runs, Holiday Activities

Things to do with kids in Philadelphia, Black Friday Family Events

Thanksgiving and the long weekend that follows are finally here! Fill your holiday break with family, friends, food, and lots of fun.

Stake out a spot along JFK Bouvelard to watch the 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade, which includes amazing floats and spectacular performances from the Disney princesses, the cast of The Wizard of Oz, and Mickey Mouse, too. Or, set your DVR for the parade and opt to participate in one of the many turkey day races. The North Wales Turkey Trot, Philadelphia Turkey Trot, or Moorestown Turkey Trot are all held on Thanksgiving morning while the Cardinal Foley School Turkey Trot 5K and Family Fun Walk and St. Bernadette Turkey Trot are held on Saturday.

After Thanksgiving dinner is finished and leftovers are 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. Whatever you choose, Mommy Poppins hopes you have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!


Thanksgiving Weekend at the National Constitution Center - Philadelphia, PA
Learn about the Bill of Rights and its connection to Thanksgiving Day at the National Constitution Center. Museum programs for the weekend include how to make corn husk dolls, a letter-writing station to thank a veteran, and a show highlighting the History of Thanksgiving Day.

Annual Model Railroad Open House- Phoenixville, PA
It's opening weekend for Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club's Annual Model Railroad display. Guests can expect to see over 800 feet of tracks featuring freight and passenger engines set among beautifully decorated scenes with interactive buttons that make them come to life.

Wild Wizarding Weekend- Philadelphia, PA
This weekend, The Academy of Natural Sciences celebrates magic with hands-on activities. Guests can learn about the real life animals who inspired some of your favorite wizard stories, make a magic wand, and play games.


6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade- Philadelphia, PA
It's time for the 97th annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Floats include Olivia, Tweety Bird, Octonauts, Cat in the Hat, Disney on Ice, Curious George, Bugs Bunny, Mr. Potato Head, Daniel Tiger, The Grinch, Scooby Doo, and Santa of course!

Fairmount Park Turkey Trot- Philadelphia, PA
Meet at Memorial Hall to run this two-loop course while burning off calories just in time for Thanksgiving dinner.


Black Powder Friday- Philadelphia, PA
Watch a musket and cannon demonstration at Fort Mifflin.

Black Friday Celebration- Avondale, PA
Hike the beautiful outdoors at Bucktoe Creek Preserve while searching for natural items to create an ornament craft to decorate the evergreen on the night of the Winter Solstice.

Blue Cross RiverRink Opening Day- Philadelphia, PA
The holiday fun begins today at Blue Cross RiverRink. Visitors to Philadelphia's premier outdoor ice skating rink can expect ice skating and holiday lights, as the rink becomes a magical winter wonderland.

Kennett Square Holiday Parade- Kennett Square, PA
Downtown Kennett Square comes alive with lights at this magical time of year. Bundle up and find a spot along State Street to enjoy the parade entertainment. 

The Night Before Christmas Train- Ronks, PA
Children can anticipate the excitement of Christmas as they hear the story The Night Before Christmas while onboard the train at Strasburg Railroad.


Holiday Garden Railroad Grand Opening- Philadelphia, PA
Guests can view the trains as they barrel down the tracks, through tunnels, over bridges, and around loops at Morris Arboretum's Holiday Garden Railroad Grand Opening. Besides the spectacular train display, kids can make crafts to get into the holiday spirit.

St. Bernadette Turkey Trot- Drexel Hill, PA
Participate in the 5K, 1 Mile Fun Run, or 100-Yard Dumpling Dash at St. Bernadette's family-geared Turkey Trot.

Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade- Wilmington, DE
Find a spot along the parade route at 5th and Market Streets to see marching bands, floats, and Santa himself kick off the holiday season.

A Soldier's Christmas- Horsham, PA
The life of a soldier is difficult, but imagine how challenging it could be to spend the holidays away from loved ones. Graeme Park gives visitors a taste of what it was like through re-enactors' portrayals, live demonstrations, and music.

Home Depot Kids Workshop- Your town, PA
Make a picture frame, perfect for gift-giving, at your local Home Depot.

Patriot's Day- Chadds Ford, PA
Visit the Brandywine Battlefield before it closes for the season in December. Kids can meet Ben Franklin, George Washington, and soldiers from the 1st Delaware and 9th Pennsylvania Light Infantry Division while they learn about history in an engaging and interactive way.


Christmas Tree Train- West Chester, PA
Take the West Chester Railroad to Wiggins Tree Farm and pick out your Christmas tree.

Santa's State Street Fun Run/Walk and Christmas Parade- Media, PA
Bring a canned good or unwrapped toy and participate in this annual fun run held in downtown Media. Then, sit back and enjoy the Christmas Parade.

Young Audiences at The Colonial Theatre- Phoenxville, PA
Enjoy watching the daring pirate movie, The Black Swan, at The Colonial Theatre.

Photo courtesy of Blue Cross RiverRink.