7 Ideas for Thanksgiving Family Fun with kids

Posted on: November 1st, 2018by

When I was a little kid, we did not start Christmas until Thanksgiving was done, cleaned up, and put away. Maybe that meant I loved Thanksgiving because it was the last obstacle to Christmas, but still, I LOVED Thanksgiving! Time with family, lots of yummy food (I still could eat 4 bowls of mashed potatoes), and a reminder to be thankful for all we have. As an adult I haven’t been able to hold Christmas back until Thanksgiving passes, but my family still appreciates and celebrates Thanksgiving for all its own qualities.


Even if your kids don’t like the Thanksgiving foods (like mine), there are still plenty of ways to experience the warm feeling of Thanksgiving spirit that will make everyone smile! Here are some of our favorite ways to have Thanksgiving Family Fun – scroll down to find resources for them:

  • Watch Thanksgiving TV specials (and the parades!)
  • Read Thanksgiving books
  • Bake or cook up some Thanksgiving treats
  • Plan a Thanksgiving feast for kids
  • Try some Thanksgiving crafts and games

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Thanksgiving Family Fun for kids in New Jersey


7 Ideas for Thanksgiving Family Fun with kids

Watch Thanksgiving specials on television!

Thanksgiving may be a less popular holiday for movies and television for kids, but don’t forget about A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, This is America, Charlie Brown and A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving from 1998.

  • Nickelodeon will premiere a special Thankgiving episode of The Loud House on November 12.
  • Tune in November 21 for special episodes of Paw Patrol and Butterbean’s Cafe.

Many television sitcoms and dramas had Thanksgiving episodes but our favorite is the parade on Thanksgiving Day. Settle in your comfy spot for the best viewing of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – the floats, balloons and performances are a great way to start the Thanksgiving festivities.


Read children’s books about Thanksgiving.

Over the years we’ve read a few Thanksgiving books with our kids. Take a look at our reviews of children’s books about Thanksgiving.

Practice Thankfulness and Kindness Throughout the Month

4 Ways to Teach Kids to be Thankful this Thanksgiving

Young volunteers handing out hot coco and coffee at the local shelter.

Young volunteers handing out hot coco and coffee at the local shelter.


Plan a Thanksgiving Day feast for kids with these tips

Hosting or just bringing a dish? Need some tips for new Thanksgiving traditions? We can help you with your celebration for the day!

Thanksgiving Day Traditions (1)

Alpha-Bits Thanksgiving Day Treats 1

Turkey sugar cookies one of my go to Thanksgiving-inspired snack ideas.

Entertaining Guests for Thanksgiving (1)

6 Tips for hosting a friendsgiving


Consider visiting the biggest Thanksgiving Day event in our region, or a more local Thanksgiving Day themed event for kids.

Tips for attending the Macy's Day Parade

New Jersey Thanksgiving Day events for kids

To have your New Jersey Thanksgiving Day event advertised on this listing, please contact Jenniferauer@jerseyfamilyfun.com.

Big Smurf floating down the street!


Create Thanksgiving Crafts to get into the spirit


Play some fun Thanksgiving Day games for the kids


Posted in: All, Fun at Home, Holiday Fun, Parenting Help

Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys transition from tweens to teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally.She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 10 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name.She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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