Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving
November 25, 2019

Get a head start on the holidays by looking for fun activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving to make this year’s celebration extra special.

With Thanksgiving happening in a couple of days, many Sacramento families have turned their attention to November looking for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly activity to do together or finding a cozy place to eat out for the Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together our top picks for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving.

Embrace your Inner Artist

Folsom Family Room -  Activities to do with Kids During Thanksgiving

Folsom Family Room
Sacramento
1624 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-2675

Folsom
726 Sutter St., Folsom, CA 95630
Phone Number: (916) 985-4535

Winter Wonderland painted Bottle with Fairy lights
Wed, November 27, 2019 | 2 – 4 PM

Paint your own Winter Wonderland bottle and add snowmen, birds, Christmas trees, snowy skies and any other winter elements you like!  They have a professional artist who will guide you through the process of painting your bottle and show you how to add your fairy lights to your creation!  For ages 7 and up, this class comes with ALL Art supplies including the fairy lights and is one of the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving.

Create a beautiful painting as a unique gift!

Join a Fun Run

Run to Feed the Hungry - Activities to do with Kids During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Run to Feed the Hungry 2019: Sacramento
CSU Sacramento (Sacramento State)
6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone Number: (916) 456-1980
Thu, Nov. 28, 2019 | 10K – 8:15 AM | 5K – 9 AM

Bring your kids and the whole family to burn off some calories before the feast on Thanksgiving Day and join the Run to Feed the Hungry. This family-friendly charity run raises funds and awareness about food insecurity in the Sacramento community.

In 1994, 796 participants turned out for the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry event on Thanksgiving morning. This Sacramento tradition, boasting 27,169 participants in 2018, is not only the largest run in Sacramento but also the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country! This year, it is expected to have more participants.

Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K - Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K

Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K
Vernon Street Town Square
311 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 774-5974
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 9 AM HST

Come out to Downtown Roseville to the Vernon Street Town Square for the 7th annual Roseville Turkey Trot! Kick-off some great activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving with a fun race, run, jog, walk, stroll, roll, or even crawl before the parade, before the kick-offs, and before the feasting commences. The course starts and finishes at Vernon Street Town Square in Downtown Roseville. The race will feature disposable chip timing with live results and finisher photos.

Bring canned food donations to the Roseville Sports Center during packet pickup or Vernon Street Town Square on race day. Come for the fun, stay for the rewards. Be there – rain or shine!

Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2019 -  Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2019
8280 Longleaf Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone Number: (314) 942-7201
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 8 AM

The Elk Grove Gobble Wobble is on Thanksgiving morning and will support Chicks in Crisis. Start your Thanksgiving with a family-friendly race – Grandma’s sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie will taste much sweeter! You can run, walk, or wobble with everyone so bring out your family and friends. Wear your Star Power & show your Keep Moving Mama team spirit and meet teammates near the start line.

Thanksgiving Day runs are one of the fastest-growing family traditions and has become among the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving. This is a fun and healthy way to start your holiday and a great way to give back to your community. Come move your feet before you eat!

2019 Folsom Turkey Trot -  17. Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

2019 Folsom Turkey Trot
Folsom Lion’s Park/Rodeo Park
403 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA 95630
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 10K – 8:50 AM | 5K – 9:10 AM

Bring your kids to some early morning fun run along with the locals to kick off the Thanksgiving celebration. Folsom Turkey Trot aims to encourage youth participation in the hope that the experience will teach kids that it is not about winning the race but to do their best to complete a set goal. A portion of the proceeds will support the Twin Lakes Food Bank and “Not in Our Town/Not in Our School” youth scholarship program.

Indulge your Kids into Music

Strum For Fun at Valley Hi Library - Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Strum For Fun at Valley Hi Library
Valley Hi-North Laguna Library
7400 Imagination Parkway, Sacramento, CA95823
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 5 – 6 PM

The Sacramento Guitar Society, a nonprofit educational & arts organization, is offering a free community service to get your kids on their way to playing the guitar! Join the weekly for a fun “Strum-inar,” where your kids decide what song they want to learn to play. Thanks to a grant from the California Arts Council and members and donors, you can try out the guitar, the world’s most popular instrument!

Students are encouraged to bring their own guitars if they have one. Otherwise, they offer a limited number of loaner guitars. Please arrive early.

World Music Festival

World Music Festival
Harris Center for the Arts
10 College Parkway, Folsom, CA 95630
Sat, November 30, 2019 | 7:30 – 10:00 PM
Phone Number: (916) 608-6888

Come explore music from across the globe as Afro-Caribbean Funk and special guests treat the World Music Festival audience to music from Africa, Asia, The Caribbean, South America and right here in Greater Sacramento. This is an evening destined to make audiences get on their feet and groove to their infectious global funk tracks!

Holiday Pops

Holiday Pops
Memorial Auditorium
1515 J St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 608-6888
Sat, November 30, 2019 | 8 PM – 10:30 PM PST

It’s the Capital region’s Thanksgiving weekend musical tradition. An evening of soulful holiday favorites, spirited sing-a-longs, and sparklingly classic sound by your Sacramento Philharmonic and lead singer of Tower of Power, Marcus Scott.

Celebrate the joy, style, and warmth of the music that brings us together for the holiday season.

Eat Out with your Family

The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant
1112 2nd St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-4772
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 1 – 8 PM

Spend Thanksgiving Day with your kids and the whole family at the Firehouse Restaurant – Sacramento’s premier fine dining restaurant with an amazing three-course menu prepared by chef Jay Veregge that is sure to please. Your meal includes hors d’oeuvres, a fall salad, turkey dinner or a few other entree selections, and cranberry-pumpkin pie or hazelnut-chocolate mousse. Firehouse has something for everyone including young patrons (for guests ages 12 and under).

Seasons 52 - Sacramento

Seasons 52 – Sacramento
1689 Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone Number: (916) 922-5252
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 11 AM – 10 PM

This year, start a new Thanksgiving tradition by letting Seasons 52 serve the classics your family loves: Roast Turkey and Savory Pan Gravy, Herb Stuffing, traditional sides like Yukon Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans and, of course, Pumpkin Pie. They’re serving all day, so feel free to visit.

Seasons 52 is a comfortable and stylish fresh grill and wine bar offering a refreshingly balanced approach to food and wine where guests are free to enjoy, knowing any choice they make is one they’ll feel good about. The menu changes with the season to feature ingredients at their peak, from whole produce that arrives and is kept 100% fresh, never frozen, to carefully sourced meats and pristine seafood.

Il Fornaio - Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Il Fornaio – Roseville
The Galleria at Roseville
1179 Galleria Boulevard, Suite P-118, Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 788-1200
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Still need plans for Thanksgiving? Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game, housemade pasta, pizzas from a wood-fired oven, fresh salads and housemade soups, a wide variety of housemade desserts, and fresh-baked bread.

Il Fornaio Roseville offers elegant private and semi-private dining space along with a wide range of specialized menus and services to match our authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine. Their experienced staff will work closely with you to create a memorable event for you and your guests.

Black Angus Steakhouse

Black Angus Steakhouse – Citrus Heights
7925 Greenback Lane, Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone Number: (916) 726-3300
Thu, November 28, 2019 | 11 AM – 10 PM

What better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than a delicious meal in the company of your loved ones? Your table is set — all you need is your kids and the whole family. Their Thanksgiving Turkey dinner special is $21.99 for adults and $9.99 for kids.

At Black Angus Steakhouse, their cuts are aged at least 21 days, seasoned to excellence, expertly flame-grilled and served up just the way you like it. Whether you’re here to throw back a couple with old friends or trying to finish off our Bone-In Ribeye on your own, there’s always a seat for you. Their restaurants pay homage to our Western cattle rancher roots, and offer the finest Certified Angus Beef and USDA Choice steaks and burgers, in addition to seafood, salads, sides and desserts for the entire family.

You can also check out Kids Eat Free in Sacramento.

Attend a Musical Production

Clay and the Sugarsaurus Rex

Clay and the Sugarsaurus Rex
Fairytale Town
3901 Land Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone Number: (916) 808-5233
Friday, November 29, 2019 | 12:30 PM | 1:30 PM | 2:30 PM

Puppet Art Theater Company presents Clay and the Sugarsaurus Rex Puppet Show. Clay the cave boy and Sabey his pet saber tooth tiger kitten go on an adventure of a lifetime! While on their adventure they learn how to keep their smiles healthy by brushing twice a day, visiting the dentist regularly, eating healthy foods and avoiding the Sugarsaurus Rex.

Admission to the puppet show is free thanks to the Sacramento District Dental Society. All performances take place in Fairytale Town’s indoor Children’s Theater.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland: A British Panto
Art Court Theatre, Sacramento City College
3835 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95822
Phone Number: (916) 558-2228
Fri & Sat | Nov 29-30, 2019 | 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Panto time again! Head down the Rabbit Hole for the annual holiday panto production. This year, City Theater’s Main Stage presents Alice in Wonderland, told in the traditionally wacky British style. Based on classic children’s stories and performed during the Yuletide season in England, pantos are a fun melodramatic mash-up of fairy tale, slapstick comedy and audience participation, for all ages to enjoy. Hosted by Loretta B. Goode, this year’s show is bigger, better and more outrageous than ever, with the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, and all your favorite Carroll characters being pursued by the evil Queen of Hearts.

Addams family

Addams Family Musical
Imagination Theater
100 Placerville Dr, Placerville, CA 95667
Phone Number: (530) 642-0404
Fri, Nov 29, 2019 | 7 PM

In its typical creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky fashion, the ghoulish Addams family is visiting the family graveyard for an annual gathering of all family members, living dead, and undecided, to celebrate what it is to be an Addams. However, the family encounters an unforeseen obstacle when Wednesday decides to introduce her new “normal” boyfriend Lucas to the family. In protest, Uncle Fester enlists the help of the Addams’ ancestors to call an end to the young budding romance.

As Wednesday admits that she is falling in love, Morticia, Gomez, and Pugsley worry about her changing ways. As the families of Wednesday and Lucas come together for dinner one fateful evening, chaos ensues and the two families find themselves admitting deep secrets and coming together in ways they never would have imagined. The Addams Family Musical tells the story of love and friendship through adversity, with a comical and macabre yet poignant spin.

Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Families in the Sacramento region have many options for Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving that are close to home.

Looking for other things do in the Sacramento area? Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region.

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Michele is a freelance writer based in Sacramento county. She lives in Elk Grove with her husband, two children and four cats. Michele is proud of her role as a working mother and maintains a full-time career. Writing is one of Michele’s passions and she aims to share her unique perspective on parenting through the written word.

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