Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving
November 8, 2017

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, 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 you are looking for a kid-friendly camp for the Thanksgiving break, we’ve put together our top picks for Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving:

Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Enjoy Story Time

Story Time at BusyKidz Play Town
118 Woodmere Rd, Ste 110, Folsom
Tuesday, November 21 | 11 am – 12 pm

BusyKidz is an indoor play city modeled after historic old town Folsom, complete with reality-based tools for child’s play. The facility offers a large, comfortable lounge for parents where they can relax and supervise from afar while enjoying free WiFi and sip on coffee or tea from the café. BusyKidz Play Town will be hosting a story time followed by a coordinated group craft activity on November 21—all ages are welcome to attend this event, where imaginary learning and hands-on creativity will be coordinated for little ones. To learn more, visit the event web page.

Visit a Historic Movie Palace

Crest Theater
1013 K Street, Sacramento
⋅ Monday, November 20 | 7 pm | Ghostbusters
⋅ Friday, November 27 | 7 pm | Grease

Located in downtown Sacramento, this beautiful and historic venue offers families the unique opportunity to view beloved films in an ornate movie-palace setting. During Thanksgiving week, the Crest Theater is screening two well-loved films, Ghostbusters (November 20) and Grease (November 24). Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-877-987-6487 or at the Crest theater box office (box office is open Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm). For more information, visit the Crest Theater website.

Take a Dance Class: HoopDance 

Take a Dance Class

HoopDance Class
La Sierra Community Center, 5325 Engle Road, Carmichael
Monday, November 20 | 6 – 7 pm

Led by licensed and certified instructors Allison Worrell and Theresa Miller, this fun course offers participants of all ages and skill-levels the opportunity to learn new skills in an enjoyable, supportive, friendly environment. No experience necessary to participate. Class is held indoors and drop-ins are welcome. The cost is $15 for non-residents, $13 for residents (cash or checks only.) Hoops and supplies are provided. To learn more, visit the event website.

Irish Folk Dance Class
Sierra 2 Center, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento
Monday, November 20 | 7 – 9 pm

Open to all ages, Irish or not, this fun Irish Folk Dance workshop is the perfect opportunity to learn Ceili and Set Irish Dancing while making new friends and staying active. No experience is necessary to participate. There is a nominal fee of just $8 per person to participate. The class is a drop-in event. To learn more, visit the event web page.

Visit a Museum

California State Indian Museum Craft Fair
2618 K St, Sacramento
⋅ Friday, November 24 | 10 am – 5 pm
⋅ Saturday, November 25 | 10 am – 5 pm

Artisans from all over California offer unique, Native-made items just in time for the holidays! Shop for artwork, jewelry, soapstone, flutes, handcrafted ornaments, textiles, gourds and more. Plus, their onsite store offers the best selection of California Indian books you’ll find anywhere. Arrive early for the best selection! To learn more, visit the event web page.

California Museum Exhibit “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change”
1020 O Street, Sacramento
November 2017 – January 2018

This breathtaking exhibit of landscape photography from across the state demonstrates the effects of changing weather patterns on a universal symbol of beauty: California’s wildflowers. This visual survey of California’s diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems reveals the effects of global warming and other human impacts on our native botanical plants. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays; adult admission is $9, age 6-17 is $6.50, age 5 and under are free. For more information, visit the museum website.

Join a Fun Run: Roseville Turkey Trot

Join a Fun Run

Elk Grove Gobble Wobble
8280 Longleaf Drive, Elk Grove
Thursday, November 23 | 8 am – 12 pm

Benefiting Chicks In Crisis, Inc., this family-friendly race is a great way to start your Thanksgiving! Grandma’s sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie will taste much sweeter after you run, walk, or wobble with your family and friends at this fun and healthy holiday event. Plus, it’s a great way to give back to the local community. To learn more, visit the event website.

Roseville Turkey Trot
Vernon Street Town Square, Roseville
Thursday, November 23 | 9 – 11 am

Kick-off Thanksgiving Day with a fun race, run, jog, walk, stroll, roll, or crawl! Come for the fun, stay for the rewards. The event benefits recreation programs for at-risk youth. Bring non-perishable food items to help feed the hungry. To learn more, visit the event website.

Folsom Turkey Trot
403 Stafford Street, Folsom
Thursday, November 23 | 9 am – 12 pm

This event 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. To learn more, visit the event website.

Learn a New Craft: The Verge Printmaking Camp

Learn a New Craft

The Verge Printmaking Camp
Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento
Monday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 22  | 10 am – 3 pm

This three-day camp is the perfect program for immersing kids in a hands-on printmaking experience during the Thanksgiving break. Participants will learn the basics of silk-screening, mono-printing and linocut printing. Over the course of the program, kids will be encouraged to think about detail, design, and space as they make their unique creations. The program is best for students age 10-14 years of age. The program costs are $185 ($150 for Verge members). For more information, visit the camp web page.

Become a Zookeeper: Junior Zookeeper Camp

Become a Zookeeper

Junior Zookeeper Camp
Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary, 403 Stafford St, Folsom
Monday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 22  | 10 am – 3 pm

Caring for animals over Thanksgiving break will be a fun, rewarding (and sometimes messy) job. Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary’s Junior Zookeeper Camp is a hands-on experience that allows campers the unique opportunity to become a Jr. Zookeeper. Campers will help prepare animal diets, clean enclosures, make enrichment for animals, and meet unique species such as a hedgehogs, skunks, ferrets, tortoises and geckos, which are part of the sanctuary’s outreach program. The camp is geared towards students age 8-11. Program costs are $198 ($174 for Folsom residents). To learn more, visit the Zoo Sanctuary website.

Join a Sports Training Camp

Mini-Hawk Multi-Sports Camp
Folsom Sports Complex, 66 Clarksville Road, Folsom
Monday, November 20 – Wednesday, November 22 | 9 am – 12 pm

The Mini-Hawk multi-sport programs incorporates soccer, basketball and baseball into a 3-day program for children ages 4-7. The programs are tailored to each individual child’s age and skill level while teaching life lessons such as respect and teamwork. Program fees are $119 ($109 for Folsom residents). To learn more, visit the program website.

Hotshots Thanksgiving Camp
CourtSide, 1104 Tinker Rd, Rocklin
Monday, November 20 – Tuesday, November 21

This 2-day basketball camp will be held during Thanksgiving break for students Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Participants will work on both individual and group skills. The program is held at CourtSide of Rocklin. Program costs are $45 with advance registration, or $55 at the door. Looking for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving? This camp is perfect for young sports fans. For more information, visit the program website.

Attend a Musical Production: Shrek the Musical

Attend a Musical Production

Shrek the Musical
Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville
Friday, November 24 | 7 pm

Based on the Oscar-winning animated film, this fairytale adventure brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there is more to the story than meets the ears. The tale is one of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. There’s also a short-tempered bad-guy, a cookie with an attitude and dozens of fairytale misfits who call for a real hero. When looking for activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving, don’t overlook this production… it’ll be fun for the whole family! For more information, visit the theater website.

Embrace your Inner Artist

Family Paint Night
Wednesday, November 22 | 4 – 6 pm
The Painted Cork, 726 Sutter Street, Folsom

Families looking for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving will love the family-friendly paint night at the Painted Cork Folsom! This is an alcohol free event and guests are welcome to bring any food or non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy during the class. This class is open to painters age 7+, so please feel free to paint alongside your child! This class is being offered at a discounted rate of $30, and all art supplies are included. For more information, visit the event website.

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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About Michele C.

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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