Things to Do While the Kids Are Out of School for Thanksgiving Break

Things to Do While the Kids Are Out of School for Thanksgiving Break

November 14 2023

Kids will be getting out of school next week for the Thanksgiving Break! If you are looking for something to do with your kids, grandkids or even something to do on your own, look no further. From visiting local parks to making crafts at home, we've got you covered.


Harris and Fort Bend Counties are home to many beautiful parks with playgrounds, lakes, and activities galore - even fishing! Get outside and enjoy the great outdoors at a park near you using the links below. Just keep in mind that many parks are closed on Thanksgiving Day, so check park details before venturing out on turkey day.

Harris County Precinct 3 Parks Harris County Precinct 4 Parks 
fort bend county parks


  • Build a fort
  • Play Board Games
  • Write, produce and act in your own family movie
  • Set up a movie projector in the back yard and have a movie night
  • Play Minute-to-Win-It Games
  • Crafts! (See some ideas below)
  • Bake desserts for Thanksgiving meal
  • Hold a “chopped” themed cooking competition
  • Set up an obstacle course in your backyard and have a race
  • Work on a puzzle together
  • Read a book, then watch the movie
  • Fill a Gratitude Jar - Collect the sentiments in a jar, then read them aloud one by one. See if guests can guess who said what. When the game's over, save the jar and its contents as a family keepsake.
  • Assemble Care Packages
  • Make Ugly sweaters and hold a contest
  • Play Thanksgiving Trivia - Click Here
  • Decorate for Christmas
  • Host a Friendsgiving





Hands and Feet Turkey

Trace your child's foot to make the body of a turkey, then their hands to make feathers. Write or print "This isn't just a turkey as you can plainly see. I made it with my hands and feet which are a part of me. It comes with lots of love especially to say, I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day!" on the background.

Turkey Hand Print

Using a toilet paper roll or cut sections of a paper towel roll, glue google eyes, a triangle beak and other accents with traced, cut handprints for feathers. Add to the fun by making several and use them as personalized place settings for dinner guests.

Thankful Turkey

This fun tradition gets kids thinking about and discussing what they are thankful for, while having fun coloring, cutting and assembling their turkey. Other variations include a construction paper turkey body with cut feather shapes using orange, red, yellow, and brown construction paper. Add a spunky twist with rainbow colors!


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