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Thanksgiving Activities in Phoenix With Kids

It’s surprisingly hard to find thanksgiving activities in Phoenix with kids! Christmas overpowers the holiday season by far and while we’re huge Christmas fans, Thanksgiving is also a week that deserves its own mention. Among the family gatherings, the mounds of food, and football games, here are some ways to celebrate Thanksgiving specially in Phoenix this year.

Join a 5K Walk or Run – there are six great Thanksgiving Day walks and runs that welcome the family! This is a fun way to get some exercise before the big turkey meal. You can read more here, in our updated blog post.

Local donations – there are plenty of opportunities to give to other families in need this season. One of many is St. Mary’s and their food drive. The Phoenix Rescue Mission also offers these ways to give back. And check out this list of volenteer opportunities even for children (ages 5 and up). We personally love Operation Christmas Child; it’s a Christmas themed project, but boxes are due to a local drop off point by November 25.

Thanksgiving Day parade – Fountain Hills is holding a fun Thanksgiving Day parade! Starts at 9am. See their website for more details. Fountain Hills has a fabulous park as well.

Opt outside – our favorite Thanksgiving weekend tradition is to take a bike ride to a local park or coffee shop. Some of our favorite bike trails can be found here! And here’s a list of our favorite playgrounds. We also love hiking.

Tempe events – catch the opening night parade of the Fantasy of Lights in downtown Tempe, or enjoy free skating at Tempe Marketplace!

Home Ideas – check out our two Pinterest boards with Thanksgiving themed crafts, and this Arizona themed craft board. Make a craft and then give to a elderly neighbor or friend, or mail to a grandparent.

Jana Tingom

Jana is a homeschooling mother of three children, and lives in Scottsdale with her husband, Chris. She enjoys traveling, reading and coffee. Follow @phoenixwithkids on Instagram for daily photos around Phoenix!

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