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 especially in Phoenix this year. Yes, this is updated for 2020! But please double check events as things May change.
Join a 5K Walk or Run – there are fun 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 20.
Watch the circus – this is an online event, with our favorite Venardos Circus, which came to Phoenix in April 2019! They’ve done several online shows before and we’ve really loved them. Their Thanksgiving Day show looks to be just as fabulous and entertaining for the whole family. Visit their website for more info!
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, or list of stroller friendly trails. And here’s a list of our favorite playgrounds. We also love hiking.
Holiday events – there are quite a number of light shows, Santa visits, and other holiday events to enjoy this year. Check out the full list here!
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.