Four family-friendly activities for Thanksgiving weekend

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We are about to enjoy a loooong holiday weekend. If you are sticking close to home for Thanksgiving, I bet you are looking for some activities that the big and little turkeys in your family will enjoy.

Of course on Thursday, you'll be stuffing yourself silly with turkey and mashed potatoes. But that leaves Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What do to? What to do?

Here are your best bets for the upcoming weekend.

The Wreathing of the Lions. On Friday, November 27th, the iconic statues outside of the Art Institute don their holiday finery. The actual wreathing takes place from 10:00-10:30. Contemporary designer/artist Yves Behar designed special wreaths for the lions this year. Cirque du Soleil's Daily Shpeel performers, and Tiny Tim and Scrooge from the Goodman's "Christmas Carol" production will entertain visitors on the from steps before the Art Institute opens to the public.
Plus, free Argo Tea samples will be distributed. The first 50 people in line get in the museum for free (but remember that kids under the age of 13 are always free).

Don't miss this opportunity to head inside and expose your little ones to the many educational and cultural opportunities at the Art Institute. Nervous about bringing small children into an art museum? Check out my article in the winter issue of Going Places Magazine with tips on how to prepare for your visit to the Art Institute.

A Gingerbread House Workshop at the Emerald City Theater Company. On both Saturday, Novebmer 28th and Sunday, November 29th, parents and kids can create a gingerbread masterpiece and enjoy theater games based on The Nutty Nutcracker Christmas. The workshop takes plaes from 3:00 until 4:30 p.m. on both days. My daughter recently attended a birthday party at the Emerald City Theater Company and I was absolutely wowed by the staff and energy at this place. For more infomation about price, location, etc. visit the website.

Family Turkey Jump at Pump It Up.
I'm just going to come out and say it -- Pump It Up is not my favorite place in town. However, my kids feel otherwise. If the weather is cold over the weekend and you need to let your crazy turkeys loose, you might want to make a stop at the Pump It Up located at 821 W. Eastman. The Family Turkey Jump takes place on Friday, November 27th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the cost is $10 per child.

Caroling at Cloud Gate. This holiday tradition kicks off on Friday, November 27th at 6:00 p.m. Each Friday evening now through Christmas, a different group sings carols in front of The Bean (I'll take this over door-to-door caroling any day). This is just good 'ol family fun. Plus, its FREE. And there is complimentary hot chocolate.  Hard to beat that, right?

Check back this weekend for my take on the best upcoming holiday events. I'll be talking Zoo Lights, outdoor holiday activities (common on -- it's not that cold yet), and kid-friendly alternatives to some of the traditional holiday outings.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wee ones!

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