November is a month where we take time to be thankful for the things we have and the people in our lives. It’s a time where families get together and enjoy each other’s company while also celebrating Thanksgiving and other exciting community events. As a parent, it can be a challenge to keep everyone entertained and happy during this time. Luckily, there are plenty of family-friendly activities that you can do to enjoy this November. Here are 7 ways to enjoy this month to the fullest!
Make Thanksgiving Placemats or Paper Tablecloths
One fun and easy way to get ready for Thanksgiving is to let kids create their own paper tablecloths or placemats. You can use plain white butcher paper or construction paper. Have kids draw out designs incorporating what they are thankful for this year, or create designs that reflect the fall season. You can also have them write out what they are thankful for on their paper creations. This activity is a great way to keep little ones entertained while also engaging their creativity and practicing their writing skills.
Have Kids Make a Cornucopia for the Centerpiece for Thanksgiving
Another fun Thanksgiving craft to do with kids is to create a cornucopia for the centerpiece of your dinner table. Use paper or have kids make their own out of clay or play dough. Let them fill it with whatever they want, from construction paper fruit to real ones, or a mix of both! This will be a beautiful table centerpiece that everyone can admire and appreciate.
Family Book Club
Reading is a great way to spend time together as a family. Start a family book club this November, where everyone reads and discusses books together. You can choose age-appropriate books for the kids, and classics for the adults. Take turns choosing the book and lead discussions. You can also make themed snacks or meals that relate to the books you’re reading. This is an excellent way to bond as a family while also encouraging your kids to read more.
Register for the Milwaukee Turkey Trot
Looking for a family-friendly activity to participate in during Thanksgiving weekend? Sign up for the Milwaukee Turkey Trot. This year’s event is for the whole family, so everyone can participate! You’ll still receive a long-sleeve t-shirt or fleece jacket, Al’s Cracky doughnuts will be waiting at the finish line and proceeds are donated to The Hunger Task Force. Helping those in need this holiday season.
Oak Creek Winter Farmers Market – November 25th
Visit the Oak Creek Winter Farmers Market on November 25th, where you can stock up on fresh, locally grown produce, meats and artisanal food items. This event is a great way to support local farmers and producers, all while enjoying the festive atmosphere that comes with shopping in an outdoor market. Bring the kids along and let them choose something to make for the family dinner that night.
National Child’s Day – November 20th – Give your Child a “Yes Day!”
National Child’s Day falls on November 20th, and this year, celebrate by giving your child a “Yes Day!” Let your child choose the activities you do for the day, and say yes to everything that they want to do (within reason, of course!). This is a fun and exciting way to show your child how much you love them while also engaging in activities that they enjoy.
Home for the Holidays – Community Franklin Event
On November 20th, the city of Franklin is hosting a holiday event called Home for the Holidays. From the Jingle Bell 5K walk/jog/run to visiting Santa’s Workshop and Market there are so many events happening at this event. GNO’s Holiday Show will get the entire family up on their feet and having fun with interactive activities from Noon to 1:30 p.m. Teens, you will not want to miss this! The Double D Dancers will encourage everyone to slide and shuffle from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Lola Bard Holiday Carolers – a critically-acclaimed troupe of vocalists featured in The New York Times, LA Jazz Scene, Chicago Tribune, ZAGAT and more – sing an array of traditional Christmas carols to festive pop holiday favorites, and perform in beautiful, custom-made Victorian costumes from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Join in community caroling! https://www.franklinwi.gov/About-Franklin/Annual-City-Events/Home-for-the-Holidays.htm
November can be a wonderful time of year for families to come together and participate in fun and engaging activities. From arts and crafts to outdoor markets and community events, there is something for everyone to enjoy. By incorporating some of these activities into your family’s November calendar, you can create lasting memories and traditions that you can look back on fondly for years to come. So, grab your family, and get ready to enjoy this November to the fullest!