Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all our Canadian readers!
Hopefully you’re all enjoying the extra day of relaxation and looking forward to the delicious meal ahead of you (unless you’re one of those “Sunday eaters”). But one of the big reasons this holiday is so beloved is that it’s a wonderful excuse to get family members together. Relatives visit, kids come home from university and you all get some time to spend together. So with all the family around you want to do something special with each other besides eating a bunch of food. With that in mind, and knowing that not all family members have the same interests, here’s our suggestions for foolproof fun for the whole family while you kill a couple hours before turkey time!
Walk in the woods.
This time of year is maybe the best time of year for a walk outdoors. The Fall foliage makes everything look so beautiful, the temperature hasn’t gotten uncomfortable low yet, and you can pretty much find a great spot for an afternoon walk no matter where you are. Go to your local park, or find a more out-of-the-way trail. It doesn’t need to be a strenuous walk if anyone isn’t up for a hike, but just getting out and enjoying the season will be well worth it.
Alternatively, if you want to ensure no one is going to be too tired out from the walk to enjoy the dinner, you get dial your outdoor activities to a more low-key affair. Take a trip to a nearby apple orchard to take part in a good old fashion family apple pick. The apples are big and delicious this time of year, and you can even turn it into a competition if you’re that kind of family. It’s a good time and when it’s done you’ll have enough apples to make more pies than you can eat.
An autumn drive.
Of course those two options rely on the weather cooperating and in Canada that is far from a guarantee. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some of the beautiful Fall scenery. Convince your relative with the biggest car to squeeze everyone in, or take multiple vehicles and go on a nice scenic drive. While you may not be lucky enough to live in some of the gorgeous areas that we previously highlighted, but I’m sure you can find a road near you worth driving down.
Take in a matinee.
If you’ve seen enough of the Fall colours and are looking for a little more artificial entertainment, a family trip to the cinema is always a nice idea. Many theatres offer cheap weekend movies that are suitable for audiences of all ages. Sometimes it’s a nice break of the hectic holiday fun to just sit back and enjoy a movie with your loved ones.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. the family gathering around a board game is a tried and true bit of familial fun no matter what the holiday. It’s an easy activity that can be as quick or as long as you want. But stay away from Monopoly. No matter how strong your family is, Monopoly will cause a fight.