What to Do During Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving break is a holiday that many of us look forward to—and not just for the turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce of Thanksgiving dinner. The week is a welcome break, especially for kids in school. 

But as much as we yearn for our free time, we find ourselves with nothing to occupy it a lot of the time. Suddenly all the things we’ve been putting off all year don’t seem so interesting, and neither does watching TV all day.

If you’re wondering what to do during Thanksgiving break, we’re here to help. Here’s a list of fun activities that can fill up the time.

Unique and Fun Things to Do Over Thanksgiving Break

1. Take an Escape Room Challenge

If you’re tired of watching movies or playing video games, escape rooms are perfect for families or friends who are looking for group things to do over Thanksgiving so that they can spend some time together.

The adventure games are sure to give you an exciting time, plus you can choose from a variety of different games. If you’re doing it as a family, make sure to choose an escape room with a medium-difficulty rating. This allows both the kids and older family members to contribute to solving the puzzles while at the same time enjoying the game.

2. Get Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving break is the perfect time to get that holiday to-do list going instead of waiting for the last minute to start your preparations. Now is the perfect time to shop for presents, and it’s cheaper too—with the Black Friday sales in many stores. Aside from shopping, you can put up your Christmas decorations, set up your festive music playlists, and try out recipes for the dinner parties you plan to host.

If you’re a kid Thanksgiving break is a great time to make your holiday wish list so that it can be dropped in the mail to the North Pole.

3. Create DIY Crafts

Making crafts is always a great way to spend your free time, and it’s one of the most fun things to do on Thanksgiving break because you have something important to make—Christmas ornaments! 

4. Visit Friends and Family 

We love the holidays not just for the festivity but also for the way it brings people together. While it might not be a long break, visiting family who lives close by is top of the list of wholesome things to do during thanksgiving. You can even make it a fun road trip if they live a few hours away. 

5. Go Christmas Tree Shopping

Finding the perfect Christmas tree is almost as important to creating the right holiday atmosphere as shopping for presents. But beware, Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional time for families to head to the Christmas tree lot to pick one out, so prices are usually at an all-time high.

6. Watch Holiday Movies

There’s nothing like a good Christmas movie to mark Thanksgiving break. Luckily, Hallmark Channel’s Christmas movie marathons are well in full swing by this time. Get everyone to cozy up on the couch and watch a heart-warming family movie.

7. Volunteer

Giving back is one of the most fulfilling things to do during Thanksgiving break that you can undertake. Typical places to volunteer during this season are at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. You can contact the Salvation Army or your local shelter to find out how to donate your time. Nursing homes and hospitals are also great options for volunteering. Many patients don’t get visitors and can feel lonely around the holidays, so consider these places if you’re looking for volunteering ideas of what to do over Thanksgiving break.

8. Go Camping

Camping is always an adventure, even if you’re doing it in your backyard. November is the last chance to pitch a tent outside before it gets too cold, and you’re probably going to have to wait until Spring to sleep outdoors.

On the other hand, try to make backyard camping as realistic as possible. That means tents, sleeping bags, smores—the works.

9. Watch and Play Football

Pro football has been played on Thanksgiving Day since the 1920s and is the biggest non-food Thanksgiving tradition for much of America. It’s high on our “things to do Thanksgiving week” list because of all the action on and off the field.

But the players don’t have to have all the fun—while away an afternoon by getting everyone outside for your own family football game.

10. Host a Board Game Night

What to do in Thanksgiving weekend get-togethers? Bring out the board games instead of sitting around and chatting about mundane topics. A little competition is a great way to get everyone psyched up and having a good time. The day will fly by as long as food and drinks are in plenty.

Find a Family Adventure at Paranoia Quest

There is no need to fuss over what to do during Thanksgiving break when Paranoia Quest can provide exciting escape rooms for everyone in the family. We have plenty of magical, silly, and fun games that you can play, so everyone in the family will be entertained. Book our escape room in Atlanta today!