9 Thanksgiving Activities for Kids
Sign Up for a Turkey Trot
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Turkey trots are a great way to burn calories before the big feast. It's also a way for you and your kids to give back to your community, as charities are often tied to the race. If there isn't one in your area, you can organize your own. Many family-friendly events range from 1 to 3.1 miles, which are great distances for beginners and children.
Organize a Game of Touch Football
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Get off the couch during halftime and head outside. After all, it is football season, and what's more fun than giving the kids a chance to score a touchdown and tackle their relatives? It's a great way to bond with your family and burn a few calories.
Go to a Local Pumpkin Patch or Christmas Tree Nursery
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Your kids will have a blast, and while searching for the perfect pumpkin or tree they won't even realize that they have been exercising the whole time. After making their selection, spend the evening carving the pumpkin, baking tasty pumpkin snacks, or decorating the tree.
Make Outdoor Chores Fun
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As an adult, raking the lawn may seem like a chore, however children love jumping in those huge piles of leaves. Make an afternoon out of raking and playing in the fall foliage, and your kids will burn more calories than they think. You'll also get a clean lawn out of the deal.
Go for a Walk
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Grab the dog, or cat, and your kids, and take a stroll around the block. If you're feeling ambitious, select new parts of your neighborhood to explore. Walking just 10 minutes a day can improve your health and boost your spirits.
Volunteer Your Time and Help Others in Need
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Head to a local soup kitchen or homeless shelter and give back to your community. Your children will learn the importance of charity and you'll feel good about the experiences. Not only will you burn a few calories, but you'll also receive good karma.
Check Out a Corn Maze
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Walking or running through a maze is an exhilarating experience. Not only does it burn energy, but also exercises your brain because you have to find the end of the maze. If your children are slightly older, you can bring the whole family to a haunted maze for a frightening, calorie-burning experience.
Hike With Your Children
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This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, take in some fresh air, and work on strengthening different body parts. Hiking strengthens various leg muscles while improving your overall balance.
Go for a Family Bike Ride
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Before it gets too cold, gather the family for a bike ride around your town. Select a fun destination that's not too far, so the kids have something to look forward to on their journey.