The Covid outbreak has inevitably impacted many people in different ways, especially the Thanksgiving tradition we all enjoy every year with our family and loved ones. Thanksgiving appears to be challenging to come by, but there are still ways to celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday, below are a list of things you can do with your family in Austin this Thanksgiving year.
What Can We Do as a Family This Thanksgiving?
Being a family, you will find a lot of activities that bring togetherness, joy, bonding, and love. Many studies have shown that individuals who convey gratefulness feel better about their own lives, build solid relations, feel more supported, and are physically healthier!
Why don’t we take a look at how we can begin this joyful season feeling grateful and ignite the spirit of gratitude in our young children as we do.
Cook Thanksgiving Dinner Together
There is a unique connection that stems from preparing food with your family members. The act of cooking together educates young children on the value of trust and dependability. In fact, it is one of the most preferred activities that parents want to do with their children in the family.
Enjoy a Thanksgiving Meal Together
Family dinners make a difference to the physical and psychological wellness of kids. Eating together helps establish a close relationship with your kids. It provides everyone in the family an opportunity to learn more about each other.
Eating together as a family offers the kids a chance to learn and practice their social abilities, table manners, and conversation skills. While eating thanksgiving lunch or dinner together, go around the table and ask everyone what they are thankful for this year; this is a great bonding exercise.
Attend Thanksgiving Events In Austin Together
Instead of staying in the house all week, head out to these Austin local events taking place the week of Thanksgiving.
Fall Concert Series
Kick-off your Thanksgiving break with a free concert! Head out to The Arboretum with the family for a night under the stars. Bring blankets, lawn chairs, and your dancing shoes for a fabulous Night with The Eggmen. If you have never heard The Eggmen perform, you are missing out; they are Austin’s premier Beatles Tribute band and put on a fantastic show!.
Austin Empty Bowl Project
A traditional Austin event of local potters trying to fight hunger one bowl at a time. If you have never attended the Empty Bowl Project, you are missing out on some fabulous one-of-a-kind bowls. Every year local potters create unique bowls and sell them to raise money for local food programs. This year the event will be virtual, but bowl pick up will be November 21, so get online, check out the fantastic bowls, and get yours in time for thanksgiving.
Mozart’s 2021 Holiday Light Show
Take the family to enjoy a spectacular light and music display at Mozart’s Coffee; it’s back and bigger than years past. Starting November 11 and running till January 6, you can reserve a table and order holiday treats for yourself and the whole family; what a great way to spend a night of your Thanksgiving break. showclix.com/event/mozarts-2021-holiday-light-show
Annual Austin Trail of Lights
The Austin Trail of Lights is back for its 57th year. Starting November 27, you can take the family to celebrate the holidays nightly and enjoy over 2 million lights illuminating the park. Just like last year, this will be a drive-thru event; tickets are already on sale. austintrailoflights.org
Texas Football v.s. Kansas State
Take the family out to support the Longhorns on Friday, November 26, at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium as they take on Kansas State. The game starts at 11 am, so get out there early to enjoy some fun, family-friendly tailgating.
31st Annual ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot
Before you overindulge in all the delicious Thanksgiving food, why not join ThunderCloud Subs for its annual turkey trot. This fantastic event started over 30 years benefiting Caritas of Austin. Enter the whole family, make silly race shirts and sign up for either a 5-mile run, 1-mile walk, Stepping Stone School Kids-K; they even have virtual options. thundercloud.com/register-2
It’s time to head out to the Lady Bird Wildflower Center, climb around on some impressive forts, and enjoy some fresh air with the family on this Thanksgiving break. Explore Fortlandia; a collection of customized forts designed and created in the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Make sure you reserve your spot soon. wildflower.org/fortlandia
Escape the Box: Austin Escape Game, Scavenger Hunt, and Tour
July 8, 2021 – December 31, 2021, 11: 00 AM at Austin Visitor’s Center. Discover the hidden part of Austin with Escape the Box! This attractively created experience immerses you in a time travel-themed journey. Your target is to return to the present. It is a guided trip, scavenger hunt, and escape game that provides something for everybody. You will see Austin from a local perspective while exploring an iconic local community and solving clever puzzles.
The delightful journey culminates in an enchanting final challenge using items from each clue. With Escape the Box, you’ll discover quite a lot, have some enjoyment, and, most importantly, you will make lasting memories.