When the holidays are around, families gather. There's nothing better than spending time with your family. Here are a few ideas to have some togetherness with yours.
In the Morning
Tune-in to The Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Kick-off the holiday season by snuggling up with the kids to watch the parade of giant balloons, performance groups and high school marching bands. There’s even a web site where you can access fun and games for kids.
Take a Hike
While most stay in and watch the football, others might enjoy a nice walk or hike. Middle Tennessee is loaded with great hiking spots. One of our favorites is:
1160 Otter Creek Road
Nashville, TN 37220
This popular natural area provides a variety of scenic hikes.
Download a hiking trail map at the website.
Hours of Operation
Park: 6:00 a.m. to Dark
Visitors Center: daily
Sunday-Monday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
NATURE WALK: AN IDEA FOR KIDS – Have them walk around your yard and neighborhood with an adult, gathering things you can use in your Thanksgiving Day centerpiece! Pinecones, beautiful leaves, pretty stones … use your imagination while you help them create their own version of a cornucopia.
Or, Find the Perfect Trail
Find 36 of the best hikes around within an hour of Nashville. Includes Edwin Warner Park, Cedars of Lebanon, Brentwood Greenway.
A special section in this book focuses on hiking with children. Provides detailed descriptions.
OR … Have Thanksgiving in a Tennessee State Park
Take the stress out of your holiday and let Tennessee State Parks host your friends and family, with Tennessee’s natural wonders serving as your backdrop during this season of thanksgiving.
Tennessee State Park officials are pleased to announce that all eight state park restaurants will be open Thursday, November 25th, serving their annual Thanksgiving Day feast. Thanksgiving turkey and all the traditional trimmings, along with an assortment of desserts, will be available beginning at 11:00am until closing at state park restaurants across Tennessee.
Selections and prices will vary depending on location, ranging from $12.95 to $14.95 (excluding drink and gratuity). Group reservations are recommended.
The Tennessee State Park restaurants serving Thanksgiving Day dinner are:
- Cumberland Mountain State Park — 931-484-7186
- David Crockett State Park (Lawrenceburg) — 931-762-9541
- Fall Creek Falls State Park — 423-881-5241
- Henry Horton State Park — 931-364-2222
- Montgomery Bell State Park — 615-797-3101
- Natchez Trace State Park — 731-968-8176
- Paris Landing State Park — 731-642-4311
- Pickwick Landing State Park — 731-689-3135
Kids love nothing more than being brought in with adults for game playing. And that means shutting off the XBOX and getting around a table together. (Enjoy dessert this way together). Pull out the best board games your family likes like Apples to Apples, or try these:
1. Bingo. Buy this game or make at Thanksgiving version yourself. (It’s the regular Bingo with a twist). Instead of calling “N-58,” for instance, you ask questions related to Thanksgiving and the board is decorated with the answers instead of numbers. The rules are the same, and if you choose to make it yourself you can choose what questions and answers you want to use. You still use the BINGO header and have little chips for markers. Example: What year was the first Thanksgiving held? Those with the answer “1621” on their sheets would mark it with a marker and so on and so on till someone has BINGO.
2. Charades. Give everyone scraps of paper and a pencil. Have them write down names of songs, movies, television shows or sporting activities. Fold or crumple the pieces of paper and put them in a bowl. Let everyone take turns acting out what is written on one of the papers.
3. A Backgammon tournament. You know that old board you have sitting in the closet? Now’s the time to pull it out. And while you’re grabbing it, grab the Chess board, too!
4. Cards. Rummy, Hearts, you name it! Here’s an alphabetical list of card games galore with objects and rules.
5. Play a family football game
Head out to your backyard, a local church or school field, and bring the pig skin. You are all going to play a family game of football!