Things to do when you’re finished with the feast BY SHAWNE TAYLOR
After the big meal has been eaten and the dishes cleared away, you can still hold on to your sweet family together time with a little indoor or outdoor fun.
Family board games are a great way to connect and have fun together. And what better time than when you’re all still sitting around the table, digesting?
Decatur-area comic shop, Challenges Games and Comics has a nice selection of interesting board, card, and role-playing games for all ages. And your local Barnes & Noble will have a great selection too. Some of our family favorites include Sushi Go, Apples to Apples, Dungeon, Machi Koro, and Trivial Pursuit Family Edition.
If you’d rather take your game time outdoors, why not try a Turkey Hunt (draw pictures of turkeys on index cards, have one person hide them around the yard, and the others “hunt” to see who can find the most turkeys), play a game of freeze tag or flag football, or set up an obstacle course in the back yard?
Having a Thanksgiving snuggle and read aloud post-feast is one of life’s simple pleasures and may quickly become a family tradition. You can stick with the Thanksgiving theme by reading books like The Thanksgiving Story, or Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, or choose any family favorites to read together.
If a Thanksgiving Day family movie marathon is more your thing, you’re in luck! Amazon has classic holiday movies such as A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and A Charlie Brown Christmas, Elf, A Christmas Story, and more available for streaming.
Holiday fun around town
For families who want to wrap up Thanksgiving by getting out of the house for some fun, Atlanta has a lot to offer:
The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s annual must-see Garden Nights Holiday Lights is open nightly from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M. (including Thanksgiving!) until January 9. Tickets should be purchased in advance and range in price from $17 to $26 per person, with a discount for members. There is an additional fee for parking.
The Rink at Park Tavern offers outdoor ice-skating in the comfort of a climate-controlled tent starting Thanksgiving Day and running through Presidents Day. The cost is $15 to $20 for all ages until 8 P.M. After 8 P.M. the rink is open only to visitors who are 18+. Be sure to check out their website for times, tickets, and parking information.
Legoland Atlanta at Phipps Plaza is open Thanksgiving Day from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. Tickets range in price from $14.95 to $27.95, with online tickets being the least expensive, and there are 15 different attractions for Lego-lovers of all ages including rides, a mini-land, and a 4D cinema.
Stone Mountain’s Snow Mountain is back, better than ever, and open Thanksgiving Day. Families can purchase tickets and make their reservations online for a two-hour block of fun time that includes tubing, sledding, snowball fights, hot chocolate, and s’mores. It’s real snow, so dress warmly and be prepared to get cold and wet. Prices start at $28 per person and can be combined with tickets to Stone Mountain Christmas, which is also open Thanksgiving Day.