Make Thanksgiving Decorations: Hop onto Pinterest and find some easy Thanksgiving decorations to make with the kids. They can write special messages to give to extended family members at the family gathering stating why they’re thankful for them.
Mini-Nutcracker: After school’s out for break, you can visit the Lakeville Area Arts Center to see a performance of the “Mini-Nutcracker.” This abbreviated version of the Twin Cities Ballet’s “A Minnesota Nutcracker” introduces children to the magic of this family favorite. Showtime is 6 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26. Tickets are $10.
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Burnsville Winter Lighting Ceremony: Burnsville is lighting up 200,000 mini lights and 230 streetlight snowflakes on Wednesday, November 27. This free event also features live entertainment and food. Be there for the fun from 6 to 6:45 p.m. in Nicollet Commons Park.
Let the Kids Help With Thanksgiving Dinner: The big feast is considered the centerpiece of the holiday. Let your kids help cook part of the meal, set the table, or carve the turkey! Then you can say how thankful you are for their help!
Volunteering Opportunities: Give some of your time to volunteer. Whether it’s helping serve dinner to the homeless or just helping a neighbor with yard work, your volunteer work will make someone else very thankful.
Black Friday Shopping: We’re not recommending you shop till you drop… but some families make Black Friday an annual tradition. It could be good family bonding time as you work together to find those deals you’ve been reading about for weeks! Don’t go overboard though. Try setting a budget to stick to!
LOCAL TIP: If Black Friday shopping takes you and the kids to Mall of America, Lakeville Parks and Recreation is selling Nickelodeon Universe All-Day wristbands for a discounted price of $27. Hurry, you must pick those up by November 27 at 4:15 p.m.
Visit a State Park: If you’re looking for something less intimidating than Black Friday, consider joining in on Free Park Friday. On the day after Thanksgiving, all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be free to enter. Walk off those calories and enjoy the great outdoors with your family!
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LOCAL TIP: Even if you can’t make it to a state park, there’s plenty of awesome parks around the Lakeville Area. We’re going to have some fresh snow to take advantage of. Find a sledding hill or head out to Ritter Farm Park with some snowshoes. Lakeville Parks and Recreation rents out snowshoes, but plan accordingly. The department will be closed Thursday, November 28-Sunday, December 1. See page 5 of the Parks and Recreation Brochure for more details.
Set Up Seasonal Decorations: You can start decorating for the winter season! As you decorate you can declutter and maybe even donate some of your old and unused decorations for charity!
Holidazzle 2019: After you set up your own decorations, you can see the lights at Holidazzle in downtown Minneapolis. The annual event opens the day after Thanksgiving and runs Thursdays through Sundays until December 22 in Loring Park.
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Winter Lights at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: A winter event that offers amazing visual treats both indoors and out! There is a magnificently decorated Great Hall, including the 25-foot-tall live Poinsettia tree and other towering trees decorated with botanically-inspired ornaments. Stroll through 13 beautiful light displays on a self-guided walking tour through sparkling winter gardens. Sit on a sparkling ice throne and enjoy gooey s’mores and even more treats! The Arboretum is open through January 5 from 5-9 p.m.
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Take Time for Yourself: Use this break to relax and take time for yourself and your family. Do something you love, be active with the family. This time off from work and school is the perfect time to unwind and reconnect with your loved ones and yourself.