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Thanksgiving Family Fun: Staying Active

Family, feasting and—of course—football can only mean one thing—it’s Thanksgiving! Our favorite fall holiday is just around the corner, and we know you’re probably looking forward to it just as much as we are. Lots of the traditional Thanksgiving fun revolves around kicking back and watching football after dinner… but if you desire something a little more active for you and your family, try out one of our ideas below!

Family football

It’s our favorite thing to watch on Thanksgiving—but when it comes to football, getting out there and playing can be even more exciting! Get your guests together for a backyard game of flag or touch football. No game is too small to make a cherished Thanksgiving memory… and for those who want to stay active on Thanksgiving Day, this is one of the best ways to do it.

Neighborhood hike or bike ride

Around this time of year, Florida weather often becomes drier, cooler and more enjoyable. That’s why getting outdoors and enjoying a neighborhood hike or bike ride is such a great idea! Florida is home to miles upon miles of navigable, picturesque trails for you to try out, and many of them are right in your own backyard. Get the family together for an enjoyable post-Thanksgiving hike or bike ride for an activity everyone can appreciate.

Pumpkin hunt

If you’ve never participated in a pumpkin hunt before, the rules are fairly simple! The game organizer simply scatters a few fake pumpkins—or real ones, if you’re lucky enough to have some extras on hand—throughout the front lawn and backyard. The purpose of the game is to, of course, find as many pumpkins as possible. Kids will love this game as much as they love egg hunts at Easter, and even the adults will enjoy the silly antics that ensue.


Have wheels, will travel—if this describes you and your family, you may want to slip into your favorite pair of rollerblades for this fun family activity. Cruise around your block and enjoy the sights and smells of Thanksgiving in the neighborhood. You can go as fast or as slow as you want—the thing here is to have fun and make memories with your family and friends.

Pickup soccer

Is soccer more favored by your family? Play a game of pickup soccer in your backyard! If you have mini goalposts to use, this is the time to bring them out—but of course you can always use trees, plants and other markers as well. Spend some time kicking the ball around, playing “keep away,” or practicing shots on goal. If you have enough people, try turning your playing into a full blown game! It may not be the most traditional Thanksgiving activity, but soccer is definitely a great way to have fun and stay active on the holiday.

Spending time with family on Thanksgiving is a meaningful experience we can all enjoy. What are your favorite family activities? Feel free to share them with us here!

Thanksgiving Family Fun: Staying Active

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