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10 Fun Things to do on Thanksgiving Break (and 1 bonus)

Whether the rain is falling down, sun is shining, or bellies are so full you don't ever want to leave the couch, we've got 10 really great ideas for things to do on Thanksgiving break and one bonus thing too.

1. Leaves, Leaves Everywhere

Colder weather and wind means the leaves are falling down. Time to gather them in a pile and encourage a running start. Arrange them to create works of art like these beautiful images from Andy Goldsworthy.

2. Walk in the Park

Autumn is a perfect time of year to get outside and play. Crunchy leaves, crisp air, and a slight breeze. Whether it's Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills or Lake Balboa in Van Nuys in any of the other hundreds of parks in Los Angeles, it's a great day to grab that cute sweater and your child's hand, and head to the park. Keep an out for squirrels storing nuts for the winter.

3. Indoor Fort
This was one of my favorites as a kid. My dad would bring home gigantic cardboard refrigerator boxes for me and my brother to color on. Then we would arrange the boxes in tunnels, line them with pillows, add some lights, paint some bricks, cut out a window, and drape sheets from chairs. Viola! Instant castle fortress.

4. Makeovers

What are you planning to do with that nail polish you weren't a fan of? Or that eyeshadow that was just too pink? Time for makeover dress up fun. Invite some friends over and set up foot bath. Pull out those cute shoes she's been eyeing and top it with some costume jewelry then hit the runway. Or let her make you over. Prefer a character to take the lead? All of our characters have full makeover kits for face painting, makeup, tattoos, and glitter.

5. Beach Day

In the fall there aren't as many tourists at the beach which means it's a great day to get some vitamin D and new shells for the mantel. Keep an eye out for the gray whale migration. Malibu is a great place to go for whale watching because the coastline curves bringing the whales really close to the shore.

6. Arts & Crafts

Paper, scissors, stickers, crayons, paint, and some imagination can turn a pile of scraps into tiaras, puppets, and more. Looking for cheap craft supplies? Check out your local Dollar Tree. Recyclable materials are great too. Check out these cute fairy houses made from soda bottles.

7. Scavenger Hunt

This is a great option for inside or outside. Use a template like the ones below or create one of your own using items around your house.

8. Movie Marathon

Streaming services allow us access to thousands of options. Maybe it's time to show them one of your favorites and introduce them to VHS. Add a fun element with DIY drive in "cars" or snack caddies.

9. Board Games

We love game night at our house. You can act things out in a game of Charades like the characters of Frozen 2, break out one of the family favorites like Candy Land, or try a new hit game like Chow Crown. Check out this video of a family giving it a hilarious try. Available on Amazon here.

10. Hike

The joy of living in Los Angeles is that there are numerous hiking opportunities. Some of our favorites are Griffith Park and the Hollywood Reservoir, but if you're feeling really adventurous, check out "The Wisdom Tree". It's steep, but worth the reward of the 360 degree view. Look for the hidden box with memory book. Always bring extra water and snacks, make sure your phone is charged and let a friend know where you're going before you begin the hike.
11. Cleaning up the House

How many princesses can you name that clean up their homes? Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel... time to throw on that princess playlist and encourage princess time. If you prefer for your kids to clean up with an actual princess, you know how to reach us ;)