What do you picture when you contemplate a week off of school with the kids? Family crafts, meaningful conversation, and delicious meals? Or endless screaming, bouncing off the walls, and tattling run amok? Chances are good this Thanksgiving week will offer a little of both. At Gateway of Forney, we believe that family comes first. We also know that sometimes the most important people in your life can be the hardest to keep up with, especially when they’re loaded up with sugar and long holiday wish lists. So how can you pass the time this Thanksgiving week? Here are our top picks.
If endless renditions of “Let it Go” fill your house every morning, then you can’t miss the Frozen 2 premiere on November 22. Head to a local theatre decked out in full Frozen gear. Dress up like your favorite character, and blast theme music on the drive. Get further into the spirit by planning a home movie night. Watch the first version of the movie in sleeping bags on the floor while camping out in your living room.
Your kids may spend much of their lives in a beautiful planned community in Forney, Texas, but not everyone is so lucky. Sometimes a little perspective does wonders for kids’ behavior and teaches them to cultivate the true grateful spirit of Thanksgiving. Find the perfect volunteer opportunity on VolunteerMatch. You can participate in a one-time project or get your kids involved in year-round work.
For a unique Thanksgiving volunteer experience, check out SoupMobile, which delivers hot meals to homeless people wherever they are. Or consider starting your own project. Fill a homeless care kitwith these items, then give a kit out to every homeless person you see this holiday season. For more volunteer opportunities, check out the Forney Volunteers page.
Kids are never too young to help in the kitchen. In fact, involving picky eaters in meals is a great way to convince them to eat more and better food. Take some time to make a menu together. Get creative, designing pretty menus and talking about everyone’s tastes and preferences. Then give kids age-appropriate instructions for meals they can make themselves. A toddler may enjoy mixing cake batter, while older kids can help with chopping veggies and even cooking food on the stove. Check out our guide to Thanksgiving food here.
Want to encourage kids to dig more deeply into their culinary talents? Attend Kids Can Bake on November 23.
Family-Friendly Holiday Events
If you desperately need to get out of the house while remaining in the holiday spirit, several local events are great choices:
- Attend goat yoga, complete with a reindeer photo op, November 29.
- Help the kids shop for family holiday presents at Jackson Home and Garden’s 1st Annual Junior Shopping Days.
- Eat breakfast with Santa at the 2nd Annual Just BeClaus.
- Take in the classic It’s a Wonderful Life performed as an old-school radio play.
- Go ice skating with friends at Forney on Ice.
- Look ahead to the Christmas season with the December 7th Christmas in the Park.
At Gateway in Forney, every day is worth celebrating. We believe in nurturing families and communities with beautiful homes, walkable neighborhoods, and a commitment to safe and comfortable living. Check out available homes here