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Where to Play on Thanksgiving Day (2023)

Seasons Greenings at the US Botanic Garden opens on Thanksgiving Day

 

How about a side of recreation to go with your Thanksgiving meal? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and are looking for pre- or post-feast activities, here are some ways to complement the main event of the day. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Glide the day away at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink

1) Go ice skating! Many of the outdoor rinks in the area are open on the holiday, including our favorites in DC. Glide with beautiful Potomac views at Washington Harbour, right over the river at The Wharf, and on the National Mall at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink.  And after a little snafu, Canal Park should finally be opening on Thursday.  Find info on those and more in Virginia and Maryland.  And be sure to check ice rink websites for Thanksgiving Day hours!

 

 

Visit Zoo animals before you hang with the turkey

2) Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm and the National Zoo 8am – 4pm. The National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian, just a neighbor on the Mall) is open, too, from 10am – 5pm. Admission is free at all of them, so they’re all easy pop-ins!

 

 

Last year’s Season’s Greenings train display at the US Botanic Garden

3) Experience Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden on the official opening day. The always delightful model train exhibit, constructed from plant materials, is outside in the National Garden again. And the Conservatory will be filled with its signature holiday decor, including sculptures of iconic DC sites, also made from plant materials.  Open 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

 

 

Keep the day’s theme going at Turkey Run Park

4) Enjoy a holiday hike.  The forecast is looking great for Thursday, perfect some time on the trail.  In honor of the day, I suggest going to Turkey Run. 🦃😉  Rock Creek, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Huntley Meadows, and Riverbend are all nice parks for family tramping. This post has details on all of them along with even more recs for local walks in the woods.

 

 

The wonderful Wizard of Oz playground at Watkins Regional Park

5) Hang out at a playground.  BeauvoirHains PointClemyjontri, Watkins Regional Park, Cabin John Regional ParkWheaton Regional Park, plus loads of DC Parks and Rec locations, and many more in the DC Metro are good places to take littles to play while you’re waiting for the feast.

 

 

Fun on ICE! at National Harbor

6) Get into the holiday spirit at National Harbor.  There is a nightly tree lighting and light show in the Waterfront District that runs every half hour from sunset until 9pm. Plus, there’s much more holiday magic at the Gaylord National, including the popular ICE! exhibition, which you can can get a discount on using the code CYBER23.

 

 

Go for an evening swing at the Light Yards interactive installations

7) Take an evening drive or stroll (or swing) through a holiday light display— several around the area have started dazzling visitors with twinkling wonderlands.

 

 

Go see The Eras Tour movie if you haven’t yet (or even if you have)

8) Catch a flick.  Just about all of our local movie theaters will be open, and there some good films to see!   A few family movies:  Wish, The Marvels, Trolls Band Together, The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbird and Snakes, and if you haven’t see it yet Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour.  (On my list, with teens and older:  Priscilla, Dream Scenario, Saltburn, May December.)  See what’s playing at a theater near you.

 

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Where to Play on Thanksgiving Day (2022)

A plant material replica of the US Botanic Garden at the wonderful Season’s Greenings

 

How about a side of recreation to go with your Thanksgiving meal? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and are looking for pre- or post-feast activities, here are some ways to complement the main event of the day. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

1) Hit the ice to enjoy some active fun. You can ice skate under the sky at one of several outdoor rinks in the area that are open on the holiday.  Most of our faves, all DC rinks, will be welcoming skaters, so you can glide with beautiful Potomac views at Washington Harbour, right over the river at The Wharf, and amid the city bustle at Canal Park.  Find info on those and more in Virginia and Maryland.  And be sure to check ice rink websites for Thanksgiving Day hours!

 

2) Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm and the National Zoo 8am – 4pm. The National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian, just a neighbor on the Mall) is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.

 

3) Experience Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden. The always delightful model train exhibit, constructed from plant materials, is back outside in the National Garden again. And the Conservatory will be filled with its signature holiday decor, including sculptures of iconic DC sites, also made from plant materials.  Open 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

 

4) Enjoy a holiday hike.  Looks like it should be a pleasant Turkey Day this year, great for some time on the trail.  In honor of the day, I suggest going to Turkey Run. 🦃😉  Rock Creek, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Huntley Meadows, and Riverbend are all nice parks for family tramping. This post has details on all of them along with even more recs for local walks in the woods.

 

5) Hang out at a playground.  BeauvoirHains PointClemyjontri, Cabin John Regional ParkWheaton Regional Park, plus loads of DC Parks and Rec locations, and many more in the DC Metro are good places to take littles to play while you’re waiting for the feast.

 

6) Get into the holiday spirit at National Harbor.  There is a nightly tree lighting and light show in the Waterfront District that runs every half hour from sunset until 9pm. Plus, there’s much more holiday magic at the Gaylord National.

 

7) Take an evening drive or stroll through a holiday light display— several around the area have started dazzling visitors with twinkling wonderlands.

 

8) Catch a flick.  Just about all of our local movie theaters will be open, and there are so many good films to see! (On my list:  Glass Onion, The Banshees of Inisherin, The Fabelmans, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, TÁR, She Said, The Menu.)  See what’s playing at a theater near you.

 

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Where to Play on Thanksgiving Day (2021)

Work up an appetite for the big feast with some ice skating

 

How about a side of recreation to go with your Thanksgiving meal? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and are looking for pre- or post-feast activities, here are some ways to complement the main event of the day. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

1) Get gliding and enjoy some active fun. You can ice skate under the sky at one of several outdoor rinks in the area that are open on the holiday. Our faves are all DC rinks — National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington Harbour, and The Wharf  — because you just can’t beat the city locations on the National Mall, next to the Potomac, and right over the river. Find info on those and more here.  And be sure to check ice rink websites for Thanksgiving Day hours!

 

2) Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm and the National Zoo 8am – 4pm. The National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian, just a neighbor on the Mall) is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.

 

3) See the Outdoor Holiday Display at the U.S. Botanic Garden. Get a glimpse here of the always delightful model train exhibit, all constructed from plant materials. It’s back this year, but outside in the National Garden.  Open 10am – 5pm. Admission is free.

 

4) Enjoy a holiday hike.  It looks like it should be a pleasant Turkey Day this year.  In honor of the day, I suggest going to Turkey Run. 🦃😉 But Rock Creek, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Huntley Meadows, and Riverbend are all great parks for family tramping. This post has details on all of them along with even more recs for local walks in the woods.

 

5) Hang out at a playground.  BeauvoirHains PointClemyjontri, Cabin John Regional ParkWheaton Regional Park, plus loads of DC Parks and Rec locations, and many more in the DC Metro are good places to take littles to play while you’re waiting for the feast.

 

6) Get into the holiday spirit at National Harbor.  There is a nightly tree lighting and light show in the Waterfront District that runs every half hour from sunset until 9pm.

 

7) Take an evening drive or stroll through a holiday light display— several around the area have started dazzling visitors with twinkling wonderlands.

 

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Where to Play on Thanksgiving Day

The Air & Space Museum and all of the Smithsonian Museums remain open on Thanksgiving!



How about a side of recreation to go with your Thanksgiving turkey? If you’re going to be in town for the holiday and looking for pre- or post-feast activities, here are some ways to complement the main event of the day. Happy Thanksgiving!

* Visit a Smithsonian museum or the National Zoo. They are all open on Thanksgiving from 10am – 5:30pm, except for the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery which are open 11:30am – 7pm. The National Gallery of Art (which is not part of the Smithsonian, just a neighbor on the Mall) is open, too, from 10am – 5pm.

* Experience Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden on opening day! Get an idea of what to expect in this post.

* Hang out at a playground. Hains Point, Clemyjontri, Watkins Regional Park, Beauvoir, Cabin John Regional Park, Wheaton Regional Park, plus loads of DC Parks and Rec locations, and many more in NoVa and Maryland are great places to play while you’re waiting for the feast.

* Get gliding and enjoy some active fun. You can skate under the sky at one of several ice rinks in the area that are open on the holiday. Find info for them here.

* Enjoy a holiday hike. For those who like to get out, it looks like it should be a pleasant Turkey Day this year. Rock Creek, Great Falls, Roosevelt Island, Huntley Meadows, Prince William Forest, Riverbend, and Turkey Run are all great parks for family tramping. This post has details on all of them along with even more recs for local walks in the woods.

* Go bowling. Pinstripes in Georgetown hosts Kids Bowling from 10am – 12pm, when ages 12 and under bowl for just $6 (and parents bowl free!). There is a locaton in Rockville, too. You can also hit the lanes at Lucky Strike in Penn Quarter, Bowlmor in Bethesda or Rockville, or Bowl America in several NoVa locations.

* Get into the holiday spirit at Christmas on the Potomac, the Gaylord National Resort’s spectacular seasonal attraction.

* Dance off the turkey dinner at the Kennedy Center. The evening’s free Millennium Stage performance features their annual Thanksgiving Day Swing with music by Josh Christina, an infectious blend of piano driven, high octane boogie-woogie and pop ’n’ roll. This all takes place from 5:30-8pm, and admission is free.

* Take an evening drive or stroll through a holiday light display — several in the area have started dazzling visitors with twinkling wonderlands.


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Ticket Giveaway: Disney on Ice Presents Follow Your Heart

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Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart is bringing a host of Disney•Pixar favorites to EagleBank Arena in Fairfax October 19 – 23, for nine performances. The live production ice-skating extravaganza produced by Feld Entertainment will feature Inside Out, Frozen and other beloved Disney stories, including Finding Dory on the ice for the first time. Even more, I have a 4-Pack of tickets for the Wednesday, October 19 show up for grabs for one lucky KFDC reader to win!

Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Just keep swimming with Dory, Nemo, Marlin and new pal Hank from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory as they embark on a life-changing excursion to find her parents and discover the true meaning of family. Cheer with the Emotions from Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust – as they help Riley find the confidence to win the hockey championship and experience the emotional rollercoaster of growing up. Venture to wintery world of Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Disney’s Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, and the Disney Princesses make their dreams come true through their virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and The Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Fairfax, VA!

Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart will be at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax for nine performances from October 19-23. Tickets start at $20. The show is recommended for all ages.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a 4-Pack of tickets to see Disney on Ice presents Follow Your Heart at EagleBank Arena on October 19 at 7pm, simply leave a comment below or on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page. This giveaway will run through Wednesday October 12, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good Luck!

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Disney on Ice in exchange for this post, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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