Thanksgiving is a time to share appreciation and amazing meals with our loved ones –without having to wrap umpteen gifts and worry about decorating deadlines.
Here are seven activities to enjoy this Thanksgiving:
1. Indian Discovery– On Saturday, Nov. 21st, travel back in time at Indian Discovery at Indian Springs Metropark. Learn what life was like for Native Americans by learning to use a pump drill, how to start a fire, build shelter and make a simple noisemaker. The event begins at 10 am. There are entry fees of $6 per person and $7 per vehicle.
2. Thanksgiving Story with Author– Also on Saturday, Nov. 21st at the Barnes and Noble in Ann Arbor, is Thanksgiving-themed story time featuring the author of The Little Kids’ Table series, Mary Ann Riehle. There will be Thanksgiving activities after the story. This event is free.
3. 33rd Annual Turkey Trot in Detroit– There’s no better way to spend the morning before sitting down to what is most Americans’ largest meal of the year than running in the annual Strategic Staffing Solutions Turkey Trot in downtown Detroit. To get your Thanksgiving off to a running start, download the 2015 Turkey Trot Registration form.
4. 10th Annual Ann Arbor Turkey Trot– Runners love this untimed, almost-5K and have plenty of hot chocolate before their Thanksgiving feast. Tom Turkey and Santa Claus are planning to attend in case your family prefers to cheer for you rather than to jog with you. Wear your ugliest sweater for a crack at winning a yummy pie. Learn more.
5. America’s Thanksgiving Parade®- There’s no need to travel out of town to experience one of the country’s largest and most spectacular Parades in the United States. The America’s Thanksgiving Parade® presented by Art Van is a magical march on Detroit’s historical Woodward Avenue. Since 1924, this celebration of sparkles and magic has captured the imaginations of millions of children and their families. On Thanksgiving Day, the Parade starts at 8:50 a.m. at Kirby and Woodward and goes live on TV at 10 a.m. There are still tickets left, but hurry!
6. Thanksgiving Appreciation Day at 13 Michigan Metroparks-Take advantage of free admission all Thanksgiving day-long by visiting one of 13 Huron-Clinton Metroparks. Start the day off right with a family hike, bike ride or jog—before you dive into that turkey with trimmings. The parks are open from 6 am until 10 pm.
7. ‘Hunger Free in the D’– Give to those in need this Thanksgiving. Gleaners Community Food Bank has been “feeding hungry people and nourishing our communities” for 38 years. Volunteers distribute millions of pounds of emergency food to more than 510 local partner soup kitchens, shelters and pantries. To make a difference in the lives of others this Thanksgiving, consider volunteering or making a donation.
We want to extend a special thanks to our neighborhood community members—those families that have given us the opportunity to build their dream homes. It’s our pleasure to serve you!
Article by: Jennifer Elkow
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