Thanksgiving has always meant large meals, the gathering of family and friends, and a day full of parades and football on television. This week’s line-up begins with area Thanksgiving-related activities and ends with an introduction to the arrival of the upcoming winter holidays. 

By Pamela Badolato
Photography by Ann Marie Detavernier

Monday, November 21

Barney the purple dinosaur loves to teach children new lessons, and today he’s demonstrating how “Kindness Counts” at Philabundance. Families are invited to stop by with a canned goods donation. Kelly and Chica from Sprout will also be on hand to say hello! (Learn more)

Wayne Art Center’s School’s Out Day Camp will have sessions today and Tuesday for children ages 4-12. Come and be inspired by things that you are thankful for. (Learn more)

Tuesday, November 22

Family Fun Night at the ACPPA Community Center presents Bingo, along with food, prizes, and fun! Students will be selling a variety of dinner options, so come hungry. Bingo starts at 7 pm with great prizes for kids and adults. (Learn more)

Somehow over the years, a showing of The Wizard of Oz has become a Thanksgiving tradition. Get a jump start on television network showings of this classic movie with a sing-a-long at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Don’t forget your ruby slippers! (Learn more)

Wednesday, November 23

Start your day off with a song at Songs & Stories at the Station with Miss Joy at 10 am. Don’t worry if you are getting a late start on the day, either: Fabio & Danny’s Station Cafe (at the Wayne SEPTA station) has a full breakfast and coffee menu!

Introduce your  child to the wonderful world of Mother Goose at Easttown Library’s nursery rhyme story time. Learn rhymes, sing songs, and hear stories. (Learn more)

Thursday, November 24

Philadelphia is home to the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country, and this year the fun begins at 8:30 am at 20th Street and JFK Boulevard and ends at noon with the arrival of Santa at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (Learn more)

Happy Thanksgiving to the friends of Main Line Parent. Aside from watching parades and football on TV, the only other things you should be doing today are giving thanks for the friends and family around you, and for the delicious turkey you are about to eat.

Friday, November 25

Enjoy a free ride on SEPTA’s Santa Express today, and enjoy goodie bags, entertainment, face painting, and time with Santa and Mrs. Claus. (Learn more)

Valley Forge National Historical Park brings their History of Valley Forge Trolley Tour back for Thanksgiving weekend, with tours at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm. (Learn more)

Media begins the official opening of Santa’s Village at the Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union. Enjoy great shopping, be entertained by the Phillie Phanatic and Makin’ Music from 5-6 pm, and take in Santa’s arrival at 6 pm at State and Jackson streets. (Learn more)

Saturday, November 26

Something about Santa Claus and Strasburg Railroad really makes it seem like holiday time. Reserve your tickets in advance for Santa’s Paradise Express for a ride with Santa, followed by stories and a ride on the Tinsel Trolley. (Learn more)

Santa makes his arrival at the Suburban Square Farmers’ Market! He’ll be there for a reception from 11 am until noon, and then proceed to Macy’s for free photos. (Learn more)

The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville has Saturday showings of classic movies. Today’s feature film is The Muppet Movie, a great prelude to the new Muppet movie release. (Learn more)

Sunday, November 27

Do you have a train-lover in the house? Young or old, they will love the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club Annual Open House. See and hear freight and passenger trains pulled by steam or diesel engines along 700 feet of track. (Learn more)

Forget what you heard about dinosaurs being extinct — they’re coming to Oaks today! Life-like replica dinosaurs will be on exhibit, and there are even some dinosaurs you can have your picture taken with and ride on. (Learn more)

Waterloo Gardens has all you need to deck your halls inside and out this holiday season. Stop by today and you can also have your picture taken with Santa from 1-3 pm. (Event will occur at both locations: 136 Lancaster Ave., Devon and 200 N. Whitford Road, Exton)

Please also visit our Facebook page to learn how you can enter to win a family pack of tickets to see the Nutcracker by telling us your favorite holiday song and win a $25 gift card to Build-A-Bear for filling out our Holiday Guide survey.