Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to gather the family, enjoy a traditional meal with all the fixings and give thanks for the blessings in your life.
Though it can sometimes be difficult to plan activities that the whole family can enjoy, including grandchildren and seniors.
Consider these family-friendly activities that can accommodate all levels of ability for your upcoming holiday get-together:
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What would a traditional Thanksgiving celebration be without showing appreciation for your family and friends? Honour your senior family members by practicing traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation, preparing family recipes and sharing stories from past holidays. Going around the table and asking each family member to share what they are grateful for this year is a beloved, inclusive tradition, no matter ability or age.
Explore the great outdoors and enjoy the stunning colours and smells of the changing season. Vibrant oranges, purples and reds scatter the country side and can be enjoyed on foot, or in the comfort of a vehicle. Bring a cozy sweater and warm fall beverage along for the ride.
The Thanksgiving Day Classic is a rite of passage for all football loving Canadians! This annual double-header has become a Thanksgiving tradition for families across the country, and is loved by children and seniors alike. For those non-football fans… there is always the half-time show! After the Classic, head outside and toss a football around the yard to work up an appetite.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! Across Canada there are fabulous orchards that offer freshly picked apples and fall-related activities such as covered wagon tours, hay rides and hot apple cider tasting. Many are wheelchair accessible and offer seated activities and shaded areas.
Cannamore Orchard, Crysler ON
This fully wheelchair accessible orchard offers so much more than just apple picking (mind you, the orchards are beautiful with ten different apple varieties to choose from). Enjoy a fun-filled day with the whole family, exploring activities including covered wagon tours, cow train rides, duck races, hedge mazes, patio stone mazes, pedal cars, a petting zoo, scavenger hunts.
Boates Farm, Kings County NS
Readers Digest suggests visiting this family-owned and operated farm that is eco-friendly and certified organic. You can stroll through the orchard and pick juicy, organic Courtland, Honeycrisp, Spartan apples and Bosc pears, or choose pre-picked bushels. Visit the accessible farm market to purchase homemade preserves, local vegetables and organic apple cider vinegar.
Ontario is home to dozens of pumpkin-related festivals and events that the who family can enjoy!
Pumpkininferno at Upper Canada, Morrisburg
Pumpkininferno at Upper Canada Village is home to wacky and wonderful, pumpkin-related fun. Pumpkins are the name of the game at this farm and visitors can pick their own, enter a carving contest, or even fire them out of compression cannons! There are over 6,000 hand carved pumpkins on display, and a featured art installation that showcases glowing pumpkins. This is not your average pumpkin patch!
Brooks Farm, Mount Albert
This festive pumpkin farm offers a pick-your-own patch, Farmers Market and unique Barnyard Playland for the little ones. Every weekend during the month of October, Brooks Farm transforms into a Fall Fun Festival with unique and entertaining activities such as Sue Wee Pig Races, Corn Cob Blasters, Train rides, zip lines, Rusty’s Forest, “Dark Side of the Hill” Zombies and much more. Accessible washrooms and accommodating picnic areas are located on the property.
What special traditions will your family enjoy this Thanksgiving? We’d like to hear your stories in the comments below.