The holiday season brings families together, but if you’re looking for a way for your family to connect to the rest of the world, it might be time to venture out. For this Thanksgiving make a new tradition that goes beyond dinner at home. Try a new activity like volunteering at a community Thanksgiving dinner, go on a cruise for a change of scenery, or support a cause by entering a race and raising funds for charity. The following activities will make your Thanksgiving a day the whole family will remember.
Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration
Veterans Building – North Campus
Date: Nov. 26, 2015
For Thanksgiving this year, join in on the Westside Community Celebration for their annual tradition of helping and serving the community with a wonderful sit-down Thanksgiving dinner and more. Providing dinner, haircuts, blankets, clothing, hygiene kits, and more for those in need, they help bring together a collection of individuals to help. The celebration is a great way to give back, whether it’s donating time, money or any goods you have. The annual celebration helps out those in need, particularly students, singles, low-income families, seniors and those who are homeless.
Hot to (Turkey) Trot in Long Beach
1 Granada Ave
Long Beach, CA 90803
Date: Nov. 26 2015
Make this Thanksgiving full of lots of family fun, and join thousands of other people as they walk or jog to the finish line of this year’s 5K/10K Turkey Trot in Long Beach. This is a unique way to work some exercise into the holiday season. Proceeds will benefit Community Activity Team, which sponsors local community organizations and events including beach cleanups, spelling bees, Miss Long Beach and parades. There will be refreshments, photos taken and a Ms. Drumstick contest.
Thanksgiving Dinner Cruise
13755 Fiji Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Date: Nov. 26 2016
Make this Thanksgiving exciting, and take the family on a cruise. Imagine the thrill the family will have traveling on a yacht listening to satellite radio on a holiday-themed ship that serves perfectly as a backdrop for festive pictures. Aboard Hornblower Cruises, you’ll celebrate with a traditional holiday buffet complete with all the trimmings but onboard a yacht on the marina. Best of all, they do all the cooking and cleaning up of Thanksgiving dinner so you can relax and enjoy and take pictures of all the sights with your family and friends. The cruise includes a 3 hour cruise, a boarding glass of champagne, a delicious Thanksgiving buffet, a cash bar, live music, scenic harbor views and much more. Boarding time is at 3pm, so be there sharp!
Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot
321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
Date: Nov. 26 2015 at 7:30am
Run, jog, walk or push a stroller. Whatever you decide, you won’t want to miss the annual Burbank Community YMCA Thanksgiving Turkey Trot 5K/10K. Join casual joggers, elite athletes, families and costumed people looking on from the streets of beautiful downtown Burbank to enjoy a healthy and family-friendly holiday tradition and raise funds to help make the YMCA programs available to all. The event will take place Thanksgiving morning at 7:30am and go through downtown Burbank. For the 5K or 10K, pre-registration is just $40, or $45 at the day of the race. If you’re going on the kiddie run, it’s just $20. The highlight of the day will be enjoying other runners and walkers doing it for a great cause, as well as getting a commemorative t-shirt and much more.
Thanksgiving Day 5K Run and Food Drive Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
1201 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011
Date: Nov. 26 2015 from 8am to 11:30am
Join others for the 22nd annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive on Thanksgiving Day from 8am to 11:30am. This is an activity for the entire family that likes to stay in motion and interact with other community members. This race has become a favorite pastime for many families on Thanksgiving in La Canada Flintridge. Being a part of this event and donating canned food to The Community Center of La Canada Flintridge is a great way to celebrate Thanksgiving, the holiday that is recognized for giving to others. The entire family, including dogs on a leash, can join in the fun.
Cassandra Bautista is a freelance writer from Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.