Thanksgiving Day is a time to visit and entertain family while reflecting upon the blessings of the year. It is the time when families get together, feast and reminisce. Whether you are looking for that economical thing to do at home or if you just need to go out and spend some money, Baltimore is sure to offer something to keep your family busy on this special day. Here is a list of some things to do. Some are at a cost, while others are free.
Family-Oriented Things to Do At Home

1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen to help feed those less fortunate than your family.
2. Rake leaves as a family group. The more hands, the merrier and the quicker the task will be completed.
3. Put together a show using the creative talents of everyone in the family.
4. Put up the Christmas tree while singing carols. It’s not too early.
5. After dinner, stand in line at some of the local stores to get your Christmas shopping started. Black Friday now begins on turkey day.
6. Watch the football games (or sleep through them after dinner).
7, Attend a religious service.

Kennedy Krieger Festival Of Trees
Timonium Fairgrounds
2200 York Road
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
(443) 923-9200
www.kennedykrieger.org

Kennedy Krieger has put together this musical celebration, which has become an annual tradition. The fairgrounds are set up with vendors selling holiday-related merchandise, for the most part. The Christmas trees are usually decorated by various sponsoring public and private agencies and are beautiful to behold. The trees, once bought, remain on display until a given date when they are available for purchase. The Festival of Trees will be held Friday, Nov. 27 – Sunday, Nov. 29. This is a wonderful way to cap off the holiday.

Horseshoe Casino
1525 Russell St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(844) 777-7463
www.caesars.com

Maybe Thanksgiving and the holidays just isn’t really your thing. If gaming is your thing, Baltimore’s new casino might be the in-place to be. This expansive casino offers a variety of slot machines and table games. You can enjoy the band music that is always playing, or you can dine at one of the fancy restaurants inside. You must, however, be 21 years of age to enter the casino.

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Inner Harbor Ice Rink
McKeldin Plaza
101 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(443) 890-6158
innerharboricerink.org

Inner Harbor Ice Rink is a great place to get your skate on. This outdoor rink opened in November of 2014 and is already a big hit with amateur and professional skaters. Managed by the Waterfront Partnership, the rink is planned for a five year stint (or more) in the Baltimore area. The rink is opened from November until January. The hours of operation are: Ice rink hours are noon-6 p.m Mondays; noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; noon-10 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays.

Maryland Zoo At Baltimore
1876 Mansion House Drive
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 396-7102
www.marylandzoo.org

The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore is located on more than 135 acres of land. It features many different species of animals which run the gamut from birds to amphibians to mammals. This is a great place to have the family gather to learn about the various species and their habitats. There is even a train which runs through the zoo. The Maryland Zoo at Baltimore provides great fun for all family members, no matter the age.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.