Are you busily getting ready for Thanksgiving celebrations? Take a short break and enjoy a few family outings around town to make the holiday even more memorable.  From the Chinese Lantern Festival to Turkey Day Parade Floats to even a museum exhibit about the tiny microorganism in our tummy we’ve found a few of our favorites that families will enjoy.

Fun Family-Friendly Things To Do Around Raleigh: November 21st – 25th

(Disclaimer: Before you head out for some fun make sure you check the website or call ahead to the venue you’ll be attending to stay on top of any cancellations or changes.)

Letters to Santa: Santa’s Mailbox Open!

Opens Monday, November 21st.  Cary Town Hall

Little ones can drop off their treasured letters to Santa on the Town Hall campus before December 10th.  Include your child’s name and return address on each letter in order to hear back from Santa.

Secret World Inside You Exhibit

Runs until March 12th, 2017.  NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

Enjoy this interactive exhibit with larger-than-life models, games, videos and more exploring those teeny tiny microorganisms crawling on your skin, swimming in your gut, and traveling through your intestines. Cost: $10 for adults, $7 for kids ages 3-12 years.  Tickets can be purchased online.

A Kids Christmas – North Carolina Symphony Special Event Concert

Wednesday, November 23rd. 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center, Raleigh

Take a break from preparing for Thanksgiving and bring the entire family to this one-hour singing and dancing celebration with music from Babes in Toyland, The Polar Express and Frozen.

Thanksgiving Eve Family Skate

Wednesday, November 23rd.  2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. United Skates of Raleigh

Family skating fun on Thanksgiving Eve at a discounted rate of $3.  Have a kiddo that loves Super Heros? Enjoy the Thanksgiving Eve Super Hero Skate from 10am-1pm for an $8 admission. (Includes a slice of pizza and a drink.)

Park Tales: The First Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23rd. 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Historic Yates Mill Park, Raleigh

FREE family program. Did you know that it took one woman four decades to earn Turkey Day a spot as a national holiday (during which time the Civil War took place and the U.S. went through five presidents)? Learn Sarah Hale’s story and find out how the turkey almost became our national symbol. For all ages (adult accompaniment required for all children). Registration is not required.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival

Photo Courtesy of Tiffani Campbell

Friday, November 25th – Sunday, January 15th.  Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

This magical festival of lights is back with over a thousand LED lights and more than 20 new light displays all with moving parts.  Tickets can be purchased online or onsite.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Broadway Series

Friday, November 25th – Saturday, December 24th.  Fletcher Opera Theatre, Raleigh

The original television classic comes to life on stage during this Broadway series performance. Come start off your holiday season with a special visit to this magical show.

MakeShop: Turkey Day Parade Floats

Friday, November 25th & Saturday, November 26th.  Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

Make and wear your own parade float using string staples, cardboard scraps  & more.  Imagine it, build it and show it off!



Start planning your Holiday outings with Santa Visits, Tree Lightings, Train Rides & More…









Save the date and grab your FREE tickets to the KidDilly Expo on Saturday, January 21st at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary from 10am-2pm.  Come out and play with premier local businesses!






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