After you're done eating turkey, get out and have some fun in the Bay Area! Here are some ideas to get you started, either on Thanksgiving Day, or over the weekend.
LAUREL STREET ARTS
Friday, Laurel Street Arts in San Carlos lets you do your painting or glass fusing projects for product cost only (no studio fee). Plus, for every $30 gift certificate you buy, you can get a second for $5. These certificates are good after 1/1/11.
GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR
This Cow Palace event is open Thanksgiving weekend. Get your discounted tickets on the Dickens website.
CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS - GARDEN TRAIN EXHIBIT
This holiday favorite, the Garden Train Exhibit, just opened, and celebrates the 140th birthday of Golden Gate Park.
The San Francisco Zoo has Feasts for the Beasts on November 27-28 - see what the animals will eat! .
On Saturday, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History holds its annual Monarch Madness Day, with hands-on butterfly activities, crafts, science, live music, free face painting, plant sales and more. It's from 11-3 and it's free.
FILOLI WINTER HOLIDAY
Starting Friday, through December 4th, Filoli Gardens in Woodside hosts Holiday Traditions with various events and meals, plus unique shopping. While not during the Thanksgiving weekend, it ends with the Children's Party on December 4, a fancy lunch and and visit with Santa plus some extras. Good event for Grandma to take your kid to (it's not cheap).
TRAIN OF LIGHTS
The Niles Canyon (East Bay) Train of Lights begins its holiday run on Friday night, through December 27th. More info here.
The rinks are now open. Go ice skating outdoors in these holiday rinks.
If you're looking for Bay Area restaurants open on Thanksgiving, check out the listing by Red Tricycle.
SF Kids.org compiled a list of venues opened on Thanksgiving day.
Looking for some Thanksgiving crafts for the dinner table? Check here. If you sign up for her email list, she'll send you an ebook with crafts and activities. There are some crafts on the site that you don't have to give an email address for.