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.
ILLUMINQUE UNDER THE DOME
Westfield Shopping Centre in San Francisco has a new 3-D holiday light spectacular which starts up Friday, November 25 at 5 p.m. Every night, mall's dome will turn into a multi-media surround theater, with lights and a holiday story from the 19th century. Come at 4 on the 25th, and bring unwrapped holiday gifts for a toy drive. There will be other holiday entertainment and activities (since I'm sure the mall won't be crowded already). The first 500 AmEx cards presented get a keepsake ornament. If you miss it on November 25th, catch it nightly (every half hour from 6-8:30) through December 31. The show is only 4 minutes long.
GREAT DICKENS CHRISTMAS FAIR
This Cow Palace event is open Thanksgiving weekend. Get your discounted tickets on the Dickens website.
CONSERVATORY OF FLOWERS - TRAIN EXHIBIT
This holiday favorite, the Train Exhibit, opens today, and celebrates Playland at the Beach. (Through November 20, get half price on a family membership, starting at $20, so your visit there would be free. If you're new to Groupon, get the deal here. If you're already a Groupon member, get it here.)
On Saturday, the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History holds its annual Monarch Magic 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, November 25 through December 3rd, 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 Tea on December 3rd, a fancy lunch and and visit with Santa plus some extras. Good event for Grandma to take your kid to (it's not cheap). It's sold out, but put it on the calendar for next year.
TRAIN OF LIGHTS
The Niles Canyon (East Bay) Train of Lights begins its holiday run on Friday night, through December 29th.
The rinks are now open. Go ice skating outdoors in the Bay Area.
If you're looking for Bay Area restaurants open on Thanksgiving, check out the listing from last year 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.