Cal Expo Sacramento
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Phone Number: (916) 477-4171
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 5 PM – 10 PM
Take your kids and the whole family on a captivating Thanksgiving celebration with an immersive holiday experience as Global Winter Wonderland brings you Imaginarium at Cal Expo in Sacramento. This family-friendly activity gives you an awe-inspiring experience, especially for the kids as they roam free, imagining themselves walking through the intergalactic space with over three million LED lights.
Imaginarium’s “Light Up the Night” is a journey through light. Take a stroll through the beaming Field of Dreams, with over 30,000 roses illuminating the Global Winter Wonderland. A spectacular array of lighting displays synchronized with music, as well as laser shows lighting up the night sky — it’s going to be one of the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving. For more information, please visit their website.
Historic Loomis Train Depot Plaza
5775 Horseshoe Bar Rd., Loomis, CA 95650
Phone Number: (916) 834-3932
November 23, 2022 | Wednesday | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Come to Loomis for the Day before Thanksgiving Celebration Parade! Enjoy from the sidelines or participate in the parade. Be in the parade for a $25 donation or donate a toy if a $25 value for many kids in need in the community staying at local agencies who are in need this holiday season. Santa will be there too!
Reserve a spot to participate in the parade here.
Ali Youssefi Square
7th St and K St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-8575
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 10 AM – 4 PM
One of the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento is to go ice skating! It’s time to lace up your skates and get ready to perfect your triple axel at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink. Make sure to bring your perfect balance, all your grace, or just your two left feet, and have some fun.
After your day of fun family-friendly activity on the ice, warm yourself up with a bite to eat and cross everyone off your holiday list. Feel a chill blow down K street as you approach Ali Youssefi Square and be teleported into a winter wonderland at the ice rink. For more information, please visit their website.
CSU Sacramento (Sacramento State)
6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone Number: (916) 456-1980
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 10K – 8:15 AM | 5K – 9 AM
Bring your kids and the whole family to burn off some calories before the feast on Thanksgiving Day and join the family-friendly activity Run to Feed the Hungry. This family-friendly charity run raises funds and awareness about food insecurity in the Sacramento community.
In 1994, 796 participants turned out for the inaugural Run to Feed the Hungry on Thanksgiving morning. Last year, they were joined by 26,765 runners and walkers, making Run to Feed the Hungry the largest Thanksgiving Day fun run in the country! Run to Feed the Hungry is owned, operated and the largest annual fundraiser for Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services. This year, it is expected to have more participants. To register, click here.
Vernon Street Town Square
311 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 774-5989
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 9 AM
Come out to Downtown Roseville to the Vernon Street Town Square for the 10th annual Roseville Turkey Trot! Kickoff a great family-friendly activity to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento with a fun race, run, jog, walk, stroll, roll, or even crawl before the parade, before the kick-offs, and before the feasting commences. The course starts and finishes at Vernon Street Town Square in Downtown Roseville.
The race will feature disposable chip timing with live results and finisher photos. Bring canned food donations to the Roseville Sports Center during packet pickup or Vernon Street Town Square on race day. Come for fun, stay for the rewards. Be there – rain or shine! To register, click here.
8280 Longleaf Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone Number: (916) 896-0031
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 9 AM
It’s that time again! Time to sign up for this year’s Elk Grove Gobble Wobble Family 5K! Join Chicks in Crisis as they continue their mission to help families cross the finish line and “Race for Babies” on Thanksgiving morning. Bring the whole family to walk or run a quick 5K and get a jumpstart on your holiday festivities. And, for your little turkeys, 12 and under, they’ll have a 1/4 mile fun run first.
Chicks in Crisis is an essential pregnancy and parenting resource center for moms, dads, children and birth mothers with a mission of helping ALL families cross the finish line. Start your holiday right by giving back to your community and moving your feet before you eat. This is a family event you don’t want to miss. To register, please click here.
Rodeo Park/Lions Park
200 Stafford St., Folsom, CA 95630
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 10K – 8:50 AM | 5K – 9:00 AM
Come to Folsom Lion’s Park/Rodeo Park on Thanksgiving morning for a 5k run/walk or a 10k run. Bring your kids to some early morning family-friendly activity fun run along with the locals to kick off the Thanksgiving celebration. The family-friendly activity fun run benefits the Twin Lakes Food Bank, a faith-based, non-profit organization whose mission is to share God’s love by mobilizing the community to provide food and support to those in need in our community.
Folsom Turkey Trot aims to encourage youth participation in the hope that the experience will teach kids that it is not about winning the race but doing their best to complete a set goal. A portion of the proceeds will support the Twin Lakes Food Bank and the “Not in Our Town/Not in Our School” youth scholarship program. To register, please click here.
1112 2nd St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-4772
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 1 – 8 PM
Spend Thanksgiving Day with your kids and the whole family at the Firehouse Restaurant – Sacramento’s premier fine dining restaurant.
Enjoy its three-course menu for only $79.95 which includes Arcadian Fall Salad, a choice of roasted brest of free-range turkey, pan-roasted Chilean sea bass, filet mignon of beef, or braised pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, and their final course sweet potato pumpkin pie or caramel apple mousse cake. Kids ages 12 and under can also enjoy similar menu for only $29.95.
For reservations, please visit their website.
1179 Galleria Blvd., Suite P-118, Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 788-1200
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Still need plans for a Thanksgiving celebration? Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with a traditional turkey dinner or your favorite Italian dish! Specialties include wood-fired rotisserie and grilled meats, poultry and game, housemade pasta, pizzas from a wood-fired oven, fresh salads and housemade soups, a wide variety of housemade desserts, and fresh-baked bread.
Il Fornaio Roseville offers elegant private and semi-private dining spaces and a wide range of specialized menus and services to match our authentic, award-winning Italian cuisine. Their experienced staff will work closely with you to create a memorable event for you and your guests. To make reservations, please visit their website.
7925 Greenback Ln., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone Number: (916) 726-3300
November 24, 2022 | Thursday | 3 PM – 9 PM
What better way to have a Thanksgiving celebration in Sacramento than a delicious meal in the company of your loved ones? Your table is set — all you need is your kids and the whole family. Their Thanksgiving Turkey dinner special is $27.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids. Black Angus Steakhouse’s cuts are aged at least 21 days, seasoned to excellence, expertly flame-grilled, and served up just the way you like it.
Whether you’re here to throw back a couple with old friends or trying to finish off our Bone-In Ribeye on your own, there’s always a seat for you. Their restaurants pay homage to our Western cattle rancher roots and offer the finest Certified Angus Beef and USDA Choice steaks and burgers, in addition to seafood, salads, sides, and desserts for the entire family. To make reservations, please visit their website.
You can also check out Kids Eat Free in Sacramento.
Families in the Sacramento region have many options for activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving that are close to home.
Get more valuable information from our 4Kids.com blog posts.
Thanksgiving Tradition Makeover
15 Things to do on Thanksgiving Day in San Francisco with Kids
Imaginarium 360 – A Magical Journey Through Light
Christmas Tree Farms near Sacramento – A Holiday Season Family Trip
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