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Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento
November 11, 2021

Get a head start on the holidays by looking for fun activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento to make this year’s celebration extra special.


With Thanksgiving in Sacramento happening in a couple of days, many families have turned their attention to November looking for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving. Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly event or any activity to do together, or finding a cozy place to eat out for the Thanksgiving celebration, we’ve put together our top picks for activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving.

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Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Imaginarium
Imaginarium

Imaginarium

Cal Expo Sacramento
1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA
Phone Number: (916) 477-4171

November 25, 2021 | 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 the best activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving. For more information, please visit their website.

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink
Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

Ali Youssefi Square
7th St and K St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-8575

November 25, 2021 | 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. Tickets cost $6 for kids ages 6 and under and $13 for other skaters during regular hours. That rises to $15 per skater during holiday hours. The prices include skate rentals and you don’t get a discount for having your own skates. For more information, please visit their website.

Join a Fun Run

Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Run To Feed The Hungry
Run To Feed The Hungry

Run To Feed The Hungry Thanksgiving Day 2021

CSU Sacramento (Sacramento State)
6000 J St., Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone Number: (916) 456-1980

November 25, 2021 | 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 event on Thanksgiving morning. This Sacramento tradition, boasting 27,169 participants in 2018, is not only the largest run in Sacramento but also the largest Thanksgiving celebration fun run in the country! This year, it is expected to have more participants. To register, click here.

Thanksgiving celebration | family-friendly activity - 2021 Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K
2021 Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K

2021 Roseville Turkey Trot 10K/5K

Vernon Street Town Square
311 Vernon St., Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 774-5974

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 9 AM HST

Come out to Downtown Roseville to the Vernon Street Town Square for the 9th annual Roseville Turkey Trot! Kick-off 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 the fun, stay for the rewards. Be there – rain or shine! To register, click here.

Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2021
Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2021

Elk Grove Gobble Wobble 2021

8280 Longleaf Dr., Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone Number: (314) 942-7201

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 8 AM

New for 2021, sign up for Elk Grove’s Thanksgiving Day Gobble Wobble Family Fun Run/5k and show up in-person or virtually! In-Person Option – Start your holiday right by giving back to your community and moving your feet before you eat!

Be part of the Thanksgiving morning tradition and start your day with a family-friendly activity fun run. Bring your family and friends out to run, walk or wobble a 5k. For the little turkeys 12 & under, they’ll even have a Kids’ Fun Run! This is a family event you don’t want to miss. To register, please click here.

Thanksgiving celebration | family-friendly activity - 2021 Folsom Turkey Trot
2021 Folsom Turkey Trot

2021 Folsom Turkey Trot

Folsom Lion’s Park/Rodeo Park
403 Stafford St., Folsom, CA 95630

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 10K – 8:50 AM | 5K – 9:10 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 “Not in Our Town/Not in Our School” youth scholarship program. To register, please click here.

Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Westlake Community Turkey Trot and Toy Drive
Westlake Community Turkey Trot and Toy Drive

Westlake Community Turkey Trot and Toy Drive

4701 Westlake Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95835
Phone Number: (916) 567-5400

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 9 AM

Join your Westlake friends and neighbors with a 2.5-mile walk around the lake on Thanksgiving morning. They will be looping the lake beginning at 9 am. More details including starting points, route map, refreshments, etc. are forthcoming.

This event is FREE, and they’re encouraging each person to bring an unwrapped gift or gift card to be donated to Joey’s Locker. Kids 12-18 are often forgotten, so please consider them. To register, please click here.

Shop and drop

Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - SAC Events and Vendors Pop-Up
SAC Events and Vendors Pop-Up

SAC Events and Vendors Pop-up

Florin Mall Sears Old Parking Lot
1408 Florin Rd., Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone Number: (916) 477-4171

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 8 AM – 9 PM

Drop by on Thursday at Florin Mall Sears Old Parking lot during Thanksgiving in Sacramento with lots of activities to do with kids at the opening of the SAC Events and Vendors Pop-Up! This is a great place to shop, network, celebrate, entertain and eat. This outdoor event is mainly shopping with vendors.

For more information, please visit their website.

Thanksgiving celebration | family-friendly activity - Buy Black Friday Sacramento
Buy Black Friday Sacramento

Buy Black Friday Sacramento

SAC Events Center & Vendors Mall
Arden Way, Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone Number: (916) 442-8575

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 5 PM – 11 PM

A great location to shop during the Thanksgiving celebration near Arden Mall! Reserve your pop up space for Buy Black Friday. Vendors can sell clothing, jewelry, classy lingerie, shoes, kids items, kids toys, sportswear, services, marketing, desserts, infused desserts wrapped in a gift set, detachable food trailer, BBQ, candles, bath and body, art, accessories, book, African clothing, and more!

For more information, please visit their website.

Eat Out with your Family

The Firehouse Restaurant
The Firehouse Restaurant

The Firehouse Restaurant

1112 2nd St., Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: (916) 442-4772

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 1 – 8 PM

Spend Thanksgiving Day with your kids and the whole family at the Firehouse Restaurant – Sacramento’s premier fine dining restaurant with an amazing three-course menu prepared by chef Jay Veregge that is sure to please. Your meal includes hors d’oeuvres, a fall salad, turkey dinner, or a few other entree selections, and cranberry-pumpkin pie or hazelnut-chocolate mousse.

Firehouse has something for everyone including young patrons (for guests ages 12 and under). For more information, please visit their website.

Activities to do with kids during Thanksgiving in Sacramento - Il Fornaio - Roseville
Il Fornaio – Roseville

Il Fornaio – Roseville

1179 Galleria Blvd., Suite P-118, Roseville, CA 95678
Phone Number: (916) 788-1200

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 11:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Still need plans for a Thanksgiving celebration? Celebrate Thanksgiving at Il Fornaio with 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 space along with 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.

Black Angus Steakhouse

Black Angus Steakhouse – Citrus Heights

7925 Greenback Ln., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone Number: (916) 726-3300

November 25, 2021 | Thursday | 3 PM – 9 PM

What better way to have 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 $24.99 for adults and $10.99 for kids. At Black Angus Steakhouse, their 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.

Activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving

Families in the Sacramento region have many options for activities to do with Kids during Thanksgiving that are close to home.

Looking for other things to do in the Sacramento area? Check out our comprehensive listing of places to go in the region.

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