Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled holidays of the year. Family and friends will gather over home-cooked meals and share memories. Create new memories this year by visiting local attractions as they celebrate Thanksgiving traditions, child-friendly entertainment and local sports teams.

UBS Parade Spectacular
Summer, Broad, & Atlantic Streets
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 348-5285

Date: Nov. 24, 2013 at 12 p.m.

No need to travel into New York City to enjoy an annual Thanksgiving parade. Stamford is hosting its Parade Spectacular on November 24, 2013. The fun kicks off at 12 p.m. Downtown Stamford will be transformed to a kid-friendly atmosphere. This free parade event will feature floats, award-winning marching bands and even large balloon characters. Become part of the action by becoming a volunteer to hold the gigantic balloons or become an entertaining clown. Applications are available online.

Harvest History and Holidaze Exhibit 
Henry Whitfield State Museum
248 Old Whitfield St.
Guildford, CT 06437
(203) 453-2457

Date: Nov. 29 through Dec. 1, 2013

The Henry Whitfield State Museum makes learning about our country’s history fun and unique. VIsitors will use quill pens, tour the Holidaze exhibit and every hour there is a reading of the “Pilgrim Cat” story. Their Holidaze exhibit tells the history and story of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Find out how the Pilgrims ate at the first Thanksgiving, learn the origins of the most celebrated holidays in our country and kids will use hands-on activities for learning. The Harvest History runs from November 29 through December 1, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult admission is $8, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages six to 17 and free for children five and younger.

Thanksgiving at the Homestead
Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South St.
Coventry, CT 06238
(860) 742-6917

Date: Nov. 30, 2013 at 12 p.m.

Turn back time at Thanksgiving at the Homestead. From 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on November 30, visitors will take a firsthand look at how food was prepared on the first Thanksgiving. Expect staff to be dressed in costume dating back to the Pilgrims. Help staff prepare the meal, churn the butter and grate some cinnamon. Tours of the houses will be included. Sip on cider as an added bonus. Adult admission is $10 and $7 for children.

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Native Cooking On The Farmstead
Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
110 Pequot Trail
Mashantucket, CT 06338
(800) 411-9671

Date: Nov. 30, 2013 at 11 a.m.

The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center is the world’s largest Native American museum. On Saturday, November 30 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., museum guests get a sneak peek into their native cooking. Selections from native meals will be cooked over a fire to your delight. Admission to this unique event is free with admission to the museum. Admission cost is $20 per adult, $15 per senior over age 55 or college student, $12 for children ages six to 18 and free for children under six.

Hartford Wolfpack
XL Center
1 Civic Center Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 249-6333

Date: Nov. 30, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Cheer on Connecticut’s local hockey team as it faces off against the Manchester Monarchs. The Hartford Wolfpack have been entertaining crowds as part of the American Hockey League since 1997. Home games are located at the XL Center in Hartford. Ticket prices start as low as $12. Children ages two and under are free when sitting on the lap of a ticket holder. Parking garages are located within walking distance. No outside food or drinks are permitted, nor are cameras with detachable lenses or 90mm lenses.

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