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    Parents and Preschoolers: Thanksgiving Edition

    Here are some fun ways to spend this Thanksgiving week preparing for the holiday with your toddler or preschooler.

    Heartland Music Together still has a few free music demos open in the Highlands, Middletown, New Albany, and Westport Road and St. Matthews areas. Sign up online or call 502-491-3131 to reserve your spot.

    The following Louisville Free Public Library branches are offering these programs:

    Family Drop In at Fern Creek, November 21, all day

    Holiday Cards for Soldiers at Middletown and Portland, November 21, all day

    Turkey Tales and Crafts at Crescent Hill, November 22, 11am

    Yum Yum Preschool Party at Highlands/Shelby Park, November 22, 2pm

    Giving Thanks Storytime at Portland, November 24, 6:30pm

    Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet at St. Matthews, November 25, 6:30pm

    This evening, November 21, you and your family can head out to A Family Affair at Copper and Kings. It’s family-friendly and proceeds are going to support Family Scholar House.

    Thinking about possibly not cooking a huge Thanksgiving meal? Here’s a list from of some local restaurants serving up a holiday meal, either for brunch or dinner. Many of these restaurants are offering a children’s price, so they expect children to attend.

    Get pin happy! Here are my top 5 picks for Pinterest Thanksgiving crafts that are simple, easy, and won’t break the bank.

    1. Toilet Paper Roll Turkey from

    2. Paper Plate Turkey from

    3. Hand Print Leaves from

    4. Tissue Paper Wreath from

    5. Turkey Crafts from

    Spend this weekend preparing a shoe box for Operation Christmas Child. My kids and I are doing this for the first time, and even little ones can get involved in stuffing the box with little Dollar Store crafts, toys, and trinkets. What a lesson to be learned for the whole family about thanks and giving! The last day to drop off a shoe box is November 24. Here is a list of drop-off locations throughout Louisville and the surrounding area.

    The weekend after Thanksgiving, the Museum of the American Printing House for the Blind is having a Family Day Open House . It’s on Saturday, November 29 from 10am-3pm. If you have family visiting from out of town for Thanksgiving, bring them here to show them this unique place in Louisville. Click here for more fun ideas for your family.

    Cover photo: L. Zeller; other photos by Erin Nevitt

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    About Erin Nevitt

    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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