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November 24, 2020

20 Fun Activities to Do on Thanksgiving Day With Family

Fun Things to Do on Thanksgiving as a Family

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Of course, the food is the main event on Thanksgiving, but when your extended crew gets together for the holiday you’re going to want to find some fun things to together to pass the hours until it’s time to carve the turkey and pass the pumpkin pie. When the shops aren’t open and there’s nowhere to go, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC or hosting a friendly game of touch football are classic Thanksgiving Day activities. But if you’re looking to start a new Thanksgiving tradition this year, we’ve compiled a list of special things to do on Turkey Day that the whole family will love. Adults, preschoolers, and high school students alike will love these Thanksgiving games and activities that can be enjoyed before or after Thanksgiving dinner. Because on occasions when there is built-in entertainment, the laughs seem louder and the memories more plentiful. But even if your family isn’t into elaborate themes, there’s something fun to do on this list that will make Thanksgiving 2020 the most fun one yet.

1 Thanksgiving Bingo
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Happiness Is Homemade

There’s nothing more classic than a round of Bingo. Give the game a Thanksgiving twist by downloading free printable Turkey Day-themed cards online. Celebrating virtually this year? Check out versions you can play on Zoom.

Download the printables at Happiness Is Homemade »

2 Thanksgiving Coloring Pages
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Thirty Handmade Days

Sure kids will love these, but the whole family can get in on the coloring fun with this gratitude activity.

Download the printables at Thirty Handmade Days »

3 Craft a Family Tree
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What better time to put together a comprehensive family tree than when the whole family is together? Using everyone’s fingerprints will make it even more meaningful. Use red and orange ink to give this craft a seasonal spin.

Get the tutorial »

4 Thanksgiving Trivia
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Inspire some friendly competition by putting your family’s knowledge of Thanksgiving trivia to to the test. Come up with your own questions and answers, or download pre-made trivia cards from Etsy.

5 Thanksgiving Movie Marathon
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Football who? This year, get everyone on the couch to watch your favorite Thanksgiving movies — who can say no to another viewing of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving?

RELATED: The Best Thanksgiving Movies on Netflix

6 Turkey Tag
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A Girl and A Glue Gun

Think of this cute DIY turkey clip as the hot potato: It gets passed around all day long by family members sneaking it onto the clothing of their unwitting relatives.

Get the tutorial at A Girl and A Glue Gun »

7 Gratitude Game
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Happy go Lucky

This free printable makes saying what you are thankful for even sweeter — and inspires people to get more detailed than “my family.”

Get the tutorial at Happy Go Lucky

8 Harvest Bowling
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Head to the local hardware or gardening store for enough hay bales to create your own personal driveway or backyard bowling lane. Don’t forget to buy some bowling pins, too!

9 Gratitude A to Z
fun things to do on thanksgiving — dinner table gratitude game
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A twist on giving thanks that you can use to keep the conversation at dinner going: The first person must say something they are grateful for that begins with the letter A, the next gets B, and so on.

10 Who’s the Baby?
fun things to do on thanksgiving - baby picture guessing game
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Go digging in your family photo albums or ask guests to email you a photo of themselves as babies beforehand. Attach them to a board with numbers and then have everyone write down their guesses for each.

11 Ugly Thanksgiving Sweater Contest

Customized Girl
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Hilariously-awful clothing is not just for Christmas anymore.  Just give everyone enough notice to make their own turkey-themed top or to buy one.

12 Pokeno

Bicycle
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This game of chance mashes up Bingo with Poker. If you’re a gambling family, you can up the stakes by playing for change.

13 Turkey Talents Scavenger Hunt

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Have the kids go around and film family members performing the talents on this one-dollar printable — from wiggling their ears to singing and acting out one verse of the Hokey Pokey — then play the video talent show during dessert.

14 Candy Corn Ring Toss
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Kid Friendly Things To Do

A little spray paint on some mini emergency cones and you have the fall version of horseshoes.

Get the tutorial at Kid Friendly Things to Do »

15 Craziest Thanksgiving Socks Contest

Socksmith
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Believe me, Turkey Day socks are a thing — and there are tons of adorable ones on Amazon alone.

16 Dirty Turkey
fun things to do on thanksgiving — yankee gift swap
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If the whole crew won’t be together for Christmas, why not get a little gift giving — and stealing — in early? This version of Dirty Santa has the same basic rules: Everyone puts a $20 gift that’s been wrapped but has no tag into a pile. Pull numbers from a hat to determine what order everyone will choose a present. If anybody who has chosen before you gets a gift that you want — steal it! The present that always gets stolen when my family plays Dirty Santa? A batch of scratch lottery tickets.

Get the tutorial at How Do the Jones Do It »

17 Puzzle Race

MasterPieces
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Putting together a jigsaw puzzle as a family is always a nice way to pass the time. If that’s something you already do, take it up a notch this year by buying a few of the same puzzle (choose one that seems like it will be quick but not super easy). Separate everyone into teams and whoever finishes first gets bragging rights.

18 Thanksgiving Corn Hole
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Just because it’s too chilly for backyard barbecues doesn’t mean you should have to give up everyone’s new favorite backyard barbecue game.

19 Thanksgiving Taboo Cards

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Update the charades-like game by adding these downloadable Thanksgiving-themed cards to your stack of subject cards. And if you have never played Taboo (where have you been?!) you can buy the game here.

20 Mini Pumpkin Hunt
fun things to do on thanksgiving — mini pumpkin hunt
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On Easter, coming up with genius places to hide the eggs before the hunt is as fun for adults as finding the eggs is for kids. Same deal here, just using mini pumpkins instead of plastic eggs.

 

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January 13, 2015

These Are The 10 Safest Places In California

If you’re thinking about moving to the Golden State, take a look at this list of California’s 10 safest places—the top spot might just surprise you.

The 10 Safest Places In California By Movoto Real Estate

When it comes to laid back living, California is literally the Golden State. Everybody knows that the vibe here is all about taking it easy—but did you ever wonder why?

Sure, it might have something to do with the nearly perfect weather and constant sunshine. More than that, though, California is generally a pretty safe place to live, allowing us to relax. But which of the state’s fine places are the safest of them all? According to our latest analysis at the  Movoto Real Estate Blog, here are the 10 safest places in California:

1. Town of Hillsborough
2. City of Saratoga
3. City of Laguna Woods
4. City of Imperial
5. Town of Moraga
6. City of Rancho Santa Margarita
7. City of Los Altos
8. City of Sierra Madre
9. City of Palos Verdes Estates
10. Town of Danville

What exactly makes these 10 communities so safe? Keep reading to find out the method behind our analysis.

How We Created This Ranking

In order to find these 10 safest places in California, we started by gathering a list of all of the places in the state with populations of 10,000 or more that provided crime data to the FBI in 2012. That left us a grand total of 365 places. Then, we used the FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report (2012) to research each of these places according to the following seven criteria, measuring each for crimes per 100,000 people:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Vehicle theft

We divided these crimes into four distinct categories:

  • Murders
  • Violent crimes
  • Property crimes
  • Total crimes

We then ranked each of our places with a score of one to 365 according to each category, with one being the safest. Next, we weighted these scores so that murder, violent crime, and property crime each comprised 30 percent of the final score, while total crime made up 10 percent. We averaged these weighted rankings together for each place to get a Big Deal Score. The place with the lowest Big Deal Score was our safest place; in this case, Hillsborough.

If you don’t see your city in our top 10, never fear; you can head down to the bottom of this article to check out a list of the top 50 safest places in California.

1. Hillsborough

Safest Places In California

Source: Town of Hillsborough

Not only is Hillsborough one of the wealthiest towns in the U.S., but according to our numbers, it’s also one of the safest in the country, let alone in California. As you’ll quickly notice, none of the places in our top 10 had any murders reported in 2012, so while Hillsborough excelled in this category, this wasn’t exactly where it stood out.

No, what put Hillsborough above the rest was its nearly nonexistent violent crime. In 2012, Hillsborough only reported nine violent crimes per 100,000, all of which were robberies. Compare that to Emeryville, another Bay Area city with an even smaller population than Hillsborough, where there were a staggering 1,698 violent crimes per 100,000 people reported in 2012, including 29 murders.

2. Saratoga

Safest Places in California

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This city in western Silicon Valley is well known for its affluence, family friendly vibe, and high-end boutiques. Underlying it all is a feeling of security due to its unquestionable safety, particularly when it comes to a lack of property crimes.

Saratoga is a city of over 30,000 residents, so it may be especially impressive to know that in 2012, it saw only 753 property crimes per 100,000 people. Additionally, it saw 30 violent crimes per 100,000, none of which included murder, giving the city a total of just 783 crimes per 100,000 people, and residents just a 1 in 128 chance of being the victim of a crime.

3. Laguna Woods

Safest Places in California

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Laguna Woods is a city in Orange County with a population of just over 16,500, a beautiful border of Laguna Beach to the southwest, and a median age of 78. It’s a retirement community, so it may not come as much of a surprise that it is one of the state’s safest places, especially for a lack of violent crime.

In 2012, Laguna Woods reported only 24 violent crimes per 100,000 people, including 12 robberies and 12 assaults. With a total of 916 crimes per 100,000 people, Laguna Woods residents had just a 1 in 109 chance of being the victim of a crime, which is impressive, but just wait until you see the next place on our list.

4. Imperial

Safest Places in California

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This desert community is well known for its nearby golf courses, sand dunes, and as a great place for bird watching. According to these numbers, it looks like safety should also be added to the list.

That’s because in 2012, Imperial had a total of just 483 property crimes per 100,000 people, including 331 thefts, 112 burglaries, and 40 car thefts per 100,000, placing this city above all other both in terms of property crime and overall crime.

Here’s where this gets really impressive: with this lack of property crime, plus a total of just 46 violent crimes per 100,000, residents here had just a 1 in 189 chance of being the victim of a crime, making this the least likely place to be a victim on our list.

 

5. Moraga

Safest Places in California

Source: Town of Moraga

Known throughout the state for its stellar school district, this Bay Area town is also one of the state’s safest. In 2012, Moraga reported 927 property crimes, plus just 36 violent crimes, per 100,000 residents.

To put that into perspective for you, let’s take a look at the similarly sized Santa Fe Springs. In 2012, that city had a reported 8,312 crimes per 100,000 people, divided up into 7,712 property crimes and 600 violent crimes (including 12 murders). Whereas residents in Moraga had just a 1 in 104 chance of being the victim of a crime, the residents in Santa Fe Springs had a 1 in 12 chance.

6. Rancho Santa Margarita

Safest Places in California

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If you’ve ever seen “Desperate Housewives”, you’ve seen Rancho Santa Margarita, as this is the location for most of the show’s filming. Unlike the popular show, though, the real-world Rancho Santa Margarita is not filled with mysterious murders or crimes.

In fact, in 2012, this Orange County city had a total of just 705 crimes per 100,000 people, including 650 property crimes and 55 violent crimes, and no murders. With these stats, Rancho Santa Margarita ranked an impressive second place in our analysis both in the categories of total crime and property crime, giving residents just a 1 in 142 chance of being a victim.

7. Los Altos

Safest Places in California

Source: City of Los Altos

In recent years, Forbes placed this Bay Area city among the most expensive ZIP codes in the United States, only behind places like Alpine, NJ, Atherton, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA—and in looking at these numbers, it’s no surprise.

With just 20 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2012, Los Altos ranked the second least violent in the entire state. These violent crimes included 17 robberies and 3 assaults per 100,000 people; no murders or rapes were reported.

Additionally, Los Altos had 663 thefts, 316 burglaries, and 27 car thefts per 100,000, for a total of 1,006 property crimes per 100,000, ranking it 13th out of 365 in this category. So, really, it’s no wonder residents are willing to pay so much to live here.

8. Sierra Madre

Safest Places in California

Source: City of Sierra Madre

Recently given the prestigious All-America City Award by the National Civic League, this Los Angeles County city ranked well in our analysis for its lack of both violent and property crimes in 2012.

With just 36 violent crimes, and 1,009 property crimes per 100,000, Sierra Madre ranked sixth and 14th in the categories of violent crimes and property crimes, respectively, and 11th in the category of total crime.

Just for comparison’s sake, let’s take a look at another L.A. County city, Los Angeles itself. That huge city had a reported 2,750 crimes per 100,000 people, including 2,269 property crimes, 481 violent crimes, and eight murders per 100,000. So if you’re thinking about moving to Los Angeles County, it’s safe to say you might want to look into Sierra Madre instead.

9. Palos Verdes Estates

Safest Places in California

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Another city in Los Angeles County, Palos Verdes Estates is predominantly known as a wonderful place to golf and surf. But what makes this city stand out from the multitude of California’s other beach-front cities is its safety.

With a total of 1,040 crimes per 100,000 people, including 996 property crimes and just 44 violent crimes per 100,000, Palos Verdes came in as the 12th safest when it came to property crime and 11th in terms of violent crimes.

Overall, residents here had just a 1 in 96 chance of being the victim of a crime. While that may not exactly beat Imperial’s 1 in 189 chance, compared to, say, Emeryville where residents had a 1 in 5 chance, it seems as though the people in Palos Verdes Estates can feel pretty secure.

10. Danville

Safest Places in California

Source: Flickr user John Morgan

This quaint San Ramon Valley town is home to all sorts of local charm—a weekly farmers’ market, the San Ramon Valley Museum, not to mention the town’s affluence, and particularly important, its safety.

In our analysis, Danville ranked as the eighth least violent, with just 37 violent crimes per 100,000 people, including no murders or rapes. It also ranked 14th in the category of property crimes, as it had a reported 1,025 per 100,000, making for a total of just 1,062 crimes in 2012.

Danville residents had a 1 in 94 chance of being the victim of a crime. Compare that to nearby San Francisco where residents had a 1 in 18 chance, and it’s no wonder Danville made our list.

Relax, California, You’re Safe Here

Not that you’d have any trouble relaxing, especially if you live in one of these 10 safest places in California. With low crime in so many areas, these top 10 safe spots are ideal environments for families, children, and singles alike. If you’re curious, you can check out the table below for the 50 safest places in the Golden State, starting with our winner, Hillsborough.

Safest Places In California

 

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November 12, 2014

Possible Change in 10/31 Exchanges

If you are considering a 1031 Exchange in the very near future, you should consult your exchange facilitator or qualified tax advisor.

The “Tax Reform” tab has something about the possibility of 1031 exchange being repealed?

http://www.ipx1031.com/tax-reform-proposals/

 

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