I love the holidays as much as anyone else — and you’d better believe that, come Nov. 27, I’ll be chopping down my own tree at a U-Pick farm, busting out the Christmas lights and rocking the Michael Buble Christmas CD.
But. It was just Halloween, and I feel like it’s a little too early to start with the holiday hullabaloo. And — lots of places around here don’t even start their holiday celebrations until Thanksgiving weekend. So, what’s a Cincinnati family to do for the next two weeks? These 20 things:
- Check out the Art of the Brick at Union Terminal
- Meet Loren Long at Blue Manatee on Nov. 14
- Decorate a gingerbread turkey from Trader Joe’s
- Get your yard work done!
- Visit King Arthur’s Court with the kids to get some ideas
- Head to the Cincinnati Nature Center for some PlayScape fun
- Go to the Zoo before the Festival of Lights craziness happens!
- Volunteer somewhere or put together a box of food to donate for Thanksgiving
- Get your Blue Oven bread fix at Gorman Farm on Thursday afternoon (available at the Farm Shop on Thursdays from 1-5 p.m.)
- Go to the Greater Cincinnati Holiday Market this weekend to score some locally made goods!
- Order tickets to The Nutcracker
- Get tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE! (a must if your kids are into superheroes)
- Change your furnace filter (ok, ok — not the most fun, but we had an expensive incident last winter involving a very old, very dirty furnace filter. So consider this a friendly PSA)
- Go on a family Starbucks date for hot chocolates
- Stock up on salt, snow shovels and sleds!
- Let the kids pick out a winter hat and gloves at a pre-season sale
- Make pumpkin puree out of that pie pumpkin sitting on your porch, then have the kids help make a from-scratch pie.
- Hit up a Great Park!
- Order and build all labor-intensive Christmas gifts. Stash in the basement or Grandma’s house until Christmas. You’ll thank me come Christmas Eve!
- Finish your Fall Bucket List!
See — there’s plenty of stuff to do the next couple of weeks. Winter will be here before we know it, so let’s savor every last bit of glorious fall!
Have a great week!