It’s Thanksgiving week and you can already taste the dressing and gravy. The crisp, fall air has you in the mood to watch the game and the young (or young-at-heart) can’t wait to see their favorite floats in a certain annual parade in New York. But before you defrost that turkey, here are some events happening Thanksgiving week in Shreveport, LA that will make the holiday more fun.
For the kids
This year Sci-port Louisiana’s Science Center, 820 Clyde Fant Parkway, will host events for children all week. The first, Holiday Camp, has fun science-related activities each day (except Thanksgiving Day) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the activities through out the week include learning about storms, creating rock cycles, painting with mud and the science behind making a Thanksgiving meal. The camp accommodates the elementary grades, from kindergarten to fifth grade, has a 30-minute supervised lunch, a mid-morning snack and an afternoon break. Each camp costs $40 for members and $45 for non-members.
If you want something more festive, Sci-port also has a Thanksgiving week program running Sunday, Nov. 20 to Nov. 26. Each day, the program teaches kids about some aspect of Turkey Day dinner from making a simulation of the digestive system to the history of cranberries.
For more information on any of these events call Sci-port at (318) 424-8660.
For the athletes
Want to burn off some calories before the bird is out of the oven? The annual Turkey Trot race is a three mile run starting at the Stoner Boat Launch off of Clyde Fant Parkway. Last year 1,400 people participated in the Sportspectrum-sponsored event. For more information or to register go to Sportspectrum’s website here.
For those with a sweet tooth
Have a little sweet tooth or want to pick something up for the big day? Don’t forget the annual Greek Pastry sale on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 542 Wichita.
The Ladies Philoptochos Society, who host the event, will have a variety of pastries including sweet bread and baklava.
For more information or to pre-order call (318) 747-4478.
For the day after
After the Thanksgiving festivities are done, the Christmas fun starts the next day. On Friday, kick off the season with Christmas at Roseland as part of the Holiday Trail of Lights at the Gardens of the American Rose Center, 8877 Jefferson Paige Road.
The center will be converted into a winter wonderland with more than a million lights, displays, and giant Christmas card made by area children. And rumor has it that Santa Claus pays a visit there from time to time! The event runs from from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 25 to Dec. 18. Admission is $5 a person and $20 a carload. Ages 2 and younger get in free.