Snap Out of Your Turkey Coma, Have Fun and Engage Your Mind with These Post-Feast Ideas

November 24, 2015 Blog 0 Comments

Ah, Thanksgiving…the day in which all food-related inhibitions go out the window, and turkey-induced comas become an epidemic. Most of us have experienced this post-feast lethargy, which left unchecked can render us pretty much useless for the rest of the day. While it’s quite common to watch a football game, take a nap or casually browse the Web after the big meal, why not try a little something different this year to keep your mind active? Below are five fun, brain-engaging and memory making activities you can enjoy with your loved ones after Thanksgiving dinner.

1. Put together a large puzzle. You can have all of the puzzle pieces set out on a table, and then issue a challenge for the family to work together to complete the puzzle. If you want to keep it in the spirit of the holidays, you can choose a Thanksgiving or Christmas themed puzzle for extra effect. If no one manages to finish the puzzle that day, you can leave it up all the way through Christmas, so that family members can add pieces to it any time they visit during the holidays.

2. Break out the board games. And we’re not just talking about the latest ultra-sleek games with cool graphics and sophisticated strategies–don’t be afraid to go old school on this one. So right along with building a palace and fortress complex in Alhambra, push the Pop-o-Matic bubble with pride during an intense round of Trouble. You might be surprised at how many people will enjoy taking a trip down Memory Lane when you break out some of the classic board games from years past.

3. For one of the most fun and unique outings your family will ever experience, try an escape room challenge such as Cincinnati-based Houdini’s Room Escape. You’ll basically be participating in a real-life board game where the players (i.e., you and your family/friends) will be locked in a themed room, and must find a set of clues and objects in order to figure out out how to escape the room within 60 minutes. For a fun and exhilarating challenge that will really get those mental gears turning, Houdini’s Room Escape offers a Cincinnati escape room experience that you won’t soon forget.

4. Why should the NFL players have all the fun on Thanksgiving Day? Organize your guests into teams and hit the backyard for a friendly game of touch (or flag) football. Not only will you be able to show off your awesome play-calling skills in the red zone, but you can also work off some of those calories from Aunt Linda’s sweet potato pie.

5. Break out the family photo albums and reminisce about the good old days. Everyone will have a slightly different memory of the moments captured in your family photos, so it will be fun and enlightening to hear each person’s version of what happened. Not only will this provide a lot of laughs, but it will give the kids a good dose of (un)official family history.

This year, you don’t have to do the same old thing after Thanksgiving dinner. Use the ideas above to infuse some creativity and fun into your post-feast family activities, and make some great memories together in a whole new way.