End of Thanksgiving Month in JumpStart

We hope you had a cozy and heartwarming Thanksgiving with your family yesterday! JumpStart has extended all the amazing Thanksgiving-themed features for just a few more days, so be sure to check it out before it ends!

Scavenger Hunt – hidden pieces of Thanksgiving icons are scattered around JumpStart, so be sure to find all the missing pieces before time runs out for a special prize!

Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt

Turkey Chase – these adorable poultries are not going to be around forever! Don’t miss out on a chance to tease the turkeys!

FunZones – the Mayflower is about to set sail for a new destination, and limited-time special entrances to Garden Defense and Shipwreck Lagoon are about to disappear. Check out these fun-filled FunZones before it disappears from JumpStart!

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Petz, Ridez, and Threadz – the fashionable Native American and Pilgrim outfits can be reused for costume parties you have in your neighborhood. Special themed Ridez and Petz are here for a limited-time, so don’t forget to pick one up.

Soon, all the Thanksgiving-themed features will be replaced by winter specials! Be on the look out for this chilly-fun update, just in time for yet another holiday!

Thanksgiving History and Traditions

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving, this year? Beyond the usual, feast and family reunions, try sharing a few special historical facts and popular fall holiday traditions with your kid. You might find that there is a ton for your kids to learn when it comes to giving thanks and observing this annual American holiday!

Photo by Steven Depolo

Photo by Steven Depolo

History

Throughout history, Native American tribes have held ceremonies to pay their gratitude for successful harvests through the season. And, similarly, the English people who comprised the settlement at Plymouth   ha much to rejoice over when they began settling into the New World. When these Pilgrims first arrived to the New World, they brought new traditions and practices to the modern American Thanksgiving story.

Traditions

Gathering

This is the day when family takes the spotlight, where more than 50 million people travels across the states in America on the road or through the sky to visit their families. Family reunites to share an appreciation for the meaningful and comforting ties with their loved ones.

Food

A family reunion is not complete with a feast! The classic menu items for this particularly holiday include turkey, pumpkin pie, cranberry, and root vegetables, which are all based on New England fall harvests. However, as the tradition spreads, people look for local items that are both more accessible and suitable for local’s taste.

Photo by tinyfroglet

Photo by tinyfroglet

Wishbone

As you and your family gobble up your delicious meal, you will find that a forked bone, located at the base of the neck of your turkey is visually and physically present. This is the wishbone. In the past, Europeans believed that the wishbone could predict the weather. Nowadays, people believed that if you compete with another person in a game of tug-o-war, whoever breaks off a larger section of the bone is granted a wish.

Volunteer

Giving back to the community is the most meaningful way to express your gratitude and appreciation for the blessings you are given throughout this year. Help a local church or homeless shelter to provide a bit of warmth and comfort for the less unfortunate.

Apart from all the life-long lessons you can teach your kid during this holiday season, be sure to also have lots of fun and enjoy the annual celebration!

Thanksgiving FunZones in JumpStart

Wondering what JumpStart has in stock for our Jumpeez during this Thanksgiving holiday? Read on to find out what are some exciting seasonal attractions that you need to check out and be thankful for!

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DownTown

The Mayflower has made port in JumpStart’s DownTown FunZone! Since the Pilgrims are closely related to Thanksgiving, the historical voyage of the Mayflower is definitely a symbolic icon for JumpStart’s month-long celebration!

TurkeyHow can we forget the turkeys? Be sure to chase down a few turkeys around DownTown’s FunZone the next time you visit, and have lots of fun celebrating Thanksgiving Month with this exciting activity!

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Central Park

The Mummy Maze is now replaced by our beloved ZuZu’s Garden Defense to celebrate the harvesting season of Thanksgiving! Help ZuZu drive away the bugs that are destroying her garden, and earn a few extra coins you can use around JumpStart!

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MainStreet

Word from Frankie is that the Jumpeez are loving this limited-time new location for the Shipwreck Lagoon. If you haven’t raced in the pirate’s lair this season, invite your BFFs to compete with you in this exciting attraction!

The Thanksgiving features in JumpStart are only here for a limited-time, so be sure to check out all these fun attractions before it disappears!

Thanksgiving Tree Craft

Are you looking for a creative way to teach your kids about the importance of gratitude? With a few simple materials, you and your kid can enjoy some bonding time and learn about giving thanks during this upcoming holiday season!

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You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Colored paper (Fall leaf colors)
  • Scissors
  • Cutter
  • Pencil
  • Tape

First, ask your child to trace an outline of a tree with branches on a piece of cardboard with a pencil. Then, cut out the tree with a cutter and scissors. Make sure your kid is using these tools under your supervision. If you have young children, cut the tree out for them to prevent accidents from occurring. Then, trace the cut-out tree on another piece of cardboard and cut out the duplicate.

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Draw a straight line down both trees, measure one inch down the lines, and make a mark. For one tree, cut from top to bottom, stopping at the one-inch mark. For the other tree, cut from bottom to top, stopping at the one-inch mark. Slide the trees through the slots perpendicularly, and now you should have a standing structure of a tree.

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Cut out shapes of autumn leafs on colored paper and ask your kid to write down the things they are thankful for on each leaf. Use tape to stick the leaves onto the tree branches and there you have it, your own Thanksgiving tree!

Gobble Up the Fun

Halloween may be over but the holiday fun continues since Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  In anticipation of another great holiday, JumpStart is preparing for great times of feasting and family with a bounty of new features you will want to partake of.

Mosey on DownTown where you will find the Mayflower.  Take a tour through this historical vessel and imagine life as a pilgrim traveling to the new world.

If you are in the mood for some mischievous fun, you will notice a large number of turkeys wandering around the Mayflower.  Give them a good chase and laugh as they flap and squawk in a desperate escape.  Should you prove quick enough to catch one, your astonishing speed will make its head spin.

While you may disagree, no Thanksgiving meal is complete without some fresh produce. Hurry over to the Boardwalk because waves of pesky insects are invading the garden.  Defend your fruits and vegetables from the hordes of hungry bugs to salvage your plants and save your Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for family and friends to come together and JumpStart wants to celebrate this festive occasion with you.  With all of the exciting new features coming, you will not only get into the Thanksgiving mood but feel part of one great, big JumpStart family!