WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Thanksgiving weekend is a time for family and friends to spend a lot of time with one another. While most of you may be thinking shopping and football, there are a number of things to get you off the couch and out your home this weekend.

Nikki Burdine had the weekend round-up.


If you have family in town or just have the day off, take a trip to see the Season's Greetings exhibit at the Botanic Garden. It opens today and is free to get in.. See the gorgeous holiday displays and replicas of D.C. trademarks made of plant materials.

Get into the holiday spirit on Turkey Day by giving back. The Trot for Hunger benefiting SOME - So Others May Eat - starts at 8:30 at West Potomac Park in DC. The Turkey Chase in Bethesda is a 10K race or 2-mile fun run. It benefits the YMCA. It starts at 8:30 at Old Georgetown Road.

You can make a donation to the Capital Area Food Bank. Its programs deliver Thanksgiving meals to the needy and senior citizens. If you want to help deliver those meals, you can do that, too.

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to catch a movie with your family. Horrible Bossess 2 is out, but the USA Today movie review is not so good. It says "this ill-conceived sequel to 2011's entertaining Horrible Bosses is base, moronic, insulting and vulgar. It's also cringingly unfunny."


Penguins of Madagascar only gets 2 stars out of 4. Our movie critique called it a "joyless, frenetic film that is very rarely funny."

Fortunately, there are some movies worth seeing, according to USA Today. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and FoxCatcher are both on that list.

If you want to start putting up that Christmas tree, how about picking it out yourself? You can cut your own tree at local farms. Many of them open Friday. There's Butler's Orchard, Linden Hill Farm and Homestead Farm, just to name a few.

And if you're up for it, forget Black Friday, how about Gray Thursday? Yup, pre-black Friday is real.
K-Mart and Radio Shack are open early today at 6.