Fun Black Friday activities you can do with kids (without breaking the bank!)
Black Friday is almost synonymous with shopping like crazy. However, it doesn't have to be so. There are lots of other things you can do on Black Friday, especially with the kids around. So, this Black Friday, instead of shopping till you drop, how about you have so much fun you pass out?
Here are a few fun Black Friday activities you can do with kids that do not involve shopping:
This may sound cliché, but volunteering is a great way to help kids build character. Plus, Black Friday is the perfect time todo it because it is not as popular as Thanksgiving or Christmas, which means wherever you choose to volunteer, they'll actually need the help.
Here are some of the ways the kids can volunteer:
- Serve at the local soup kitchen
- Clean the local park
- Visit an animal shelter
- Donate clothes to Goodwill
2. Visit a zoo or museum
Black Friday is a great time to visit zoos and museums because they'll be almost empty. Which means you can avoid the usual crowds and everyone will actually get to enjoy themselves without having to deal with rude crowds.
Take the kids to your local zoo or aquarium. If they are more into museums, you have the option of visiting history and cultural museums, art museums, science museums, or archaeology museums.
If you had traveled with your kids for Thanksgiving, be sure to go exploring the city before you head back home!
3. Make homemade presents
Get a headstart on the holiday presents by starting to get them ready early. Encourage your little ones to make homemade presents. Such presents are great because they are more meaningful and personal while also being the perfect opportunity for your little one to flex those creative muscles.
4. Host a neighborhood potluck
With Thanksgiving barely over, a lot of families in the neighborhood are probably wondering what they'll do with a week's worth of leftovers. Consider gathering a few friends and let everyone come with their best leftovers then you can have a great potluck on Black Friday. This is also a thoughtful way to spend time with people you missed on Thanksgiving.
5. Relax at home
Who says you have to get out of the house on Black Friday? How about spending some quality time with your family and enjoy a few fun activities in the house? Here are a few great ideas:
- Make DIY holiday decorations
- Start putting up Christmas decorations
- Read a book with the kids
- Bake cookies
- Mark fun art with paint or clay
- Play board games
- Snuggle on the couch and watch movies
As you can see, Black Friday does not have to be a chaotic day filled with regrets of overspending on things you'll never use. With the tips outlined here, it can actually be a fun day of bonding for the whole family!