Black Friday is known to be a chaotic day spent chasing down the best store discounts. If you aren’t a fan of the shopping scene or you’re looking for an alternative way of spending your day off this year, take a look at these local and fun ways of allocating your time! Continue to enjoy spending time with those important to you or catch up on that needed rest and relaxation with some of our favorite Black Friday Alternatives.
1. Get Outside
Why spend your day in a crowded store when you could be enjoying the outdoors? Head over to Longmont’s Golden Ponds or the Boulder Creek Path to get some exercise and take in the fresh air. Bring family, friends, or the pets to go for a walk or run, or grab the bikes and ride along these gorgeous trails. With scenic views and trails bordering the water, this is definitely a great Black Friday activity.
2. Put The Kids in a Cooking Class
Need an activity for the kids? Sur La Table is offering cooking classes to teach kids ages 8-12 recipes that utilize Thanksgiving left overs! While you gain some needed rest and relaxation, professional chef instructors will teach your children how to incorporate common thanksgiving menu items into two entrees and a dessert. Kids will leave with an exciting and hands on experience, having learned not only the completed recipes but also kitchen safety, knife skills, and valuable cooking practice. Maybe they will come home and re-invent your left-overs too!
3. Enjoy Some Family Time
After spending a day dedicated to being thankful and expressing our appreciation for those who mean most, spend Friday continuing to bond with the family. This time of year is all about celebrating with those we care about, so heat up the leftovers and take a break at home. Break out Monopoly, Pictionary, or any other family favorite game to guarantee shared laughs and a great time.
4. Go to a Movie
Many new movies are coming out in November, so grab the family and enjoy a relaxing few hours at the theater. Head over to Cinemark Theaters in Boulder, Regal Cinemas in Longmont, or AMC Flatiron Crossing in Broomfield to catch one of this season’s newest releases. With recent flicks such as Olaf’s Frozen Adventure, featuring many characters from the popular Disney Movie Frozen, and new comedies like A Bad Mom’s Christmas, you’ll be sure to find something worth watching on Black Friday.
5. Visit the Denver Art Museum
Avoid the stress of shopping crowds by spending your day at the Denver Art Museum. With over 70,000 works of art, enjoy an enriching experience while you explore and observe the many collections presented from cultures around the world. In addition to the existing art collections offered, you can walk through additional artistic exhibitions, six of which will be taking place at this time. The Denver Art Museum is not only home to these fantastic collections and exhibitions, but also some of Denver’s most spectacular architecture. With so much to offer, this is definitely a great shopping alternative.
6. Spend an Afternoon at Posh
Posh, a paint and wine studio, is a local favorite in Boulder. No painting experience is necessary as you follow step-by-step painting instructions from a professional teacher, making sure you walk out with a piece of artwork you’re proud of. In addition to this, visitors can purchase beer and wine at the studio. Here you can expect to share many laughs while also getting that needed relaxation time after the busy holiday.
7. Be a Tourist for the Day
The Banjo Billy Bus Tours are a local tourism staple. If you’ve never taken the time to tour Boulder or Denver in this way, spend your Black Friday learning about city history, making for a fun and exciting day! Take a 90 minute unconventional bus ride through either of these cities and hear all of the interesting stories that made these great places the way they are today. You will find yourself driving through some of the most predominant local areas, giving you classic tour elements with a fun twist.
8. Get a Massage
What better way to destress after the holiday chaos than with a relaxing massage? There are many places you can visit within Boulder County to find the rejuvenating experience you will be looking for. Make an appointment at the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, The Dragontree, or at Spavia to escape the stressful stores and gain some much needed resting time. Each spa offers multiple massage types, ensuring you receive the pampering you desire.
9. Visit One of Our Favorite Restaurants
After cooking that big Thanksgiving meal, take a well deserved break and go out to eat! There’s no better way to continue spending time with family or friends than by socializing over good food and drinks. In need of restaurant recommendations? Take a look at these blog posts to find our favorite dining spots in Boulder and Longmont!
10 Best Restaurants in Boulder, CO
5 Best Restaurants in Longmont, CO
10. Play 18 Holes
Ditch the stores and try your luck with golf instead. Boulder County is home to many reputable golf courses. Whether you’re an experienced golfer or new to the game, this is a great way to enjoy the company of others while spending time outside. All of these courses offer great scenery and some even fantastic mountain views. Take a look at our blog post, 6 of the Best Golf Courses in Boulder & the Surrounding Areas to find the best places to tee off!