The day after Thanksgiving. The turkey leftovers are being fashioned into soups, casseroles, and sandwiches. The pumpkins start being replaced with twinkle lights. Visions of cookies start dancing in your head…

Meanwhile, the kids are bouncing off the wall!

We know the last thing you’re thinking about doing is taking the kiddos shopping. Here are ten things to do this Black Friday that don’t involve going to the mall!

10 Things To Do on Black Friday (That Don’t Involve Going Near a Mall)

1. Check out the (cool) progeny holiday guide. Ok, a little bit of shameless self promotion! We’ve been hard at work on our 2017 Holiday Guide and it hits digital newsstands on November 24th! Kid style fun, gift ideas from our local partners, and our favorite local events all in one place! Grab a cuppa, your planner, and your iPad. Then start making holiday plans — or shopping plans for Small Business Saturday!

2. Dance in the Streets at Harbor East’s Black Friday Block Party. Skip the crazy lines on Black Friday and party — with the whole family — in Harbor East instead! Join them for their first-ever Black Friday Block Party. This (cool) fav shopping destination will be offering leisurely shopping events, a mimosa and bloody mary bar, live music, and a complimentary hot chocolate bar. Wondering how this is family-friendly? They can enjoy face painting, cookie decorating, a balloon artist, and appearance from Olaf! Buy a $5 face painting voucher online before you go. 100% of proceeds benefit Ronald MacDonald House Charities of Baltimore.

3. Visit the Festival of Trees. Even with all those elves, Santa himself couldn’t have designed a better fantasy world than Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Festival of Trees. It’s a three-day extravaganza of fairyland forests, gingerbread towns and toy train gardens, complemented by over 100 craft boutiques, holiday goodies and activities for kids of all ages. You can also enjoy a special line-up of nightly entertainment for the whole family!

4. Make a Casserole for JVC’s Casserole Challenge. This Thanksgiving season, make some casseroles for food insecure families in Baltimore City! All food will be donated to various organizations that help children and their families. The more casseroles that Jewish Volunteer Connection collects, the more families they can feed this winter. Find out where you can drop off frozen or fresh casseroles on Monday, November 27th.

5. Have brunch at Johnny’s. Warm up at Johnny’s in Roland Park from 10 AM – 3 PM! They’ll have French toast, pancakes, eggs, and a selection of Brunch Specials. YUM.

6. Take Your Mini Stylistas to Pink Friday. SparTea, the “Pink Door Spa for Girls” in Towson is having a special Pink Friday drop-off event! Drop off your girly girl and her BFF for jewelry beading, mini mani/pedis, pretend facials, lemonade, snacks, and more!

7. Try Ice Skating. The PANDORA Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor is now open! Take your littles for an afternoon of skating fun. 

8. Go Bazaart! Head to The American Visionary Art Museum for their Holiday Art Market. Hundreds of original creations by over 40 regional artists and craftspeople, including paintings, sculpture, paper crafts, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, apparel, and other work that simply defies categorization! 

9.  Take a Train Ride (Kids ride FREE!). Take a short drive up 83 to New Freedom, PA and enjoy a relaxing ride with Steam Into History! Sit back and savor a scenic ride through the beautiful countryside of York County to Glen Rock, PA, on a historic railway that dates back to the late 1820s. Kids ride free with purchase of an adult ticket. ONE free child ticket per adult ticket purchase. 

10. Explore American Indian Heritage. Head to Port Discovery on November 24 to learn about the tribes of Maryland on American Indian Heritage Day, recognized as an official State of Maryland Holiday. Join the museum as members of the Piscataway and Lumbee tribes and representatives from the Baltimore American Indian Center educate visitors with Native American storytelling, interactive Cultural Dance programs, Native American art activities, and demonstrations. Don’t miss an enlightening traditional ceremony to honor this important holiday and celebrate Maryland’s indigenous communities. 


… and on Saturday, see the holiday lights! Join McDaniel College as they illuminate Kenneth R. Gill Stadium with a drive-in light display synchronized to music. ADMISSION IS FREE! ((cool) progeny is a proud media sponsor of McDaniel College’s 150th birthday celebration and the holiday light show).