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Free family fun in Atlanta if there’s no green for Black Friday

Take the kids to Suburban Lanes the day after Thanksgiving. They bowl free!
Take the kids to Suburban Lanes the day after Thanksgiving. They bowl free!
K.Johnson

Black Friday deals are everywhere – it’s a great time to get in on some awesome sales, whether online or in-store.

But let’s face it: the economy is still very tight, as are many families’ wallets. Even the deepest-discounted items mean nothing if you simply can’t pay for it, or if your money needs to go elsewhere (mortgage, car note, insurance….)

So what’s a family in Atlanta to do Nov. 26, 2010 that only costs a little gas in the tank, a nominal parking fee, or maybe a few MARTA tickets? Here are four options:

  • Enjoy the shimmer and glimmer at the Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park. Now through January 3, 2011
  • Kids Bowl Free at Suburban Lanes in Decatur. Through Nov. 28, 2010, kids bowl for free until 6 pm.
  • Visit a neighborhood park or Georgia State Park. Bring along your bikes or conquer a path on foot. Take in what’s left of stunning fall color. Parking at Georgia state parks is $5.
  • Brave the malls without cash. Some may like to watch the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers; others enjoy the vivid and detailed holiday displays. Try Mall at Stonecrest, or a Simon Mall property (Lenox Square Mall, Discover Mills, Phipps Plaza, etc).