While there's nothing wrong with watching the Broncos crush the Giants or hitting those Black Friday sales, if you'd prefer to get out of the house without risking your life in a quest for a great deal on Zhu Zhu pets, here are some fun, family friendly things to do in and around Denver.
The Denver Zoo is open every day of the year - including Thanksgiving. The weather is supposed to be beautiful on Thanksgiving, so why not take a post-dinner stroll through the park? If you're a member, you can also catch the Zoo Lights members' preview weekend which starts Friday. Zoo Lights hours are 5-9 pm. If you're not a member, consider joining - the Denver Zoo family membership is the best entertainment deal in town!
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
The DMNS is also open on Thanksgiving day (and every day of the year except Christmas day). You can stroll through the North American Indian Cultures exhibit to get an idea of what life was like at the first Thanksgiving.
Visit Santa at Larimer Square
If your a fan of A Christmas Story (and who isn't?), you'll definitely want to visit Larimer Square to see the jolly old elf. After your little ones share their Christmas wishes with Santa, they'll slide back to the Square on a festive slide modeled after the one in the movie. Santa will be available for visits beginning Friday, November 27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and continuing every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visiting Santa is FREE and open to the public.
36th Annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot
Put your baby in a sling and earn your turkey by participating in this four-mile run/walk fundraiser in Washington Park on Thanksgiving morning. Proceeds from this race support Mile High United Way's three initiatives: Youth Success, School Readiness and Adult Self Sufficiency. In addition, please bring any non-perishable foods and new socks to donate to people in need. Mile High United Way will distribute the food and socks to their partner agencies that provide services to the hungry and homeless.