Not into Black Friday shopping? Here are some opt-out alternatives
Benjamin Ab, 10, left, and Micheal Kagan, 9, fine-tune their link during the 19th annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event at the Rockwell Cage Gymnasium in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Nov. 25, 2016.Craig F. Walker / Boston Globe via Getty Images
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Black Friday sales this year are poised to set off a spending frenzy. Consumers plan to spend an average of $743, which is $238 more than last year's average, according to survey data from RetailMeNot.
Though Black Friday deals are designed to attract shoppers, there are a plethora of other activities around the nation for those who’d like to get away for the weekend or indulge in fewer crowds and more serenity.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo waived the cost of admission at New York State parks for the day after Thanksgiving in an effort to draw people outdoors. In New York City, shoppers can bypass the crowds entirely at Black Friday Meditation at Wave Hill Public Gardens. Those who attend this free event may feel completely alienated from the hype of the day because there is no element of manic shopping at this event, which focuses on mindfulness, meditation and stress relief.
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In Springfield, Illinois, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum dedicates the day to face painting, balloon art and a hot cocoa bar at its event “Fun Frosty Friday.” The institution plans to host blacksmith demonstrations outside if weather permits.
Boston offers a more interactive activity for Black Friday at its annual Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event, which encourages people to form teams and construct a linked contraption that will eventually be knocked down in a cascading domino effect. Those who are interested can attend as either participants or spectators.
For those who feel the spirit of giving, there are coat exchanges set up around the nation in homage to Buy Nothing Day, a worldwide anti-consumerism trend that originally started in Vancouver, Canada. States including Utah, Kentucky and Rhode Island have set up coat exchanges in response to Buy Nothing Day.