Four Places to Spend Black Friday in Detroit (Outside of the Mall)

Last year you spent Thanksgiving evening combing though store ads and perfecting your item grabbing skills, ready to spend a long Black Friday hitting the mall and snapping up the great deals. This year, you've decided to take back your holiday and savor the turkey, the pumpkin pie and the bright smiling faces of your family.

You could arise from your food coma on Black Friday 2015, with nothing but the remote control and leftover stuffing on your plate for the day. Or perhaps you could venture out for a little family fun around Metro Detroit. Here are four ideas on how to spend this Black Friday---far away from the shopping mall.

The Henry Ford Museum: The Henry Ford is the largest indoor-outdoor museum complex in the United States and Metro Detroiters are lucky to have some of the world's best exhibits within driving distance. Load your family up in the Ford and drive down to learn about the history of the automobile industry, early innovation and see the real bus in which Rosa Parks made her famous stand in Montgomery.

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Marvelous Marvin's Mechanical Museum: Even your teenager will be impressed when he first walks into this 5,500 square foot arcade. A bizarre assortment of carnival oddities, fortune telling machines and modern video games will thrill everyone from the very young to the young at heart. Bring your quarters and expect to collect an afternoon of smiles from your entire family.

Detroit RiverWalk: When was the last time you strolled down the shore of the Detroit River and gazed up at the Renaissance Building's massive towers? If you haven't spent an afternoon exploring the Detroit RiverWalk, you're missing out. Best of all: It's free! The views of the river, The Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor shoreline are amazing; consider a stop at the carousel for the perfect finish to the day.
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Skatin' Station II: Admit it: the last time you went roller skating, the Bee Gee's were on the radio and bell bottoms were the height of teenage fashion. If it's been a few years---or a few decades---since you laced up some skates and took a spin around the rink, Black Friday 2015 seems like the perfect time to give it a whirl. Get some exercise and rock out to the latest Top 40 hits. And don't worry, they might not play the Bee Gee's anymore, but they still do Shoot the Duck!

Sometimes the more things change, the more they truly stay the same.

Nicole Jankowski is a writer, mother and sometimes Funny Fat Girl at Parties. Find her on Facebook to check out more of her work, because if you don't, you can't have any pudding for dessert. You like pudding, don't you?