Black Friday brings out shoppers and bargain hunters of all shapes and sizes. With post-holiday deals beginning earlier and extending longer, the draw to shop on Black Friday is becoming a bit more of a traditional habit rather than of necessity. For those looking to avoid the madness, spend a family-fun day away from the stores with a few helpful suggestions.
Stay in and get in the holiday spirit with arts and crafts. Younger kids will enjoy making ornaments, painting picture frames and putting together gift bags. It may seem too early for Christmas and Hanukah gifts, but getting a jump on decoration making and trimmings is a fun way to get in the holiday mode without hitting the mall.
Spring cleaning may be out of season, but there are a few easy ways to organize and de-clutter in time for the holidays. Go through old clothes, toys, books and household items, preparing donations for the Salvation Army and Goodwill or local church group and charity organization. You’ll feel accomplished while making room for winter coats and new toys for the kids.
Visit a local park and opt outside this Friday to connect with nature. Pack up some holiday leftovers and plan a picnic after your hike, or scope out a rock climbing class in your area. Look into local bike tours and get a new perspective on a familiar area, or head somewhere completely new, taking in the fall vistas before the winter weather closes in. Check out REI’s hashtag and head outside for some outdoorsy inspiration.
Get the kids together for a movie marathon. Put on some holiday films, bake and decorate the house together. Let them invite some friends and have a fun day in watching a magical trilogy or epic adventure, or keep it to the nuclear crew and enjoy an impromptu family party.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
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As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.