A fun alternative on Black Friday
Lincoln presidential library offers free
family activities the day after Thanksgiving
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[November 22, 2017]
A family-friendly alternative to the stress and
headaches of Black Friday shopping is returning to the Abraham
Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, bigger and better than
“Fun Frosty Friday” offers an array of free activities the day after
Thanksgiving, including a roving magician, face painting, games,
balloon art, a life-sized Candy Land Adventure and visits with Santa
This year, the event also includes outdoor activities (weather
permitting) in Union Square Park: rides in a barrel train,
blacksmithing demonstrations and information on fire safety.
“Fun Frosty Friday” runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Indoor activities take
place in the ALPLM’s library building at 112 N. Sixth St.,
Springfield. Doors will not open until 10 a.m.
The fun includes:
Racing Hot Wheels cars
A hot cocoa bar
Using Civil War technology to create a coded
message for Santa
A robotics demonstration by the FIRST Lego League
Learning about mastodons and the ice age
Balloon art and face painting
Meeting Santa, Olaf from “Frozen,” and an ice
Children can collect stamps at various stations in
their Fun Frosty Friday passport and receive free admission to the
Lincoln Presidential Museum across the street.
The museum will be presenting a new exhibit called “Holidays at the
White House: A Presidential Christmas,” as well as a baseball
exhibit called “Cubs vs. Cardinals: The Rivalry.” Actors portraying
historic characters will be on hand to mingle with visitors.
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The presidential library will also be collecting for the Sojourn
Shelter, which helps victims of domestic violence. Visitors can stop by the
library’s “angel tree” through Dec. 20 and pick decorations listing items the
shelter needs. Then they buy the items (or make a monetary donation) and return
them to the library.
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to telling the
story of America’s 16th president through old-fashioned scholarship and modern
technology. It also serves as the state historical library.
The library holds an unparalleled collection of Lincoln material, as well as
some 12 million items pertaining to other aspects of Illinois history.
Meanwhile, the museum uses traditional exhibits, eye-catching special effects
and innovative story-telling techniques to educate visitors.