Two local museums that happen to have in-house stores are offering post-Thanksgiving special deals on their outstanding merchandise.

At the Museum Store at The Discovery, you’ll find an excellent selection of the smartest toys, games, gadgets, apparel, puzzles, science kits, and more. This sale is on Friday, November 27, 2020. It’s 30% off everything in the store from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, then 20% off everything from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Over at the Nevada Museum of Art, items in the Museum Store are 10% off from November 27 to 29, 2020. This includes both in-store and online shopping. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The members-only holiday sale is November 19 – 20, 2020

Thanksgiving Day and weekend in Reno / Sparks area is coming up and we have a variety of family friendly events and activities to choose from. However, due to the coronavirus, this isn’t going to be much like previous Thanksgivings. For example, the popular Scheels Turkey Trot is now a virtual event and Reno’s ice skating rink will not open for this winter season.

Even so, if you don’t want to go through the work of cooking up a big Thanksgiving dinner, you can eat out for Thanksgiving at one of our local hotel / casinos or restaurants.

Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving is pretty much not really happening this year. Holiday sales have been underway for a while already. However, if you must, try to spend your dollars by shopping local, thereby supporting your friends and neighbors and keeping your dollars circulating right here rather than seeing them leave town.

If you are tired of sitting at home watching the little screen, you can now get out and go back to the movies for a big screen experience. We have lots of excellent movie theaters around the Truckee Meadows just itching to have you back in their seats. There are actually some good films showing after the long theater drought. And we even have a big drive-in theater in Sparks, one of the few remaining in the whole country. It’s the ultimate in social distancing for movie fans.

Of course, things at the movies are not as they were prior to COVID-19. Theaters are implementing COVID-19 safety procedures designed to keep both customers and employees virus-free. To learn more, go to “COVID-19 Safety Procedures Announced By Theaters.”

Check out my “Reno & Sparks Movie Theaters & Showtimes” article to see what’s playing and to select a theater where your favorite movies are showing.