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Lafayette: Children Play While Parents Pay

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Small Business Saturday will be fun for all ages

Small Business Saturday, also called Shop Small Saturday, has been held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010. Originally designated by American Express, it comes on the heels of Black Friday to help local businesses attract customers during the busiest holiday-shopping weekend of the year. Shopping locally strengthens the community by keeping retail dollars in town. Plus, when you purchase your goods and services from locally owned small businesses rather than huge national chains, you get personalized customer service.

In Lafayette, Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25 will be fun for all ages. Kids aged 5 to 12—most of whom would get a little bored if dragged around shopping all day—are invited to the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center for “Shop-N-Drop.” From 1-4 p.m., for just $4 per child, parents can drop their children off for supervised activities like gym time, games and crafts.

The rec center has some surprises for adults, too. On Shop Small Saturday, it will offer special deals on rec-center punch cards, a free month added to the purchase of an annual pass, and a chance to purchase a “First Access” pass to the Great Outdoors Waterpark. The waterpark is slated to open next summer with a lazy river, a leisure pool with spray features, a lap pool, a splash pad and gigantic body slides.