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53 Fun Things You Can Do This Weekend

53 Fun Things You Can Do This Weekend

It can be easy to lapse into a predictable routine at the weekend, especially if you’re on a strict budget.

However, there are plenty of fun things to do on weekends! Here are 53 examples of activities to liven up your free time. They are cheap, fun, and entertaining, so give them a go!

Get Moving

1. Go For a Walk: A brisk walk is healthy and can be a fascinating pursuit.

2. Go For a Run: It’s free and great exercise.

3. Learn to Juggle: This fun and healthy pastime is a great way to impress your friends, and Lifehack’s guide can teach you the basics.

4. Go Swimming: Find your nearest leisure center and go for a swim.

5. Drum: You don’t need a drum kit – get some percussive objects and work out a groove. Just don’t blow anything up, like Keith Moon used to.

6. Dance: Turn on the radio, or stick on your iPod, and dance away to your favorite songs.

7. Community Sports: There are many community football, cricket, baseball or basketball teams you can join. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet new people whilst working out.

Check Out Your Local Community

8. Watch Wildlife: Heading out to a local park, or into the countryside, is a free way to see nature in action.

9. Head to the Playground: Most communities provide a free park replete with a playground. Those swings and seesaws are fun no matter how old you are.

10. Do Some Gardening: Head into your garden! If you live in a flat in the city you can check supermarkets for indoor potato or tomato growing bags and herb gardens.

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11. Car Boot Sales: Go to, or throw, a Car Boot Sale to interact with your community.

12. Check your Community Calendar: Visit your council’s website for details on upcoming events.

13. Join a Film or Book Club: Most film or literature fans will be able to find a weekly club. Here you’ll be able to meet like-minded people and discuss your hobby.

14. Visit Friends: Organize to meet with friends and spend the day talking and having fun.

15. Volunteer Work: Consider doing some volunteer work for a charity. As experience it can go on your CV, can introduce you to new people, and provide a welcome feel-good factor.

16. Visit Free Museums: Check your council’s official website for information about the free museums in your area.

17. Visit a Zoo or Wildlife Reserve: Visiting a local zoo or wildlife center is a terrific way to spend an afternoon – use a search engine to fine your nearest center.

18. Become a Dog Walker: Check locally to see if any busy neighbors need any of their pets walking, or put up an ad to be a dog walker.

19. Volunteer at a Race Track: Motor sport tracks always need marshals for their events. Volunteer to keep track safety at a premium.

Stay Indoors

20. Make Some Bread: A simple, cheap, and educational practice, here’s how to bake a loaf.

21. Pop Some Corn: A very easy, fun, and delicious cooking experiment. This is how to make Popcorn.

22. Organize a Budget Food Contest: Have friends round with the rules of cooking something for under $10. Mark the results and reward the winner.

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23. Netflix: Netflix.com is a very cheap online streaming video service. Sign up to watch amazing shows such as Breaking Bad and Arrested Development.

24. Free Films on YouTube: Typing “Full Movie” into a YouTube search brings up dozens of free films to watch. Check Rotten Tomatoes to gauge if they’re any good.

25. Go On a YouTube Marathon: It’s an amazing resource for fun and creative videos; go on a wild search for the funniest videos you can find.

26. BBC iPlayer (Europe Only): Europeans can enjoy the BBC’s programmes thanks to the iPlayer Global app. David Attenborough, Top Gear, Horizon, and QI (amongst others) await you.

27. Play Free Online Games: There are hundreds of free online games you can play. Check Lifehack’s Relaxing Games guide for a start.

28. Search Wikipedia: Knowledge seekers can take advantage of this incredible free encyclopedia. Pick a random topic and you can spend hours finding out fascinating facts.

29. Craigslist/Freecycle: Search your local Craigslist or Freecycle for information on free events. Search for your localized version online.

30. Blog: If you want to write digitally you can start a blog (free on sites like WordPress) and connect with the world.

31. Have a Board Game Day: Want a break from the internet? Try these classics: Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Chess, Risk, Cluedo, Checkers, Battleship, or Snakes and Ladders.

32. Make a Homemade Pizza: Follow Lifehack’s guide to perfect this treat.

Get Creative

33. Make a Paper Fortune Teller: Great fun for all ages, this simple activity creates you an amusing fortune teller. Follow this free guide and experiment away.

34. Play Pen and Pencil Games: Noughts and Crosses (tic-tac-toe), Hang Man, Battle Ships, and other classics can be easily played with a pencil and some paper.

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35. Play the Sentence Game: Take it in turns to write a sentence on a piece of paper. Fold the paper over after you’ve finished, and then supply one word on the next line for the following person. You can make some hilarious stories this way.

36. Make a Kite: Build a homemade kite to fly somewhere!

37. Have a Go at Origami: This traditional Japanese art form involves paper and skill – learn how to master it with websites such as Origami Instructions.

38. Draw: All you need is a pencil or crayons and some paper, then let your imagination run wild.

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    39. Write a Letter: Letter writing is a forgotten art. It’s more personal to write a letter to a friend or relative, and it’s always nice to receive one back.

    40. Raid Pinterest for DIY Ideas: Pinterest offers a myriad of ideas for design work. Have a look and see what you can make out of trash or cheap supplies.

    41. Volunteer at Your Local Theater: You can see if they take volunteers, such as ushers, for some additional experience.

    42. Audition for a Play: Take things a step further and audition for a local play.

    43. Creative Writing: A computer, or pen and paper, is all you need to be a writer. You don’t need to be Hemingway, just write whatever enters your head.

    Have fun with kids

    44. Play Hide and Seek: This is a terrific way to entertain your children, but it’s also fun if you’re adults with a gleefully immature streak!

    45. Hopscotch: Teach your kids how to play this classic game, or relive your youth by having a go again. Here’s a basic guide.

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    46. Build a Fort: The chances are you have a duvet or sofa. Cardboard boxes are also useful. Construct a mini-fort for yourself and your family and enjoy being childish for a day.

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      47. Have a Kip: A 20 minute sleep can do wonders for your day, restoring energy and waking you up.

      48. DIY or Cleaning: Fix a wonky shelf, clean the flat, or wash your bedding. It burns calories and provides a feel good factor.

       

      49. Make Bubbles: You can go about this in different ways (such as buying a solution from a store), although you can make bubbles with household products.

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        Learn Something New

        50. Listen to the Radio or Podcasts: Purchase a cheap radio, if you don’t already have one, and enjoy some free entertainment. It’s an often forgotten, but very enjoyable, service.

        51. Read: Reading is a great accompaniment to your life. Head to your local library for classics, and here’s a list of 20 books for inspiration.

        52. Learn a Foreign Language: Nothing is stopping you from taking up French, Japanese, Italian etc. Try Babbel or Verbalplanet for a wide range of language courses.

        53. Take an Online Course: You can learn anything you like at Coursera and Teachable. Just explore all the skills or interesting things you’d like to learn more about and take one of those courses.

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        Last Updated on May 28, 2020

        How to Overcome Boredom

        How to Overcome Boredom

        Have you ever been bored? Restless? Fidgety? In need of some inspiration?

        I have a theory on boredom. I believe that the rate of boredom has increased alongside the pace of technology.

        If you think about it, technology has provided us with mobile phones, laptops, Ipads, device after device – all to ultimately fix one problem: boredom.

        What is Boredom?

        We have become a global nation that feeds on entertainment. We associate ‘living’ with ‘doing’. People now do not know how to sit still, and we feel guilty when we are not doing anything. Today, inactivity has become the ultimate sin.

        You might not realize it, but boredom stimulates a form of anxiety and stress. It evokes an emotional state that creates frustration and feeds procrastination.

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        It’s a desire to be ‘doing something’ or to be ‘entertained’ – it’s a desire for sensory stimulation. What it boils down to is a lack of focus.

        If you think about those times when you’re bored, it’s usually because you did not know what to do. So, indecision also plays a big part.

        When we are focused on what’s important to us and what we want to achieve, it’s pretty hard to be bored. So, one answer to boredom is to become focused on what you want.

        Sometimes It’s Good to Be Bored

        If boredom is a desire for sensory stimulation – then what’s the opposite of that? To be content with no stimulation – in other words – to enjoy stillness.

        Sometimes, it’s not boredom itself that causes the frustration but the resistance to doing nothing.

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        Think about it. What would happen if you were to ‘let go’ of the desire to be entertained? You wouldn’t be bored anymore, and you will feel more relaxed!

        In my experience, it’s often the most obvious, simplistic solutions that are the most powerful in life. So, when you’re bored, the easiest way to combat this is to enjoy it.

        It may sound weird but think of ‘boredom’ as a form of ‘relaxation’. It’s a break from the constant stimulation that 21st-century living provides – constant TVs, mobile phones, radios, internet, emails, phone calls, etc.

        Who knows, maybe ‘boredom’ is actually good for us?

        Next time you’re ‘feeling bored’ instead of feeding the frustration by frantically looking for something to do, maybe you can sit back, relax, and savor the feeling of having nothing to do.

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        In this article, I’ll share with you my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom.

        3-Step Strategy to Overcome Boredom

        1. Get Focused

        Instead of chasing sensory stimulation at random, focus on what’s really important to you. Focusing on something important helps prevent boredom because it forces you to utilize your time productively.

        You should ask yourself: what would make good use of your time? What could you be doing that would contribute to your major goals in life?

        Here are a few ideas:

        • Spend some time in quiet contemplation considering what’s important to you.
        • Start that creative project you’ve been talking about for the last few weeks.
        • Brainstorm: think of some ideas for new innovative products or businesses.

        2. Kill Procrastination

        Boredom is useful in some ways because it gives you the energy and time to do things. It is only a problem if you let it. But if you use it to motivate yourself to be productive, then you can more easily overcome boredom.

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        So, the next time you’re bored, why not put this good energy to use by ticking off those things that you have been meaning to get done but have been too busy to finish? This also presents a great time for you to clear your to-do list.

        Here are some ideas:

        • Do some exercise.
        • Read a book.
        • Learn something new.
        • Call a friend.
        • Get creative (draw, paint, sculpt, create music, write).
        • Do a spring cleaning.
        • Wash the car.
        • Renovate the house.
        • Re-arrange the furniture.
        • Write your shopping list.
        • Water the plants.
        • Walk the dog.
        • Sort out your mail & email.
        • De-clutter (clear out that wardrobe).

        3. Enjoy Boredom

        If none of the above solutions work, then you can try a different approach. Don’t give in to boredom and instead choose to enjoy it. This doesn’t mean allowing yourself to waste your time being bored. Instead, think of it as your time to relax and re-energize, which will help you be more productive the next time you work.

        Contrary to popular belief, we don’t need to be constantly doing things to be productive. In fact, research has shown that people are more productive when they take periods of rest to recharge.[1] Taking breaks once in a while helps boost your performance and can help make you feel more motivated.

        So, take some time to relax. You never know, you might even like it.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to overcome boredom may be difficult at the beginning, but it can be easier if you make use of some techniques. You can start with my 3-step strategy on how to overcome boredom and work your way from there. So, ready your mind and make use of these tips, and you will be overcoming boredom in no time.

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