So you have a weekend with absolutely no plans...and absolutely no money in your wallet?
You don’t have to lie around the house, bored out of your mind. There are plenty of free weekend activities you can enjoy by yourself, with friends, with a date or even with the kids.
Here are 19 free things to do to consider.
Free Things to Do at Home
Maybe it’s raining outside, maybe you just don’t want to put on real pants.
Whatever the case might be, you don’t want to leave the house. You don’t need to pay for something fun to do at home, though, whether you’re considering renting a movie or indulging in some unneeded online shopping. There are plenty of free weekend activities you can enjoy at home.
1. Learn a New Skill
The internet has made it possible to learn all kinds of different skills, no money required.
Tap into your scholarly side and brush up on a topic that interests you, with classes from providers such as Coursera. If you want to learn a more hands-on skill, you can find tutorials on pretty much anything on YouTube.
Learn to braid your kid’s hair, groom the dog at home, make your own candles, knit or crochet or fix that leaky faucet.
2. Conduct a Clutter Detox
It’s safe to say we all have too much stuff sitting around.
Take your weekend at home and cleanse your house from all that clutter. You don’t even have to tackle the whole house, if that seems overwhelming. Instead, pick a room and then work your way around it in a circular motion, picking through the clutter and picking out the things you no longer want or need.
Go ahead and pack up all your unwanted items and take them out to the car, so when you do decide to leave the house, you can stop by a donation drop-off on your way out.
3. Pamper Yourself
You don’t have to go to a high-priced spa to enjoy a little pampering!
Break out that bottle of bubbly you’ve been saving, pour yourself a bubble bath and sit back and relax. You’ve definitely deserved it after a long work week.
Free Things to Do Outdoors
If it’s too pretty a day to stay cooped up indoors, get outside. There are plenty of free things to do out in nature.
4. Go on a Hike
Even if you live in the midst of a big city, you’re probably closer to a great hiking spot than you think. From New York City to Philadelphia to Los Angeles, there are parks within cities or just on the borders that provide you with space away from the crowds, where you can breathe a little easier and get in a little exercise.
5. Find a Community Sports League
If you’re a social creature, then enjoy the outdoors with like-minded individuals.
Find a community sports league at your local park and suddenly you’ll have free things to do every weekend for the foreseeable future. Whether you enjoy soccer, basketball, softball or dodgeball, there’s a community sports league out there for you.
6. Explore Your Neighborhood
How well do you know your neighborhood? I mean, really know your neighborhood? Have you stopped in all the little boutiques yet? Visited all the historical markers? Explored all the green spaces?
Hit the pavement and see what’s still left to uncover in your neighborhood. You might just find a hidden gem that becomes a close-to-home favorite spot.
7. Nature Photography
Break out that camera or your smartphone and head to your nearest park (or even the backyard). Pay attention to the nature surrounding you and see what you can capture on camera.
Whether it’s a busy bee bumbling from flower to flower or a weird-looking weed growing up through the cracks in the sidewalk, use your budding photography skills to find the beauty in the everyday.
8. Go Geocaching
Geocaching is like a scavenger hunt for adults. All you need to do is download the app and then you’re on your way. Follow coordinates and clues to find hidden containers all around any neighborhood, placed there by geocaching community members.
If you’re lucky enough to find one, you can leave your name in the logbook and check out who’s been there before you — sometimes you’ll find caches visited by people from all over the world!
Free Things to Do as a Couple
Don’t turn date night into a high-priced affair. There are plenty of free weekend activities that couples can enjoy together.
9. Go Stargazing
Is there anything quite as romantic as stargazing? Find the clearest skies in your neck of the woods and then head there as a duo. Spread out a blanket on the ground or even the hood of your car and then lie back and watch the night sky glitter.
10. Go on a Picnic
There’s no need for a picnic to be extravagant.
Pack up whatever you have on hand in a small cooler and enjoy a fun time eating in a new place, in a new way. An old blanket on the grass is the perfect spot to have a leisurely lunch, even if you’re just chowing down on sandwiches.
Take your time and enjoy the moment — remember, picnics aren’t supposed to be rushed.
Use your date as an excuse to do some good in the community. If there’s a cause near and dear to both of you, plan a day around volunteering for that cause. The couple who volunteers together, stays together.
Free Things to Do with Kids
Sometimes it can seem like the only way to keep kids entertained is with the latest gadgets, but you might find everyone (kids, mom, dad, grandparents) has a better time when you enjoy free weekend activities as a family, versus staying glued to your screens for two days.
12. Head to the Library
The library truly is an underutilized resource. Not just for books anymore, libraries offer an array of programming, with something for everyone in the family.
Kids will love story times, puppet shows, classes, themed playtimes and more. Check out your library’s calendar and see what’s coming up!
13. Build a Pillow Fort or Your Own Obstacle Course
Get creative at home and break out your architectural skills. It’s time to build something amazing. Turn on some background music and challenge the kids to build the biggest pillow fort ever or the hardest obstacle course that will test everyone’s abilities.
14. Introduce Them to Your Favorite Kids Shows or Movies
What were your favorite shows and movies when you were their age? Share it with them! You might find something to bond over and enjoy for a lifetime.
15. Do a Scavenger Hunt
You can find tons of printable scavenger hunts for kids online that are suitable for taking along on a walk. Find scavenger hunts for kids of all ages, too, so no one’s left out on the fun.
Free Things to Do with Friends at Night
Planning a girls’, guys’ or friends’ night out?
Weekend activities with friends doesn’t always mean paying pricey cover charges at a bar and then paying even more for every drink. You can all have a great time with free things to do at home.
16. Host a Board Game Tournament
Break out the board games! Ask all of your friends to bring over their favorite board game and then let your competitive side run free.
17. Host a Cupboard Potluck
Getting together for a friendly meal doesn’t always entail running to the grocery store. Host a cupboard potluck for your friends, where everyone brings something they can easily throw together from whatever they have on hand. You might end up with a wide assortment of items, but that’s part of the fun.
18. Build a Bonfire
Everyone loves a bonfire. Get cozy and cuddle up outdoors, sharing s’mores, snacks and stories. This is one free weekend activity you’ll want to enjoy until the wee hours of the morning.
19. DIY Spa Night
Instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a day at the spa with the girls (or guys), host your own DIY spa night. Find a guided meditation podcast, light some of your favorite candles, make a DIY face mask, do each others’ nails and sit back and relax. You might leave more refreshed and rejuvenated than you think!
Can You Really Have Weekend Fun on a Budget?
The answer is simply, yes!
There are so many free things to do on the weekend, that you can enjoy no matter who you are, who you’re hanging out with or where you’re hanging out. Don’t let a lack of funds keep you from having fun. Finding free things on the weekend is easy.
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