Long weekends are a perfect time to shake things up and try something new—and that doesn’t have to cost a lot.
As performance coach Tony Robbins says, “the path to financial freedom can still be fun!”
Tony has some great suggestions for 10 free activities to enjoy on a long weekend that won’t jeopardise your financial goals…
Grab a football and head to your local park, or go old school and pull out the Cluedo or a deck of cards—all you need is a few people and a good attitude!
Plus, Tony says, if you have children, “playing games with your kids will teach them fine motor skills, counting, strategy and more.”
For families, long weekends are a great opportunity to discover something new together. Head to a museum, or try a homemade scavenger hunt. Challenge your kids to find one household item for every letter of the alphabet, or take it outside and task them with items like “something alive”, “something blue”, etc.
For those of you without kids, take the opportunity to crack open that book you’ve been meaning to read for ages, or try out a new sport or hobby! Learning something new is great for boosting your mood, and can help keep your brain healthy. We shouldn’t stop learning just because we’re no longer in school.
Tony suggests this as a great activity for families: “yard sales, lemonade stands, car washes, bake sales or a lawn-mowing service are great ways to teach your kids about profit and loss and the value of hard work.”
But this is great advice for adults, too—long weekends are a great time to try your hand at selling things on ebay, or work on a passion project.
Dancing is a great way to boost your mood, get some exercise and have a good time. Put on some of your favourite tunes and cut loose—no dancefloor needed!
Volunteer to help out with weeding at your local park, go through your closets and donate the clothes you don’t wear anymore, or even just do something to help out a friend or neighbour—then enjoy the good feeling that comes from doing something for others!
Take advantage of the extra time to try out a new recipe, or make something special for friends or family.
Better yet, get them in the kitchen with you! Play some music and have fun preparing something delicious that you can then enjoy together.
Tackle a task you’ve been putting off for a while, like reorganising your closet. It might not sound fun, but it can feel great to check something off that to-do list! If you have kids, challenge them with a fun project.
Activityvillage.co.uk has lots of craft projects for kids that can often be made from things you find around the house, while the James Dyson Foundation offers some great science and engineering-based challenges designed specifically for children!
We admit, this one is mostly for kids! “It’s been shown that appropriate rough-and-tumble play may promote frontal lobe maturation and increases spacial and social awareness,” says Tony.
“Establish rules with your children about what is and is not acceptable during play so that no one gets hurt and play remains fun. Some ideas include: outdoor food fights, water pistol duels, gentle pillow fights, or “sword fights” with pool noodles and Nerf wars.”
Try a social meet up app, challenge yourself to talk to someone new, or make a friend date with someone you don’t know very well but have been meaning to get to know better.
If you have kids, try organising a play group or socialising at the park!
There’s no better time to get outside than a long weekend. Go for a long walk or hike, take a picnic to the park, or—if you have the means—try camping or heading to the beach!
“Lie on a blanket under the open sky and make up stories about constellations or cloud formations,” suggests Tony. Let your brain take a break from thinking about work, money, obligations—you deserve the time to relax, and it doesn’t have to cost a thing!
Weekends are made for enjoying yourself—so get out there, friends, and make the most of it!