Ever heard the saying “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?”
The weekend may be 5 days away, but are you taking the steps to take full advantage of these precious two days? Our family just ended yet another delightful weekend together, but these weekends don’t just “happen.” They are planned and worked for. How about you? What are your plans this coming weekend? Something fun? Or is it the same-ol’ same old thing.
If so, you may in a rut. This is especially the case if you work all week and use the weekends to catch up on household chores and errands. Or are you one of those business owners who uses the weekend to catch up on the work you didn’t complete during the week. Time to take back control of your weekends! Even if your budget is tight, weekend fun is still very possible. Here are a few tips, ideas, and strategies to have more fun this weekend.
#1 Breathe Some Fresh Air! Enjoying the outdoors by getting out into the fresh air almost automatically puts a smile on everyone’s face. And guess what – nature is free. Walk to the park and play a game of Frisbee, football, or baseball. Take a nature hike or explore a new outdoor area in your community. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it.
#2 Create a Master Action List: Give yourself some options by making a list of the things that you want to do, and can do, on the weekends. This way, when you’re stumped for ideas you can simply turn to your list and make a choice. One clever way to do this is put each activity in a hat or jar and then let your children pull one out! It’s always exciting to have a new surprise adventure.
#3 Make a date: Many museums, zoos, and other community facilities offer discount days, free days, and special events. Make a list of these and put them on your calendar. Then when you’re trying to decide what to do this weekend you can see all of the possibilities and take advantage of local events.
#4 Get Festive: Join the festivities Most fairs and festivals are free to attend and they can be a lot of fun. Add them to your calendar and choose one or two to attend. Set a budget in advance and pack your lunch so you stay on budget. It’s easy to spend a fortune on food and snacks.
#5 Grab a travel bargain: One of the best ways to see the world on a budget is to have an open schedule and open-minded approach to where you go. If you want to get away for a long weekend, visit the discount travel broker websites, and daily deal sites to review the last-minute packages. You can often save more than 50% on a trip and the spontaneity is fun. We’ve done this on several occasions, booking weekend and long holiday trips to New York City, the Adirondack Mountains and other getaways that are drivable.
#6 Use Your Imagination: What do your children love to do? DO they enjoy building things? Do they like putting on shows? Let their imaginations run free and spend a weekend with a creative project. Put on a play in the back yard and film it. Build a playhouse or backyard fort and paint it. If your children love volcanoes then have a science fair. If they love to cook then stage your very own Cupcake Wars in your kitchen. Or simply grab a book and ready together. If you’re stumped for ideas, head over the Pinterest where you will find endless ideas for weekend fun.
All work and no play makes weekends dull and the work week even harder. Teach your children to take time to have fun. And enjoy your family time together – it’s precious.
What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend?