How to Get the Most Out of Your Weekends

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Everybody’s working for the weekends – at least that’s how the song goes.

If we’re working for the weekends, it’s my opinion that once the weekend comes, we’d better make damn sure we enjoy it! What exciting things do you plan for your days off?

Running out of ideas for fun activities that will make your work-week seem worth it? I came up with a list of some potentially new and (I think) unique ways to let off some steam and let loose.

Most importantly, spend time doing these activities with people who make you feel good, and who make you smile.

  • Get theatrical. Check out your local theater for upcoming plays or musicals, or visit an opera house if one is nearby.
  • Change bored to board. As in GAMES!
  • Go digital. Create a scavenger hunt of things you and your friends have to find and take pictures of.
  • Look in the bucket. Pick one item from your bucket list and do it.
  • Learn how to juggle.
  • Build a fort. Even if you don’t have kids, blanket forts never get old, and as a bonus, they make a great place to read a good book.
  • Take a test drive. Pick a fantasy car that you’d probably never be able to afford, and go drive it around for awhile. Fun!
  • Stay in a hotel. If you have the money, take a road trip somewhere cool and spend the night in a nice hotel room. Everyone loves hotels, right?
  • Go zip-lining. (Or something equally as thrilling, if you’re into that. How about sky diving or bungee jumping?)
  • Visit old friends. Hooking up with pals from way back can incite some feel-good nostalgia that’ll really make your weekend quite memorable.
  • Have a makeover night.  Invite some girlfriends over and do home makeovers and nails. You’ll be saving money and having a great time.
  • Find a free workout. Many gyms and yoga studios offer a trial workout or session free of charge. If you try out a different one every weekend, you could keep this going for quite awhile!
  • Go to the beach. If you live near the coast, pack up the car and spend the day enjoying the sun, sand, and breeze. Bring along a kite, too!
  • Have a movie night. My family has a tradition every Saturday night called Foovie Night. It stands for Fun Family Movie Night. We pick the movie together, enjoy some yummy movie treats, and snuggle in together for a few hours of entertainment, right in our living room.
  • Volunteer. Giving your time to those who need help can be one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do. Look for local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or even hospitals or clinics that could use you.

Remember to surround yourself with those people who make you feel good, regardless of what it is you end up doing on the weekends. If you’ve done something fun and interesting lately, share with us in the comments!

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