Lately I’ve been struggling to come up with interesting activities to do keep me entertained this winter. Or, more importantly - cheap activities to enjoy with my friends during my Buy Nothing January challenge.
So here are a few ideas to get you off the couch and out of the house…
- Check out a Local Museum or Gallery – Some museums offer free admission to the public for one hour a week – like Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum. Check out your local museum’s website for upcoming events like special lectures or free workshops.
- Activities offered on Campus – If you live close to a university campus, check out whether they offer activities for the community. Some universities offer affordable art classes, intramural sports, and even access to climbing walls (hint hint friends) to the general public.
- Winter Sports – Winter sports like ice skating, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing are very accessible as long as you’re able to track down some suitable gear. Invest in a pair of skates, borrow from family/friends, or even track down a pair second hand (kijiji?) and enjoy some time in the great outdoors this winter.
- Crafting – This option is a great way to keep your hands busy while spending quality time with the girls (or the craftier men in your life). I used to spend hours with my friends in University just folding origami stars and chattering away about everything. Why not try something new – like learning to knit, crochet, or do decoupage? The possibilities are endless.
- Local Sports Event – Although big league sporting events are typically pricey, local sporting events are much more affordable and a great chance to spend some time with friends cheering on the home team.
- Catch Some Live Music – I don’t know about your town, but where I’m from there are always pubs featuring local artists – often with little or no cover required at all. Stop in with some friends, enjoy a pint, and catch a live show.