If you are looking for things to do to fill your spare time, rather than sticking with the same old activities and entertainment, try something that you haven’t done before. A new year brings opportunity for new adventures. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and go to new places, learn new things, and meet new people.
1. Learn a language
There are thousands of spoken languages in the world. Whether you have already learned one through school or work, or still only know your mother tongue, learning a new language is always one of those good things to do. Once earned, the skill can serve you the rest of your life. A number of free and for-purchase programs are available on the internet. Community colleges also have inexpensive courses. It is a great way to keep your brain active, enrich yourself, and meet new people.
2. Go out to a dinner theatre
A great way to shake up date night or girls night out is to skip the old dinner and a movie combo in favor of going to a live dinner theatre. The entertainment is always great and the food is, too. Instead of traipsing around the city making stops at various places, a dinner theatre has everything, all in one spot, drinks, dinner, and a live show. They are also typically interactive, with the audience invited to cheer and boo for their favorite characters. It is a great option, if you and your friends and family are looking for new things to do for your night out.
3. Volunteer somewhere
Hundreds of charity organizations are in every city. If you don’t know what to try, think of a group that pulls at your heart strings and do an internet search for options. Working at a food shelter, reading to kids at the library, teaching people how to speak English, or helping at an animal shelter are just a few of the many ways that your time and effort can be applied to make a great difference in your community.
4. Start a garden
Gardening is one of those things to do that gives back. Even the smallest of backyards or apartment balconies can support some kind of garden. Fruits and vegetables are always better when grown at home. Flowers can be cut to decorate your home and give the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds something to eat. Start small, with a container garden, lettuce planted in pots, or a few hanging baskets of tomatoes or strawberries. With so many kinds and varieties available, you will be hard pressed to become bored.
5. Go to a tournament game
Tournament sports have been around since the dawn of man. We are always interested in shows of valor, strength, and skill. Big league options might be pricey, but city areas always have a variety of sport options. Look for lacrosse, jousting, fencing, or even jai-alai tournaments that may be available in your town. It will be fun to learn about a new sport and then get involved as a fan.