Finding entertainment ideas for your teen and their friends shouldn’t cost a small fortune. If you’re looking for fun and free activities, here is a list that should keep young adults and teens busy for quite some time.
1. Frisbee golf.
Most communities now have Frisbee golf courses set up at nearby parks. Don’t have a park with a Frisbee golf course? Make your own. You just need a Frisbee and a few targets. This is fun, can be played year around with proper outer wear, and is absolutely 100% free, if you have a Frisbee. If not, collect the change in your couch and head to the local market to get one.
2. Scavenger hunt.
This is a great activity that can take a few hours or an entire month depending on how difficult the items are to find. You can also stipulate the rules that no items can be purchased on the list. This ensures the game is equally challenging and cost effective for all participants. Make the scavenger hunt more interesting by giving it a theme.
3. Visit local museums on their free days.
Most community facilities - whether it’s a botanical garden, zoo or museum - offer free days throughout the year. Find when their free days are and schedule a trip.
4. Movie night.
In addition to the free movies available on campus, you can rent a movie for a dollar at your local Red Box or you can stream them on your computer via many online movie sites. Have someone bring the popcorn and you’re good to go.
5. Go to the park.
Parks are always free, unless they’re State or National Parks. Grab a blanket, pack a lunch and just go hang out and people watch. A little music, a good book or two and you can spend the day outside having fun.
6. Look for outdoor events.
Many communities, particularly during the warmer months, host outdoor movies and concerts for free. Check your local listings to see what’s going on in your community.
7. Fairs and festivals.
There are fairs and festivals going on somewhere almost year around. They’re free, they’re fun and they can be a great way to get out and experience something new. Find out what’s happening in your community.
8. Host a cooking party.
Have everyone bring one ingredient for a recipe and make the meal together in your apartment or dorm.
9. Have a theme party.
Choose a theme and host a party. Have everyone dress up and bring something to serve.
10. Window shop.
Shopping, particularly if there is a nice downtown or cool antique stores and flea markets, can be a fun event even if you don’t spend a dime. It’s fun, it’s free and it’s a great way to spend time with friends.