The weekend is the best time to unwind and engage in recreational activities. But when your budget does not allow it do you just let go of the idea or do you find alternatives instead? Well here is a list of ways to spend a money-free weekend doing things that will keep your mind off your daily routine.

Check out the community calendar.

If you like working with people in your community and share their fondness for doing something for a cause, then look at your town’s website or check the city hall’s list of events going on in the community. Oftentimes the number of interesting and free activities that are going on will surprise you. Also towns oftentimes have community sports activities on weekends. You might want to look into joining either as a participant or as a volunteer.

Visit your local library.

Take the kids to your local library. Most libraries have “story time” for young children. There may also be film nights, book clubs, concerts, author readings or lectures, and many other events that are completely for free. Look in and see what they have to offer.

Play board games.

Pile of board games mostly received as gifts, are left in the basement to the glory of dusts. Ditch the computer and handheld techy and pull out those game boards. Give your kids the chance to experience how fun and interactive old board games can be.

Meet your neighbors.

You have been too caught up in your work or daily comings and goings that you haven’t even met your new neighbors properly. Make an effort to introduce yourself and engage them in a pleasant conversation. You might even want to invite them for coffee and a chat to get to know them better. Your neighbors could not only become your friends, they could also be a friendly pair of eyes on your property when you’re away or a helpful set of hands when you’re trying to complete a challenging task.

Organize a self-guided walking tour.

There must be historic and cultural sites in your town or if none, somewhere close by.

Research them and then go on a walking tour of them. You can pack a lunch in your backpack and have a picnic in the park.

Take photographs and share them.

Take a lot of pictures of anything you find interesting. Then check if you’ve taken anything beautiful and compelling. You can use your images for homemade greeting cards, nice desktop wallpaper, screensavers, personalized gifts, or other interesting uses. Upload some of your most interesting pictures to share with others, adding interesting captions, so your images can be enjoyed by as many people as possible.

Visit a museum or a zoo.

There are many occasions to enjoy museums, zoos, and science centers without any cost at all, find out when you might be able to get in for free. And take your whole family with you for an excursion.

Scan your old pictures.

Put your digital scanner to use and scan the precious pile of old pictures you so protectively keep in their special box.  Digitizing these memories is a better way to safeguard them from deteriorating or getting stuck together.

Practice yoga – or try it for the first time.

With only some floor space and a floor pad to do your yoga poses in, you are good to go. Try out the basics first to see if you like it. You will increase your flexibility in time, your concentration will improve, and by holding some of those positions for long periods, you are also doing a powerful workout.