6 Fun and Inexpensive Things to Do as a Senior

6 Fun and Inexpensive Things to Do as a Senior

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Having fun is one the greatest ways to enjoy the most out of life. You can spend an afternoon at the playground with your grandkids,… go for a walk around the lake with a good friend or just sit and visit with family, reliving old memories and laughing until you cry. Here are six fun and inexpensive things to do as a senior that are sure to bring a smile to your face.

1. Field Trips

Do you remember how much fun field trips were when you were in school? There is nothing like getting to spend a day leaving your books and pencils behind so you could go explore a new place. You can still have that excitement of exploration, and your friends can come with you.

Check with a local senior center in your area to see what is available. Many of these centers arrange day trips to museums, cultural events, plays and local libraries in your area. In addition to spending the day exploring somewhere new, you will have an opportunity to meet new people, visit with friends and even enjoy an excellent meal in a new restaurant or cafe.

2. Bingo Night

Dust off your bingo markers, find those loose chips and make plans to join your friends for the next local bingo night in your area. Many fire departments and churches host this event throughout the week. You can visit with friends, share stories about your grandchildren and win a little extra cash as well.

Some event-hosting venues may even allow you to bring your grandchildren along for the fun.

They will love spending time with you while playing this fun game. You will create memories with your grandchildren as you laugh and spend time together sharing bingo cards, eating snacks their mom won’t let them have and just enjoying a fun night.

3. Scavenger Hunt

Another fun activity involving your grandchildren is going on a scavenger hunt. It doesn’t need to be an elegant event for you to have a good time. You can just visit a nearby park or playground area and take turns looking for things that are already out in the area. Think of it as a game of ‘I Spy’ where you take turns trying to guess what the other person sees.

Let them bring along a few toys to hide for you to find. Or, for example, go on a scavenger hunt for all the red things you can find. Your grandchildren will be tickled to try and find more things than you. There is a good chance this activity will have you smiling from ear to ear in no time.

4. Computer Classes

Heading back to the classroom has never been so fun, mostly because this time around there will be no tests and no grades. Check with your local library or community college for a listing of times and available computer classes you can take. Now is the perfect time to brush up on your basic computer skills or learn how to send an email to your grandkids.

You can surprise your family by learning how to video chat. Imagine the look of excitement on their faces when they receive a video call from you. It will be the highlight of their day, especially if they do not live close to you. It will open up a whole new world of communication with your family that everyone will enjoy.

5. Animal Love

Very few things in life come close to feeling as wonderful as the unconditional love you receive from an animal. You may remember an animal that is near and dear to your heart or maybe you always wanted to have an animal but it just never seemed to be the right time. Now is the perfect opportunity to make that happen in your life.

Visit your local animal shelter and find more love than you will know how to handle. These organizations are always looking for an extra set of hands to help care for the animals and just provide companionship. What better way to spend the day than giving and receiving love from an animal that would otherwise go unnoticed.

6. Volunteer

One of the greatest things to do is spend time with children. You can visit your local elementary school and offer to read stories to preschool or kindergarten children. Your ears will fill with the wonderful sounds of children laughing as they get lost in the pages of the book you are reading.

Visit a classroom and do an art project with the kids. Let your creative side loose as you recall the sheer joy of building something with popsicle sticks and finger paint. The kids will love having a visitor in their classroom, and you will enjoy spending time with them as well.

As you can see, there are plenty of activities out there for you to enjoy. Most of these activities cost very little money, as well. Now, get out there and start having some fun today!

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