Entertainment Options for the Weekend

You’ve seen all your DVDs. You’ve read all your books. You want to get out of the house. What are some good entertainment options in weekend entertainment? Try something different. Is there a Renaissance Faire in your area? A Renaissance Faire is a way to time travel without a Tardis, and they can be found throughout the country. Eat a turkey leg, watch the jousters, listen to the minstrels, and shout huzzah! Dressing historically is optional, but adds to the fun.


When’s the last time you went to the zoo? Walking around the zoo is a good way to get exercise. Watch the prairie dogs play. Listen to the lions roar. See the snakes slither. Get in touch with your wild side.


Ethnic festivals, whether it’s your ethnic group or not, are a lot of fun. They’re usually not too expensive; some have free admission. Watch dancers do a strathspey, a hora, or a polka. Eat bratwurst, haggis, frybread, or shawarrna. Listen to Japanese koto, Scottish bagpipes, Ukrainian bandura, Native American flute, or a Mexican mariachi band. Examine the arts and crafts available for sale. Buy a few souvenirs. Expand your universe.

Are you close to a state or national park? There are 58 national parks. From Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to Death Valley in California and Nevada, from Haleakala in Hawaii to Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, no two are alike. There are 6,624 state parks in the United States, as wildly diverse as Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park in Tennessee with its ancient Native American ceremonial mounds, the Anza-Borrego Desert in California, home to bighorn sheep, coyotes, and chuckwallas, and Niagara Falls in New York, with its awe-inspiring waterfalls. Go for a picnic.

Go for a hike. Check for special events. Pinson Mounds hosts Archaeofest every fall, a celebration of Native American culture and history. Meeman-Shelby Forest has guided pontoon boat tours on Poplar Tree Lake, an annual kids’ fishing rodeo, and frequent historical re-enactment activities. Volo Bog State Natural Area has a variety of guided tours: bog tours, prairie walks, astronomy nights, insect safaris.

Listening to a CD is nice, but nothing compares with live music. How about going to a concert or attending a music festival? Are there coffee shops or bars that host local bands? Try a genre of music you’ve never heard before: reggae, filk, jazz, big bands, zydeco, calypso, bluegrass, classical, gospel. You may not like it You may find a new favorite.


Easy Entertainment to Ditch Depression

Keep depression in check by creating a life of balance. Depression can creep into your life if you aren’t spending enough time celebrating yourself. A great way to keep the blues from ruining your week is to incorporate entertainment into every day. Entertainment is a source of fun, and it refills our happiness meter so we can take on another day.

Finding ways to entertain yourself when you are also juggling life can be difficult. Understanding what things give you the most joy and fulfillment can enable you to be proactive in dealing with depression. Exercise can be overlooked, but it is such an amazing source of entertainment! Grab a pair of running shoes and head out the door. Bring along your favorite music or listen to an audio book in order to take your mind off things. If running isn’t your thing try a scenic walk at a fast pace to get your heart rate up. Either way, cheap (actually free) entrainment is just under five minutes away.

Another way to add entertainment in your life is by heading out to a new restaurant to try a fun dessert. Or go to a favorite food joint and get a dessert you know you love. On the way to getting a tasty treat jam out to your favorite song, maybe even bouncing in your seat if you feel the need. Sing as loud as you want! Don’t worry, the other cars will only stare while the light is red. Bring a friend along to share the fun and laughter.

Pampering yourself is a relaxing way to entertain yourself any night of the week. Try making a healthy home cooked meal, draw a bubble bath, or soak and lotion your feet showing appreciation for your body. Your body needs some love after a long day, and taking it easy with a calm night can be just what you need to recharge. Your body will be able to feel more stable, and less prone to depression when it feels taken care of inside and out.

A cult favorite is to make a pillow nest on your couch and watch your favorite comedy while munching on homemade popcorn. Anytime you need a good laugh and something salty a movie is the way to go. When it comes to unexplained sadness or depression the most effective way to get rid of those feelings is to not entertain the thoughts that come along with those feelings, but rather entertain how you want to feel after the depression passes.