One part of maintaining a good friendship is quality time together, and there are several inexpensive ways for you and your friend to relax and build long-lasting memories. When deciding on what types of activities and in which places to hang out, you should not only consider your interests but also the interests of your friends. For example, you may want to attend a free jazz concert that's taking place at a public park but your friend doesn't like jazz, so you can instead seek out other free music events that have the kinds of music your friend likes.
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Potluck Picnic in the Park
If you and your friends are all foodies, plan a picnic at a local park and ask each friend to bring a meal that she thinks everyone will like. Before the picnic, meet with your friends to find out if anyone has any special dietary restrictions or if there are certain foods that some of your friends do not like. At the picnic have a taste contest in which everyone tries one another's dishes, and the winner of the best dish gets a gift card to a local retailer.
For those whose friends are service-oriented, have a day of service with them and choose a local non-profit organisation to volunteer on that day. For example, if your city has a food bank and you and your friends have a surplus of canned and boxed foods that haven't expired, get some large grocery bags, fill them with the foods and bring them to the food bank. You might also volunteer by helping families fill out paperwork or locate specific items at the food bank.
If you and your friends like playing sports, gather at the park or a local recreation facility to have a few fun games such as basketball, softball, football or volleyball. Make it more fun by dividing yourselves in teams and competing for prizes. For example, if you're playing a football game at the park, the winning team gets a book of football-related trivia or a book about historic moments in NFL history.
If your friends have been interested in learning how to make crafts, attend a free art class workshop at your local community centre or a local university. For example, if you're attending a class on scrapbooking, create a scrapbook for one another that has pictures of your outings together, some funny quotes about friendship and a few notes that express your gratitude for one another.
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