89 Fun Things To Do This Weekend Without Alcohol

by Rebecca A. Watson on June 7, 2014

in habits, life, Recovery

Neptune retrogrades this week, which means we’re all going to be more in tune with ourselves (yay!) and our inner voices, but we’re also going to be a lot more sensitive to addictive stuff. Even if you don’t have issues with drinking and other substances, it’s recommended that you stay away from it during this time. Until mid November actually, when the planet goes direct.

That’s a long time to go without, you might think. What the heck am I going to do? Somebody wrote to me recently saying that she was having a hard time not being “fun” anymore, now that she stopped boozing.

This is a topic of much discussion within the blog community as well: You’re not having a good time anymore because you don’t drink. Part of it has to do with the word sober, I think, and part of it is somewhere along the line we were brainwashed into thinking Fun=Booze.

passed out drinking fun

Because that looks like a *blast.*

This is just not true. Ask any master of fun, by whom I mean children, what they like to do for fun and drinking (alcohol) will most likely never enter into their equation. So me and my inner child made a list.

Not everyone of these is for every person. Some of them could be potentially triggering.

For me, going to a baseball game would be tough. I always called it the Three Bs: Beer, Baseball and Becca! There might be something on this list like that for you. Skip it.

beer becca baseball

There’s no drinking in baseball?!?

Not every one of these things might sound like fun to you. Again, we’re all different. I happen to have an odd sense of fun at times, but a lot of folks do. So I thought I’d share.

  1. Walk your dog. Borrow someone else’s if you don’t have one.
  2. Do some yoga. Youtube it and try it. You won’t regret it.
  3. Read a book.
  4. Call your mom.
  5. Write an email to a blogger you like. I got a few this week. They’ll appreciate it. Trust me.
  6. Do a photoshoot.
  7. Learn a new language.
  8. Go to bed early.
  9. Wake up and watch the sunrise.
  10. Try a new recipe.
  11. Check out a museum.
  12. Take a bath with candles and chill out music, the Dude style.
  13. Play a pick up game. (Football, basketball, baseball, etc.)
  14. Ride your bike.
  15. Go garage sale-ing.
  16. Make epic breakfast.
  17. Write a letter to your grandma. Or anyone. Snail mail it.
  18. Pick your own berries.blackberries!
  19. Make an insane dessert.
  20. Go for a walk with a friend.
  21. Go to a playground and swing.
  22. Check out your local toy store.
  23. Clean out your closet and donate clothes.
  24. Wash your windows.
  25. Plant a flower or two.
  26. Go shopping for a houseplant.
  27. Dig out an old (crafty/DIY/Etc.) project and finish it.
  28. Check out a tourist attraction in town.
  29. Plan your next vacation.
  30. Print some of your photos for frames or an album.
  31. Write a poem. Here’s one of mine to get your going.
  32. Go to the used bookstore.
  33. Visit the farmers market. Buy a new vegetable.
  34. Worship. Go to church, head to temple, cast a circle, whatever. Get in the zone.
  35. Plan a hike and do it!
  36. Sit at a scenic point and relax.
  37. Put together a picnic, go to the park and people watch.
  38. Play a board game.
  39. Go to the gym.
  40. Take a nap.
  41. Grab coffee with a friend.
  42. Back up your files. (You should do this. Mercury Retro is here.)
  43. Create a vision board.
  44. Call up a friend and chat.
  45. Bake a cake. This one.hummingbird recipe photo
  46. Organize a clothing swap.
  47. Climb a tree.
  48. Go to a movie. Go all out: popcorn, candy and soda.
  49. Head to the arcade. Ski ball!
  50. Trampoline world. Or bouncy house world. Or laser tag world. Or whatever-is-in-your-area world.
  51. Make a gratitude list 🙂
  52. Catch up on your blog reading.
  53. Make snow angels. Or sand angels.
  54. Pray.
  55. Build a sand castle.
  56. Listen to a podcast.
  57. Volunteer.
  58. Meditate. Youtube has loads of guided meditations.
  59. Visit the herb store and create a special tea just for you.
  60. Watch the sunset.
  61. Make some music.
  62. Have a dance party.
  63. Put together a puzzle.
  64. Grab some sidewalk chalk and unleash your inner Picasso.
  65. Learn to use a digital SLR.
  66. Go to a new (to you) sporting event. Football/Soccer, Tennis, Baseball, Rugby. You get the idea.
  67. Write in your journal.
  68. Go swimming!
  69. Build a fort.
  70. Play dress up.
  71. Sing karaoke. By yourself if you want. You can usually find lyric-less music to your fav songs online.
  72. Research N/A drinks. Go to the store. Create a few and have a shoot out.
  73. Borrow someone’s kids and playhousefor awhile. Or play with your own kids 😉


    Because kids bring out the one inside you.

  74. Go check out some live music (preferably outside, not in a bar).
  75. Check out a new (to you) art event: photo exhibition, play, exhibit opening, etc.
  76. Play in a fountain.
  77. Go out for ice cream sundaes. Better yet, make your own.
  78. Try doing a 10-minute walk photo.
  79. Pitch a great idea to your favorite blog as a guest blog. Or start your own!
  80. Go to the beach for the day. Niederlassen, as the Germans say. Bring everything, establish residence.
  81. Head to the butcher. Grill up a feast for dinner. (And probably lunch leftovers.)
  82. Grab the Sunday paper. Read the comics. Do the crossword and Sodoku.
  83. Play a video game. Don’t have a console? Download something for your phone or computer.
  84. Go to an amusement park. Ride a roller coaster.
  85. Have a water fight.
  86. Have a spa day at home with your friends.
  87. Make little gift bags for neighbors/friends and drop them off a’la May Day.
  88. Go to the zoo.
  89. Try something that’ll get your adrenaline pumping: skydiving, base jumping, paragliding, etc.

Have some other ideas? I bet you do! Leave them in the comments, please. Let your inner kid come out to play!

Looking for more help? I have an audio class that will have you enjoying wonderful weekends this weekend!

If you like this post and are interested in reading more, I suggest starting with my 100 day post, or just check out all my posts about not drinking and recovery


Photo Credits: Michael Wyszomiersky

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

MTM June 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm

Fantastic list! Love it 🙂 Here’s some of mine (in case 89 isn’t enough!)
– bake some bread
– learn to / practice juggling
– grow some cress
– invite friends round for afternoon tea (scones and cream, the works)


Rebecca A. Watson June 10, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Yes! Thank you for your ideas. Learn to juggle…that is a fantastic idea. You can’t hold a bottle and juggle, I’m pretty sure. And afternoon tea? Oh man, can I come? 😉


Pam January 3, 2015 at 12:07 am

More …
go to a shooting range (target practice)
hit golf balls


Rebecca A. Watson January 19, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Awesome Pam…thank you!


Lisa M. Hann March 28, 2015 at 12:28 am

This is such a great list!! I’m so happy to read things like this, because it’s such an important topic for people who are recovering addicts/alcoholics. I think it’s so important that I wrote two books about it, and I’d love for you to check them out if you’re interested!

365 Ways to Have Fun Sober – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IO0Q4L2

How to Have Fun in Recovery – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ILYHCYE


Rebecca A. Watson March 31, 2015 at 1:41 pm

Hey Lisa, thanks for your comment and for sharing your books. I agree that having fun is super important and I think addicts never really learned how. Cool book ideas!


Jah September 18, 2017 at 8:29 pm

The challenge of hanging with college best friends when you are drastically cutting back the consumption.


Nat November 3, 2015 at 4:01 pm

I’m scared. Every single morning I say I’m not going to drink tonight. Every single evening I think just one before dinner ….and that always leads to two or six….you get the picture. Here I sit sick and tired of being sick and tired. Researching all things related to alcohol abuse. I found your list. Thank you.


Rebecca A. Watson November 3, 2015 at 4:45 pm

Hey Nat. I’m so sorry you’re dealing with this. Ugh, I know the feeling of being afraid and DEFINITELY the feeling of being sick and tired of being sick and tired. Hang in there. It’s possible to exist without alcohol. It’s possible to actually enjoy life 🙂 Keep researching and reach out. We’re here for you!


Tina December 22, 2015 at 9:29 pm

One day at a time. Pray for strength and Love yourself. Find people who support you in your journey and realize that you are never alone. Tap into your support system when you least want to because they will be able to help you fight for YOU. Put off that drink and keep putting it off until you are not even thinking of it anymore. recovering from any obsession or habit is definitely doable if you keep your focus in sight. I suffered from Obsessive compulsive Disorder brought on my a traumatic experience. I didn’t even know I was doing it really until I started fighting it. It made me feel terrible every time I gave in. It hurt me every time I caved. I assume it is like being addicted to alcohol. I was out of control!! facing our truths ( all of them) helps us get to the source so we can make the needed changes. You got this! You have good truths too! focus on those! Celebrate Yourself in amazing ways that build you up and empower you to the next step! 🙂

Tina December 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

This is a great list! I have never been addicted to alcohol or drugs but I have special people close to me who are. It’s hard to suggest anything to do besides party with these people- and because I do not have a problem with drinking- it seemed ok. But then I realized, I do not want to be an advocate to alcohol abuse and certainly do not want anyone to get the wrong idea so I am attempting to come up with fun family friendly things to do with my adult children that do not include alcohol. This Christmas we will be taking a midnight hike to the park to make snow angels and have a snowball fight. I’m going to get some pictures of that! Christmas day we will eat good and go see a movie or create a 2016 Vision board together- alcohol ruins all the best times and clouds our memories. These memories will be crisp, clear and beautiful!


david May 22, 2016 at 12:05 am

its skee ball.


Rebecca A. Watson July 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm

“I believe people need to play with their kids, without alcohol and show them fun can be had being sober!”

From an email and definitely worth adding 🙂


Joe Simpson September 20, 2017 at 2:07 am

I live in Sacramento. I am a 27 year old single male. I would love to join activities that do not involve alcohol or drugs. Co-ed activities preferred. I am very fast for soccer. Love snowboarding and water skiing. Love golf. I am shy but loosen up after I get to know a person.

I was hoping someone would add a team to soccer for this fall. I make a great forward.



sue March 1, 2018 at 8:16 pm

Absolutely love your list!!
Never have enjoyed alcohol. My few experiences with alcohol brought no smiles or laughter. But am always looking for new fun activities.
Thanks for new ideas.


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