Fun Adult Birthday Activities That Are Cheap or Free

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Has your birthday lost its luster? Growing another year older isn't what it used to be?

I've felt this way often, and I've realized that perhaps it's how I'm looking at it. I see my children's faces on their birthdays and they are full of LIFE. Excitement. Adventure. Wonder.

I miss this in my own life. So today, here are a few ideas to get out and enjoy life on your birthday (or any day). As an added bonus, they are all cheap or free, so no worries on blowing the budget to have your fun!

1. Create Your Life Bucket List

Or vision board. Or map out your next five years. Or just write the goals you have for the next month. Birthdays are a beautiful time for reflection and growth. So, take a few hours of your birthday afternoon and decide where you want your one-and-only life to go from here.

Click here for a huge list of birthday things to do!

2. Get Together With Friends

Instead of moping around on your birthday, gather a group to watch great movies, play fun games, or just sit around talking with a drink you love. The conversation will boost your spirits and make you thankful for another year of love.

3. Have a Beautiful Picnic

The most beautiful thing we have access to happens to be free: Nature. So, find the most breathtaking site in your city and pack a basket full of delicious food and a blanket. Then, spend several hours doing nothing except enjoying yourself, walking around, and truly relaxing on your birthday.

4. Take a Day Off of Work

If you have vacation days, use one! There's no better time to use a personal day than on your birthday when you can spend the day doing whatever you want. 

5. Play

Birthdays aren't fun as an adult because most of us have lost the ability to just BE. To PLAY. We have forgotten what it was like to daydream the day away. So, I challenge you to do just that...

Stare at a cloud in the sky. Tickle your kids (or grandkids). Beat your spouse in a card game. Do whatever makes you feel like that youthful kid again.

In Conclusion

Remember that our days (including our birthdays) are what we make them. Age is just a number. You are as old as your body and mind say you are - so get out there and play like a kid, grow your curiosity, and have fun on your special day.

Comments (4)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jennifer, great list, and getting together with friends is always so rewarding!

Oct 03, 2021 12:25 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Jennifer,  Thank you for sharing so many ways to celebrate your birthday.  We had an Escape Room birthday for my eldest sister-in-law.  You can escape the room, but not getting older.

Oct 03, 2021 04:41 PM
Dick Betts
REALTOR® The Villages, Florida

Jennifer Kropf great suggestions, I have a birthday is in 10 days guess I need to get to planning!

Oct 03, 2021 06:37 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jennifer- I think you make an excellent point. I just celebrated my birthday last week and my two nieces planned something for me. Any kind of celebration, even if it's just you treating yourself to a day at the spa will and should make you feel special. 

Oct 04, 2021 05:22 PM