If you've already tried our Draw or Paint activity with your Old Mate and you're ready to take it to the next level, then an art class might just be for you.
Towns big and small across the country all have a range of classes or workshops in a variety of mediums - painting, drawing, sculpture - whatever you fancy [ ... ]
Take some time to appreciate the finer things in life, like the fine arts.
Even though you might not have the Louvre or the Tate in your town, almost every city and town will have some sort of gallery or exhibition. Local galleries are also an excellent way to get to know local artists, rather than just the household names of the art world.
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Who doesn't love the movies?! That's why this activity is guaranteed to be a hit.
Whether it's a love story, car chase, political drama, or carefree comedy you're after - they're always better in the cinema.
This activity isn't rocket science: Get some tickets and popcorn and go enjoy yourselves! If you're looking to save money or to spice up your movie watching experience, check [ ... ]
Draw or Paint
We know how many people like to say 'But, I can't draw!'. And you know what? That doesn't matter in the slightest! If you're not convinced, then take the [ ... ]
Make a Movie
Do you have a smartphone? Great - then you're all set. If not, ask to borrow a friend's for a few hours.
Whether it's an iPhone, Samsung, Nokia, whatever - if it has a camera and can download apps, then that's all you need to get started.
'Wait!' you might say. 'What do we make a movie about?'. Well, you have lots of options. It could be based on real life event [ ... ]
You're never too old to learn - and visiting museums are a great way to expand you and your Old Mate's understanding of history and the world.
Depending on where you live, the type of museum available to you in person is going to vary. However, even the smallest of towns will have local history museums or exhibitions - which are fascinating! They're often free (or really cheap), too [ ... ]
Chill out to jazz, roll into rock, boogy down to disco, or melt into classical. Whatever you and your Old Mate's taste in music, there'll surely be a gig or concert not too far away.
There are always lots of options to suit your budget: If you feel like splashing out on your Old Mate (and yourself), a professional touring artist is always guaranteed to impress - especially if you're in [ ... ]
This activity is really bloody simple: Grab something that takes photos and get snapping with your Old Mate.
Portraits, landscapes, action shots, whatever.
That said, you might want to have at least a bit of a plan going into it. Discuss with your Old Mate what they might want to take photos of, then think of an engaging way to do that. For example, if they have an interes [ ... ]
Read a Book
An Old Mate's eyesight isn't always what it used to be. Reading the fine print of a novel can sometimes be challenging.
Therefore, reading a book to your Old Mate is a great way to bond, share an 'adventure', and is a great excuse to keep hanging out together. It's also a really flexible activity as it can be done via phone or skype in a pinch.
If you're someone who loves readin [ ... ]
Opera, musicals, ballet, plays, comedy, improv, ... * takes breath *
The list of spectacles you can see on stage is absolutely endless. Plus, there are always options to suit any budget. If you feel like splashing out on your Old Mate (and yourself), professional theatre productions are always guaranteed to impress - especially if you're in a bigger city. If you're looking for something [ ... ]
Write a Blog
If your Old Mate loves expressing their thoughts and feelings, why not encourage them to start their own blog?
History, comedy, current affairs, arts, sports, fiction... The great thing about a blog is that it can literally be about any topic. Plus, there are more free blogging sites on the web than you can poke a stick at - so it's super easy to get started.
The act of bloggin [ ... ]
Write an Article
No matter your age, everyone has an opinion - including your Old Mate.
Whether it's about the arts, sport, politics, or social issues, giving your Old Mate the opportunity to share their thoughts helps stimulate critical thought, is mentally stimulating, and helps their improve self-esteem. That feeling of value and contribution is enhanced if they're provided with a platform to broad [ ... ]