Low/No Cost Activities

In the Community

  • Make a kite
  • Go horseback riding
  • Take a board game out to a picnic table somewhere
  • Fire up a barbecue
  • Try a new sport
  • Make a musical instrument out of whatever is handy
  • Tackle a jigsaw puzzle
  • Visit your local Fire Hall (call in advance)
  • Go fishing
  • Read a mystery story together, or write one
  • Hunt and shoot wildlife — with a camera
  • Travel a new city bus route together
  • Take some black and white and some colour nature photos and see which you like best
  • Learn how to read a contour map and go orienteering
  • Read a play and go see it produced – read a book and see the movie
  • Save up your money and take a day trip
  • Draw or paint together
  • Tour the public library
  • Learn some words in another language
  • Find a craft at a Do-It-Yourself or craft store
  • Visit your local University or Community College – including the athletic centre
  • Do a crossword puzzle together
  • Learn some sign language
  • Draw a map of your city or community and identify places you’d like to visit
  • Research another country on the internet
  • Attend a city or town Council Meeting (let the Mayor’s Office know you are coming)
  • Go bike riding and learn how to tune up your bikes
  • Plan a budget for a month – and open a small savings account
  • Go to your workplace
  • Cook or bake
  • Pick your own vegetables or fruit at a “U-Pick-It” farm
  • Build a woodworking/carpentry project together like a birdhouse
  • Play miniature golf
  • Adopt a country: learn its culture; visit its embassy
  • Take a hike on a nature or fitness trail
  • Look through photo albums
  • Go swimming or skating
  • Try canoeing or sailing
  • Start a collection (rocks, coins, stamps, cards…)
  • Visit a pet store
  • Go on a picnic
  • Celebrate one another’s birthday.
  • Attend Big Brothers Big Sisters activities and events.
  • Help with a school project.
  • Watch a bike race or marathon
  • Celebrate Canada Day
  • Visit Historical sites.
  • Visit museum, aquarium, planetarium, art gallery, natural museum, national park, cemetery, zoo, etc.
  • Visit a job site
  • Do a job shadow
  • Interview someone who has an interesting job
  • Research career qualifications
  • Visit a high school, attend high school events
  • Visit local universities
  • Take a class together—learning a new skill together can be fun and exciting
  • Visit a farm
  • Take a historical tour of the city
  • Go to cultural event (concert, play, symphony, rodeo)
  • Go to a culturally themed event (pow-wow, MLK celebration, etc.)
  • Watch an educational special or movie with an educational theme
  • Talk with senior citizens about their life story and historical events
  • Participate in a summer reading program
  • Go grocery shopping together; plan a menu for a meal, make a budget for it, compare prices
  • Explore public transportation together

  Activities for School Based Mentoring

  •  Read a book, especially in a new genre
  •  Join (or find more about) a school club, sport, or activity
  •  Create academic goals (both short and long term)
  •  Do research on the Internet
  •  Explore the school library
  •  See if you can use the gym (or get outside) to play active games or exercise
  •  Talk about what happened during the school day
  •  Talk about successes (and disappointments) at school
  •  Create a notebook to organize schoolwork
  •  Write a story together
  •  Discuss strategies for taking tests and effective study habits
  •  Discuss managing time effectively
  •  Make a collage that illustrates the mentee’s values or goals
  •  Plan a service project (either for the school or out in the community)
  •  Build a Web site together
  •  Make a mentoring journal about your time together
  •  Research some interesting or unusual careers
  •  Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about a topic of interest to your mentee
  •  Learn about a country your mentee would like to visit someday (plan a fantasy vacation)
  •  Talk about your family heritage and research your roots
  •  Pick a foreign language neither of you know and learn some basic words   and phrases
  •  Take pictures to create a school “scrapbook”
  •  Talk about the best (and the worst) parts of their school day
  •  Work on spelling—and how to use a dictionary and thesaurus
  •  Study for a test or complete homework (sparingly)
  •  Review previous tests and homework