A three-day weekend provides the perfect opportunity to shake up the usual routine with something a little out of the ordinary - whether it be an adventure, a new project, or a short trip. Here are a few ideas to consider for the next Labour Day Weekend.
Get outside! Camping, campfires, fresh air, and long treks through the forest will restore and refresh anyone who has been in a rut. A quick Internet search will return lists of free and paid campgrounds, along with their locations, amenities, and atmospheres. Kids big and small will enjoy trekking, exploring nature, and learning about the area's wildlife during a camping trip.
Just don't forget the flashlight.
Learning a new craft might be a better idea if the thought of spending the long weekend in the great outdoors induces hives. Make crafts to decorate the home or give as gifts. A particularly skilled crafter who has an entrepreneurial spirit might even start a side business. Some crafts to consider include sewing, quilting, crocheting, embroidery, and cross-stitching. These are crafts that can be done just about anywhere, anytime. Afghans, pillow cases, and quilts have been handed down in families through generations, and crafters may want to create heirlooms will particularly enjoy working on their creations.
Other ideas for craft projects include soap and candle making, lace making, weaving, and scrapbooking. Don't forget to keep a scrapbook of projects for future reference and enjoyment. Crafters can find other ideas and Labour Day supplies through online retailers.
This could be considered work, but a three-day holiday is enough time to revamp an outdoor space. With some advance planning and shopping, there's plenty of time to build a deck, create a fountain or fish pond, set up a rainwater collection site, or create a new seating or dining area on a patio.
A holiday is the perfect excuse for a short vacation. Locate a hotel, timeshare, or rental property within a few hours' drive, and it won't be long before the hurry and hassle of everyday life feels a world away. Choose an area that's quite different for a change of scenery and culture. Spa vacations are great for short getaways and provide plenty of pampering.
Be sure to check area guides and listings for special events held in celebration of the Labour Day weekend. Parades and special events vary from one location to another, so check the Labour Day website for a list of events. Looking for specific ideas? In the NSW, hop a ferry from Sydney to Manly Beach to enjoy some jazz; partake in the Murrumbateman Moving Feast; or hang out at the Warrumbungle Festival of the Stars. In SA, check out Ceduna's Oysterfest, or the Riverland Wine and Food Festival. In Western Australia, Perth is the Labour Day hotspot with music festivals and events, fairs, and food. Activities in Queensland include marches and barbecues, while a road trip makes the holiday extra special in the NT.