Seven weekend activities to try if you want to shake up your usual routine
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Although we live in cities brimming with exciting events and activities all around us, it seems all too easy to fall back into the same old routines when another weekend rolls around. We are, after all, creatures of habit.
With that in mind, we’ve teamed up with Truly Hard Seltzer to bring you seven weekend activities to try if you’re looking to add some extra flavor to your weekend. Don’t worry, we’ll never suggest changing your ever-needed morning coffee.
INSTEAD OF SEEING A FILM, JOIN A DANCE CLASS
Going to the movies is usually a guaranteed good time – even if the movie isn’t great, there are always snacks. Considering all the streaming we’ve been doing over the past two years, why not step away from the screen when you have some downtime and take a dance class to get your blood flowing? Who knows, you might unlock a hidden passion and discover that you’re a natural at cha-cha.
There are many places that offer casual lessons in a range of styles and for all levels of experience. In Sydney, you could live out your childhood ballerina or Broadway fantasies at the Sydney Dance Company; try Bollywood dancing through Class Bento; or learn salsa or cha chat with Move Dance Studios. In Melbourne, try afrobeats with The Space; go retro with a jazz class at Dance Factory; or put on some tap shoes for a class at Dance World.
INSTEAD OF A COASTAL WALK, PLAY BEACH VOLLEYBALL OR GO TRAIL RUNNING
Instead of embarking on your usual walk by the ocean this weekend, try something a little more active by running along a coastal path. That way, you can still enjoy the refreshing ocean air while getting your heart pumping and your body ready for a post-workout seaside lunch.
In Sydney, try taking the scenic run from Bondi to Coogee or head inland to loop the Narrabeen Lagoon. In Melbourne, the popular Bay Trail is your best bet, especially when you add a stop at St Kilda Sea Baths, while inland tracks can be found along the Yarra and Maribyrnong rivers.
If it’s a group activity you’re looking for, add some friendly competition to the mix with a game of beach volleyball. In Sydney you can hire a net at Manly or Maroubra, while in Melbourne you and your crew can dig and swoop your way to glory on the beaches of St Kilda or Altona.
INSTEAD OF WATCHING NETFLIX, GO TO AN ARCADE
Put down the remote control. Your streaming queue can wait another day. Instead, head to an arcade to revel in the nostalgia of your younger years and give your brain (and maybe your body) a bit of a workout. It’s also a great way to earn bragging rights from friends – as long as you earn, that is – and enjoy quality snacks and bevs.
You do not know where to start ? Archie Brothers hosts adult-only circus and cocktail events once a month at its Melbourne and Sydney locations, while B. Lucky & Son’s Entertainment Quarter and Melbourne Central outposts offer some serious prizes – consider the Google Home speakers, vintage Chanel bags and more.
INSTEAD OF THE GYM, GO BLOCKING
A good sweaty workout in the gym is a weekend staple, but consider another thrilling activity like bouldering — rock climbing’s more strategic cousin — instead. As a super social activity that involves encouraging each other, it’s also a great activity to do with your friends.
Given the growing popularity of the sport, there are also plenty of bouldering gyms to check out in Melbourne and Sydney. At its Port Melbourne and Marrickville locations, BlocHaus cleans and resets four sectors a week, meaning there’s a new wall to tackle just about every visit. Elsewhere in Victoria, Urban Climb in Collingwood (and soon in Blackburn) offers a range of rock and rope climbing experiences, as well as fitness and yoga classes to ensure a complete workout. In Sydney, 9 Degrees has – you guessed it – nine different difficulty levels to try at its gyms in Waterloo, Lane Cove, Alexandria and Parramatta.
INSTEAD OF DOOM SCROLLING, DISCONNECT IN A FLOAT TANK
Unfortunately, falling into a catastrophic scroll cycle is far too easy to do these days. So if you want to stand out but avoid the pitfalls of TikTok and Insta, turn off your phone for a few hours and head for a float tank instead. Relax in the salt water, take a break from the real world and enjoy a meditation session while relieving some stress.
Sydneysiders looking for some time away from the screen can head to the Sydney Float Center in Brookvale or Darlinghurst, which has state-of-the-art zero-gravity tanks, or even book into a private waterline at City Cave, which has locations from Mona Vale to Minchinbury to Campbelltown. For Melburnians, Northcote’s Gravity Float and Wellness offers a range of holistic therapies from flotation pools to multi-day retreats, while the well-equipped Resthouse Float Center in Hampton East and Water Temple Flotation in Armadale offer memberships from flotation for those who regularly search offline. time.
INSTEAD OF THE PUB, GO TO A CELLAR DOOR OUTSIDE OF TOWN
Fancy a bit of fantasy this weekend? Press pause on the pub plans (your parma can wait until Wednesday night) and venture a bit further to a cellar door outside of town. Sydney and Melbourne are close to a number of world-class wine countries. So the only question you ask yourself is where to start. We’ve done the research for you with these excellent cellar doors that are worth the day trip from Sydney and Melbourne. Before you know it, you could be sipping a preservative-free drop at Hungerford Hill in Pokolbin, or enjoying a tasting at Laura’s illustrious fine-dining restaurant at Pt Leo Estate on the Mornington Peninsula.
INSTEAD OF ORDERING TAKE-OUT, JOIN A COOKING CLASS
After a long work week, it can be quite tempting to outsource the weekend kitchen for a little splurge. This time, get on the tools (tweezers) yourself by joining a cooking class, where you can learn new tricks with which you can impress your friends and family.
Class Bento offers cooking classes nationwide for master chefs and disaster chefs, with workshops ranging from sushi making to cake decorating. Elsewhere, Sydney Cooking School offers a year-round lesson schedule and state-of-the-art equipment from its Neutral Bay headquarters, while in Melbourne, Moonee Ponds’ Gourmet Kitchen offers weekend courses perfect for home cooks. home who wish to add a new dish. or two to their repertoire.
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Top Image: Archie Brothers, Zennieshia Butts
Posted on April 04, 2022 by