Fun hobbies can be a stressbuster that contributes to mission and family readiness. You can bring your family along go solo and make new friends. Pick up a new hobby or revisit an old one. Hobbies can help keep you learning, relaxing and strengthening your bonds with others.

Here are some ideas as you pursue a hobby:

Have fun on a small budget.

Your budget doesn’t have to dictate your fun. There are plenty of options for recreation, entertainment and relaxation close by and at virtually no cost to you and your family. Train for a local race or try joining a recreation league for your favorite sport. Join a book club or start one of your own. Take on small carpentry jobs around the house, make crafts, garden or build furniture.

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Volunteering can help you connect to your community. Ask around your installation or community center about working as a tutor, mentor or coach. Or think about finding animal shelters, local parks and other nonprofit endeavors you can support with your time.

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Learn about your new surroundings.

If you’ve recently moved, hobbies can be a great way to connect with your new location and learn about your surroundings. If you’ve moved overseas, take the opportunity to learn a new language. Cooking is also a great way to explore local traditions as you shop for new ingredients and try new tastes.

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Visit a museum.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, you can soak up history, science or another piece of culture by visiting a museum across America. This is part of the Blue Star Museums initiative, a collaborative effort between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and participating museums.

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