What to do as a Match

Being a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters is not only a rewarding experience but also an opportunity to make lasting memories with your Little. Engaging in fun and low-cost activities can strengthen your bond and create meaningful experiences. Whether you’re exploring the great outdoors or getting creative indoors, here are some ideas for affordable activities to enjoy together.

1. Outdoor Adventures:
– Nature Walks: Explore local parks, nature trails, or botanical gardens. Take in the beauty of the outdoors while having meaningful conversations.
– Picnics: Pack a simple picnic and head to a nearby park. Enjoying a meal together outdoors can provide a relaxed setting for bonding.
– Bike Rides: Hit the bike trails or explore your neighborhood on two wheels. It’s a fun way to stay active and discover new places together.

2. Creative Pursuits:
– Arts and Crafts: Get crafty with DIY projects such as painting, pottery, or making friendship bracelets. Let your creativity flow and enjoy the process of creating something together.
– Cooking or Baking: Whip up some delicious treats in the kitchen. Try out simple recipes for cookies, cupcakes, or homemade pizza. Cooking together can be both educational and fun.
– Storytelling: Let your imaginations run wild with storytelling sessions. Create your own stories or take turns reading books aloud. It’s a fantastic way to stimulate creativity and ignite the imagination.

3. Community Involvement:
– Volunteering: Give back to the community by volunteering together. Whether it’s helping out at a local shelter, participating in a park cleanup, or assisting at a food bank, volunteering teaches valuable lessons and fosters a sense of empathy.
– Attend Local Events: Keep an eye out for free or low-cost community events such as Library events, farmers’ markets, or cultural festivals. It’s a great way to explore different interests and cultures while having fun.

4. Learning Experiences:
– Visit Museums or Libraries: Many museums and libraries offer free admission or discounted rates. Explore exhibits, discover new interests, and engage in interactive learning experiences together.
– DIY Science Experiments: Conduct simple science experiments at home using household items. From making slime to creating homemade lava lamps, there are endless possibilities for hands-on learning and discovery.

5. Big Brothers Big Sisters Activities:

-Attend BBBS hosted Match Activities and Events: Our goal is to provide a match activity every quarter for Matches to come have fun with other Matches for free! Keep an eye out in the Big News or from your Match Support Specialist.

– We frequently receive free tickets from our community partners to things like concerts, basketball games, plays, and activities, like skiing.

-Also take a look at our list of Boosters. These are businesses in the Treasure Valley who offer our Matches discounts!

Building a strong and lasting relationship with your Little through fun and affordable activities is at the heart of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. By embracing these activities, you not only create cherished memories but also provide valuable support and guidance to your mentee. Remember, it’s the little moments shared together that make a big difference in their lives. So, go ahead, get out there, and have fun making memories that will last a lifetime!