Definitive book for Doing Things?
November 17, 2013 3:39 PM   Subscribe

Is there a definitive activity book? Sort of like a cookbook, but for Activities To Do?

I had a hard time figuring out what to eat. Then I got a good vegetarian cookbook and now when I'm hungry I flip through it and make something even if it doesn't sound good, because chances are that I'll like it after it's made. And it's been a fantastic system. I want something like this but for activities.

I know there are tons of "What should me and my partner do together?" threads, but I don't want to get lured into the Wild Web Wonderland. So I'm looking for a book. Ideally activities that don't cost money, or don't cost much money unless there's something at least semi-practical to show for it (like baking cookies). It's ok if they're obvious activities, like "take a picnic lunch to a new park" and "go for a walk" and "volunteer" and "make soap" and "play a board game." It's also ok if they're useful activities like "spring cleaning" or "run an errand" or "garden." Just a generic sort of comprehensive book where I can open it to a random page and have a good chance of finding something to do.

Please and thank you.
posted by aniola to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Simple Fun For Busy People?
posted by Mister Moofoo at 3:45 PM on November 17, 2013

Some people like This Book Will Change Your Life, but I found it to be a little strange. The Amazon link has recommendations to similar books what are very much in the same vein, so you might find some answers there.
posted by patheral at 3:55 PM on November 17, 2013

The Dangerous Book for Boys
The bestselling book for every boy from eight to eighty, covering essential boyhood skills such as building tree houses*, learning how to fish, finding true north, and even answering the age old question of what the big deal with girls is.
plus The Daring Book for Girls.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:56 PM on November 17, 2013 [2 favorites]

I follow a facebook page called "free, cheap, and cool local stuff to do in [my city]." There's bound to be at least one equivalent for your city. Although it isn't a book, it's a fantastic resource for spontaneous & why-haven't-we-done-this-before ideas.
posted by headnsouth at 4:30 PM on November 17, 2013

Best answer: The Dangerous Book is a pale shade of the original American Boys Handy Book, written by Boy Scouts of America founder Daniel Beard. Example project: attach a baited fishing line to a raft with a pistol on it, to notify you when you've caught something. Such a great book; would never get published today.
posted by leotrotsky at 6:34 PM on November 17, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: I marked as best answer the book I decided to acquire. Thanks!
posted by aniola at 8:10 PM on November 18, 2013

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