Hobbies provide your Sims with exciting new tasks that can be completed to earn in-game items.
Hobbies are timed tasks (e.g. ‘Quick Practice’ in woodworking for 5 hours) your Sims can complete to obtain a random ‘Collectable’. Collectables are tokens you earn but are not prizes in themselves. Completing an entire hobby collection (four rows of 3 collectables) gives you an awesome reward!
Hobbies are divided into tabs based on age groups. Some hobbies are available for select age groups - such as Bird Feeding for Seniors - while others can be practiced by different ages.
TIP: For a full list of all hobbies and their requirements see this article.
Prizes for completing hobby collections include objects or clothing for your Sims to use as well as the Experience Points (XP) for each task you complete. Once all the unique rewards for that hobby have been unlocked you can also earn Lifestyle Points as extra rewards.
Note: Depending on the hobby, each row of a hobby collection with also give you XP. Karate, Ballet, Breakdancing and Potion Brewing hobbies are different.
Some collectables are locked (surrounded by a yellow border or square) and require you to be at least Level 6 in that hobby to collect them. Keep performing shorter tasks with your Sims to gain experience and collectables. You can also try specializing one Sim in that hobby and focus on getting them to Level 6. Once you’ve got a few level 6 Sims in a hobby you can easily build a collection with other lower-level Sims all performing the hobby at the same time.
Use Lifepoints to skip waiting
Tap the flashing LifePoints and dice icon on the left of a row to unlock a collectable randomly. This works exactly like having a Sim perform a task but it’s instant. You might want to try waiting until you’re near the end of your hobby, then use then spin with LP to finish it off your collection quickly!
Remember: This is randomized, so there’s a chance you might get a collectable you have already.
Types of hobbies
Aside from normal hobbies (which can be performed at any time without any time limited), there are two other types of hobbies.
These are limited time hobbies. Complete them in the time-frame for exclusive prizes.
- Quest activated hobbies (e.g. Salsa Dancing, Breakdancing)
- Once you’ve completed a quest you might unlock a hobby! You can usually do the hobby for any time after the event, but completing it within the time limit grants special prizes.
- Scheduled hobby events (Long Hair, Country homestead)
- Rare events run by The Sims FreePlay team. These are based on existing hobbies such as Fashion Designer or Woodworking.
Starting a hobby
Each hobby as different requirements to begin them, depending on the type of hobby. You can try starting a hobby by:
Going to the Promotions’R’Us store
Look for any items you might need to start a hobby in the ‘Hobbies’ section of the store.
Completing a quest
Some hobbies begin immediately after completing a quest. The quest may mention that you are starting a hobby as the prize, so keep an eye out!
Opting-in to a scheduled hobby event
In most updates The Sims FreePlay game development team schedules special hobby events. You’ll usually receive an alert a few days before the event. Use this time to prepare: purchase stations from the Promotions'R'Us store or level up Sims in the hobby you need.
Using a Community Lot
Some hobbies require you to have unlocked a few things and also have a community lot built, such as the Dog Agility hobby in Barkshire Park.
Note: Starting a hobby event will erase the progress you have in your current hobby collection.
For more information on hobby events, check out our guide here!