55 Fun And Pocket-friendly Things To Do With Friends

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If you are a social person, you might be excited about exploring unique things to do with friends. Hanging out with friends can be a mood and morale booster. Friends’ company can help you forget your worries in an instant. However, there are times when you feel there’s nothing new to experience with friends, and you choose to stay at home staring at the screen. Sometimes you cannot even think of going to a club or restaurant together owing to budget constraints. So, in such a scenario, should you sit at home doing nothing? Never! There can always be entertaining and creative activities to help you stay engrossed. Read on to find a list of pocket-friendly, fun things to do with your friends.

Fun Things To Do With Friends When Bored

The company of your friends can enliven even the dullest days. Here are some fun things you can do with your close friends by your side.

1. Go shopping together

Shopping with friends can be a fun experience. Enjoy looking at the variety of items across different stores and revel in the sensory overload. Bond over the beautiful things you see and have fun clicking cool selfies.

Point to consider
Shopping does not mean you have to buy something. You can go to the mall to do window-shopping and have fun experimenting new looks.

2. Listen to good music

Good music can cheer you up and reduce the stress of the entire day. Just put on the music and relax while sipping coffee. You can make it more fun by dancing together.

3. Arrange a small picnic

A bright and sunny day is perfect for a picnic. Pack a few snacks, drinks, a picnic blanket, some books, and head over to the nearest park with your best friend. Share the current life updates, the latest movie you watched, and the juiciest gossips doing the rounds while basking in the sun.

4. Paint together

Painting together can be a fantastic bonding experience. Make the time more fulfilling by playing your favorite music, arranging some snacks and drinks, and exchanging ideas. Use this opportunity to bring out the child in you.

5. Go bowling

Get your adrenaline pumping by taking your friends out for a bowling game. Even if you are not good at it, you will have fun trying. Increase the excitement by starting a competition between friends to see who scores the most.

6. Enact a movie scene together

If you are a movie buff, enacting your favorite scene with friends can uplift the atmosphere. Dress the part, rehearse together, and video shoot the entire set. All the fun moments during the shoot are bound to create some beautiful memories.

7. Play trivia games

Trivia games can make the atmosphere engaging and fun. Select a few topics after discussing with friends and keep the questions light. You could also compete with each other give each other a silly task to do for every wrong answer.

8. Solve sudoku/crossword puzzles together

Challenge each other intellectually by solving crossword puzzles or sudoku. You can play individually against each other or form teams (depending on the number of people). Whoever solves the puzzle first is the winner and gets a treat from the others.

9. Become a member of a book club

If you and your friends love books, joining a book club can be a great idea. Get into a scintillating discussion about the books you have read. You might get some exciting book recommendations and meet some like-minded people.

10. Go bike riding together

Have fun riding a bike around your neighborhood

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Have fun riding a bike around your neighborhood with your bestie. It will bring back your childhood memories and rejuvenate your body. If you don’t own a cycle, you can rent one for the evening.

Quick tip
If riding around your neighborhood sounds boring, why not explore a new place? You can click some cool pictures for your Insta account and have fun within a budget.

11. Arrange a treasure hunt

A treasure hunt with friends can be a great deal of fun. Hidea series of clues in secret places across the house, leading to the big treasure. The treasure can be tickets to a game, gift vouchers for restaurants, or anything else.

12. Write letters to each other

Sit with your friend and write letters to each other describing how you feel about them and share things you have not told them yet. You can read it to each other or save it for a special occasion, such as a birthday.

13. Go jogging

Jogging with your best friend by your side can be invigorating. Race or talk about your day while going around the park. You can motivate each other to keep going.

14. Enjoy a roller coaster ride

Riding a roller coaster can be doubly exhilarating if your BFF is with you. Scream your hearts out and enjoy the wild ride. If you fear roller coasters, having a friend by your side can help you overcome it.

15. Do some gardening

If you have space in your backyard, try some gardening with your friend. Study the soil in your backyard, add compost, and accordingly decide what to grow. Buy the seeds or saplings, and plant them with the help of your friend. You can do the same at their place as well.

16. Explore street food

Forget your diet for the day and try out the famous street food joints or food trucks in a street fair. With your best friend by your side, experience the heavenly taste of different delicacies and satisfy your taste buds. Posting the pictures of the mouth-watering delicacies on Instagram is bound to get you more followers.

17. Try a photo booth

Despite the advanced camera available on your mobile, clicking crazy pictures with your bestie in a photo booth has its charm. Make funny faces and poses and click memorable photos together.

18. Participate in a marathon

Running a marathon with a friend can increase your confidence and motivate you to do well. You can train together and support each other. If you have never taken part in a marathon before, start with a half marathon.

Quick tip
When you sign up for a marathon, your weekends will be sorted by practicing for it. You also get time to spend quality time with your friends.

19. Explore different breakfast spots

What better way to start a day than to meet your best friend for breakfast? Explore different breakfast locations in your city before finding the one that resonates with both of you. Trying out different spots will be fun in itself.

20. Learn a new skill

Learning a new skill such as a new language, a musical instrument, or a dance form with a friend can be an enriching experience. You will inspire each other, learn from each other, and indulge in healthy competition.

21. Play dress up

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Why wait for Halloween to put on the costume? You and your friends can choose any day to have a costume party by dressing up as your favorite movie characters. Spend the evening doing fun photo sessions and munching on some snacks. Keeping a theme such as vintage or fantasy characters can add more fun to the evening.

22. Indulge in a water balloon war

It is a fun activity to indulge in the scorching heat of the summer. Fill some balloons with water and some skin-friendly color, and start a water balloon war in your backyard with friends.

23. Go swimming

If it is summer, a dip in the water can be a great idea. Go to a nearby swimming pool or lake with your friends. Bring out the inner child in you and splash water on each other for some fun.

24. Make a time capsule

A time capsule is a unique way of capturing memories to cherish in the future. Invite your friends and collect all the items important to each one of you in a beautiful box. Each one can write a letter for their future self and add it to the box. Bury it and decide to open it in some years, say five or ten years.

25. Exercise together

Working out can release happy hormones and make you feel rejuvenated. By exercising with friends, you can keep each other motivated and make the session more productive. You can take turns and work out at each other’s place, join the same gym, or use guest passes.

26. Play charades or Pictionary

Guessing games such as charades or Pictionary are perfect for building the excitement of the group. There will be plenty of shouting and laughter as you and your friends try to guess the movie or the word.

Things To Do With Your Best Friend At Home

Even if you can’t go out, there are several things you can do with your best friend at home itself.

27. Do a movie night

Pick a genre or a movie series such as “Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter” and enjoy a movie marathon with your bes tfriend. Arrange popcorn, pizza, and soda and have a great time. Watching movies is great but watching it with your BFF in the comfort of your home adds to the fun.

28. Bake a dessert

Instead of eating your favorite dessert at a restaurant, why not make some at home with your BFF? Pick something you both love, find the recipe, get the ingredients, and prepare it together. The experience will be a lot of fun, and the delicious dessert will be your prize.

29. Make videos together

Exploring the latest social media trends with your best friend can be highly entertaining. Bring out your fun side and practice the trend with your BFF. Post the final video online and enjoy reading the responses from other friends.

30. Experiment with temporary hair colors

Color each other’s hair in funky colors. Experiment with new shades and click fun pictures. The photos with bright pink or purple hair are bound to bring a smile to your face every time you look at them.

31. Enjoy a spa day

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Nothing is as relaxing as a spa day with your best friend. Apply the readymade mask to your face or make one using ingredients readily available at home. Give each other head and neck massages, manicures, and pedicures.

32. Create a scrapbook of your favorite moments together

Scrapbook is a great way to preserve your memories together. Buy a colorful book and stick pictures of the two of you together along with other memorabilia, including friendship bands, birthday cards, and movie tickets.

33. Try your hand at some crafts

Making crafts with your best friend can be creatively rewarding and enjoyable. Search online for simple craft ideas such as wall hangings, paper flowers, coasters, or jewelry, select one, and start working on it.

34. Have a Netflix party

Spend the day binge-watching a TV show on Netflix with your BFF. Light-hearted shows such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and Big Bang Theory are great options. Laughing, crying, and shipping TV couples with your bestie can be a wonderful experience.

35. Have a pillow fight

Even if you are not children anymore, a pillow fight with bestie can still be a lot of fun. Grab a pillow and have a mock fight with them. Amidst the giggles, shouts of outrage, and craziness, you will forget all your worries.

36. Assemble a giant jigsaw puzzle

Assembling a thousand or more pieces of a jigsaw puzzle is a challenging job. However, doing it with a friend can make the task easier and more enjoyable. After completion, celebrate by sharing snacks and drinking some beer.

37. Have an eating competition

If you are a foodie, an eating competition with your best friend can truly uplift your spirits. Plan an ice cream eating competition with your bestie. Whoever finishes the ice cream tub first wins.

38. Play video games

Playing video games with your best friend is a great way to be entertained for several hours. Increase the level of excitement by starting a competition. Whoever wins gets a gift, such as a bottle of wine.

39. Make a dream board

Sit with your friend and create a list of goals for the future. Find pictures and words that represent your dreams and goals from newspapers or magazines. Create a collage of these images and words on a large board.

Fun Things To Do With Friends At Night

Make your night outs with friends a memorable one by doing the following activities.

40. Go stargazing

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On a clear night, enjoy stargazing with your friend. A relatively open and dark spot away from the city is great for an enjoyable stargazing experience. If your knowledge of stars is limited, read up or download apps that can help you recognize the stars you are looking at.

41. Attend park concerts

Park concerts are affordable or free of charge. Go to a park concert with a group of friends and have a blast. Listening to good music and sharing some snacks with friends will put your mind off the pressures of the day.

42. Go for open mic nights

Cities have open mic nights at multiple clubs on any given day. Explore any such club with friends and enjoy the show with a few drinks. You might be able to witness great talents without paying much.

43. Host a potluck dinner party at home

Invite a few friends and ask each of them to bring a particular dish. Light some candles and enjoy a fantastic dinner that will cost much lesser than a dinner at a fancy restaurant. If none of you know how to cook, take the help of YouTube videos.

44. Play board games or truth or dare

Play board games such as monopoly or scrabble with a group of friends at night. You can form teams and start a tournament to make it more interesting. If you don’t enjoy board games much, play truth or dare and enjoy the secret revelations and silly dares.

45. Do a sleepover

Catch up with your bestie by arranging a sleepover at their place or yours. You can reminisce the golden memories, order your favorite food, and stay up all night enjoying each other’s company.

46. Do a scary stories session at night

Dim the room, light some candles, and exchange some scary stories with friends. Enjoy scaring each other and making eerie sounds. Whoever tells a terrifying tale wins.

47. Go for a karaoke night

If you are willing to let go of your inhibitions and have unfiltered fun, going for karaoke nights would be a great option. Have a few drinks and sing songs to enjoy. Grooving to the music and singing off-tune with your bestie in the presence of a random crowd can be a fun experience.

Things To Do With Friends On The Weekend

If the most awaited weekend is here, and you are at a loss for what to do, here are a few things to do with friends.

48. Go camping

Camping in the wilderness is a great idea for a weekend trip with friends. Hitch a tent, make a bonfire, roast some marshmallows, and play games. It is a sure-shot relaxing and fun experience away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

49. Have a barbeque in the backyard

Invite your close friends for a barbeque in the backyard. Set up a grill to barbeque some steaks and a few vegetarian options. Enjoy delicious food with beer and fun gossip.

50. Go hiking

Explore beautiful new trails with your close friends by your side. Dress as per the weather outside, pack snacks and drinks, and head out early in the morning. Enjoy the scenic location and click amazing pictures with your group.

51. Go for a short road trip

Go for a short road trip

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If you love traveling, a short road trip with friends over the weekend can brighten your soul. Explore unknown routes, stop at scenic spots, and try the local cuisine. The spontaneous road trip might turn out to be a trip to remember.

52. Volunteer at an animal shelter

If you and your friends love animals, volunteering at animal shelters is a great way to spend the day. You and your friends can walk the dogs, groom the animals, or find a foster home for a few of them. Spending time with animals will refresh your mood and make you feel good about yourself.

53. Go to the beach

Go for a weekend trip to the beach with friends. Lounge underneath the umbrella, enjoying the sound of waves and drinking mimosas or wine. You can also build sandcastles or play beach volleyball with your buddies.

54. Play outdoor sports

Playing outdoor sports with friends is a great way to bond with them and get some exercise. Go to a nearby park and play games such as tennis, badminton, or baseball. Play a tournament by forming teams and award the winning team dinner at their favorite restaurant.

55. Arrange a yard sale

Your busy schedule might be keeping you from cleaning your room but doing it with your friends can make the task easier. Clean your rooms together and select items for a yard sale. A yard sale is a perfect opportunity to spend some time together and earn some profit as well.

Going out to restaurants and other fun places are some interesting things to do with friends; however, indulging in these expensive outings is not always feasible. The activities provided don’t pinch your pocket. They focus more on you having a good time rather than spending a lot of money. Activities like learning a new skill, playing games, and gardening are inexpensive, but they help you spend quality time with your friends. So, pick one of the interesting ideas given here and have fun with your friends without having to spend a fortune.

Infographic: Unique Ways To Spend Time With Your Friends

Hanging out with friends can be the best escape from the monotony of our busy lives. We must consider ourselves lucky if we still have the privilege of meeting and spending time with our school and college friends as we share our best memories with them. The infographic below lists some unique ideas for spending quality time with such close friends.

unique ways to spend time with your friends [infographic]
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Key Pointers

  • Spending good and fun times with friends will create unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.
  • Go on a bike ride, do gardening together, try some crafts, and do anything that gives you an enjoyable experience.
  • You get to make a lifelong bond with your buddies.

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