Hanging out with friends is a joyous experience. It helps you forget all your worries and makes you feel happy. However, if you find yourself wondering how to pass the time whenever you meet and end up channel surfing or staring at your phone, it can get boring after a while. Also, you can’t think of visiting a club or an expensive restaurant often, as it might burn a hole in your pocket.
Indulging in some creative and entertaining activities can help you pass the time easily and create wonderful memories. Keep scrolling through this post for fun and pocket-friendly things to do with 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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Moments spent with friends are precious. Cherish every moment and find ways to get together more often. Try a few of these pocket-friendly ideas the next time you meet your friends. You don’t need to spend lavishly to have a good time. The company of close friends and some creative ideas are all you need to have a blast.