Without regular fun group activities with friends, our connections to one another can often fade away fast.
Sure, there’s Twitter, Facebook and the like.
But we’re talking about face-to-face contact. We’re talking about learning more about our friends, by hearing their opinions and stories.
Plus, given how super-busy your week usually is, finding time for quality hangout time can be hard.
That might limit you to evenings and weekends. Even then, you might not do much.
Then there’s long-distance friends to think about or those you’ve reconnected with. How do you start getting to know these people again??
That’s when these fun group activities come in.
The goal is to make hanging out a memorable event. One where, whatever you do, your friendship will come out top.
Got so much to share with each other, but don’t know where to begin?
Fun group activities – outdoors
Hanging out ideas needn’t cost the earth, nor do you need to try hard to create your entertainment. Not when the outdoors is your stage.
Feel the buzz of almost free music
Check out your local listings for discount gigs, free outdoor concerts and entry to launch parties. Pack a lunch or dinner.
Cycle for joy
Exercise and experience your hometown by biking around.
Let your friend create a bike route, including places they like to visit. Do the same for them. Eat in unknown restaurants en route.
Stare down nature
Ditch the city stress for a few hours, by spending time in nearby nature. Got a beach? Woodland? Hills? Use them. Cook with a campfire. Turn off your phones. Read old paperbacks lazily on the grass. Make it a camping party.
Enjoy walking… of all kinds
You never know what might be shared or where you’ll end up. Walk where you might’ve have taken the bus/metro. Try night walking in your city or join one of its official tours.
Don’t forget to check for rain and pack waterproofs and an umbrella.
If you’re walking off the beaten track, pack a lunch.
Organize a garden party
As city lovers, gardens are at a premium – so if you’ve got one, use it! Make your garden a to-die-for paradise for the rest of us who live in tiny apartments. Check these garden party ideas.
Spontaneous museum/gallery visit
Literally, close your eyes and point to the first listing of your local listings guide. Don’t work out how to get there and leave your smartphones at home. Turn a museum visit into a whole adventure.
Fun group activities – indoors
Warm up the fire and have your friends over, for a cosy night of sharing experiences and lifestories. Here are a few ways how:
Throw a board game party
Easy to plan, stress-free fun, playing together helps you relax faster.
Depending on the friends present, decide the type of game you want – e.g. competitive, acting, games that make you think.
Board games icebreaker
Similar to the above, the Lifestories board game is an excellent way to get friends talking about their dreams and hopes, in a natural fun way. You’ll definitely find out things you’ve never known about them.
Play this Group Storytime Game
- Sit in a circle and ask everyone to write out 10 nouns on 10 slips of paper – such as tornado, rowboat, pigeon.
- With one person starting, shuffle the papers.
- Then give them 1 minute to tell a story using the first slip they pull out.
- When time’s up, a new person continues the story, by incorporating the next slip of paper. And so on.
Crack open those unwatched DVD boxsets
Lazy activities are also cool – and throwing a movie marathon with mates even cooler.
Why not transform your movie night into a movie theater experience? Make an event out of it, by adding popcorn, corn chips, dips and shakes.
Fun group activities – for rainy days
Having these rainy day activities to hand means you’ll fret no more, when cloudy wet weather ruins your plans.
Comfort food recipes itching to be learned
- Know how to bake apple pie from scratch? Got a cake recipe you’re bursting to try?
- A rainy day is the perfect time to revisit these hidden (forgotten?) culinary skills.
- Here you can mess up as many times as you like, with your close friends acting as test eaters.
A local hilltop, meadow or forest to conquer
The sounds of Nature are a lot clearer, during rain, so enjoy them. So take a bike to the nearest hill. Go hiking and camp out over night.
If you prefer to stay home, then open the windows and let in the sound of rain.
A messy garden that needs weeding
Post-rain is the perfect time for a spot of gardening, as the soil will be moist.
It’s a good time to put on your rubber boots and raincoat, pick up your spade and get to work. Add in the help of your friends, to make the digging go faster.
Make use of the rain, even if you have just a window box or indoor plants.
Fun group activities that are plain wacky
When you choose any of these, not only will you and your friends doing it be memorable – but the activity itself will be remembered.
- As these activities may be the first time for either of you, it will also become the “first time I ever did ___” story to refer back to over and over.
Dinner party, gonzo style
Why not cook for each other, using only the ingredients already in your cupboards and fridge?
Unless it’s for oil, spices and condiments, NO new shopping is allowed. Bin that shopping list! Let your bare wits guide your ad hoc dinner-making.
Go on a road trip with friends
Friends, the open air and the open road, what more could you ask for? Throw in these road trip games to keep the momentum flowing, especially when rush hour or traffic gets in the way.
Race You to Dinner
This is a fun dinner-making activity that’s also part game. You need 8 guests confirmed, in advance of the night.
Of the 8, choose 2 chefs, and instruct the other 6 to bring two food items (one carbohydrate, one protein).
Stock up on spare food, in case you don’t have all the 12 items.
- On the dinner night, each chef chooses 6 items
- They then have 90 minutes to create a 2-course meal to feed four.
- Divide the remaining guests into 2 teams, assigned to the chef whose using their protein.
Once dinner’s made, everyone gets to eat and vote on the best dish of the night.
Design your own party
Only these creative party ideas don’t crush the wallet, and are wacky as they come. Ever been to a White T-Shirt party?
Attack a goofy activity together
Miniature golf, speed dating, nude drawing classes, clowning classes, yodeling, balloon animal making, go karting, unicycling, go to the movies in drag, attend a silent retreat… These are fun group activities where curiosity is your friend.
Laugh until it hurts
And do it, by signing up to a comedy club. Ever wanted to be a stand-up? Getting up on stage helps, if you’ve friends who’ll applaud when no one else will!
If you want to watch someone else instead, see what’s playing locally. Unknown acts need your support too.
Talking of getting up on stage
Why not give a spoken word open mic gig a try? Read out your own or those you like. Or get someone to sing your poem while you accompany them on a guitar.