22 Things to Do With Your Friends When You're Bored

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Do you feel as though you've been running on the same hamster wheel of activities for months—or even years—on end? We feel you. You might be passing the hours with your nearest and dearest, but the same old activities just don't ring as fun as they used to. It's time to amp up your selection.

Ruts happen. Perhaps you're in a constant cycle of boozy brunches and yoga classes. As much as you love those activities, it's beginning to get a little old and you're looking to infuse some new life into your best friend bonding activities. Who can blame you?

With a weekend fast approaching, you know the game: A text thread that goes on for hours before you ever meet up, wasting precious bestie time, only to result in meeting up at the same spot you always do. So, if you want to avoid the vicious cycle that is your social life, you've come to the right place. You can kiss that state of activity purgatory goodbye.

Here are our picks of 22 fun things to do when bored with friends, from active outings to silly diversions and simple suggestions on how you can implement them today.

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Switch up Your Location

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Ask your friends if they want to chip in for a staycation and don't forget to go hot-tubbing and order room service. Sometimes getting out of your own four walls, even in your own city, is just the rejuvenation you need.

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Find Some Last-Minute Concert Tickets

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Embrace your inner spontaneity and make a night of it. You might even discover a new band you never knew existed. Not to mention that the spontaneity is going to make it feel even more fun, regardless what the event you're attending.

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Get Crafty

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Look to Instagram for inspiration on a great DIY sewing project. Go shopping for some soft vintage sweaters or pick up a pack of tees at Target, and then customize them à la Lingua Franca. Who knows? It might lead to a new career in the making!

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Hit up a Sporting Event Near You

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There's always something in season. And no matter what your "team," a live sporting event really gets you into the spirit of fun. If you're not into a crowd, start up a game yourselves for a great workout. Whether you're a tennis pro or a basketball rookie, breaking a sweat is always more fun together.

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Head to the Nearest Pool or Beach

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If you want to lounge around but still enjoy the outdoors and warm weather, this is the activity for you. Consider it a non-activity...activity. Get some sun on your face, read a book, and zen out to the sound of crashing waves. Or cool off with a skinny dip!

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Do Something Retro

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Take a walk down memory lane, like finding a drive-in movie location, a roller rink, or a bowling alley. It might even become a mainstay of your activity roster! And there certainly is truth to the simplicity of fun and games 50 years ago, as opposed to all the bells and whistles of today.

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Try out an Escape Room

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Think out of the box and try an activity like heading to an escape room. They're way too immersive for you to get bored—we promise. You'll be in for a bonding experience, for sure.

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Attend a Comedy Show or Open Mic Night

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Head to a slightly unconventional show setting. Consider hitting up a comedy show, open mic night, or some other intimate stage setting. If it strikes your fancy, you should even consider taking part. If not, it's a fun alternative to your go-to drinks out at a bar.

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Find a Dive-y Karaoke Bar

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And while we're talking about bars...Conquer your fear and spend the evening singing your heart out. Karaoke is an age-old nighttime activity that many shy away from at first thought. Try it out with your besties, though—who knows, you might just be the next American Idol.

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Redecorate or Paint Your Room Another Color

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Sitting around your house thinking about how to improve it? A little paint goes a long way. Now you have extra eyes and hands to help get the job done. After all, it's always changeable and a simple fix to any space you've been living in for too long.

Benjamin Moore has a Personal Color Viewer on their website that can help you visualize by uploading a photo of your actual room and testing out their entire spectrum of paint samples on it.

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Go Camping

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There's a reason camping is such a classic past-time. If you have an entire weekend to blow, find a cool spot to roast some marshmallows and explore the great outdoors together. You might even want to take some of the travel-friendly activities from this list with you to play or engage in with all of your favorite people.

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Try Skydiving

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Now is as good a time as any to book the bucket-list skydiving adventure. If that's a little too wild for your tastes, see if there's a place to try trapezing in your area. Or perhaps something more typical like an amusement park will be enough of a thrill. In short, think outside of the box when it comes to your group activities this year.

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Give Your Wardrobe a Refresh

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If you're feeling like your closet is in a rut, it's time to update. Your friends are the best ones to help and hit up a flea market or going thrift store-hopping. Sure, you can head out for a designer splurge, but the activity doesn't have to break the bank either. After all, sometimes the hunt is the most fun part of the experience, even if you come away having bought nothing.

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Go Get Your Fortunes Read

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It's time to take a look into the future to see what's in store. Head out to get your fortunes read by a professional or hit up a crystal shop. If you want to stay home, though, you could also tell each other's fortunes with a deck of tarot cards or, if you're really into the mystical, hold a seance.

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Play Some Fun Games

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A game night is not only for families in the 1960s. In fact, it's a great way to get a weekly activity on the books with your best friends. Try a rotating game night where each of you gets a turn to pick your favorite game of choice. You might just find your next greatest secret skill in a new game you've never even heard of, let alone played before.

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Try a New Restaurant, Café, or Dessert Spot

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Take your circle of friends to a new place to eat. Local spots are constantly changing and odds are, there's a place in your neighborhood that you've always walked by, but never ventured into. Now's the time. That said, if there's nowhere new you've been wanting to check out, hit up an old favorite because, at the end of the day, it's the company that matters most.

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Plan a Soirée or Dinner Party

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Host a dinner party at of your homes and invite some more of your friends. You could also turn it into a fun singles mixer to meet and introduce others to new people. At very least, you might just meet your new favorite person through those you already love. What's more, it's a great way to show off those new recipes you've been practicing.

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Treat Yourselves to a Relaxing Day at the Spa

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A day at the spa is a bonding and self-care day, all wrapped into one! If you don't want the full-body treatment, you could also just go get mani-pedis or find a place where you can get a couple's massage. Besides, if you're feeling really lazy, you and your besties might even want to set up a spa at home instead!

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Have a Ridiculous Reality Show Marathon

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Hop on the couch if you're in a Netflix kind of mood, or catch one of the latest award-winning movies at the theater. Just don't forget the popcorn.

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Go Wine Tasting

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Cozy up in a local wine bar or travel to an actual winery. You could plan a weekend of it or simply hit up a place a little closer to home for a few hours one afternoon. You might even make a weekend of it...if you have a little more time.

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Have a Listening Party

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If you have a record player, put on some old records and invite more friends to make it a thing. Pairing albums with wines or cocktails kicks it up a notch, too.

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Attend a Cool Gallery Opening, Art Show, or Midnight Viewing

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Look up your favorite cult classic movie, artist in your area, or the like and get cultured. It could be fun to put together a unique outfit to wear out on the town, too.

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