You know that saying, "never a dull moment with you"? Well, as nice as it sounds, it's not exactly realistic. Sometimes our routines get boring even when we do them alongside our nearest and dearest. Even so, these boring moments are typically better when spent together. And the good news is that boredom is a state of mind that we can easily turn around with the right activities and distractions.
So if you're hoping to get ahead on your weekend planning and want to avoid asking your friend, "I don't know, what do you want to do?" or you're lounging around right now with a bored bestie, you've come to the right place. Below we've compiled a list of 34 fun things to do when bored with friends, from active outings to silly diversions and simple suggestions. Scroll through to see which things to do when bored with friends strikes your fancy.
Ask your friends if they want to chip in for a staycation. Rent a cool Airbnb or splurge on a hotel room for the night. Don't forget to go hot-tubbing and order room service.
Find some last-minute concert tickets and make a night of it.
Get crafty with some DIY sewing projects. Go shop for some soft vintage sweaters or pick up a pack of tees at Target, and then customize them à la Lingua Franca.
Do you live by the water? Go oyster shucking. This will tire you so you won't be bored watching old reality shows or movies for the rest of the evening.
Take a nature walk, explore a new part of the city by foot, go for a scenic hike, or sign up for an interesting new group workout class together.
Make sure you've seen all the major motion pictures nominated for awards this year by spending the day at the movie theater.
Do something retro like finding a drive-in movie location, a roller rink, or a bowling alley.
Go to an escape room. They're way too immersive for you to get bored—we promise.
Sign up for a cooking class or find a recipe you both want to try and make it at home.
Attend a comedy show or an open mic night. If it strikes your fancy, you should even consider taking part.
Find a divey karaoke bar and spend the evening singing your heart out.
Have you been wanting to paint your room another color? Now you have an activity and a trusty helper to get the job done.
If you have an entire weekend to blow, find a cool spot to go camping and explore the outdoors together.
Is skydiving on both of your bucket lists? Now is as good a time as any to book the adventure. If that's a little too wild for your tastes, see if there's a place to try trapezing in your area. Or maybe something more normal like an amusement park will do.
Give your wardrobe a refresh by hitting up a flea market or thrift store–hopping.
Go get your fortune read or explore a crystal shop. You could also tell each other's fortunes with a deck of tarot cards, and if you're really into the mystical, maybe even hold a seance.
Play some fun games, like What Do you Meme, or challenge each other to a game of Scrabble.
Plan a soiree or dinner party at one 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.
Try a new dessert spot. If there's nowhere new you've been wanting to check out, go to an old favorite.
Treat yourselves to a relaxing day at the spa. You could also just go get mani-pedis or find a place where you can get an affordable couples massage.
Just because you're bored doesn't mean you want to get off the couch and leave the house. If you're in this mood, watch funny YouTube videos or have a marathon watching ridiculous reality shows.
Go wine tasting at a local wine bar or an actual winery.
If you and your friends love being silly, pull some pranks (harmless ones, of course). You could also try to put together a unique outfit to wear on the town.
Go to a cool gallery opening, art show, or midnight viewing of a cult classic movie.
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This post was originally published on January 12, 2018, and has since been updated.