If you’re like me and the party scene isn’t your vibe or you’ve been partying every weekend and are looking for a change of pace, you’re probably wondering what else you can do to have a good time! Whether you go to school in the city or somewhere more rural, there are plenty of opportunities to hang with your friends that don’t involve a hot fraternity basement.
1. Have a Girls’ Night In
I bet if you’re looking to take a break from partying, you aren’t the only one. Try asking your girlfriends if they’d like to join you for a fun girls’ night! Gather everyone in someone’s dorm or a common area, grab a bunch of snacks and a movie, and let the night begin! Have everyone bond while you do face masks and paint each other’s nails. Sound like something you did in high school? Who cares?! Trust me, it’ll be worth it.
2. Go See a Movie
Don’t want to stay in and watch a movie? Try going to the nearest movie theater and see what’s playing! Although this is a slightly more costly option, you can save money by showing your student I.D. when buying your tickets, as most movie theaters have a student discount. If you aren’t worried about the cost, make the outing into an excursion by grabbing a bite to eat beforehand at a restaurant nearby.
3. Go to a Museum
This may sound like the opposite of fun, but if Ferris Bueller did it then so can you! If you are an art lover then you already know that wandering around a museum for a few hours is a great way to spend a Friday evening. If you’re new to the art scene and don’t know what to expect, give it a try! Looking at art is not just a great way to spend time with your friends, it’s also a great way to learn a little bit about history and different art techniques. Still doesn’t sound like your cup of tea? Check out the museums near you because often times they’ll host other fun events!
Tip: Most museums offer student discounts!
4. Host a Game Night
Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? Invite all of your friends over for a night full of snacks and games and everyone will be sure to have a great time. If you don’t have any board games, try gathering a bunch of decks of cards and either playing a huge round of Bulls**t or splitting into teams and playing a 2-3 player game as part of a competition. Things are bound to get pretty intense!
5. Check Facebook
Facebook may not be the best place to keep up with your friends’ activities, but it can definitely update you on different opportunities for fun in your area. Think about all the times you’ve seen people be “interested” in something. Next time you’re looking for something to do, check Facebook and see what events your friends are going to or that are happening soon! It’s a great way to learn about quirky and small events that you would never have known about otherwise.
I hope that you and your friends have a great time using these suggestions or just found some inspiration! Either way, have a blast switching up your weekend routine!
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