It's golden hour on a Friday night and your girl's night has once again turned into half-Netflixing and aimless texting. You go around the room, once, twice asking each of your girlfriends what they want to do and the conversation goes something like this:
"Do you want to see a movie?"
"Nope, not really."
"Face masks and wine night?"
"We did that last weekend…"
"Fine, do y'all want to order food?"
"Nah, I'm good."
"We can go out – head to the club?"
"Girl what? Absolutely not!"
"WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO??"
"Hmmm not sure."
Finding fun activities to do with your girls really shouldn't be that hard, and doesn't have to be. The first step is knowing how your friend group prefers to plan outings. Do they need a lot of notice? Are they open to trying new things? Are they on another restrictive budget? Depending on your city and friend group, the options can be endless.
Tired of the same old, same old? Check out our guide below of 6 dope activities to do with your girls.
Take a Twerk Fitness or Cardio Pole Dancing Class
Trying to get that body right? Want to get active with your girls? I strongly recommend taking a dance fitness class, especially a twerk fitness class. Of all the group activities I've done with my friends, twerk cardio just might be near the top. You get all of the exercise benefits and music choices of going to the club without the fuss of getting ready and unpleasant social dynamics.
It's the best of both worlds.
Try a Paint & Sip Class
Also an underrated group activity, paint and sip classes can be both relaxing while structuring a set time for you to bond with your girls. It's even a great choice for your busy friend who prefers to do their own thing. Depending on the location, you can bring your own wine, select the painting, and even make music requests. Further, you don't need to have previous experience or be the next Van Gogh since the instructor guides everyone through the stages of making the painting a step at a time. With the right group of friends, from one friend to a large group, there is something for everyone to do.
Book a Staycation
You don't have to go far to "get away." Sometimes just getting out of your same environment – home, office, man's house – can help you recharge and reset. Grab a few of your girlfriends who you haven't seen in a while due to hectic schedules, and book a hotel room in your city for one or two days. Watch movies, order takeout, delve into some ~spicy~ conversations that you have been wanting to discuss for months. Have your own mini-getaway within your own city!
Start or Join a Bookclub
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Be it a reoccurring book club or just making the commitment to all read a certain book together as a friend group, like Michelle Obama's, Becoming, intellectual discourse can be fun and refreshing. Sometimes the hardest part about reading is sitting down and finding the time, but once you get absorbed, it's impossible to stop.
I joined a book club of young, vibrant, professional black women when I first moved to NYC and it singlehandedly became my favorite part of the month. Finding safe spaces to discuss issues, build support networks, and make new friends are incredibly important, especially as a growing 20-something. Try finding or creating those spaces in a book club.
Take a Cooking or Bartending Class
Why order sushi when you can learn to make it? A fun and tasty girls' night option, search for one-time or reoccurring cooking and bartending classes in your city. It not only guarantees that your girls will find the time to come together, but will leave with a new skill! A lower maintenance option for those resistant to the idea of formal class is to go wine tasting at a local wine cellar. Both options guarantee that you will try something new.
Go to an Outdoor Movie Screening
Rather than opt for your typical movie theater, like Issa's birthday outing in Season 3 of Insecure, grab a bunch of friends, blankets, and snacks, and head to an outdoor movie screening. While city-specific and more of a spring/summer activity, it's a great twist on a traditional activity and still lets you bond with your girls.
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