Things To Do on a Rainy Day With Friends (13 Ideas)

It’s raining and you and your friends feel stuck for something to do. Don’t worry, there are lots of options if you just look around you and even use your imagination a bit. So don’t let a rainy day get you down, especially when you are with friends. Whether you prefer to go out and about or stay dry and have some fun at home, read on for some ideas of things to do on a rainy day with friends.

Things to do on a rainy day with friends

If you look just beyond home, there are a whole lot of things to do on a rainy day. If you’re feeling adventurous, take the opportunity to go out and have some fun. Whatever you decide, make it a day to remember!

1. Go bowling

Isn’t bowling the quintessential indoor pursuit for family, friends and even strangers? Why not take a drive to your local bowling alley and throw some balls at the pins? After the game, make an event of it and grab a bite to eat.

2. Go to a movie

Nothing beats a good movie on a rainy day, but don’t just leap in and go to the movies for the sake of going. Take a little time to research with your friends what movies are on and what appeals to all of you. Then head off to your local movie theater, grab the popcorn and enjoy!

3. Go roller skating

Have you been roller skating recently? All you need is a bunch of friends and a rainy day. You don’t even need your own roller skates or inline skates, because you can hire what you need at the rink. Even if there is only a roller rink a little way from where you live, it’s worth the trip.

4. Escape room

A group of friends. A room. Puzzles to solve. What a way to spend a rainy day. When you are locked in the escape room, you will forget the weather and just about everything else, as you work together as a group to solve the riddles and work your way out of the room.

5. Go for a drive

Rain or not, there is bound to be a scenic route you can take for an outing. Just roll along the road enjoying your surroundings, or head for a tea room, hotel, or coffee shop for a cozy cup of coffee and a slice of cake. Take a different route home and really enjoy the views.

6. Go to a salon

There are just those days when you feel you are not at your best. Rainy days can also bring us down. Why not take a group of friends and go to the salon? You can opt for a mini makeover or just a mani-pedi. Take advantage of the weather and enjoy being pampered.

7. Go out for a drink or for a meal

Think about rainy days as being the perfect excuse to find a cozy restaurant or steakhouse and enjoy a meal with friends. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far, then enjoy an hour or two at the local pub.

8. Play a game

How long has it been since you have had a really good games day? There is no more perfect time than on a rainy day.

A. Board games

Reach into the cupboard and take out your old favorite board games.

  • Twister will make you laugh while bending you into shape.
  • Monopoly, a universal favorite, will challenge the property magnate in you.
  • Scrabble is the perfect way to show off your extended vocabulary.
  • Trivial Pursuit will tap into your resources of trivia.

Then, of course, there are the newcomers:

Challenge each other to drawing and guessing with Pictionary, or take yourselves on a jungle adventure with Jumanji.

B. Active games

Put your thinking caps on and use that hidden talent for acting in a game of charades.

Take a trip back to your childhood and play Mafia, karaoke or even beer pong.

You can also play a game of good ol’ hide-and-seek. Make it more challenging, though, and play it blindfold.

C. Electronic games

A rainy day is the perfect time for a gaming marathon. Dust off the Play Station, or Wii, or Xbox and enjoy some video games.

Become a champion motor driver with Gran Tourismo, play a round of virtual golf, or take out some aliens in Halo.

9. Build a jig-saw puzzle

For some slightly less hectic fun, pull out one of those 500 piece jigsaw puzzles that you’ve been saving for a rainy day and set about building it with your friends.

10. Bake or cook

What about some fun in the kitchen? Head to the cupboards and bake a cake or some cookies. Or invent your own recipe.

If your tastes run more to MasterChef than Cake Boss, then see what supplies you have and create a three-course masterpiece meal.

11. Binge-watch a tv show

Why head out to see a movie? You can get comfortable, make your own popcorn and settle down to enjoy some good movies on Netflix or one of the dozen other streaming platforms there are now. Bond with your friends over a movie marathon, or binge-watch a series.

12. Do arts and Crafts

Do you or any of your friends paint? Or knit? Or do any other making or creating? Perhaps you want to learn a new craft. A rainy day is the perfect time to share your talents and be creative with your friends.

13. Read a book

Then, of course, a rainy day is the time to take out that book you are working your way through, or that you can’t put down or want to begin and to settle down for a good, solid read together.

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