List of Social Activities for Adults: Fun Ideas to Try Today
Molly Hitchens studied business for years before launching her career as a journalist and analyst specializing in original and innovative business planning. She shares her expertise through her work with The Idea Trader as well as through in-person speaking engagements at universities around the country.
Adult life can be incredibly busy at times. After all, many of us are required to dedicate large amounts of time to our careers. And on top of all that, we also make time for our friends and our families.
Even the simple act of holding onto your friends can become more complex, especially when everyone’s schedules rarely line up.
And when everyone’s schedules do actually line up, it can be difficult to decide exactly what to do.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of social activities for adults to help jumpstart your imagination.
As you read through each suggestion, ask yourself whether it’s the sort of activity that you and your friends would enjoy, especially on a repeated basis.
Communication and honesty are incredibly important in any friendship. And there is possibly no better way to inspire honesty than taking a group of friends to a karaoke night.
Very few of us actually have the guts to get in front of a group of people and sing our hearts out. In fact, we avoid it so much that we pay performers to do it for us.
The good news is that just about every karaoke spot in the world also serves alcoholic beverages. Problem solved.
Check your neighborhood for highly-rated karaoke bars. Bring some friends along to check a few of them out one weekend.
Once you’ve gotten a taste for which might be your favorite, set a monthly karaoke get-together where everyone can converge on the same karaoke bar and just let loose for a few hours at a time.
It will give everyone a creative way to let off some steam while also giving them the chance to show off their fantastic (or awful) singing skills.
Many karaoke bars even offer private rooms that you can rent out so that you only have to perform in front of your friends, and not a collection of half-drunk strangers.
That way, Daniel can really belt his signature cover of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” After all, isn’t that what’s really important?
Cooking is a great pastime that can also make for a great practical skill that you can use in daily life.
Many cities and towns offer adult education learning centers where grownups like yourself can take evening classes.
Cooking classes are one of the most common types on offer. Once you’ve found the closest class, get some friends together and all sign up at the same time to make sure that you’ll all be in the same group.
Even if some members of your friend group are already talented cooks or amateur bakers, learning new recipes and cooking methods can still be a lot of fun, as well as relatively inexpensive.
And once the class has ended, you can take turns cooking for each other, which leads right into our next suggestion.
Dinner parties are a classic social activity for adults. But don’t worry, they don’t have to be as stuffy and formal as the ones you’ve seen on television.
Instead, you should focus on making your dinner parties reflect what you and your friends love the most.
Check your favorite YouTube cooking channels for interesting recipes to try.
If there’s a night when you don’t feel like cooking but still want to spend time with friends, just order some delivery that everyone can share.
If you and your friends live the straight-edge lifestyle, replace the alcoholic drinks typically on offer with fancy sodas or even some high-quality after-dinner coffee.
If you’re not a big fan of classic dinner party games like charades or cards, flip on some co-op video games that everyone can play together.
Or maybe you’d like to make it a weekly viewing party for one of your favorite TV shows.
The sky’s the limit. Just stay open to suggestions from your friends and rotate the hosting house.
Holding a movie night is a simple social activity for adults that can be easily tailored to fit your specific friend group.
And while you can set it up so that you and your friends try to see movies in a theater once a week or once a month, we highly recommend that you instead opt to watch movies at someone’s house or apartment.
To put it simply, this gives you total control over what you’ll be watching. And if you decide to watch a movie that everyone has seen before, then you’ll also have the chance to chat and make jokes while the movie’s on.
You can even set up a drinking game before the movie starts. It’s all up to you.
And if you want, you can make movie night a chance to check out movies that none of you have seen before, or movies that one person would like to show the others.
Just be sure to remember the popcorn.
If you and your friends like to stay healthy and get out into nature at the same time, then hiking is the perfect social activity for you.
Try to find established hiking paths close by to where you and your friends live. Set a day each week when you can all meet at the trailhead and set off on a hike with a difficulty level suitable for all members of your group.
3-4 miles is a good starter hike length for most people, especially if the slope remains mild or nearly flat.
Just make sure that everyone wears appropriate shoes or boots and brings plenty of water.
The milder the hike, the more you’ll be able to speak with each other, catching up on the latest developments from work, your home lives, and current events.
For those of you who are feeling a bit more adventurous, you can ask your friends to come along for a day trip about once a month.
Find interesting locales that are roughly one or two hours’ drive from where you all live.
You can arrange carpools to save on gas and prevent getting lost on the way there and the way back.
These trips can also be a great way to see many tourist sites or nature destinations that are close by that you’ve never visited before.