10 Brand-New, Super-Fun Girls’ Night Out Ideas!GNO is like wine, or pizza, or coffee – pretty good even when it’s AMAZING. If you’re with your favorite friends and the mood is right, sitting in a parking lot can be fun (although a bottle of wine makes every situation better).
But novelty never goes out of style, and unique situations make great experiences… and great stories afterward. So before you book reservations at another restaurant, squeeze your feet into another pair of heels for bar-hopping, or clean the house for another night of movie-watching – run these 10 girls’ night out ideas by your girlfriends (Or guy friends! Shoutout to our male readers).
We promise at least one of these night out ideas is guaranteed to get your group excited. Something for everyone!
1. WINE AND PAINTING GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
Not artistic? Hear us out. Paint night is one of the best girls’ night out options because no matter how good or bad you are at painting, you will have fun. At Pinot’s Palette, every instructor is professionally-trained. They'll help you learn if you want to learn... or, help you paint something decent and have a good time if you’re more into wine than painting. Just like you don’t have to love golf to enjoy putt-putt, you don’t have to be a natural-born artist to enjoy paint and sip. You don’t have to drink, but if you’re a wine-lover, you’re in luck because wine tends to relax people juuust enough to improve their painting skills and we have a bar with plenty of options!
2. RENT A CANOE OR GO HIKING
If you’re an active group of ladies and you want a nontraditional girls’ day, look for places to be outside!
I don't know about you - but I LOVE water and/or outdoor activities. BUT living in Illinois doesn't give us free range to all those outdoor activities all the time, right? Well this is definitely the season to get out there and try! I recently found out you can rent Canoe's in Winnetka which isn't too far away - Chicago River Canoe and Kayak. There is also Wilmette Boat Rentals and Charters, Skokie Lagoon, and more! Check out your local rental areas for more options! If you are feeling super adventurous you can also drive down to Starved Rock for hiking AND/or canoeing! Those sites are breath-taking!
3. TRAMPOLINE PARKS
And speaking or workouts, have you tried a trampoline park yet? These amazing gyms are popping up all over the country, and we can’t believe they didn’t gain popularity sooner than this. Imagine being able to bounce across a 100-yard trampoline floor, ricochet off a trampoline wall, then somersault your way back to your friends. The trampolines spread wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling! Depending on the gym, you might even be able to play trampoline dodgeball or leap into a big foam pit. It is F.U.N. You’re likely to encounter teens and/or kids here too, but there’s usually enough space for everybody. Plus, some trampoline gyms might let you reserve a trampoline room just for your group.
Word to the wise: Save dinner and drinks for AFTER this activity.
4. VOLUNTEER TOGETHER
Most friend groups haven’t done this at all – or at least, not since college when student organizations required minimum volunteer hours. While not a typical girls’ night out, volunteering together is a really nice break from the norm. You’ll give back to your community, reset your perspective, maybe have some refreshing conversations about the meaning of life.
Look for opportunities that are meaningful to your friend group – whether it’s the arts, social justice, youth empowerment, animal advocacy, or giving to people less fortunate. Volunteering is usually fun if what you’re doing is close to your heart.
You can look for organized opportunities through specific nonprofits, such as animal shelters or art festivals. You can also create your own opportunities, like raking leaves around the neighborhood or cleaning up your community park.
5. DIY HOME PROJECTS
Don’t want to go out, but also don’t want to just binge Netflix together? This is the idea for you. Pick one or two fun DIY projects for everyone to do together. For example: re-do a side table, give a decorative mirror a makeover, make your own birdhouse. Depending on who your friends are and how big your group is, everyone can do the same project so each friend leaves with a completed piece. Or, maybe one of you just moved and needs to paint an accent wall, or has a crazy dream for an antique dresser and needs a few extra hands on deck.
Whatever it is, plan it out in detail ahead of time. Shopping for the supplies can be part of your girls’ night out, or you might want to have the supplies ready when everyone arrives. Whatever your idea of fun is – do that!
IF you're not crafty enough to do DIY projects at home, we also branched out into doing DIY projects here at Pinot's Palette The Glen! Check us out :)
DIY Wood Board Workshop
DIY Chunky Blanket Class -Sunday, July 21st
DIY Chunky Blanket Class -Saturday, August 24th
For inspiration, check out our three favorite DIY home project ideas at https://www....te.com/decor.
6. DANCE YOUR HEART OUT
We’re not talking about going to the club. Most cities have really fun dance options for girls’ night out. If you want to practice moves for the club, look into hip hop classes. Some classes teach general dance moves, and some actually teach you to dance a specific routine. Yes, you too can learn to dance just like Cardi B or Queen B, one hip shake at a time.
But if that’s not your group of friends’ style, give barre classes a try. You can sign up for a recurring barre workout class (also located in The Glen), but many dance studios offer one-time classes that let you get your metaphorical feet wet and have a ridiculously good time with your girlfriends.
How about pole dancing classes? If you want a GNO that's equal parts laughter and hard work, this is a memorable option! There’s no embarrassment among best friends.
7. ESCAPE ROOM
If you enjoy problem-solving, collaboration and working under pressure, then our escape games will be your new favorite activity. You girls will be given a mission and be placed in a themed room where you have to work together to explore and find clues to get yourselves out of the room! How cool, right?! You may find a container that needs a passcode to open, or a lock that needs a key. If you search hard enough, you can figure out passcodes, open all the locks, find hidden items, and ultimately free yourself.
Most Escape Rooms I've seen are in Chicago but there may be some around here- Check it out!
8. MYSTERY DINNER THEATER
Mystery dinner theater is kind of classic and kind of quirky! It’s a fun shake-up of the dinner-and-drinks or dinner-and-a-movie routine – especially if your pals are into theater or comedy. Some of these events are designed to be spooky, some funny, some intellectual, and some just ridiculous. We recommend checking out the reviews to find out which experience to expect, and what the food is like. In a lifetime of girls’ nights out, this is one that’s likely to stand out in the long run.
9. CUSTOM COOKING CLASS
This may not be the most unique idea ever, but it is a good one. And since this idea has really picked up momentum in the last few years, there are more and more cooking/baking class options out there. There is actually one right next to us in The Glen -- Flavor Pot! You can also check local grocers, cooking schools, cookware shops, restaurants, colleges and makerspaces to find out what other kind of cooking classes are near you!
Of course, there are also wine-making classes if you want to skip the food and get straight to the good stuff.
10. LASER TAG
Laser tag combines all your favorite memories of middle school with a little friendly competition. Laser tag is pretty easy to find in most cities, but is often overlooked as an adult activity. If you have a big enough group of friends, you may be able to reserve the whole space so you don’t have to play against 15 year old boys (just saying). If you haven’t played laser tag since your teen years, heads up: It’s probably more of a workout than you remember!
PLAN YOUR NEXT GIRLS' NIGHT OUT
There are enough ideas here to get you through a few months of GNOs. Make it your mission to try out all these ideas at least once! For help planning a painting and wine girls' night, call at 847-730-5972 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can even book a private party room to choose the painting and have a space all to yourselves. Happy partying!