15 Simple Ways To Spend With Family & Friends

What is one thing you love doing with your family?

What about your friends?

Spending quality time with your family and friends is significant. This gives you the time to laugh, communicate, and become closer than ever before. Plus, it gives you more reason to be grateful.

In this post, I will give you 15 simple ways to spend more quality time with friends and family. These ideas will positively provide closeness, fun, gratitude, creativity, laughter, and happiness.

So let’s get started.

“Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.”Jim Rohn

1. Playing Games

Games are a fun way to have a good time with those you care about. You get to laugh, compete, and have fun with each other.

There are several games you can all do together that will absolutely bring laughter. Some are old school and some not so old:

  • Monopoly
  • Twister
  • Taboo
  • UNO
  • Jenga
  • Hedbanz
  • Domino
  • Spades
  • Spoons
  • Connect four
  • Charades

2. Watching holiday movies, or movies in general

This is all dependent on you. You can either set a movie night at your home (monthly or so), or even set up a time to just attend a movie theater with your loved ones.

When I go to the movie theater with my family, we always come back talking about it. We discuss the ways the movie was good, bad, or funny. In the end, it gets us to talk. But more importantly, we’re together hanging out for the day.

Since it is the holidays, watching holiday movies are enjoyable. The one movie I watch every year is the Grinch, the cartoon and the movie. It never gets old.

Whatever movie you are planning to watch with your friends and family, watch it and discuss it. It’s fun and pretty enjoyable.

3. Go Painting Together

I love painting. I am not that artistic, but there is something about painting on canvas that makes me feel at peace. This activity gets you to talk to your friends and whatever you’re painting about. Oh, did I also say that there’s sometimes wine involved?

4. Talk About The Old Times

Reminiscing about the old times is a useful tool to count your blessings. You talk about what had happened long to where you are now, you get to see so many good and bad things. But in the end, you get to talk about these things with your friends and family, seizing the opportunity to talk about it.

5. Attending Free Fall Events

From museums to fall festivals, there are numerous events that your friends and family can do to enjoy each other’s company and fun.

One way you can find out about these free events is by checking out your local city’s website. You can also check your job, your local grocery store, or even the museum! Googling “free events in my city” should also do the trick.

6. Creating a DIY/Craft Together

DIY/Crafts are an excellent way to bring families and friends together. Here some DIY/Crafts you, your family, and your friends can do together (with Links of actual instructions):

As you can see, in the end, your family and friends will appreciate their new DIY item. Not only that, but they will also acknowledge the time you spend together. Therefore, they’re being thankful for your company, and vice versa.

7. Eating At The Restaurant Together

If you’re not in the cooking mood, what about eating out? Once a month or so, my coworkers and I go out to eat. It’s filled with laughter and fun. You have to have some of that sometimes, especially when you’ve been working long as I do.

Eating out does not only bring laughter and fun, but it also helps you acknowledge your friends on a deeper level. Even if you’re eating, you get to talk about your day and enjoying each other’s company.

8. Make Up A Tradition

Doing something yearly, or even every 6 months or so brings good benefits to you and your loved ones. Traditions are acknowledging each other’s company and spending time together on an activity you both love tending to.

9. Plan a Mini-Vacation Together

This does not have to take you to another country unless you’re both willing to do it. Since families are busy one way or another, how about going to a city close to you and spend the weekend there? This goes for your friends too, though it may be a little different. Spending the weekend in a new or familiar place racks up new memories that you’ll appreciate remembering in the future.

10. Organizing A Scavenger Hunt

This activity is so much fun, whether it is doing it with friends or family. There are various ways to do a scavenger hunt:

  • Going to the big city and each person has to take pictures of things before the end of the day and see who wins.
  • Hiding the items in the park. Your families and friends can split into groups and find those items.
  • Going nature walking and taking pictures of specific trees and animals.
  • Driving around your city and taking pictures of things that you need to look for, whether it is at the store, outside a building, or even finding a penny on the ground.

As you can see, there are various ways to do a scavenger hunt. It’s fun, brings laughter, silliness, and will definitely last the whole day if you make it that way.

11. Sleep Over

Sleeping Over is not just for little girls. It’s also for adults. It can be fun for families and friends too if you make it fun. You can cook together, watch a movie together, play games, whatever you want the night to be. Sleeping over is also a time to focus on both of you, as you’re having fun at home.

12. Shopping Together At Your Favorite Store

Even though this requires spending a certain amount of money, like these other activities I’ve listed, this one is short and sweet.

All you got to do is meet your family member or friend, go to a store you both like, or individually, and shop there. You may or may not buy items that you desire, but what’s most significant is that you spend time together.

One store I particularly like is IKEA. My cousins and I would go there to browse items, shop, and talk a bit. Since IKEA has a food court, we would go there to eat and talk too.

13. Attending a Free or Paid Concert

Concerts are fun. You get to dress up a bit and hang out with your best buds. Going to a concert is one of the ways you get to spend quality time with those close to you, listening to your favorite artist.

14. Cooking Together

This is also pretty short and sweet. A favorite of mine is baking cookies. However, you, your friends, and your family don’t have to stop there. You can cook a special meal or dessert.

15. Take Pictures Out and About

This is great for you and your loved one. This could be done as you walk in the park, in the city, and even just in your neighborhood. Going out, taking pictures that you see around making an album out of creates memories that will last for a lifetime.

In Conclusion

There you go! All these simple activities bring about gratitude, fun, joy, laughter, positive memories and comfort because you’re surrounded by those close to you. Use these activities as you will, and create memorable memories with those close to you.

What is your favorite activity you would like to do with your loved ones? Comment below!

Until Next Time,

Simply Alia

Family and friends are the core of all relationships. Why not find ways to spend time with them? Here are 15 ways to simple ways to spend time with them.


  • Barry Bullard
    November 20, 2018 at 4:32 am

    With the holidays here this article is incredibly timely!  Jenga is one of the most favorite (and competitive) family games over here.  It’s always interesting and sometimes there is a need for some safety gear to be worn 🙂

    I have never thought about painting together.  That sounds like a good way to spend time, make memories, and have something to show for it!

    • Simply Alia
      November 20, 2018 at 4:40 am

      I personally love monopoly. And yes it does get competitive when you play games, but it’s still fun.

  • Janani Kumar
    November 20, 2018 at 4:33 am

    Hey Alia, Your article brings back such fond memories of staying up for hours on end playing UNO with my family. Playing board and card games was our way of connecting with each other, while also introducing some friendly competition to see who could deal out the most +4 LOL I am actually in the middle of planning a girls trip with my cousins for early next year and your article just reminded me of that!



    • Simply Alia
      November 20, 2018 at 4:42 am

      Don’t you just love a friendly competition? I love playing UNO too, especially when I play with my siblings. It’s full of fun and laughter. Thank you for the comment!

  • Vicki
    November 20, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Hi Alia and what great ideas you have shared in this post and i will be doing quite a few of these great suggestions over the xmas holidays when time is available to spend with my family.

    I also love the hydrangea at the top of your post- so pretty 

    One of my favorite games with kids is jenga as it takes so much skills when it nears the top and I always get beaten but love the attempts i make – Thanks for a really great share

    • Simply Alia
      November 20, 2018 at 4:44 am

      Thank you! I love flowers in generals so my image post will always be something with flowers or just flowers in general, Thank you for the comment!


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