5 Fun-tastic Things to Do With Your Friends

Here, we’ve rounded up our favorite, fabulous activities to do with friends. And hey, you might even want to invite a few boys to join in on the action.

Squeals on Wheels
Let the good times roll! When’s the last time you and your buds hit up the skating rink? If you don’t have skates, you can rent them at the rink for super-cheap. No kneepads or helmets required. And don’t forget to take a break and wheel on over to the snack bar. Suck down your food and drinks, then back to the rink!

That Takes the Cake
Sweet frosting and colored sprinkles on chocolate cupcakes? Yes, please! Throw a Cake Bake and Decorate bash! For 12 cupcakes, you’ll need one boxed cake mix (read the package for other ingredients, most likely eggs and oil), ready-made frosting and sprinkles. For yummy extras, stock up on shredded coconut, chopped nuts, candy hearts, chocolate chips, broken cookies and M&M’s. Don’t forget the ice cream!

Go Green and Clean!
Hate litterbugs? Get outside and take part in a cleanup project! Community groups often hold neighborhood and park cleanups, so check your local newspaper or community bulletin board at the public library for these events. But you and your buds don’t have to join an organized effort. Just grab some garbage bags and rubber gloves.

The Perfect Ten
Get the gang together and challenge them to a 10-frame game of bowling. The shoes are weird in a cool, two-toned way, and what’s not to love about knocking down wooden pins with a swirly colored ball? Lots of alleys host rock-and-bowl nights, where there’s a band or DJ so you can jam to loud tunes while you play. Don’t worry about getting the winning score -- it really is just about having a … um, ball.

Show Troops Super-support
Many U.S. military men and women are overseas, and they appreciate receiving mail. So send some! To let the troops know you care, gather your friends to make homemade cards with inspirational messages. Mail your creations to:

A Million Thanks
17853 Santiago Blvd., #107-355
Villa Park, CA 92861

A Million Thanks is a letter-writing campaign started for the troops by a 13-year-old girl six years ago. It’s a wonderful way of giving a shout-out that screams, “Thank you so much for keeping us safe!”