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24 Fun Challenges to Do with Friends to Bond & Create Fun Memories

Whether you’re staying in or going out, it’s easy to entertain when you’re with friends. Try these fun challenges to do with friends to up the ante. 

fun challenges to do with friends

Gossiping about the latest hot news or simply having deep conversations are easy with friends. These are fun ways to pass the time and guarantee that you’re going to have a good time. However, sometimes conversation runs dry – it’s inevitable! You can only talk about so much at any one time so it’s a good idea to have a few fun challenges to do with friends up your sleeve. That way, you can stay entertained regardless of the time.

Making a list of fun challenges to do with friends guarantees you’re going to make some fantastic memories together.

Challenges range from small games like Chubby Bunny to huge life goals like traveling across your country or seeing a new part of the world. Do the entire list with one friend or break it up to include a ton of people you love hanging out with. [Read: Good friends are like stars – 18 ways to build lasting friendships]

These lists are not only hilarious, they also involve some huge accomplishments. Whether you’re into sharing these challenges as videos on YouTube or social media, or are about to embark on a new life adventure such as marriage, babies, travel, or work, there’s nothing better than making lasting memories with your closest friends.

24 of the best fun challenges to do with friends

Side note? Your safety is always more important than jumping into a sub-zero lake in your undies or trying to eat a million pickles!

When it comes to fun challenges to do with friends, it’s always safety first. Now without further ado, here are the best challenges you’re going to love. [Read: How to be a friend – The real art of true and meaningful friendships]

1. Travel across the country

Want a challenge that involves a little legwork? Instead of shoving food into your mouth and throwing it on the internet, why not make your challenges a little more memorable.

Make it your goal to travel around your country with your friends over the course of the next year. [Read: 15 reasons why you should travel at least once a year]

2. Chubby Bunny

Who hasn’t heard of Chubby Bunny? This classic food challenge involves shoving as many marshmallows into your mouth as you can and then exclaiming “Chubby Bunny” audibly.

The winner is the friend who says the phrase clearly with the most marshmallows in their mouth.

3. Waterfall challenge

What’s more beautiful than chilling on a rock in front of a massive waterfall, taking in the sights and sounds of nature? Basically nothing. Similar to traveling across your country, the waterfall challenge involves scoping out exciting sights and checking your list off one waterfall at a time. [Read: 8 tips to have a great time when you travel as a couple]

There are actually printable lists of waterfalls found around the world for you to explore. Here’s a top four to get you inspired:

– Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

– Victoria Falls, South Africa

– Niagara Falls/Horseshoe Falls, Canada

– Ban Gioc–Detian Falls, Vietnam

Start with a top-five list and make it your goal to visit all of them in the next couple of months. Bonus? I personally know a whopping three girls who have done this challenge with their boyfriends and all ended up engaged by the end of the experience. So, if you’re looking to get hitched, this challenge may be the right path for you. [Read: How to have fun with friends – 30 really fun ways to beat boredom]

4. Bean Boozled Jelly Beans

Bean Boozled is one of the most fun challenges to do with friends. If you’re way behind on social games that involve candy, let’s fill you in.

In this game, each color jelly bean has one of two tastes. For example, the pink jelly bean may taste like a strawberry smoothie or it may taste like a dead fish. The white jellybean may taste like beachy coconut or rotten milk. Peach might be barf, berry might be toothpaste, and buttered popcorn may be rotten egg.

Believe it when people say these really taste like what they say they do. This game of chance is definitely hilarious to play, but not for those with a weak stomach! [Read: 32 crazy things to do with friends – Life is short, live it up!]

5. Racing challenge

No, this doesn’t mean challenging your friend to a race around the block—though that’s totally acceptable too.

We’re talking about challenging your bodies and training for a community race. Taking up a local race with a friend is a great way to challenge your body while supporting a local cause. Search Run for Charity to find a cause to support. [Read: The real meaning of YOLO – 15 ways to live life to the fullest]

6. No mirror makeup challenge

Get your friends together and try to put your full face of makeup on without any mirrors. This is a fun challenge to try with friends that can be fun during the game, and the results are going to be both hilarious and horrifying. If you’re extra brave, head out for a drink or a coffee post-challenge and see who’s really the bravest among you!

7. Accent challenge one

What do you call a sweetened carbonated beverage: pop, soda, or a soft drink? This is just one of the fun questions in the Accent Challenge tag. This is a great challenge to do with friends to get to know each other’s background.

This challenge asks you to identify objects to see if where you come from has a different idea what to call a can of Coke than your other friends.

This challenge also has you pronounce different words such as “caramel” to see what kind of accent you have. Definitely, a short and sweet challenge to do with a group of friends. [Read: 32 Awesome sleepover ideas for a fun night with friends]

8. Accent challenge two

The second version of the accent challenge is more literal than the BuzzFeed version. Make a list of cards with different accents on them.

Group up into teams, put on a one-minute timer, and have your friends take turns doing the accents on their cards and see if their partner can guess which accent they’re trying to do. [Read: 87 best sexual truth or dare ideas for a really wild and dirty night]

9. Card castle challenge

Challenge your friends to a card castle building challenge. This may sound a little 1980’s, but this challenge gets intense.

10. No thumbs challenge

Tape your thumbs to your forefinger so that you can’t use them and try to complete a list of tasks. Whoever completes the task first wins.

Tasks include writing your name on a piece of paper and then cut the paper in half. Other tasks include tying your shoelaces, open a pack of crackers, and make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. If you’re playing this one with a lover you can definitely create a dirty version. [Read: 10 dirty drinking games for naughty guys and girls]

11. Smoothie challenge

This is truly one of the most disgusting fun challenges to do with friends. Gather together a bunch of delicious smoothie ingredients together such as strawberries, bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt. Gather together an equal number of disgusting ingredients such as mustard, horseradish, cold cuts, and soy sauce.

Write down each ingredient on a piece of paper. Once you have written out each ingredient, fold the pieces of paper and throw them into a jar. Take turns drawing scraps of paper until the jar is empty.

Mix your separate smoothies and have a race to see who finishes their smoothie without losing their lunch. [Read: 40 grossest would you rather questions to make you squirm]

12. Whisper challenge

The whisper challenge is definitely a fan favorite. The rules are simple. One friend wears headphones listening to loud music while the other friends whispers a phrase or word. The friend wearing the headphones then guesses what the whispered word is.

This game has been featured on Jimmy Fallon and has quickly become an adorable way that people are announcing pregnancies and engagements. All together now: Awww! [Read: Conversation games – 15 best talking games for fun and lots of laughs]

13. Pickle challenge

Similar to the Chubby Bunny challenge, the Pickle challenge involves shoving a bunch of pickles into your mouth and devouring them. Think your love of pickles knows no bounds?

Trust me, this is going to be the tipping point. Line your pickle jars in a row and get ready for some action. Have everyone in your group of friends eat an entire jar of pickles, including all the juice. See who can get through the vinegary goodness first.

14. Egg drop challenge

This fun challenge to do with friends involves getting a little crafty, so go around the house and collect supplies to help you create your own egg drop fort!

The idea is that you work in teams or even pairs and you build something which can catch and protect an egg when dropped from a large height. If your egg breaks, you lose! [Read: What to talk about with friends & ask the questions most ignore]

15. Guess the impression challenge

You’ve probably played this fun challenge to play with friends before but it’s guaranteed to have you rolling around on the floor in hysterics!

One of you does an impression of a famous person, or perhaps even someone you all know, and everyone else has to guess who it is. Keep a score and the one who manages to pull off the most successful impressions wins.

16. Sour lemon challenge

You might love the taste of lemons in your drinks but have you ever tried stuffing as many lemon wedges in your mouth as possible?

The sour taste can be too much for most to handle, so however manages to get the most in their mouth without gagging, wins the challenge! [Read: Questions to ask a new friend – 85 ways to feel like BFFs in no time]

17. Keep a straight face challenge

Gather around the laptop and play a series of hilarious videos. Everyone has to do their best to keep a straight face and the first person to laugh is out. Carry on until there’s a winner. It’s like musical chairs but with laughing instead.

18. Bubblegum challenge

Be careful with this fun challenge to do with friends because there is a slight risk of choking, but as long as you’re careful, you should be fine.

Grab a bucket of bubblegum and see who can fit as much in their mouth as possible. There probably won’t be any talking going on and a whole lot of odd noises instead. [Read: Do you really know them? 20 fun questions to ask a friend]

19. Draw with a blindfold challenge

Drawing can be hard enough for some people, even when they’re able to see what they’re doing. However, when you add a blindfold into the mix it is much harder and far funnier!

Place a blindfold on someone and give them a pen and paper. Then, tell them what you want them to draw. See who gets as close to the description as possible. There’ll be hilarious results, for sure!

20. Mannequin challenge

This one was pretty big on social media a long time ago but it’s still super-funny and worth a go with your friends. Count to three and then everyone has to freeze like a mannequin, in a funny pose.

Someone, who obviously isn’t part of the freeze, takes a photo of the room, and then you compare the results. Fun, something to share, and you’ll create memories with ease. [Read: 80 very unique, fun and exciting things to do with your boyfriend]

21. Guess what’s in the box challenge

You might have played this one when you were younger but you can add a few gross items and really add hilarity to the game. Basically you take a box and fill it with stuff from around the house or garden. Then, you put a lid on the box and cut a hole out, just big enough for someone to put their hand in.

They then have to guess what is inside the box, but be sure to check out their hilarious facial expressions as they do! [Read: 14 really fun things to do at sleepovers to hit that level of wow]

22. The $10 challenge

This is one of those fun challenges to do with friends that’s also pretty inexpensive. Everyone has $10 and you all have to go out and buy something with that $10 to add fun to the night. Nobody can spend under the amount or over it. You might end up with some fun items and some not-so fun, but it’ll be a laugh when everyone has to unveil what they’ve purchased, at least!

23. Guess the song lyric challenge

This one is a little like the story game or Chinese whispers, but with a twist. Everyone writes down the first line of their favorite song and they all get put into a bowl. You each pull one out and you have to guess the next line of the song and the actual name of the song too. [Read: How to cheer someone up – 36 ways to help them feel awesome again]

Or, you could add a twist to this and create your own bespoke songs! Everyone picks a line one at a time and one adds onto the one before it. You have your own new song created and then you have to perform it. The lyrics are probably going to make zero sense, which adds to the fun!

24. Egg roulette challenge

This one is risky but that’s partly what makes it so much fun! Take a dozen eggs and hard boil all but three. You then take it in turns to select an egg and crack it over your head, hoping that you don’t choose one that’s not boiled!

This one could be messy so be sure not to sit on your sofa while you’re playing it.

[Read: Making the most of your girls’ night using our 13 fun ideas]

Creating a list of fun challenges to do with friends is an absolute must, especially post-college. Create memories with those who mean the most to you before your life gets too crazy for stuffing a dozen marshmallows into your mouth at the same time.

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Natasha Ivanovic
Natasha Ivanovic is an intimacy, dating, and relationship writer, and the creator and author of her short stories on TheLonelySerb. She completed her first degr...
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