Best Social Activies With Friends in Redmond, WA


Whether it's a vacation or a staycation, two (or more) is better than one. Bring your family and friends along for fun activities and bond over art, wine, games, or golf. Redmond, Washington, offers a variety of great places to get your group on. Here's just a few ideas:

Get your paint on
Appreciate art together by actually making art. Paint Away in the Redmond Town Center not only has ceramic pieces to paint, but also has glass fusing. Both activities are fun and child-friendly, great for taking your family. But if you want to add a little wine to the mix, bring your besties to the Painted Palace and create memories that you can display in your home. If you are already an accomplished painter or photographer (or at least confident enough in your hobby), take your pals on a creative adventure to paint, draw, or photograph Redmond's natural scenery. The Sammamish River Trail, Marymoor Park, and Farrel-McWhirter Farm Park are just a few places to go and capture nature. If you want to go urban, take a short trip to Bellevue's Downtown Park or City Center Plaza for amazing city scenes.

Get your game on
If games are your thing, Redmond has something for you. Enjoy a social video gaming experience on an Xbox platform with friends at Playlive Nation. While there are some titles for younger gamers, there are more titles best enjoyed by teens and adults. But if video games aren't your thing, try an exciting adventure at Conundroom - where you and your fellow escape artists must solve a series of riddles and puzzles to escape. Oh, and try to do it in under 60 minutes. If Pool is more your game, Empire Billiard and Snooker is a fun all-ages venue. It doesn't have its own kitchen, but food and drinks can be delivered by a nearby restaurant.

Get your active on
Does your group want to do something a little more active? Play some golf at the Willows Run Golf Course. There are different courses to choose from that will be fun for any age and skill level. If hiking is your thing, visit the Redmond Watershed for 800 acres of hiking/walking/biking pleasure. Or how about a quick game of soccer? Perrigo Park has a turf field to play on, along with basketball and tennis courts and a short walking trail through a wetland area. If a little danger brings your friends together, bring your skateboards and drop in at Edge Skate Park. Centrally located in downtown Redmond, it offers 7,700 square feet of paved concrete for all skill levels. You can also rock climb either indoors at Vertical World or outdoors at the Marymoor Climbing Wall.

Whatever your activity, enjoy it with friends or with your family. More is always better when you're having fun.

Jae Holt is a freelance writer and novelist, and an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy. When she isn't writing or reading, she is looking for fun things to do with her family or updating her blog, Writer in Training.