Creating opportunities to connect with friends is one of the best ways to improve your mental wellbeing… and even your health. Studies show that people with stronger social networks get sick less often and even live longer!
The secret to making it happen is to make it a monthly routine—that makes it easier to schedule, easier to remember, and more likely that those lasting connections will have time to develop.
To get the ball rolling, here are 5 great ways to get together with friends this year:
1. Make Like a Kid… and Play
Do you have friends with kids that are hard to make plans with? Here’s a great solution for getting together. A family-friendly show or class lures them out of the house without the expense of a babysitter… and can reconnect you to your own sense of wonder at the same time.
If the little ones in your life are toddler-aged, Minnesota Waldorf School offers parent and child classes where you can share in a cozy morning of cooking and making handmade toys or beautiful seasonal crafts using natural materials. Each activity is followed by a healthy snack and discussion with a Waldorf teacher full of gentle parenting tips to try. Save $25 off your registration when you mention Chinook Book here.
If you’ve got older children to consider, check out Circus Abbyssinia at the Children’s Theatre Company. This internationally acclaimed, dream-filled adventure mixes the rhythms of Ethiopia with high flying hilarity, hula hooping, death-defying tricks and ridiculously joy-filled juggling. You can enjoy 10% off tickets to plays during the 2019-20 season here.
2. Create your Own Coffee Klatch
A weekly coffee date can be a quick but satisfying way to create a sense of belonging and a space to share and grow together.
To really get the klatch clicking, make your first date at Northern Coffeeworks. Located in the heart of Minneapolis and dedicated to “leaving people happier then when they walked through the front door,” this artful and deeply local coffee spot keeps it fresh with house-made seasonal coffee drinks and sustainably sourced breakfast bites. Enjoy one FREE coffee, tea or house made beverage when you purchase one here.
3. Start a Sunday Brunch Club
A monthly gathering is a fantastic way to enjoy friends and share each other’s cultural traditions and culinary experiments. Make it brunch and you can laze about together all day long without interrupting the evening routine.
Give your first brunch a North African flair with this delicious green shakshuka egg dish from Eastside Co-op’s well curated recipe list. Want to know the best part about buying your brunch ingredients at a co-op? Because they are community-owned and develop deep relationships with local producers, you know your ingredients will be a fresh investment in your Minnesota neighbors. Enjoy $5 off your purchase of $40 or more at Eastside Co-op here.
4. Get Carried Away… on a Weekday
Nothing bonds you together like sharing a good cry… in great seats while dressed to the nines. Pick a performance and expand your emotional horizons together… whether you dive into a little dance, some drama or an awe-inspiring opera, a monthly night out will keep you buzzing for days.
Want to know a secret? Scheduling your tickets for a weekday makes the seats better, the prices cheaper and the thrills just as intense. For your first evening outing, check out the Guthrie Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. This poetic memory play has been the most revived production on Broadway over the last 20 years and still moves audiences to tears with its tender, troubled family tragedy. Enjoy two tickets for the price of one on Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances during the 2019-2020 season here.
5. Add a Little Live Music to Movie Night
Take turns hosting a movie night themed around the movies that really impacted your life and you’ll deepen your insight into each other’s inner worlds while reconnecting with your own touchstone pop culture moments.
Launch your new tradition with a little extra fanfare by inviting everyone to join you for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back with full live orchestra accompaniment at the Minnesota Orchestra this October. Be careful though— the rush of REAL surround sound played live by stunningly talented musicians might spoil you… and keep you coming back for more. Luckily Minnesota Orchestra has arranged 50% off tickets for you here.
However you choose to gather your friends, we hope you will find connection and laughter and a little bit more joy each time. You can check out all of our Get Together Guide offers in the app by tapping the button below from your phone.