7 Weeknight Outings for Teens to Try This School Year

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Have a few hours after school but unsure how to spend them? Local teen Brylan put together this list of school night outings that are perfect for teens. Whether you have one night without homework or many free evenings, you’ll find an idea or two that just might be exactly what you need this school year!

Also check out our huge list of things to do with teens and our list of gift ideas for teens!

To all of our dismay, summer is coming to a close in a few weeks, or if your like me, summer has ended weeks ago. Pretty soon, we’re all going to be knee-deep in research papers, seemingly pointless projects, and sports that are going to wear us so thin we’ll feel like we don’t have any time for friends, family, or our favorite things. Though it will feel like our time is limited, school nights without homework or sports, as uncommon as they are, do occur.

I’m completely able to relate to the desire to get out of the house and do something, but have little to no options for reasonable activities that will have me back home and in bed so I can get a full eight hours of sleep. Believe it or not, there are indeed some fun things you can do with friends or alone on a school night instead of ponder the decision of dropping out of high school.

Fun weeknight activities for teens in Greenville

Swing Dancing at Upstate Swing

One of my personal favorites, every Wednesday night Upstate Swing hosts a swing dancing lesson from 7 pm – 8 pm and then has a night of dancing from 8 pm – 10 pm. It’s a great way to meet more people and such a fun way to set the tone for the rest of the week! Here’s the link with details.

Hit the mall

Haywood Mall closes at 9 pm, ensuring that you’ll be back at home at a reasonable time. Maybe it’s just me, but shopping helps me clear my head even if I don’t purchase anything.

Get some outdoor time at a local park

Having an hour or so of exercise in places like Cleveland Park will help you clear your mind and feel great before enduring school the next day. The Swamp Rabbit Trail runs through Cleveland Park to Downtown Greenville.

Get a part time job

If you find yourself nearly dying of boredom on a regular basis consider applying for a part-time job around town to fill up your schedule and make some extra money! See my article on part time jobs for teens in Greenville here.

Visit a school athletic event

Check the news for the upcoming sports events and support your school! Most school calendars include athletic games so check your school, or visit another school.

Spare Time Entertainment

This new arcade/bowling alley/laser tag/escape room haven is super fun for students! Grab some friends and visit! Keep in mind that you have to book an escape room ahead of time.

Take a class

Take an art class at Hobby Lobby with skilled artists! From crochet to painting, Hobby Lobby has all sorts of workshops where you can develop some art skills specific to students! Even if you don’t want to stay for the class, get some art supplies and use your free time to start a hobby! Here are some classes at their Woodruff Road location.

While the options for school night activities are few and far between, there are some reasonable mid-week activities that will help you get your mind off school for just long enough to feel refreshed and like you have a life outside of school and homework. If you find a night of freedom, take a step back from the chaos and enjoy an evening without stress. You never know when you’ll get another one.

Do you have a favorite weeknight activity? Share it with us in the comment!

About the Author
Brylan Hoxworth is a dual-enrolled college student at one of our local Greenville charter high schools. She loves the arts, especially creative writing and hopes to pursue a User Experience Design Degree in the future. She was born and raised in Greenville where she lives with her family. She enjoys spending time with her friends, painting and writing.

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