Being a teen is so much fun and having sleepovers with your best friends just makes the experience a lot more exciting!
In a world where you’re almost always on your phones to stay connected with friends, it’s nice to unplug and just be in the same room with them while enjoying different things.
We’ve rounded up several fun things to do at a sleepover for teens, that are sure to turn your next sleepover into one of the best nights of your life with your friends! From playing classic sleepover games like Truth or Dare to doing something more daring and fun like playing horror-themed video games and trying out new foods and drinks.
Of course, we made sure to include something especially for the boys, too, so you don’t get bored only playing video games while eating that pizza you ordered and downing a few cans of Mountain Dew.
Check them out below and have fun!
Indoor Sleepover Activities For Teens
It’s always a huge bonus when the house you’re having a sleepover in has a pool or a lovely backyard. If it doesn’t though, there’s no need to worry. There are tons of fun things to do at a sleepover indoors as well. Here are some ideas that you and your friends can try.
✦ Do A Fun Challenge
The internet is a gold mine of challenges that you can do with friends during a sleepover. Some of these challenges can be done spontaneously, and others need a bit more planning.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
The Bean Boozled Challenge
This one’s been around for quite some time, but if you haven’t tried it yet, it’s a good one to make your night with your besties more interesting.
You each choose a jelly bean and either it tastes like a juicy pear or like a booger! Yuck! Take up the challenge if you don’t fear being Bean Boozled! Get the Bean Boozled challenge kit here.
Watch how it’s played:
Try Not To Laugh Challenge
Get a good laugh with your friends with the try not to laugh challenge.
If you have time, try to find videos online that you think are hilarious, have your friends watch them, and see who laughs first.
The last person to laugh gets a prize, and the others who laughed first receive a consequence.
Watch how it’s played:
The Whisper Challenge
See which one of your friends can read lips best.
Write down a few phrases on small pieces of paper and roll them up.
Then, one person says the phrase aloud while the other tries to guess what it is.
The challenge is that they need to guess what’s being said with headphones on and loud music blasting in their ears.
Watch how it’s played:
The Reddi Whip Flip Challenge
Got a bottle or two of whipped cream lying around?
Try this fun challenge to see who can flip a blob of the whipped cream into their mouth the fastest.
You can also try to see who can flip the most blobs within a given time.
Watch how it’s played:
What’s In The Box Challenge
Challenge your sense of touch! Get a box and cut a hole on two opposite sides, just big enough for your arms to fit.
Place an item inside and have your friends guess what that item is, going only by how it feels.
Watch how it’s played:
✦ Try A Cool Experiment
Have you ever wanted to try a cool experiment you saw on the internet but were afraid to do it alone?
Well, then, why not do it with your friends at a sleepover? Whether you need them as your audience or as helpers in completing the experiment, your friends are the best people to do it with.
Here are some that will blow your socks off!
“Ugh, we already know it’s going to blow up or something…” Well, aren’t you curious to see what kind of soda blows up the fastest? Or which one makes the biggest explosion?
Glow In The Dark Slime
There’s something about slime that just makes it so appealing for everyone. Make a glow-in-the-dark version during a sleepover with your friends and see how much more fun it is! You can even use it as a prop for photos! Check out this recipe for instructions on how it’s done.
Have you ever wondered how they layer those fancy drinks in restaurants?
A bit of research on the internet can help answer those questions!
We all know that water and oil don’t mix, but what about corn syrup and dish soap?
Gather different liquids around the house and see how many layers you can make before they all combine.
Watch how to make an amazing 9 layers density tower:
Ready-to-use bubble solutions are out, custom bubble solutions are in. Did you know that you can make better bubbles by adding an ingredient or two to your usual bubble mix?
Some say the secret to better bubbles is corn syrup; others say it’s crushed leaves and petals.
Try to find different recipes for better bubbles online and make a bunch of them with your friends to see which bubbles are better.
✦ Play Fun Sleepover Games
Who says you need to have a party before you can play party games? As long as you have enough participants, you can play classic party games!
Play them the traditional way or get creative and add a fun new twist to your old favorites. Either way, party games are sure to liven up your sleepovers! Check out this list to help you get started.
Need a spur-of-the-moment kind of game? Play musical chairs! All you need are chairs and some good music to play musical chairs.
Truth or Dare
No sleepover is complete without a game of Truth or Dare. Get to know your friends more and see how far they’ll go to avoid embarrassing themselves with this fun game.
Here’s another classic. Charades is best played with friends who share the same interests as you, though having players with different interests can make the game more interesting too.
Photo Scavenger Hunt
Here’s a fun take on the classic Scavenger Hunt game. Instead of looking for hidden items, players will be given a list of photos they need to take. Check out these examples for inspiration:
- A wacky photo with the host’s mom/dad/sibling
- Someone doing a headstand
- A photo of the player holding something pink
- A photo of the player dressed as someone else
- A photo in the basement with no lights on, except your phone’s flash
You can also divide the group into teams and have each team take team-themed photos like:
- A finger star
- A group photo with everyone wearing something blue
- A jump shot with everyone from the team in it
The photos also make great souvenirs of your slumber party!
Finish The Story Game
Here’s something a bit more chill but still super fun that you can play while winding down for the night.
You can make up your own rules to keep it interesting, like banning a particular word from being used or not allowing the same word to be used by two players in a row.
Who doesn’t love Jenga? This simple puzzle block game can tense up a room quickly and take everyone’s breath away. Literally. Get it here.
Playing a board game or two is a great way to end a sleepover. Everyone’s got at least one board game at home, but if you’d like to try something new, here are some suggestions.
Monopoly – find out which one of you handles money best with a round or two of Monopoly.
Disney Villainous – for the girls who feel like they’ve outgrown Disney princesses and are looking for something a bit more intriguing.
Pandemic – the current pandemic we’re in may not have a definitive end in sight yet, but this game does.
Wavelength – need something you can play with a huge group? This game can be played with 2 to 20 players, and it’s a great way to test how well you know your friends.
Hues and Clues – fun, simple, and great for big groups, this board game will test your ability to guess and match colors according to other people’s clues.
Quoridor – trap your friends and find your way out of the maze in this fun strategy board game.
The Initiative – an escape room, but in board game form? Yes, please! The Initiative is a strategy board game with a cool story to tell.
Another option is to play card games to make your sleepover even more fun and exciting. Here are a few ones that you can try.
Uno – a fuss-free classic that almost everyone knows how to play. If you’re looking for something quick to entertain you and your friends, this might be a good choice.
Exploding Kittens – want to play something more strategic but still fun? Check out Exploding Kittens. See if you can play your cards right and prevent the kittens from blowing up.
Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – a true test of friendship and concentration, Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza is a fun party card game that’s pretty addicting.
Chicken Challenge – can you be the next chicken master? Find out with this fast-paced card game that’s perfect for competitive players.
Bamboozled – how well can you bluff? This dice and card game is a great way to see if you and your friends can tell when one is lying.
How far can you twist your body in the name of winning? Twister is a physical game that’s guaranteed to give you hours of laughter and fun.
Two Truths and A Lie
Here’s another game that’ll help you get to know more about your friends.
Have each player write or say two truths and a lie and guess which ones are true and which one is the lie.
Anyone whose lie is busted will face a consequence. You can get as creative as you want with the punishment.
✦ Get Crafty
Try out those trendy crafts you’ve seen on the internet, or make something that you and your friends can take home and keep as a souvenir.
There are so many things that you can make that’ll get your creative juices running.
Here are some ideas for inspiration.
Tie-dye is so in these days! Instead of buying matching tie-dye shirts for you and your best friends, why not make your own?
Tie-dying is easy, and you can use any old plain white shirt. Start early, so you have some time to throw it in the washer and dryer and use it for the sleepover.
If you’re starting your sleepover at a later time, that’s okay too! You can wear the shirts on your next sleepover instead.
Check out this video to see how it’s done.
What’s a BFF sleepover without a bracelet-making session? Friendship bracelets are always cute, no matter how old you get.
With the same materials, you can also make necklaces, anklets, and even bag charms.
Sleep better at your sleepover by making your own mini dreamcatchers!
If you’re up for a challenge, maybe you can draw lots and make dreamcatchers for each other instead.
See how it’s made here:
Custom Photo Frames
What better way to immortalize a fun night than with a cute photo? And what better way to make sure that image lasts than to put it in a frame?
Customize photo frames for your group pictures as easy but fun-to-make memorabilia. You can use leftover craft materials from your previous sleepovers or from the other crafts you’ve been doing.
If you’ve ever wanted to rock those colorful sneakers that you’ve seen all over your Instagram feed but never really dared to do it alone, get your besties to do it with you! Want to customize your own?
A pair of white canvas sneakers (old ones are fine, too) and a few Sharpies are all you need to get this DIY project started.
Watch this for some inspiration:
This one’s exciting and perfect for those sleepovers that make you sentimental (the last sleepover before college, the first sleepover with a new group of friends, etc.).
You can each make your own to keep, have everyone make one for each friend, or create a big one with everyone’s memories in it so you can open it all together after a few years.
Some things you shouldn’t forget to include are:
- Photos – individual photos and group pictures are a must! They’re going to give you a nice visual of what has changed physically in the future!
- Notes – write a message to yourself or letters to your friends about how you feel at the moment and what you want to say to them. It’ll be interesting to see if the things you write would still make sense in the future, no?
- An account of what it’s like in the present time – what’s the weather currently like? Any big news of what happened recently or on this day? Describe what it’s like for you and everyone else and see how different things will be in a few years.
- What you think the future will be like – have everyone write down what they think the future will be like when you open the time capsule. See who gets it right or who comes closest to what the future is like when you open it.
- Something to remind you of the present time – whether it’s a receipt of the last meal you ate with your friends or a newspaper clipping of a new movie you’re about to watch with them, make sure to include something in your time capsule that will remind you of the present time.
It’s crazy how expensive custom scrunchies can be these days! Make your own scrunchies or customize the ones you already have by sewing on your embellishments of choice.
Custom Mickey Ears
Speaking of hair accessories and how expensive they tend to get, another one that you can make with your friends at a sleepover are DIY custom Mickey ears.
Like the scrunchies, you can customize the ones you already have, or you can make them from scratch to suit your style.
Mason Jar Snow Globes
Having a sleepover near or during the holidays? A snow globe made from a Mason jar would be such a cute craft to make.
It’s a nice little trinket you bring home and display in your room, too!
Of course, you can opt to make DIY glow in the dark lanterns instead if you’re looking for something different.
Wire Name Necklace
These sell like hotcakes on Etsy, and they can be pretty pricey, too! Instead of splurging your savings on one, why not learn how to make one with your friends at a sleepover?
✦ Recreate Viral Recipes
Cooking is a life skill everyone needs to learn, and tons of influencers online make it seem fun and easy. These past few months, tons of exciting recipes have gone viral.
These recipes are sure to make you want to whip something up and unleash your inner master chef from quick and tasty snacks to full meals made in just one pot.
Remember to take everyone’s allergies, diet, and food preferences when choosing a recipe to recreate so everyone can enjoy it.
You can also make a few modifications to make the recipes fit your and your friends’ diets and preferences. Here are a few food and drink recipes that have gone viral on the internet that you can try with your foodie friends.
Viral Food Recipes To Try
Pasta Chips – apparently, you can make chips with pasta, and they taste really good. Boil them to cook as usual, then bake them or air fry them and dunk them in your favorite dip for a quick and easy snack.
Fried Uncrustables – take your favorite Uncrustables to a whole new level by deep-frying them instead of eating them cold. This surprisingly works with both sweet and savory Uncrustables flavors.
Baked Feta Pasta – if you’re on Tiktok, you might have seen this recipe on your FYP a few times. Here’s a tutorial you can follow.
Mug Cakes – forget about cupcakes, these mug cakes are quick and fun to make, and you can decorate them like regular cupcakes, too!
Next Level Ramen – everybody loves a good bowl of instant ramen now and then. Take your next bowl of ramen to the next level with these Tiktok tricks and hacks, and enjoy it with your friends.
- Mayo and egg – instant ramen soup is usually clear and brothy, while restaurant ramen soup is more on the creamy side. Thanks to the people on Tiktok, you can now enjoy creamy ramen soup at home by simply adding egg and mayonnaise to it. Check it out here.
- Everything But The Bagel seasoning – another way to level up ramen for your sleepover is to add ‘Everything But The Bagel’ seasoning. See it in action here.
- Butter (a.k.a Kylie Jenner Ramen) – remember when Kylie Jenner shared her ramen recipe on Snapchat, and everyone went crazy? As it turns out, it’s pretty good, and you only need butter, garlic powder, and an egg to recreate it.
Corn Ribs– here’s a great side dish you can make to add to the dinner table for your sleepover. These viral corn ribs are delicious, and they’re great if you have vegan friends too.
Tanghulu is an Asian street food made of fruits dipped and coated with a thin layer of sugar that hardens to give you a nice, crisp bite. It’s one of the more technical recipes that has gone viral, but it should be exciting to try and recreate this snack.
Watch how to make it in the video below:
Japanese Soufflé Pancakes – yes, they’re a breakfast item. Yes, they make perfect sleepover snacks, too. Soft, jiggly, and sweet, Japanese soufflé pancakes are not just yummy, but they’re brag-worthy on your social media as well.
See how it’s made below:
Frozen Jello Grapes – need a summer sleepover snack that’ll cool you down while playing games or doing crafts? These frozen jello grapes might just be what you’re looking for.
Viral Drink Recipes To Try
Dalgona Drinks – this trend started with the Dalgona recipe someone posted on Tiktok, but it has since evolved into other types of Dalgona-style drinks. You can also try making Dalgona matcha latte, Dalgona cocoa, or even Dalgona strawberry milk if you don’t drink coffee.
Whipped Lemonade – another trendy Tiktok drink also inspired by the Dalgona trend, is whipped lemonade. It’s tangy, refreshing, and Instagram-worthy too! Here’s the recipe for whipped lemonade.
Cotton Candy Mocktails – fairy floss or cotton candy, your choice of flavored soda, and some ice are all you need to make these aesthetically pleasing Tiktok drinks.
✦ Binge Watch Shows and Movies
Whether it’s a girl sleepover, a boy sleepover, or a mixed sleepover you’re having, one of the best things to do at a sleepover for teens is binge-watching shows and movies.
Wondering what’s the best movie to watch at a sleepover? It depends on your taste and preference. Friendship-themed movies make pretty awesome options, though.
If you have a streaming service like Netflix that you can use, it’s pretty easy to find a good movie to watch. Choose from classic sleepover movies like The Sisterhood of Travelling Pants and The Princess Diaries to newer selections like To All The Boys or Moxie.
For the boys, you could go with something old-school like The Lord of the Rings or Star Wars. If you’re into newer films, then you might enjoy the Maze Runner or Vampires Vs. The Bronx.
Feeling brave? Turn the lights off and get ready to watch some scary movies. Murder mysteries and psycho thrillers are great if you’re in for a good jump scare.
If you want to go all out and watch actual horror movies, be sure you can handle it! Remember that there’s nothing wrong with stopping the movie mid-way through if you think it’s too much for you to handle.
✦ Play Video Games
Another gender-neutral fun thing to do at sleepovers is video games. There are tons of online multiplayer games that can keep everyone entertained. Some come in apps that you can download on your phone, others you might need to use your laptop to play. Here are some excellent games for groups that you can play at a sleepover.
Team up with friends and strategize to vote out the impostor/s. ‘Among Us’ is free to play on mobile and available for purchase on your computer via Steam.
A cute strategy game with tons of cats! Strategize and work with your friends to pass each level.
Call of Duty
If you’re into Battle Royale types of games, Call of Duty is a must-try. Play with up to 4 friends to form a squad and eliminate employees on your way to victory. ‘Call of Duty’ can be played on Android, iOS, Windows, Mac, and console.
This cute little RPG is perfect for teens who love adventure games. Dress up your cute character and go on quests for rare items and rare villagers. Trade items with your friends and pay your way out of debt and into finally owning and upgrading your home.
Another multiplayer game, your ultimate goal in ‘Fall Guys’ is to knock over your friends (a.k.a. opponents) in a chaotic round of free-for-all and be the last man standing.
Pretty similar to Fall Guys, except with cute plushie-like characters!
Roblox has tons of multiplayer mini-games that you can play with friends. Choose from simulation games and Battle Royale-style games to building games that are literally as chill as can be.
✦ Girly Things
Most of the time, it’s girls who like to do tons of things at a sleepover. Boys will usually just order a pizza and watch a movie or play games. On the other hand, girls tend to look for fun, crafty, girly things to do to pass the time.
Here are sleepover activity ideas that girls are guaranteed to enjoy.
Mini Spa Night
Who doesn’t love to relax and get pampered? Turn your sleepover with the girls into a mini spa night. Bust out those face masks or make your own.
You could also do hand and foot spa sessions or even a simple hair makeover to make everyone feel more fabulous.
Feeling crafty and creative? Gather around the table and see who can make the best nail art designs. Try out chic patterns, or go for wacky designs.
There are tons of cheap nail art tools online that you can buy without going over $20, so if this is an activity that you and your friends enjoy, you might want to consider investing in them.
Girls can talk up a storm, and girl talk is almost inevitable at any sleepover. Feel free to talk about anything and everything under the sun (or moon) with your BFFs.
Use this time to catch up on what everyone is up to and de-stress from a long week. Sometimes, a good girl talk session is all you need to feel better, refreshed, and re-energized for the coming week.
Take turns in styling each other and trying on different makeup looks. Girls are never too old to play dress up and pretend they’re going somewhere, so enjoy the moment and have fun!
Pamper Your Hair
Experiment with various DIY hair mask recipes or get some from the store. Haircare is something that not many girls usually put time and effort into, so it would be nice to pamper your locks while at a sleepover with your friends.
Put On Temporary Tattoos
Buy ready-made stick-and-peel tattoos on Amazon or put your creativity and skills to the test by drawing them on freehand using body paint or liquid eyeliner.
✦ Boy Stuff
Why should girls get all the fun? Boys like sleepovers, too, and there are tons of fun things to do when you’re spending the night with the guys.
Here are some great activities that boys are sure to enjoy during a sleepover.
While playing softball at night sounds like a ton of fun, it may not be the safest idea. If you’re itching to play softball and you’re confined indoors at a sleepover, why not play Nerf wars instead?
If you don’t have a big space to play Nerf wars, you can play other shooting games instead.
Build a fort using solo cups or other light, stackable items and see who can knock out the most within a given amount of time. You could also set up targets and see who has the best aim.
DIY Obstacle Course
Got lots of space to play around in? Why not build an obstacle course and see who can go through it the fastest?
Bowl In The Dark
Take DIY bowling to the next by doing it in the dark! All you need are water bottles to use as pins, a hamster ball, and some glow sticks. Crack the glowsticks, put them inside the water bottles (keep the water inside), and arrange them like you would regular bowling pins. Turn the lights off and start bowling!
Minute to Win It games
Race against the clock and see who can complete these challenges in a minute or less! Check out this list of Minute to Win It games.
✦ Sing Your Heart Out
At-home karaoke sessions are always the best! You can sing your heart out without worrying about others judging you because your friends will join in.
Having a karaoke machine at home is great fun, but if you don’t have one, then there are tons of karaoke tracks on YouTube of your favorite songs to sing along to.
Mic or no mic, singing at the top of your lungs while having a good time with friends is a great way to get happy hormones flowing.
✦ Have a Dance Party
Put all that extra energy into something lively and enjoyable — like dancing! Create a Spotify playlist of everyone’s favorite song, put it on shuffle, and start dancing! Bring one of these mini USB disco lights for total dance party vibes, and have a blast!
Are you worried about keeping everyone else in the house awake with loud music? It’s important to respect the host’s home and everyone else in it when at a sleepover.
Unless you’re sure the house is big enough for you to blast some dance music on and not have everyone else be bothered by it, you should look into doing a silent disco!
Typically, you’d need radio transmitters and a bit of technical know-how to sync the music to everyone’s wireless headphones. However, you can also just play the same songs from a Spotify or YouTube playlist and start bopping! With the mini USB disco lights and a few glow sticks, you’re ready to rave (respectfully and responsibly, of course!).
✦Chill In An Indoor Ball Pit
Relive your younger years and chill out with your friends in an indoor ball pit. You don’t need a big space for it. If your room is big enough to fit an inflatable pool, you’re good to go!
If it’s cool enough for Stormi Jenner and her dad Travis Scott then it’s probably cool enough for a sleepover activity.
✦ Play Something Scary
Ready to turn your sleepover into a night of terror? There are tons of scary sleepover games you’ll find on the internet. Most of them touch on the paranormal and connecting with beings from the afterlife.
While the realness and authenticity of these “games” are debatable, it’s always better to stay on the safe side and just not risk it.
There’s something about sharing a creepy experience with your friends that make you feel closer together as a group. Perhaps this is what you’re craving.
Luckily, there are scary games out there that will give you the same adrenaline rush minus the involvement in the occult. Here are some that might just scratch the itch for you and your besties.
Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board
Can five people lift one person using only their fingers? They say yes, with the help of a few unseen entities. Or is it just physics?
To play, one person lies down on the floor, and 3 to 5 other people gather around with only their index and middle fingers tucked under the person lying down. Everyone starts chanting “light as a feather, stiff as a board” while slowly trying to lift the person who’s lying down.
Murder In The Dark
Great for big groups, Murder in the Dark is a game that’s very similar to Among Us that you can play in real life. Like the name suggest, this is best played in the dark, so get ready to run around in a room that’s pitch black with a murderer on the loose! Here are the mechanics of the game.
They say this game shows you how you’ll die in the future. If you’re up for it, get ready to start chanting. Two or more people can play this game. Read here to see how it’s played.
On the other hand, if you’re keen on experiencing some sort of paranormal or occult activities without actually making risky contact with the unknown, you can try out the following video games with friends.
She’s not your typical, warm-hearted, loving grandma. Watch out for Granny as you try to make it out of her house alive. This game is single-player only so you’ll have to take turns with your friends.
Rated as one of the best and scariest Japanese games of all time, Tsugunohi is a heart attack waiting to happen for the faint of heart.
Would you rather team up with friends and fight for your survival or become the psychotic villain hunting down its victims? This multiplayer online game will scare the bejeezus out of you while also entertaining you for hours on end!
✦ Do A Mini Swap Meet
Have you got stuff that’s still in perfectly usable condition but you don’t wear anymore? Maybe your friends have some too!
Instead of throwing them out, bring them over to your next sleepover. You can swap stuff with your friends, whether it’s shoes, clothes, accessories, games, or whatever else you’d like to trade.
✦ Build A Fort
No one is too old to build a fort during a sleepover. Gather all your pillows and blankets and start working on your structure. Once it’s made, you can pretty much do whatever you want.
Here are a few suggestions:
Tell Scary Stories
Up for a sleepless night? Turn the lights off and tell scary stories in your fort, in the dark. Only the storyteller gets to use a flashlight, so sit tight!
Do Some Shadow Play
What shapes can you make with your hands’ shadows? And what stories can you tell using them? Use your blanket fort’s blanket walls as the big screen and have fun trying to discover what you can make out of shadows.
Have A Pillow Fight
Attack until the fort goes fall over! Rebuild and repeat until everyone’s exhausted.
Starry Night AirtFort
When deciding on activities and games to play at a sleepover, remember to stay respectful and responsible to the host’s household. Always let them know what you’re doing and ask for permission if you need to use an area of the house other than your friend’s room.
Treat their home like your own and do your best not to leave it in such a chaotic state the next morning. Clean up before leaving if you must and, most importantly, stay safe!
Are you the one who typically hosts sleepovers at home, or do you prefer going over to your friends’ houses to spend the night?
Which activities are you looking forward to doing on your next sleepover?