The holidays are a time to celebrate family and friends. When you want to get together for some group fun (or get them the hell out of your house), it’s good to know where you can take the gang to have some fun, work off some energy, explore different skills all while still hanging with each other. We’ve put together our list of four places to have some unique kinds of fun with your group.
Punch Bowl Social
Usually, there are places to get good food and places to play. Like, how you don’t expect that you’re going to eat well when you go bowling. Punch Bowl Social throws all of that thinking out the window (or, rather, down the lane for a stee-rike!). Karaoke, ping-pong, shuffleboard, arcade games and bowling are all the options for fun plus, there’s delicious, well-thought out food under the culinary helm of big-time Chef Hugh Acheson. With a name like “Punch Bowl Social,” you know they’ve got bowls of punch. Imagine gathering with the gang for a great meal, some ladles-full of a festive punch and then beating the pants off each other over a game! And now that there is a new location in the Stapleton neighborhood with an aerial theme, there’s even more fun to have.
Stir Cooking School
You know how everyone always gathers in the kitchen? It’s like that, only you don’t have to do any of the shopping or cleaning up. Stir is a great way to interact with co-workers, friends or family. Stir Cooking School in the Highlands has a fully stocked bar and more than 35 menu options to choose from. Stir allows groups to rent out the entire space for a private cooking class, with no rental fee. Each class menu has five dishes and everyone gets to make everything in a hands-on experience. Once all the dishes have been made, the group heads upstairs to eat together family-style.
Solutions Lounge and Restaurant featuring Escapology
Sure, there’s food and drink but imagine getting locked into a room with your co-workers, pals or relatives and having to work together to get out. It could be so much fun or living hell. We’re opting for the former. In fact, when one of our writers did one of the new escape rooms recently, she felt it would be really helpful to go through it with people you know, so you can draw on each other’s known strengths. The escape rooms are for 2 to 8 people. The staff recommends going early to have a drink, do an escape room, then have dinner or dessert afterword.
At first glance, you might think Great Wolf is just about family. With a massive water park, storytimes and lots of other activities kids love, it definitely is a place for parents to take the kids. But Great Wolf doesn’t want parents to go home feeling resentful that there was nothing in the experience for them. There is great, upscale food, fun in the water and wine and a special dessert delivered veeeery quietly after the kiddos have gone to bed. Going to Great Wolf with the gang means people can hang out together or wander and have different fun while still coming together for a good meal. While the activities are primarily for guests, you can also buy a day pass to take it all in.