Things to do on your weekends in NYC that DON’T involve drinking

By Round Robin

We don’t (always) need alcohol to make life fun.

Thank you for proving my entire team wrong that “no one’s ever gonna click this post.” Sure, most New Yorkers agree that a little booze never hurt to liven things up, and I’m not one to argue that. But next time you need a break from your consecutive weekends of double-fisting drinks because you weren’t sure whether you wanted a beer or wine (or just, because), I suggest planning one of these more wholesome activities for your friends:

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Resobox: Japanese Culture classes

$~$$$, $10-$200 per person |
check their website for hours
91 E 3rd Street
(212) 242-6238

If you’re into Japanese culture (or just feeling artsy), you’ll never want to leave this place. As an anime and manga nut, this is one of my personal favorites. Resobox offers classes in everything from the arts to food, including manga drawing, bonsai, flower arranging, and rice ball dessert making (onigiri). Best of all, some of the best classes range from only $20-$40!

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VR World Experiences NYC

$$, $44~64pp
2 Hours pass: $44, All day pass: $64 |
Mon           12:00pm-9:00pm
Tue-Thu     12:00pm-10:00pm
Fri           12:00pm-11:00pm
Sat           10:00am-11:00pm
Sun           10:00am-9:00pm

4 East 34th Street
(between 5th and Madison Avenue)

Want to see what all the fuss surrounding VR is about? Try the VR World Experience to venture into the future of gaming. The venue offers 50+ VR games and experiences that are sure to make you wish it’s not just virtual.

Pro Tip: Each person can sign up for only one game at a time in the electronic queue, so you might think it’d be difficult to try all the games you want in under 2 hours. But keep in mind that for 2 player games, one person is able to sign up for two players, so be strategic with a friend! Have one person sign up for the most popular two-player games in advance, and then use the other person’s wristband to switch off on all the 1 player games together while you wait.

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Kayaking at Pier 26

Weekends and Holidays
May 18 to Oct 14, 2019 | 9:00AM to 4:30PM
Tue, Wed, and Thu Evenings
Jun 18 to Sep 12, 2019 | 5:30PM to 7:00PM
Pier 26
Hudson River Greenway,
New York, NY 10013

Just another reminder that living in New York City doesn’t mean you have to pay for everything you do. Soak in the sun along the Hudson River and enjoy scenic views of the Freedom Tower, Manhattan, and New Jersey. For novices, make sure to check out Pier 96’s free classes in kayaking and paddleboarding!

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Bowling at Bowlmor Chelsea Piers

$$, $10-$50 per person |
Mon-Thu, Sun 12 pm – 12 am
Fri, Sat 12pm – 2am
Chelsea Piers – Pier 60
New York, NY 10011

Bowlmor has become one of our go-to venues for “team-building” (or maybe just a good reason to get out early on a Friday afternoon). Ways we’re able to justify it? 

Good food and drinks? Check. Team bonding through (somewhat) healthy competition? Check. Intermissions for talking and mingling? Check. Arcade &Laser Tag? Gutter bumpers for those who aren’t so… physically in tune? You know it!

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$$, $35pp |
Mon-Wed           11:00 am – 10:00 pm   
Thu          11:00 am – 11:30 pm
Fri            12:00 pm – 1:30 am
Sat         10:30 am – 1:30 am
Sun         12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Release the inner beast with Kick Axe Throwing! This one’s perfect for groups, as there’s a lodge-like lounge bar at the center with drinks & foods available for purchase. Chill out, relax… but when your turn’s up, get ready to throw out ALL your stress! And yes, we get it, resisting a beer or two in this atmosphere may feel impossible, so we’ll give you a pass.

Pro tip: At the Brooklyn location, get 50% OFF bookings on Monday – Wednesday from 12:00pm-3:00pm . Use Round Robin to post and find a crew that’s free at that time!

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Twilight Tuesdays at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden

$, $8~15pp
Children under 12: Free
Students (12+ with ID)/Seniors (65+ with ID): $8,Adults: $15 |
Tue through August 27, 2019 | Open until 8:30 p.m.
Tue, September 3–24, 2019 | Open until 8 p.m.
(On other days, the garden closes at 6 pm)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn,  NY 11225

Take a break from your busy schedule and come enjoy what nature has to offer! You can enter at any time (latest 30 minutes before closing) and stay through the evening for the breathtaking sunset views of the garden. Food and drinks, including seasonal cocktails, are available for purchase inside. Don’t forget your bug spray!

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Indoor Extreme Sports (Long Island City)

$$, $25~52pp, depending on the activity |
Mon           CLOSED
Tue-Thu           1PM-11PM
Fri           1PM-1AM
Sat           10AM-1AM
Sun           10AM-8PM
47-11 Van Dam Street,
Long Island City, NY 11101

Activity highlights: Paintball, Laser tag, Archery Tag, Escape Room. VR Games, Zombie Experience (Escape Room + Shooting)

Get your adrenaline pumping outside of Barry’s with extreme sports and games over in Long Island City. With this endless roster of games and activities, we guarantee there’s something for everyone here. Check out the link below for pricing details for each activity.

Pro Tip: You can book private games for parties of 6+, but make sure to call ahead. Those that are planning to invite your classmates or coworkers – mention it when you call or visit the special pricing page to get discounted school and corporate pricing.

Any personal favorites that aren’t listed here? Let us know!