All month long, we’re celebrating the latest addition to the Sam Maggs canon: Girl Squads: 20 Female Friendships That Changed History. It’s an incredible exploration of women throughout history – and we’re not just saying that because we published it. Did you know about BFF pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who could plunder with the best of them? How about First Nations twin sisters Sharon and Shirley Firth, who went on to become Olympic skiers? Or how about the Edinburgh Seven, friends who fought to become the first women to be admitted to medical school in the United Kingdom? We told you this book was incredible.
Today, we’re focusing on something a little more now: your own girl squad. Ever find yourself turning to the usual (tired) tropes – brunch or happy hour? Quirk Books to the rescue! We’re here to shake up your calendar and help you make some wonderful memories. Girl squads, unite!
Enjoy a night at the museum
Most museums are open late one night a week. Skip the happy hour and take in some art instead! Have fun getting dressed up – because you’re all pieces of art too. See who can spot the first female artist. (Yes, that was some National Gallery side eye.) And revel in the comfortable silence that occurs when you connect with a particularly poignant piece of art. Plus, most people don’t think of museum-going as an evening activity, so you might have the whole place to yourselves!
Go on a pedestrian excursion
Leave your car at home, ditch the subway pass, and forget waiting for the bus to arrive. You’re taking your girl squad on a proper pedestrian adventure today! Agree on a set number of miles and then take off in a random direction. You’ll be surprised just how much you notice when you don’t have somewhere to be. Plus, you’ll be in position to really listen to each other and share what’s going on in your lives. You might even take the spirit of the day back to your office; there’s a reason walking meetings are becoming so popular.
Go on an independent bookstore crawl
If you’re lucky enough to live in a city with more than one independent bookstore, ditch the pub crawl in favor of an indie bookstore crawl. Come up with a route and flit from bookstore to bookstore, making recommendations to each other along the way. There’s no better phrase than “I loved this book!” and you’ll be hearing that over and over again as your girl squad shares their favorite reads. Plus, you’ll get a ton of birthday and holiday present ideas for the women in your squad. And you’ll feel great patronizing a small business!
Become an audience member for the night
Ticketing apps like Goldstar and TodayTix make it easy to find great deals on theatre, dance, opera, and comedy. Not sure you’re the best audience member? The only way to know for sure is to give it a try. And most performing arts venues offer discounts when purchasing through an app or buying a group of seats. Plus, you’ll be taking a chance on something new with your very best ladies. So, it’s win-win!
Host a crafting skill swap
Is your girl squad filled with women who have always wanted to learn how to sew, crochet, knit, you name it? Host a crafting skill swap at your apartment, asking folks to bring their strongest craft skill and their favorite food to share. It’s the ultimate potluck! It’s so wonderful to watch your friends teach each other new things. (And for everything else, there’s YouTube.) Plus, think of all the scarf and blankets you can make together as winter approaches!