14 Things to Do After Prom

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14 Fun Things to Do After Prom for Christian Teens

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The prom is over. What now? With a bit of forethought, you can plan any number of fun, safe, and unforgettable things to do after prom.

As a Christian teen, you'll want to choose an activity that doesn't involve breaking curfew, breaking laws, getting gounded, or falling prey to other common after-prom temptations.

Consider these 14 memorable ideas to keep the party going for Christian teens.

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Attend an After-Prom Party

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Some schools offer a sanctioned party after the prom. When this isn't an option, you may know of a church youth group or friends who are throwing a party.

Pros: The fun doesn't stop. The night lasts longer and you get to create more prom memories. A post-prom party is often more relaxed and less stuffy than the prom itself.

Cons: Parties can start out fun, but turn into something else as the night goes on. Be sure you're going to a well-chaperoned party that's unlikely to spin out of control. Nothing will spoil your witness (and your fun) faster than giving into temptation.

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Throw Your Own Party

Throw Your Own After Prom Party
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Maybe your school doesn't sponsor a post-prom party and all the parties you know about are at homes where drinking, drugs, or seriously bad behaviors are bound to take place. Why not avoid all the trouble and throw the party yourself?

Pros: You set the boundaries for your party. You can determine who to invite, what food to serve, and how to avoid temptations.

Cons: A party involves expense, work, and planning. It's also a big responsibility.

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Late Night Eats

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After prom, food is almost always in order. Plenty of restaurants stay open all night, as well as 24-hour grocery stores with all the things you love to eat late at night.

Pros: Food. A dance usually includes lots of moving around and often not great food. Even if you have dinner at prom, it's usually banquet food (read: meh). So, snacking on some yummy junk food you love later? Priceless.

Cons: If you're going to a restaurant after the prom, make sure you have reservations, especially if you're in a large group. There's nothing worse than waiting, or not being able to get in, because your group is too big. 

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Teen Night Club

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Clubs specially designed for teens give you an opportunity to transfer your dance moves from the prom location to the club dance floor without missing a beat. If you're interested in dancing the night away, this may be the option for you.

Pros: Dance till you drop. The music never stops (well, until the club closes).

Cons: Teen night clubs tend to have seedy reputations. Make sure you pick a club you can trust where there's not an underlying drug scene, or worse. Some teen night clubs are great fun, others can easily turn dangerous.

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Midnight Movie

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Want to kick back after prom? What about going to see a midnight movie? Plenty of theaters have midnight showings of your favorite films. No all-night movie theater in your town? Then maybe a movie marathon at a friend's house will do.

Pros: Relax with a movie and friends after all the hullabaloo of prom. Grab some popcorn, soda, and candy, and wind down from all the action.

Cons: Not all movie theaters are open late.You're at the mercy of the theater's schedule and showings. If you're at a friend's house, remember to be respectful of parents and other people living there who may want to sleep.

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All Night Bowling

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Still amped for action? Keep the ball rolling at your local bowling lanes. Many bowling alleys stay open extra late on prom night. Ever try bowling in tuxes and gowns? It's hilarious!

Pros: It's fun and easy to hit the lanes after prom. Plus, most bowling alleys serve food and drinks, so you can keep up your strength.

Cons: Not all bowling alleys are open all night. It will cost money and space may be limited. Be sure to call ahead to reserve your lanes.

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Late Night Mini Golf

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Like all-night bowling, some mini-golf locations love to have teens come in after prom. It's a fun and social activity that creates amazing post-prom memories.

Pros: Very few things can go wrong with mini-golf. It's fun and simple, and often results in post-prom hilarity.

Cons: Not all mini-golf locations stay open late. Also, space may be limited. Make sure you call ahead for hours and see if they will have room for your group.

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Sleepover

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Take it old school and have a sleepover with your friends. If this year is your senior prom, you probably won't have many more sleepovers ahead of you, so take advantage now. Be a kid.

Pros: Getting a group together to play sleepover games can be fun. You can stay up all night sharing prom stories, eating junk food, and watching movies in the comfort of your PJs. Also, this is an easy activity to combine with others.

Cons: This is a same-gender activity, so it means separating from half of your group at the end of the night. You also need to make sure it's okay with the parents, and that you aren't going to be disturbing anyone.

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Go to the Beach

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If you are lucky enough to live near an ocean or lake, the beach can be an amazing post-prom activity. Often beaches will allow you to build a bonfire.

Pros: It's the beach. There's a breeze, sand, and great friends.

Cons: It's the beach. There are rules. Make sure your group has permission to be there. You don't want to get in trouble for trespassing.

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Stargazing

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The prom is busy, loud, and chaotic at times. After the prom it might be nice to go somewhere quiet to watch the stars.

Pros: It's quiet. Going to a peaceful place to stare at the stars means getting away from all the craziness and slowing things down. It's also a nice chance to chat and bond with one another away from it all.

Cons: It's important to do this activity in a group. Temptations may abound when you're alone with your date. Also, unless you're really into relaxing and staring at the stars, it may not be the all-night activity you're looking for.

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Game It Up

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Bowling and mini-golf are fun games, but sometimes you want to plan games that cost little to no money. Night tag, a scavenger hunt, or hide and seek can all be played late into the night. You may even want to set up a card game or monopoly tournament.

Pros: These games cost little to play. They're a great alternative to some of the expenses associated with prom.

Cons: You have to plan a place to play. Most towns have curfews for teens, so you don't want to be violating any ordinances. Also, if you're looking at cards or board games, make sure you have a home to play them in.

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Go to an Amusement Park

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Visiting an amusement park may not be possible right after prom, but it could be something fun for the next day.

Pros: There is little chance of boredom at an amusement park. There's something for everyone there. Games, shopping, rides, and more.

Cons: Most amusement parks are not cheap, so the costs may add up. They aren't typically open late at night, so it may not be something for that evening.

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Camping After Prom

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Some students like to go camping after prom. Like stargazing, it's quiet in wooded areas, and it brings some tranquility to the evening. It's also nice to get out of your dresses and tuxes and be comfortable while enjoying nature.

Pros: It's quiet and comfortable. Camping is a great outdoor activity for those who want something different.

Cons: It's outside, so weather can interfere when planning a camping trip. Sometimes you will need permits and equipment. Not everyone likes camping. And finally, camping post-prom with a mixed group means being on guard against temptations.

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All Night Bible Study

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What? Bible study after prom? There are all kinds of things you can do with an all-night Bible study after prom. It doesn't have to be boring. You can jazz it up with prom-related activities that include biblical lessons.

Pros: Keeps God in focus for the night. Everyone can participate together.

Cons: Not everyone wants to go from dancing to sitting in front of their Bible. If this is something you want to do, make it fun and inviting.

Edited by Mary Fairchild