5 Senior Skip Day Ideas That'll Cure Your Senioritis

Ditch your senioritis blues with these unforgettable senior skip day ideas that'll go down in high school history.

Updated February 27, 2024
Teenagers hanging out in urban park

There's only one cure that'll treat senioritis, and that's senior skip day. For decades, seniors have been cutting class en mass in honor of the seniors who walked before them. But the key to having a great senior skip day is planning something so fun that the time you spent together will be imprinted on your mind forever. 

15 Senior Skip Day Ideas You'll Remember for Years 

Senior skip day is a time-honored tradition that usually falls around the last few weeks of school. Whether you have your whole grade in cahoots or you're planning on spending it with a few friends, making sure you've got a solid itinerary is a must. Don't waste senior skip day lying in bed when you could be having some of the most fun of your life participating in these activities. 

Try the Hot Ones Challenge 

We don't know about you, but watching our friends choke down painfully spicy hot wings sounds like memory-making magic. The Hot Ones Challenge — which involves eating 10 progressively hotter sauce-covered wings — will put even the most fiery food-loving person through the wringer. From puking into trash cans to slobbering all over yourself because you've lost feeling in your lips, this is a senior skip day you won't soon forget. 

Have a Picnic on the Beach 

Heading to the beach can be a great way to unwind with your friends and enjoy a day off from school. Plan on packing snacks, drinks, sunscreen, and a portable speaker. Bring plenty of big towels to set out as well, and maybe even a large floaty that you all can share. Make a fun road trip playlist, and be sure to add all your friends' favorite songs. If the water is warm enough, you can swim, float around, or just spend the day lounging about in the idyllic environment. 

Bury a Time Capsule

If you and your friends feel extra sentimental, you can put together a time capsule and get permission to bury it in one of your parents' yards. Throw in some pictures, maybe a yearbook, and other special memory tokens, and enjoy spending your ditch day reminiscing together. You can even come up with a list of predictions for you and your friends' futures. Put together a plan to dig up the time capsule in 10 years and see just how much everything has changed and what silly things have stayed the same. 

Create a Friendship Scrapbook

If everyone is heading in different directions after graduation, you can spend your ditch day enjoying each others' company and creating a fun scrapbook together. Write about memories, add pictures, and decorate the pages with thoughts about your time in high school together. Leave several pages blank and pull a Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants with it. Send the notebook every month to a new person so they can write a little about what's going on for them. Staying connected was never this fun!

Challenge Your Friends to Go-Karts 

Bumper cars are for kids, but go-karts are for seniors sipping school. What better way to capture the freedom of senior skip day than with your feet on the floor and your hair whipping in the wind? Expend a little teenage angst by shoving past your friends and foes in your souped-up vehicle. 

Take a Cake Baking Class

In honor of almost finishing your senior year, take a cake decorating class or bake a cake together at home. After you've decorated your decadent desserts, head to a spot in town that holds a lot of memories for your group of friends and enjoy eating your masterpiece together.

Head to an Amusement Park

If you could use an adrenaline rush, plan on spending a day at the amusement park from open to close. While tickets can be pricey (and food and drinks are sure to cost a pretty penny), the mini-vacation will be well worth your investment.

Go Mini Golfing 

Put-put (or mini golf, depending on your region) is an easy and low-cost activity that people of all ages love. There's some metaphor for navigating high school buried in the act of whacking a brightly colored golf ball through an unreasonably difficult obstacle course. But philosophical diatribes aside, it's a great way for some friends to spend a few hours on senior skip day. 

Visit the Zoo

If you have a zoo nearby, you and your friends can plan on spending the day hanging out with all the animals. The zoo is a great place to walk around, relax in nature, and enjoy hanging out with your friends. Don't miss out on any special shows or programs they're holding during your visit. 

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Get a Free Short Stack on National Pancake Day 

There's no better way to celebrate senior skip day than by heading to IHOP and getting a free short stack of pancakes on National Pancake Day. Granted, this one relies on your class organizing ahead of time, but if you can get everyone in on the plan, it'll go off without a hitch. Not only is it a great low-budget option, but it'll also be fun spending the day surrounded by the people you've only got a few months left with. 

Quick Tip

Lining up your senior skip day to a national holiday can help you narrow down what activities you want to do. For example, you could shovel tacos to your heart's content on National Taco Day. 

Go on a Hike

Teens hiking together

If you and your friends want to do something active, plan a beautiful hike together. This gives you a great opportunity to see (and capture) some stunning views. Exploring nature can be a great change of pace from the typical school environment. You can even pack a picnic to make the day last even longer. 

See a Live Show

If you and your friends are in the mood to see something live, you can plan on heading to a concert or comedy show. Plan to meet up at someone's house or a nearby restaurant and hang out together before making your way to the show. Getting lost in the crowd and watching talented people show off their skills is a great way to spend your senior skip day. 

Get Commemorative Tattoos 

If you're over 18 and really want to remember the friends you've made along the way, you could get a commemorative tattoo on senior skip day. While tattoos aren't something to take lightly, they are a valid form of expression for people of all ages. But since it's permanent artwork, make sure you choose a timeless design that 30-year-old you won't be embarrassed to have. 

Rent a Skating Rink 

If you have an organized senior class, why not wrangle everyone's pocket change together to rent a skating rink for the afternoon? Harken back to your childhood days, tearing it up on your inlines to the Hit 100 from the 2000s. And if you can't get the entire class on board, you and your besties can always circle the rink on your own. 

Set Up a Catered Lunch

If you want to do something a bit more formal, you can set up a catered lunch and pick a fun location to enjoy each others' company. Have everyone pool their money and pick a restaurant that everyone likes. You can have your lunch at a park, at someone's house, or at a special venue. Some of the best conversations happen between tasty bites of food, after all. 

Make Memories That'll Last a Lifetime 

Senior skip day is an exciting tradition that you want to be able to look back on long after you've left high school. Try to pick something out of the box that all your friends are game for, and you'll make some memories that will last a lifetime. 

5 Senior Skip Day Ideas That'll Cure Your Senioritis