How to have fun at a mall

Who says one needs a huge gang to hit the mall, and then have gala time? This is a dated concept. These days one should not think before going anywhere alone, especially in their own city, waiting for someone to team themselves up with. If a thing has been pending since long, or one feels like treating themselves as a king or queen for a day then one should learn to step out without another condescending discussion with group of friends. Jotting down what all one can do to have a fantabulous alone experience at malls.

The largest chunk of malls is covered with national and international line of clothing. Everyone loves to try those chic clothes, with matching accessories and shoes. Even if one does not intend to buy anything, there is no harm and charges on trying out the latest styles at the stores. But on the other hand, it is more reliving to shop alone as there is no one to stop one from anything- be it for the dress they have longed for, but could not because they felt a little weird to bring their hidden streak out in front of everyone. People can try clothes that they always wanted to but were conscious, and even try mix and match from different rows to form a bizarre yet chic combination! Most malls have pet corner, or pet adoption stalls where people are allowed to play with them. One may spend some alone time with furry little friends who neither complain, nor demand. Play with kittens or pups, give them silly names or watch how they roll when poked! Its sheer fun! Next, one may hit bookstores, and flip through the pages of their favourite magazines or books, sit and relax, buy their favourite novels; the list and possibilities at a book store are endless. The third possibility is the bath and body shops; because malls are not all about clothes and accessories. Sniff candles, try lotions, spray body mists, dab lipstick, create a hamper. Next is one may watch a movie alone, grab a bucket of large popcorn with cold drink, and they are set. 2 hours of continuous bliss with no interruptions- life never felt this better, right?

One can also get in a spa to get full body massage or foot massages. Normally spas have great discounts or offers up for grab that are relaxing both for the body and the pocket. Striking up conversations with random people should come naturally to one who is outspoken and can socialize well. One can strike conversation, sit back and observe people (obviously not in a creepy or dangerous way) and play with little kids. Hit the arcade and play all sorts of games, which is undoubtedly the best way to spend the afternoon. Sit down with the layout of the mall structure and redesign it in a quirky but creative way, utilizing every nook and corner of the available land in the best possible manner. After so much of running around, one may sit to treat themselves at food court of their favourite outlet. Munch on burger and wash it down with an iced tea or nachos with mugful of beer. Delhi shopping malls have wide range of outlets that serve cuisines of across the globe that satisfies the taste buds of every foodie; one never leaves disappointed from the malls.

Several malls have huge green patches and fountains. One may sit down with a cup of coffee and a book, and their evening is made. In fact, various events keep happening at malls that are promotional activities, or live band performance, flea markets and karaoke etc. One may also keep a tab over event in malls and attend them alone. People can actually do a lot of things alone; one such thing is enjoying alone at malls.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How to Go to the Mall, Spend Nothing, and Have Fun!

On occasion I take my daughter (who is two) to the mall so we can walk around in the air conditioning. It’s, you know, something to do. (She is usually in my Ergo baby carrier.) But I don’t really want to spend money at the mall – I much prefer thrift stores or discount stores, with the occasional treat.

But hey, this is how to have fun at the mall without spending a dime!

– Sign up for the Godiva Rewards club at one of the Godiva stores and get a free chocolate truffle (you can get one free chocolate a month – and you’ll get one immediately when you sign up).
– Swing by Teavana and sip on their tea samples. Yummy!
– Check out the food court for free snacks. I’m a vegetarian, so I pass by the free chicken samples, but they are ALWAYS being handed out. Pretzel stands often have free pretzels, cookie stands sometimes have free cookies.
– Go into Lush or the Body Shop and try out the lotions. Sometimes stores like those will be giving out free hand massages too. And SOMETIMES there are free samples to take home and try, though not always.
– Stroll through Yankee Candle and smell all the candles, one by one.
– Stop in at Coach and pick up your free Coach Poppy pencil pack! (You have to sign up and print out the form first.)

OK so this is all rather silly, but it can make for a fun excursion for you (and your kid) and leave you feeling satisfied (vs. feeling satisfied by buying a special treat or a new pair of shoes or something you don’t really need).

How to have fun at a mall

A mall scavenger hunt is a great way to spend a few hours. This free printable scavenger hunt list can be used by kids, teens or even adults looking for some friendly competition! It definitely qualifies under the activities for kids category!

How to have fun at a mall

WHAT IS A MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

A mall scavenger hunt is basically just a scavenger hunt that takes place at a mall. The mall can be a large indoor mall or even outdoor malls would work.

The object of the game is to find items that are common in a mall setting. When the person finds an item on the list they will take a picture of it with their phone and mark it off the list.

The person to find all the items the fastest will win!

INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

Scavenger hunts can be played individually or on teams. I think the team approach is preferred for a mall scavenger hunt especially if children or teens are playing.

Safety dictates that kids shouldn’t be alone at the mall! Plus team activities are a lot more fun.

Small teams work best for this particular scavenger hunt. Two to four players per team is the perfect number.

When doing a team mall scavenger hunt it is a good idea to assign one person the task of taking all the pictures. This will keep all of the “evidence” on one phone and make proving all the items quick and easy.

How to have fun at a mall

WHAT DO YOU FIND ON A MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

There are really an unlimited number of items you could look for during a mall scavenger hunt. This free printable mall scavenger hunt list has items that should be fairly easy to locate within almost any mall setting.

Some items that are common for mall scavenger hunts are:

  • sale signs–general and more specific
  • types of food
  • clothing items
  • items sold in specialty stores
  • standard items in a mall like escalators, bathrooms, mall map, etc.

There is really no limit to the kinds of items you could search out and that is part of what makes this game so much fun.

How to have fun at a mall

WHO WILL ENJOY A MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

I think anyone can have a great time doing a mall scavenger hunt.

This could be a fun way to pass some time after the family goes out to shop for new shoes or school supplies. If the kids behave during the shopping portion then the family can have some fun afterwards.

Tweens and teens will get a big kick out of this activity. They love being at the mall, but typically don’t have money to spend so this is a way to pass time and have some laughs in a safe atmosphere.

This scavenger hunt would be really fun as a birthday party activity too!

The main component needs to be people who like to have fun!

FREE PRINTABLE MALL SCAVENGER HUNT LIST

You can download and print off a mall scavenger hunt list for your own personal use. If you think your family will want to do this more than once be sure to laminate the list and use dry erase markers to check off items as you find them.

Just fill in the form below to download the printable mall scavenger hunt.

Fill in the form above. After you submit the form, you’ll receive an email from “Wondermom Wannabe” with a direct link to the printable library where you’ll find the link to the printable above as well as all of my other free printables. If you do not see the email in your inbox within a few minutes, check your spam folder.

The most likely place will be in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then simply select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is stored on your computer.

You’ll need a program that supports PDFS, like Adobe Acrobat (which is free). Open the program, click File > Print. Select your printer and set the number of copies you want to print. Double check your print preview, then click print.

How to have fun at a mall

If you enjoyed this activity, be sure to check out these other fun scavenger hunt ideas:

Don’t forget to PIN this post so you can come back and print these off again in the future!

How to have fun at a mall

Everyone is shopping online nowadays causing a huge economic crisis for brick and mortar retailers. So how can these retailers adjust to this on-line shopping phenomenon particularly in the smaller and mid-tier malls?

One of the more effective campaigns that companies use is turning to their websites to push people to come into their stores and make a purchase by offering coupons on their website. The catch is you can only use the coupon for an in-store purchase. Brilliant!

Ok! So, you’ve got the customer coming into the mall, but how do you get them to stay in the mall and visit more retailers? The answer my friend is offering events in shopping malls. There are many mall events ideas and mall entertainment ideas.

1. Christmas is the Mother of All Mall Entertainment Activities

How to have fun at a mall

Christmas is the biggest holiday that drives customers to the mall. This is where shopping mall event ideas are crucial to a successful Christmas season.

The obvious mall event idea is of course Santa’s Wonderland complete with snow and Santa’s throne and his little elf helpers.

However, along with Santa another mall event idea is to position a giant igloo close to Santa where children can enter and have their face painted.

How much fun is that! Mom and Dad can sit close by and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte while they wait for their little ones to emerge from the coolest igloo ever.

2. Valentine Mall Event Idea

How to have fun at a mall

Valentines Day ranks almost as high as Christmas at the mall. Valentines Day is all about romance, roses, wine and chocolate. Mmmmm! A great shopping mall event idea is to position a Chocolate Making Demonstration in the middle of the Mall. Chocolate hearts add to the romantic mood of the holiday.

After the demo the audience may choose their valentine chocolate and place them in individual boxes branded with your mall logo as a takeaway gift. How sweet is that!

3. Come Sail Away with the next Mall Entertainment Activity

How to have fun at a mall

Winter holiday getaways are ideal for shopping mall event ideas. Cruise wear and resort wear is a huge category in the retail clothing market.

Why not capitalize on this by transforming your mall into a tropical paradise with giant palm trees, a tiki hut and some Hawaiian hula dancers to get everyone in the holiday mood. Top it all off with samples of Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

4. Draw Customers with a Movie Theme Shopping Mall Activity

How to have fun at a mall

Movie themes are a great idea to bring customers to the mall. This shopping mall event idea works well especially when the mall supports a cinema. Perhaps there is another Star Wars or a Toy Story movie playing or another Frozen movie or how about the much-anticipated Harry Potter movie.

Hiring characters or stilt walkers representing the latest movies would create an incredible mall entertainment activity keeping kids engaged.

5. Inviting all Divas for this Mall Entertainment Activity Extravaganza

How to have fun at a mall

Fashion is always a huge draw not only for women but men and children as well. Consider an extravaganza fashion show for your next shopping mall event idea. A swag bag featuring free samples or coupons from your retailers could be part of the draw.

Decor for this mall event idea would be essential. Pipe and drapes as well as decorated entrance from which the models would enter the runway would transform the mall into a Paris style fashion show. The clothing being modeled of course would be contributed by the retailers. Shop owners should prepare for an onslaught after the show!

6. Mall Entertainment Activities Designed for Everyone

How to have fun at a mall

Keep customers staying longer and give parents a well deserved break by offering fun activities that keep kids busy, like an Eyelash or Tattoo station. Kids get to try on some fun fake eyelashes or metallic temporary tattoos. So much fun for parents and kids to pick out the styles together. As an added bonus don’t forget to encourage shoppers to pick up a matching outfit for their kids fun new look!

7. Sing- a-long as a Shopping Mall Event Idea

How to have fun at a mall

Music soothes the soul. Bringing music as part of your mall entertainment activity always draws crowds. Something as simple as a Barbershop Quartet singing Christmas Carols improves your customers’ mall shopping experience as well as putting them in the mood to shop for Christmas presents. Don’t forget to add some chairs for this pleasant break from shopping.

8. Dance your Troubles Away at the Next Shopping Mall Event

How to have fun at a mall

According to Healthy Living, dancing is effective in releasing endorphins resulting in feelings of well being and happiness. Furthermore, a study done by Professor Michael Norton from the Harvard Business School showed that people were happier when they spent money on other people!

So, what are you waiting for? Go for the dance! Feature a professional Dance Party to create an energetic mall entertainment activity. Try it! You’ll love it and so will your customers as well as your retailers. So much fun!

So, there you have it folks. These are some cool shopping mall event ideas. Contact your favorite event planner to help you make these mall event ideas a reality.

How to have fun at a mall

A mall scavenger hunt is a great way to spend a few hours. This free printable scavenger hunt list can be used by kids, teens or even adults looking for some friendly competition! It definitely qualifies under the activities for kids category!

How to have fun at a mall

WHAT IS A MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

A mall scavenger hunt is basically just a scavenger hunt that takes place at a mall. The mall can be a large indoor mall or even outdoor malls would work.

The object of the game is to find items that are common in a mall setting. When the person finds an item on the list they will take a picture of it with their phone and mark it off the list.

The person to find all the items the fastest will win!

INDIVIDUAL OR TEAM MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

Scavenger hunts can be played individually or on teams. I think the team approach is preferred for a mall scavenger hunt especially if children or teens are playing.

Safety dictates that kids shouldn’t be alone at the mall! Plus team activities are a lot more fun.

Small teams work best for this particular scavenger hunt. Two to four players per team is the perfect number.

When doing a team mall scavenger hunt it is a good idea to assign one person the task of taking all the pictures. This will keep all of the “evidence” on one phone and make proving all the items quick and easy.

How to have fun at a mall

WHAT DO YOU FIND ON A MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

There are really an unlimited number of items you could look for during a mall scavenger hunt. This free printable mall scavenger hunt list has items that should be fairly easy to locate within almost any mall setting.

Some items that are common for mall scavenger hunts are:

  • sale signs–general and more specific
  • types of food
  • clothing items
  • items sold in specialty stores
  • standard items in a mall like escalators, bathrooms, mall map, etc.

There is really no limit to the kinds of items you could search out and that is part of what makes this game so much fun.

How to have fun at a mall

WHO WILL ENJOY A MALL SCAVENGER HUNT?

I think anyone can have a great time doing a mall scavenger hunt.

This could be a fun way to pass some time after the family goes out to shop for new shoes or school supplies. If the kids behave during the shopping portion then the family can have some fun afterwards.

Tweens and teens will get a big kick out of this activity. They love being at the mall, but typically don’t have money to spend so this is a way to pass time and have some laughs in a safe atmosphere.

This scavenger hunt would be really fun as a birthday party activity too!

The main component needs to be people who like to have fun!

FREE PRINTABLE MALL SCAVENGER HUNT LIST

You can download and print off a mall scavenger hunt list for your own personal use. If you think your family will want to do this more than once be sure to laminate the list and use dry erase markers to check off items as you find them.

Just fill in the form below to download the printable mall scavenger hunt.

Fill in the form above. After you submit the form, you’ll receive an email from “Wondermom Wannabe” with a direct link to the printable library where you’ll find the link to the printable above as well as all of my other free printables. If you do not see the email in your inbox within a few minutes, check your spam folder.

The most likely place will be in your computer’s Downloads folder. You can also select “Downloads” in your browser menu to see a list of your downloads, then simply select “Show in folder” below the file name to see where it is stored on your computer.

You’ll need a program that supports PDFS, like Adobe Acrobat (which is free). Open the program, click File > Print. Select your printer and set the number of copies you want to print. Double check your print preview, then click print.

How to have fun at a mall

If you enjoyed this activity, be sure to check out these other fun scavenger hunt ideas:

Don’t forget to PIN this post so you can come back and print these off again in the future!

How to have fun at a mall

Everyone is shopping online nowadays causing a huge economic crisis for brick and mortar retailers. So how can these retailers adjust to this on-line shopping phenomenon particularly in the smaller and mid-tier malls?

One of the more effective campaigns that companies use is turning to their websites to push people to come into their stores and make a purchase by offering coupons on their website. The catch is you can only use the coupon for an in-store purchase. Brilliant!

Ok! So, you’ve got the customer coming into the mall, but how do you get them to stay in the mall and visit more retailers? The answer my friend is offering events in shopping malls. There are many mall events ideas and mall entertainment ideas.

1. Christmas is the Mother of All Mall Entertainment Activities

How to have fun at a mall

Christmas is the biggest holiday that drives customers to the mall. This is where shopping mall event ideas are crucial to a successful Christmas season.

The obvious mall event idea is of course Santa’s Wonderland complete with snow and Santa’s throne and his little elf helpers.

However, along with Santa another mall event idea is to position a giant igloo close to Santa where children can enter and have their face painted.

How much fun is that! Mom and Dad can sit close by and enjoy a pumpkin spice latte while they wait for their little ones to emerge from the coolest igloo ever.

2. Valentine Mall Event Idea

How to have fun at a mall

Valentines Day ranks almost as high as Christmas at the mall. Valentines Day is all about romance, roses, wine and chocolate. Mmmmm! A great shopping mall event idea is to position a Chocolate Making Demonstration in the middle of the Mall. Chocolate hearts add to the romantic mood of the holiday.

After the demo the audience may choose their valentine chocolate and place them in individual boxes branded with your mall logo as a takeaway gift. How sweet is that!

3. Come Sail Away with the next Mall Entertainment Activity

How to have fun at a mall

Winter holiday getaways are ideal for shopping mall event ideas. Cruise wear and resort wear is a huge category in the retail clothing market.

Why not capitalize on this by transforming your mall into a tropical paradise with giant palm trees, a tiki hut and some Hawaiian hula dancers to get everyone in the holiday mood. Top it all off with samples of Hawaiian Shaved Ice!

4. Draw Customers with a Movie Theme Shopping Mall Activity

How to have fun at a mall

Movie themes are a great idea to bring customers to the mall. This shopping mall event idea works well especially when the mall supports a cinema. Perhaps there is another Star Wars or a Toy Story movie playing or another Frozen movie or how about the much-anticipated Harry Potter movie.

Hiring characters or stilt walkers representing the latest movies would create an incredible mall entertainment activity keeping kids engaged.

5. Inviting all Divas for this Mall Entertainment Activity Extravaganza

How to have fun at a mall

Fashion is always a huge draw not only for women but men and children as well. Consider an extravaganza fashion show for your next shopping mall event idea. A swag bag featuring free samples or coupons from your retailers could be part of the draw.

Decor for this mall event idea would be essential. Pipe and drapes as well as decorated entrance from which the models would enter the runway would transform the mall into a Paris style fashion show. The clothing being modeled of course would be contributed by the retailers. Shop owners should prepare for an onslaught after the show!

6. Mall Entertainment Activities Designed for Everyone

How to have fun at a mall

Keep customers staying longer and give parents a well deserved break by offering fun activities that keep kids busy, like an Eyelash or Tattoo station. Kids get to try on some fun fake eyelashes or metallic temporary tattoos. So much fun for parents and kids to pick out the styles together. As an added bonus don’t forget to encourage shoppers to pick up a matching outfit for their kids fun new look!

7. Sing- a-long as a Shopping Mall Event Idea

How to have fun at a mall

Music soothes the soul. Bringing music as part of your mall entertainment activity always draws crowds. Something as simple as a Barbershop Quartet singing Christmas Carols improves your customers’ mall shopping experience as well as putting them in the mood to shop for Christmas presents. Don’t forget to add some chairs for this pleasant break from shopping.

8. Dance your Troubles Away at the Next Shopping Mall Event

How to have fun at a mall

According to Healthy Living, dancing is effective in releasing endorphins resulting in feelings of well being and happiness. Furthermore, a study done by Professor Michael Norton from the Harvard Business School showed that people were happier when they spent money on other people!

So, what are you waiting for? Go for the dance! Feature a professional Dance Party to create an energetic mall entertainment activity. Try it! You’ll love it and so will your customers as well as your retailers. So much fun!

So, there you have it folks. These are some cool shopping mall event ideas. Contact your favorite event planner to help you make these mall event ideas a reality.

Who cares what the law says?

How to have fun at a mall

Can you honestly look your partner in the eyes and say you’ve never thought about having sex in a public place? You, like the rest of the world, probably have an exhibitionist streak somewhere playing inside—or curiosity at the least.

“I like to think there is a little voyeur in all of us,” says Gigi Engle, certified sex coach, sexologist, and author of All The F*cking Mistakes: A Guide to Sex, Love and Life. “The idea of someone watching you have sex is pretty hot. It’s like staring in your own porn movie.”

Having sex in a public place feels forbidden (it is illegal, mind you) and the chance of getting caught with your hands dirty (literally, probably) gets adrenaline pumping. Plus, if you’re in a long-term relationship, going at it in the wild can spice things up, especially if you feel your sex life has plateaued lately, Engle says. You’ll get creative—just think about all the scheming and on-the-fly thinking—and bring those vibes back behind closed doors.

“It also requires a level of trust that you’re in it together,” Amy Levine, sex coach and founder of Ignite Your Pleasure says. “It gives you the opportunity to explore something that can take you to a new erotic edge.”

With public romps, it’s important to consider consent, Engle notes. Of course, that includes you and your partner, but also those who might be around—obviously, strangers haven’t signed up to watch you bone. Being sexually open and adventurous is awesome, but you also need to be a decent and respectful person, so you need to find the right blurry line between public and **still** private.

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Renting Shopping Centre Space

The shopping mall has it all! Consumers go there as an entertainment center, dining destination, shopping session. They also have retail stores, department stores, the food court, to have fun… there’s no doubt, malls attract a lot of shoppers! Try renting a pop-up store in a mall for a day, week, month, or more and be amongst like-minded retailers, plus tons of shoppers and foot traffic.

Mall spaces are perfect for pop-up stores because there are so many different configurations of spaces they offer, all surrounded by other retailers, brands, and shops that drive a lot of traffic when compared to a permanent location. Plus, there are so many different types of shoppers that enter malls that it’s easy to attract new customers, plus your target demographic.

You can also rent space for your pop-ups, kiosks, carts in a shopping mall for your retail operations. Mobile carts and kiosks are used for non-traditional uses such as product launch, specialty shop, and experimental marketing. Rent kiosks or carts on a monthly rental basis at your favorite mall.

Storefront can help you rent a pop-up or lease retail space in the top cities of the United States: Washington DC, Atlanta, and from malls like the Mall of America. Storefront is the world’s largest online marketplace with suitable space options to rent pop-ups and event spaces for businesses. Our aim is to make retail space for businesses accessible. We have access to 10,000 listings with more than 25 million square feet across the world to find your ideal space with flexible lease terms and the best leasing opportunities. It is also customizable according to your business plan and base rental budget.

If you already know the location you want – city(ies), neighborhood(s), then jump over our city list and browse our 10,000+ spaces available across 60+ cities worldwide.

If you are unsure about what retail area is the best fit for your brand have a look at one of our neighborhood guides, or just contact a concierge. At Storefront, we live and breathe shopping mall space: we’ll be happy to provide corporate clients with a free consultation!

How to rent a space in the mall

Just browse our list of cities and find your favorite mall: you will be able to read the details of each listing, and post your inquiry directly there! To maximize your chances to secure the best space, have the following at hand: your brand profile (products, pricing, website, social media, previous mall experience) and your top requirements (surface needed, power capacity etc.).

The benefits of a short term rental in a shopping center location

In a shopping mall, visitors come to be surprised, discover new things, and of course: shop! This is the ideal set up for you to create a connection with your customers. A pop-up store in a mall will surprise passersby, allow them to walk inside and discover something new, as they are passing by the spaces! By popping up in a mall location, you’ll surprise and delight your customers with a memorable experience, and a unique approach to retail: a win-win!

Top reasons to rent mall space with Storefront

Incomparable foot traffic from the best locations

On average, malls have between 5 million and 8 million visitors a year!. Identifying where your customer target while choosing the location is important.

Meet the consumers where they are

It’s not just a destination, it’s a high-action zone! Consumers go there for surprises, to discover new things, and especially to buy!

Unparalleled Visibility

Mall spaces give you the visibility and flexibility you need to activate your store.

Open 7 days a week

As malls are open every day of the week, it’s the perfect opportunity to increase cash flow on high traffic on both the weekdays and weekends for your business.

Great customer experience

Feel free to get creative and innovative in this pop-up space; it’s yours for the taking!

The proximity

Popping up in a mall is a great way to get closer to your customers, get to know them better, and create a memorable experience.