With the end of the school year comes summer and a time when teens have trouble finding activities to keep them engaged and having fun. This is a guide about summer activities for teens.
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My friend and I are 15 and 16, we are looking for fun ideas to do during the summer with our friends (boys and girls). We have access to some driving. We would appreciate any ideas! Thank you.
By Anna from Mesa, AZ
By Polly G05/22/2012
Check out opportunities to do fun "work"! Things like helping at Vacation Bible School, community projects like planting flowers and painting curbs can be lots of fun for teenagers (especially if you get to squirt each other with a hose), hold a car wash to raise money for your band/cheerleaders/charity etc, volunteer to read to kids at the local library and put on skits for them with your friends, organize a block party in your neighborhood.
After each one of these activities, have a jammin' picnic in a local park or pool, playing your own music (surely someone has speakers for their i-Pod!) and dancing, shooting hoops etc.
When you do have a car, visit some nearby "tourist" thing, attend fireman's carnivals and community days, go to free movies where you take a blanket and sit on the grass.
Most of these things are very low cost and can be a blast for teens who are good friends and like to hang out. Have a great summer! (and don't forget to spend a little time reading - that's a great get-away!)
I have a teenage son with a disability living in New York. His disability limits the amount of walking he can do. I do drive. I wanted to know what fun activities he can join or do during the summer.
How about taking him to a place where he can swim or row a boat? Can he ride a bike or could he get a scooter or "hoveround"-type vehicle to ride on?
What are some fun ideas and activities for teens to do in the summer? Please keep in mind: I am 15 years old, so there isn't much transportation or money available. My friends and I are trying to think of some different things that would be a load of fun.
By Gabriela from Portland, ME
You and your friends could make some money and have fun at the same time. I used to help mow yards, baby sit, and do oddsy endsy things for people. As far as free stuff and not having to try to find money, well, I used to and still do go to the beach, libraries (some offer free things like live music, movies, etc.), museums at times are free or for a donation, go to various parks that are within walking distance. That's just a few of the things that I used to do and that my kids currently do.
My friend and I both have two sons ages 13 and 11 and we are looking for some inexpensive ideas to help them enjoy their summer break without breaking our purses. Please help!
By A. Rachel
Well I know boys tend to love going to the lake and fishing! Poles/rods may be a little spendy but they will last for a long time! Or even getting a few kids from the neighborhood and having a fire or a cook out once in a while is always fun! Or you can just go camping with some friends of theirs! Even the friends parents can come which will fun for all of you! Hope I helped!
My friends and I are 17 (girls) and we're looking for more things to do. We have access to a car.
By Taylor H.
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What are some activities/hobbies a teenage girl could get into for the summer? All my friends are busy and I'm too young to get a job or drive. Any ideas on what I could do to keep myself busy?
I can relate. I grew up in a rural community, so all my friends were far away, too. Here are some things I did (and many that I still do) to stay occupied during the summer. Decorate your room. Be sure to get your parent's permission first. Painting is easy once you get the basic tools and check out techniques--the Internet is full of ideas. You could do stripes or different colored walls, then think about what you can move around and use to create new looks.
Take walks. Not only is the exercise good for you, but you'll see things you'd never notice while whizzing by in the car. Learn something new like dance routines or cooking/baking or tie-dying or woodwork. A new hobby can eat up hours! Got a digital camera? Take pictures of things outside and create a website to show off your pics. There are lots of photo sharing websites so you don't have to do the set-up work. Gardening is fun too. Ask your folks if you can have a little square of the backyard to plant flowers or vegetables and watch them grow. I thought I hated gardening until I tried it. Seeing plants pop out of seeds is magical. Giving a bouquet of flowers that you grew to your mom will probably make it easier to get car keys from her later.
Lastly, read! I'm a teacher, so I have to tell you that, but I'm also a lifelong reader because I love it. If you think you don't like reading, it's probably because you haven't found a book or magazine that suits your interests. Visit your local library and snoop around, or ask for help. Librarians love hooking up people and reading. The nice thing about books and magazines is that they are portable, so you can go sit in the shade, paint your nails, and read away while they dry! Have fun, and have a good summer. (06/23/2007)
Do you crochet? or knit? Both are easy to learn. I happen to think crochet is easier. There are lots of places that need crocheted items, just do a search on crochet charity and there are tons. There are also lots of sites with the basics. I found one site today that asks for a commitment of 1 item per week. They are very small and 2 are easy patterns. I plan to commit to it after our family vacation this year. This should cost very little, but do something nice for others. http://www.angelsforhope.org/
If you can go to garage sales many times they will have leftover yarn, for sale for very little. (06/23/2007)
By Kim Ch from WA
If you live in a big city, you can plan to take a random bus and just explore the city. Look for all sorts of neat little shops. Don't forget your camera. You can take neat pics. Try planning on hitting some of your city's festivals. Those are always fun.
Maybe even meet one of your parents at work and go out for lunch. You could go Garage Sale Hopping; gather random stuff and make a project out of it. You could make a CD of all your favorite songs and title it "Soundtrack of My life".
You could search easy recipes for drinks. Then ask your parent to take you grocery shopping, load up on ingredients, and mix away. Then have a party when your friends get back and make them all these fancy drinks. Like fun summer drinks. Have a tropic party! Hope this helped! (06/20/2008)