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Fun Summer Activities for Teenagers and Tweens
Things to do for Teenagers in Summer
Looking for things for teenagers and tweens to do over the summer? There's lots to keep kids busy and happy. I have a variety of suggestions ranging from outings, games and get togethers with friends.
Teens and tweens aren't as easily amused as younger children, so coming up with a variety of activities will help them to celebrate a great summer.
Additionally, I have some hobby ideas along with some free, printable coloring pages to help spend those hot weather days.
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Aquatic Park Swimming
A great way for kids to cool off during the summer is at water and aquatic parks. Should you be near a water park, you might think about getting a season pass. This way they can go as often as they like.
If you don't have one nearby, you can check to see if there are any aquatic parks in your area. Many are indoor facilities, so even if it isn't warm enough where you live to swim outdoors, kids can enjoy swimming in a climate controlled area.
The prices are usually good. The ones around here are about $5 per session. Many have family discount nights and sometimes even offer free family sessions.
Swimming pool image by paulhami at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Summer Bus Pass
Check to see if your area has a summer bus pass for teens. They're reasonably priced and teens can get to a variety of locations such as the mall and movie theaters.
They have such a pass where I live and it's only $10 for the entire summer. Teens love the freedom and parents don't have to always drive.
Bus image by dave_7 at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Do you have a teen you need to keep busy this summer?
Get teens to form their own summer club and each week they can plan an outing. This way, they have something fun to look forward to each week.
Suggestions include the zoo, video arcade, miniature golf, the mall, the movies, beach, picnic, bowling and local amusement park, if there happens to be one in the area. Otherwise, find out if there are any county fairs during the summer.
See if any of the places have special discount times. Where I live, the local arcade runs specials a few days a week where unlimited video games can be played at specified times for 2 1/2 hours at the cost of seven dollars.
Teenagers image by joncandy at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fun Games for Tweens and Teenagers
Consider planning a game night. Teens and tweens can invite their friends over to play a variety of games. You can make it a snack potluck or provide snacks and beverages yourself.
If you are in need of game ideas, I have some for you below that are available from Amazon. These games can also double for a family game night. We personally play all of these at my house and the kids love them.
Twister image by Jono Rotten at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
This is a fun game for all ages. You match numbers or colors on cards in this fast paced card game.
The object of the game is to name three items in a particular category within 5 seconds. Sounds easy? It's not as simple as it sounds and you'll end up getting some hilarious answers.
You are given cards with different scenarios and have to try to choose the most popular answers. This is a great group game.
I know that initially this may seem like a kids game, but it's fun for teens and adults, too. The object is to guess what's on the picture you're wearing by asking a series of questions.
Part Time Jobs for Teenagers
Some teens like to get a part time job over the summer to earn some extra money. Older teens shouldn't have much trouble finding jobs, but it will be more of a challenge for younger ones as most places have age restrictions.
An idea is to get some teens together to form their own summer job business. They can make up fliers of their services and post them around. Ideas include walking dogs, picking up dog droppings, watering lawns, mowing, etc.
Being that it's summer, many people go on vacation and could use someone to look after their property while they're away such as bringing in the newspaper and mail, feeding the cats, etc. Teens can brainstorm on what other types of jobs they could do.
Mowing image by selmerv at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Summer Sports for Kids
If your teen likes sports, check to see if there are any summer sports programs in your area. Sometimes, you can find them through your local Parks and Recreation. In addition, keep a look out for signs that advertise summer leagues.
Otherwise, kids can shoot some hoops at your local park or head over to a local school and take advantage of he courts there. Some schools have courts for volleyball or badminton which can be used for free during the summer.
Do you have a child who likes to skateboard? See if you have a skateboard park nearby. If not, consider investing in a couple of ramps or even making them with your teen.
Don't forget about nighttime activities. One of our favorites is to play Frisbee at night with lighted discs.
Skateboarding image by TimothyJ at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Sports Equipment for Kids
Teens can have so much fun playing Frisbee at night. This light up one has a LED light and comes with a replaceable battery.
Soccer is a popular sport and this ball is highly durable with great air retention.
Teens can takes to the courts and shoot some hoops with this quality indoor/outdoor basketball.
Video Games for Teenagers
Video games are huge with teenagers, especially boys. Some new games will certainly keep them busy during the summer months and not only at home. If you have a teen who enjoys games and has a hand held system and you're planning a vacation that involves driving or an airplane ride, I definitely recommend stocking up on some new games.
I personally like GameStop because you can trade in games and purchase both new and used ones, which greatly cuts down on the amount of money you have to spend.
Some popular games among teens include the Black Ops series, Just Dance 4, Sims games, Battlefield and the Halo series. If you're looking for online games to play, check out Star Wars the Old Republic, Wizard 101 and Minecraft. This is just a small sampling of games that teenagers love to play.
Image by PsuedoGil at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Just Dance 4 Video Game
This is available on different systems, so be sure you pick the right one. This game is great for exercising to cool tunes such as "What Makes you Beautiful," "Moves Like Jagger," and "Call Me Maybe."
Call of Duty Ghosts
This is the latest in the popular Call of Duty series. Perfect for those who like shooting games.
Video Games for Tweens
Like teens, most tweens enjoy playing video games. Online games like Club Penguin, Neopets, Whyville and Wizard 101 are among the favorites at this age.
For girls, some of their favorite games have to do with fashion or animals, such as games in the Petz series.
Boys like games in the Lego series such as Star Wars and Harry Potter. Popular with both are Mario Brother games. Zelda is another one that girls and guys like to play
Club Penguin image by Kevin Jarrett at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Fun Games for Tweens
We've always liked the Super Mario games. What I like in particular about this one is that up to 4 people can play at the same time. This way your child can play with a few friends.
Does your teen like video games?
Plan a Movie Night
Kids can chill out with a fun movie night. Be sure to have a variety to choose from. Serve some food and toss in some fun movie trivia. To find trivia, just type in a search for the name of the movie and trivia. You'll be amazed at how many trivia sites there are.
This could also be a fun theme for a slumber party. Have each person who is invited to bring over their favorite movie. Just be sure to have enough popcorn!
Oz image by ImagePros at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.
Hobbies for a Teenager
Summer is a great time to pick up a new hobby. It's something that can start now and continue throughout the year. If the child likes music, consider some music lessons such as guitar or piano.
There are many fun things to collect at this age such as sports cards, coins and postcards. Do you have a daughter who enjoys jewelry? How about some jewelry making kits?
If you have a child who enjoys taking pictures, consider photography. How about cooking? You can find some simple recipes that can help teach kids how to cook.
Crafts can also be fun. Just be sure that the craft matches the age. If you have a bunch of family photographs that are just put aside, get some scrapbook supplies and let kids get creative making a scrapbook. You could even make one special for the summer.
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Cookbook for Teens
This book was written by teens for teens and covers recipes, cooking vocabulary and even how to make sense of the math which is involved in cooking.
Teen Volunteer Opportunities
Does your child like to help others? If so, many organizations will work with teen volunteers. Our family happens to love animals, so we foster kittens until they are ready to be adopted.
If you're interested, check with your local PetCo or Pet Smart and ask them if they have any groups they work with. If you've been to one of these on the weekends, most likely you've seen a group there doing kitten and cat adoptions.
There are also organizations who need help with fostering dogs and rabbits as well. The fun is that you get to have an animal in your home temporarily with the satisfaction of knowing you are helping the animal to get a forever home.
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Coloring Pages for Teenagers
Just because children become teenagers, it doesn't mean they still don't like to color. It all depends on the particular person. Even some adults still enjoy coloring. Teens just need pages that are more detailed and not babyish.
Below I have some coloring pages that would work well for teens. Some are geared more for the girls, while others are geared more for the guys. They are all printable and free.
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Teenage Coloring Sheets
- Battle Coloring Pages
Battle and war coloring pages including famous battles.
- Dress Coloring Pages
Beautiful dresses of different styles for coloring.
- Ship Coloring Pages
A variety of different kinds of ships to color.
- Rainforest Animals Coloring Pages
Color animals from the rainforest while learning some trivia about them.
- Outer Space Coloring Pages
Coloring pages and pictures of outer space. Cool information, too.
- Fantasy Coloring Pages
Fairy, Pegasus, unicorn, Greeks gods, dragons and more.