These summer activities for teens are super exciting! With this list, your summer break will surely be unforgettable! These are summer activities you can enjoy doing with your friends and family!
WHY SHOULD TEENS STAY BUSY DURING THE SUMMER?
Teens frequently express boredom and a lack of activities. This is why it might be difficult to come up with ideas that can keep your teen interested and entertained for an extended period of time. However, there are numerous enjoyable activities for teenagers, particularly during the summer.
It's a fantastic opportunity to explore the area surrounding them. So now is the perfect opportunity to begin something new and embark on some great adventures. Even if your family lives in a region where summer can be gloomy or muddy, there are still lots of fun activities for teenagers to participate in.
So, whether you're seeking ways to pass the time during summer vacation or want to persuade your teen to put down their phone, here are some enjoyable summer activities for teens you can do with them or that they can do on their own.
OUTDOOR SUMMER ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS
Being a teenager is all about having wild experiences, visiting great locations, and participating in fun activities with friends, all while preparing for adult responsibilities. Summer is a great season to go hiking in the woods or for a stroll along the beach. Get the whole family active and form some healthy habits.
They'll have a blast making experiences that they'll cherish for years to come, from conquering their fears to seeing the wilderness to enjoying an incredible party, and so much more! Here are some summer activities for teens to encourage them to go out of the house:
Isn't it nice to just lay under the stars and enjoy looking at the beautiful sky? Stargazing during summer nights is fun!
2. YARD SALE
This is the perfect time to host a yard sale! Look through your old things in the house and start selling them to get some extra money.
3. DO SOMETHING NICE FOR SOMEONE
Summer break will be long, so why not spend it helping someone out. You can help your neighbor with a couple of things. Offer to mow their lawn or ask if they need some help around the house.
4. THE TOURIST
Most people don't really explore their own town or city. Maybe because we know it'll be just there we can do it anytime we want to. This will be a fun experience! Go around your hometown and visit places that tourists usually check out.
5. TRY OUT A NEW SPORT
If you are not into sports and haven't tried any at all, now is the time to do so! Pick out any sport and try playing with your friends! You might like it, you'll never know unless you try.
6. FLY A KITE
When was the last time you went to the park and fly a kite? Enjoy the summer season outdoors and fly one!
Most places have a mini-golf course. Check your area right now to see some great mini-golf courses to go to! You are going to have a great time playing with friends and family!
8. DAY AT THE BEACH
This might be a sure thing on your summer to-do list but, a day at the beach is always a great time! No matter how many times you go to the beach, you will not get tired of it.
9. PICNIC AT THE PARK
It's summer, go out and enjoy the sun! Plan a family picnic and look for a great spot at your local park.
10. GO ROLLERBLADING
Grab some rollerblades and go around the neighborhood or the park with your friends.
Some might think this is a boring idea, once you try it out and catch your first fish, you are going to want to do it again!
12. PLANT A SEED IN YOUR GARDEN
Pick a seed you want to plant and learn how you are going to take care of it. It is a happy feeling when it starts to grow, trust me.
13. HOST A BBQ PARTY
A BBQ party during summer is a must! Grill some burgers, steaks, or whatever you want. BBQ parties are always a fun time to bond with family or friends.
14. MAKE AND BURY A TIME CAPSULE
Invite your best friends to make a time capsule. Choose where to bury it and when you will dig it up. Teens always do it in movies, why not do it for real. This might become one of your favorite summer activities for teens.
15. BONFIRE PARTY
Host a bonfire party in your backyard. Enjoy eating s'mores, singing around the fire, and of course telling scary ghost stories.
16. INDOOR ROCK CLIMBING
Indoor rock climbing is a great experience to try. Plus, it will be a good workout for teens too!
17. GO SURFING
If you don't know how to surf, better start learning! Surfing the waves is exciting and can be very addicting!
Sunbathing during the summer is the best. You can do this in your backyard or at the beach.
19. ROAD TRIP
Plan a road trip with the whole family and bring your best friends with you. Choose a place where you haven't been to before.
20. BIKE RIDE
Get on a bike and ride around town. Just enjoy the summer breeze and the sites around you.
21. APPLY FOR A SUMMER JOB
Look for jobs around your area that will be perfect for teenagers. Getting a summer job can also be fun since you will be earning your own money.
22. SPEND THE WHOLE DAY WITH YOUR PET
With school over, you will have more time with your pet. Bathe him/her, buy treats or toys, and play with your pet.
This is the best time to try out different looks and get a makeover! Test out clothes you don't normally wear.
24. VISIT AN OLD FRIEND
If you have a friend from a different area, visit them and catch up. It's always nice to hang out with friends.
25. WATCH THE SUNSET
Pick out a great spot to wait for the sun to set. Just sit back, relax and enjoy watching the sunset. Sunsets always seem to be prettier during the summer.
26. TAKE A DANCE CLASS
Look for studios in your area that offer dance classes. This can be hip-hop, ballet, or jazz, you can choose whichever you are most interested in.
27. SKY LANTERN
You can create your sky lantern or you can look for one. Write down wishes or goals you want to achieve and let the lantern fly into the sky. This is best when done with someone you care about. This is one of those summer activities for teens that will give you great photos to show off.
28. VISIT RELATIVES
Visit your cousins and relatives that you do see very often. Spend time with them, tell stories, and just catch up with one another.
29. EXPLORE A NEW CITY
Choose the city you want to visit most. Go and explore tourist spots and great views.
30. TRAIN TRIP
Ride a train to explore the different views. Sightseeing is a wonderful adventure too, you will appreciate the beautiful nature.
31. GO TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL
A music festival can be a bit pricy but it will be worth it! Be sure to check if your favorite artist or band will be playing in your area!
32. BAKE SALE
You can do this with your friends. The money that will be earned during the bake sale can be used for a trip you and your friends want to go on or it can also be given to charity.
33. GO HIKING
See the beauty our world has to offer. Going hiking with friends and family can be relaxing. Plus, you also get to exercise.
34. TRY NEW FOOD
Try new things including food. Like, sushi, shrimp, curry, or anything that you haven't tasted before.
35. FACE YOUR FEARS
If you're afraid of heights try sky diving, bungee jumping, or cliff diving. If you're afraid of the water you can try scuba diving. You'll be surprised that these activities are actually fun. Remember, parents will have to sign off on these activities!
36. WATER SKI
This is definitely something you should try! It can be a little scary but you are going to love it!
37. ATTEND A COMIC CON
Ever wonder what happens at a comic con? Go to one to find out what the fuss is all about! Check dates online and if there is one happening in your area.
38. GO BACKPACKING
Just one backpack, an adventure, and your friends – it is very exciting! Traveling and not knowing where you are going to end up the next day. This is an experience you will remember for a long time.
39. KAYAKING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS
Search for places near you that you can go to enjoy kayaking. It's a fun way to learn how to row a boat!
40. FUN RUN
Stay healthy and active by joining a fun run. You can choose how far you will run. This friendly marathon also has different themes like color run.
41. LEARN KARATE OR TAEKWONDO
Martial art is a great form of exercise. It will also come in handy for self-defense.
42. GO TO A DRIVE-IN MOVIE
Drive-in movies can only be seen in old movies before but, it has become popular again. A lot of areas have drive-in movies already, yours might have one too!
43. MAKE A SUMMER DOCUMENTARY
Film all the activities you will be doing this summer. You can watch it and reminisce about all the fun you've had!
44. VISIT A HISTORIC SITE
All places have at least one historic site. If you haven't seen one in your area yet, you and your friends should visit one.
45. GO ON A DATE
Ask someone out on a date. Go get ice cream, stroll on the beach, or go to the mall.
INDOOR FUN FOR TEENS
In this generation of technology – smartphones, video games, and computers, it wouldn't be too difficult for teenagers to look for something they can do at home. However, the problem is that spending a lot of time in front of a screen is not good, even for anyone.
Good thing there are tons of summer activities for teens to do while they are at home! Here is a list of indoor fun:
1. REDECORATE YOUR ROOM
You finally have time, you can fix and redecorate your room. Buy new posters, and new sheets, or add some more glam to your room.
2. INVENT A NEW SANDWICH
Staying at home doesn't have to be boring, create a unique sandwich. Mix different kinds of spreads and stack some meat in there.
3. MOVIE MARATHON
Rewatch your favorite movies or catch up on some new ones. Either way, it will be fun just relaxing and binge-watching.
4. LEARN TO COOK SOMETHING NEW
Grab a cookbook or watch youtube videos to learn a new recipe. There are a lot of easy recipes that you can try out!
5. HOST A SLEEPOVER
Invite your friends over for a fun slumber party at your home!
6. FINISH A PUZZLE
Look for a big puzzle for you to solve. Once you start doing it, it'll be hard to leave it unfinished.
7. START A JOURNAL
During your summer break is a perfect time to get a journal and start writing on it. You will be able to track your daily activities.
8. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
There are a lot of mobile apps available for us that can teach us words and sentences of a new language. Some languages that might interest you are Korean, Japanese, or French.
9. READ A NEW BOOK
Have you ever tried finishing a whole book? If not, you will have lots of time to do so this summer.
10. PLAY BOARD GAMES
Play different board games for the whole day with your family. There are a lot of fun board games to play – monopoly, scrabble, and many more.
11. LEARN A NEW INSTRUMENT
Playing an instrument is such a great skill. Look for an instrument you want to learn and watch video tutorials online or look for apps you can use.
12. GOAL SETTING
Start setting goals for the next school year. Write down things you want to achieve and accomplish.
13. GO THROUGH YOUR CLOTHES
Sort and organize your clothes. Some might be too little for you or some you don't really wear. Make space for new clothes!
14. LEARN TO BAKE
Baking might be hard at first but, once you get the hang of it, it can really be fun. Baking might just be your passion!
15. CLEAN THE HOUSE
After all, you have lots of free time, you can help around the house and do all your summer chores.
16. DAILY YOGA
Yoga has a lot of benefits, mentally and physically. Before you start your day, do some yoga first.
17. CREATE A NEW RECIPE
Experiment and try to invent your own recipe! This is perfect for those teens who love cooking.
18. SPEND THE WHOLE DAY WITH YOUR SIBLINGS
Younger siblings can be irritating at times but, all they want is for you to spend time with them.
19. LEARN HOW TO CROCHET
You can make a lot of cool things with crocheting. Start with something small like a coaster.
20. COMPLETE A CROSS STITCH PATTERN
Doing cross stitch can be addicting when you're just home. There are plenty of patterns to choose from too.
21. LEARN TO SEW
When you learn how to sew, you will be able to sew your own clothes. You can make things from scratch – shirts, pants, jackets, or even bedsheets. You can also customize your clothes and make them look cooler.
22. COOK FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
Your parents cook all the time for you. To give back, you can cook a simple dinner for them. They will appreciate it a lot!
23. DYE YOUR HAIR
Try a new hairstyle by dying your own hair. You can buy those temporary hair dyes if you want to change your hair color every week.
24. LEARN A MAGIC TRICK
Impress your friends by learning a magic trick. You can watch video tutorials on youtube to learn one. It can be a card trick or just a simple illusion.
25. DO A TIKTOK CHALLENGE
TikTok has been so popular nowadays and there are tons of challenges posted every day. Try one or try all of them, doing TikTok challenges are fun.
VOLUNTEER IDEAS FOR TEENS DURING THE SUMMER
The best thing about teenagers is how enthusiastic they are about the issues that concern them. Indulge them by enrolling them in a community service organization, volunteering for a local organization, or organizing a fundraiser for a cause that they care about. You might inspire them to volunteer for the rest of their lives. Check this list of volunteer summer activities for teens:
1. NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP
Organize and invite people from your neighborhood to clean around your area.
2. CLOTHES AND TOY DRIVE
Gather clothes from your whole family and toys that you or your siblings don't use anymore. You can look for an organization in your area that might need it or you can also give it to Goodwill.
3. SOUP KITCHEN
Visit your local soup kitchen and offer a hand. A lot of soup kitchens always need some help.
4. CARWASH EVENT
Arrange a carwash event to raise some money for a cause. You can also invite your family and friends to help you with this.
5. FOOD BANK
Buy some canned goods from the grocery and drop them off at a food bank near you. You can also help around there if they are available slots to fill in.
6. VISIT A LOCAL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
You can bring a couple of toys for the kids. The experience and their smiles will be heartwarming.
7. HELP THE HOMELESS
Go around your area and give out food, blankets, or clothes to homeless people. No matter how small, they will surely appreciate the gesture.
8. PUBLIC LIBRARY
Search for a library that you can go to and read to children. Or you can also help sort out some books.
9. ANIMAL SHELTER
If you love animals, then you are going to enjoy assisting people at the animal shelter. You can also help the animals at the shelter find a home!
10. BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OTHERS
If your birthday falls during the summer break, you can ask your guests to bring gifts to donate instead of giving a gift for yourself.
ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS
The school year might be over but there are still some academic activities that can be done during the summer break! Stay productive and learn new things even if it is summer and there is no school work to do anymore. Here is a list of great academic summer activities for teens to do on their vacation time:
1. TAKE A FREE ONLINE CLASS
Even though you are on a break, you can still learn a thing or two. There are plenty of free classes you can take online!
2. LIST DOWN COLLEGE UNIVERSITIES
Search and list down some college universities you are planning to apply to.
3. LOOK FOR HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS
Earn college credits as much as you can. This is a perfect time to prepare for your application.
4. GO ON A COLLEGE CAMPUS TOUR
See the different college campuses so you will have an idea of which one you would want to go to.
5. TAKE AN SAT PRACTICE TEST
Practice is always good. You have the whole summer, allot a day to take a mock SAT exam.
6. DESIGN A WEBSITE
Creating a website might sound difficult but there are applications you can use to make it easier to design a website. Examples of which are WordPress, Wix, and many more online.
Offer summer tutoring services. You can look for kids that need some tutoring or maybe your schoolmates.
8. MAKE A VISION BOARD
As a teen, creating a vision board is beneficial because you will watch its worth grow over time. Every day, you'll get a continual vision of your dreams on paper.
9. EDUCATIONAL GAMES
Look for educational games you can play with the whole family. Learning can also be fun!
10. ADVANCE READING
Do some advance reading for your upcoming classes. This way, you'll have more time to do something else!
CREATIVE ACTIVITIES FOR TEENS
On the internet, there are numerous crafts for teens and tweens. Pinterest might keep you occupied for days. Here are a few ideas for you to check out these creative summer activities for teens:
1. SUMMER SCRAPBOOK
Take pictures every day, save receipts, keep movie tickets, whatever you do each day be sure to have a souvenir you can put in your scrapbook.
Grab some old shirts or any clothing you have and make it into something new by tie-dying them. It's easy and fun to do!
3. PAINT YOUR ROOM
Glam up your room and paint it. You can also try doing some great patterns on it. There are lots of tutorials you can watch online.
4. FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS
You and your friends can make bracelets for each other! You might think it's a little childish but you will enjoy doing it with them!
You don't need a fancy camera, a lot of smartphones today have great cameras! Use it and learn how to take wonderful pictures of views and sites!
CAMPS AND DAY PROGRAMS
There are no two summer camps alike! If you went to summer camp as a kid, you undoubtedly have a notion of what the “best” summer camp is like, but just like the campers they serve, summer camps come in many shapes and sizes. Here are a few camps that you might probably like:
1. SPORTS CAMP
If you are a sporty person and would want to enhance your skill, this is the camp to go to! Sports camp helps kids be the best at what they do. It doesn't matter which sport you play.
2. RELIGIOUS SUMMER CAMP
Many churches and organizations hold religious summer camps. It will be like a typical camp but with a religious twist to it. Enjoy praise & worship and some devotional time during your stay!
3. GENDER-SPECIFIC CAMP
Some parents are hesitant to send their children to mixed-gender camps. As a result, there are numerous camps dedicated solely to boys or girls.
4. FITNESS CAMP
Physical activity and nutritious diets are prioritized at these camps. So, if you're looking to get healthy and fit, consider trying out this camp.
5. SCOUTING CAMP
The most common sorts of camps for youngsters are Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps. Scouting camps have activities that emphasize self-reliance, outdoor skills, and honor. The majority of scouting summer camps focus on gaining badges.
6. SPECIAL INTEREST OR THEMED CAMPS
If you have a certain hobby in mind, there may be camps that cater to your needs. There are some camps that might focus on martial arts, computers, writing, music, equestrian riding, or any number of other topics.
7. BOOT CAMP
Year-round boot camps are available, although summer boot programs may focus on nature and outdoor skills.
8. SUMMER STUDY PROGRAM
Joining summer study programs can be great to earn some college credits.
9. DAY CAMP
Summer camps may not often run the entire summer or include overnight accommodations for campers. Some community camps include daytime activities for registered campers.
10. TECH PROGRAM
This is a great program for techy teenagers. If you want to learn more about everything technology, sign up for a tech program!
There is so much you can do during the summer break! All you have to do is to maximize your time every day to make it a happy and productive vacation! I hope this list helped you figure out what you will be doing and what you are going to plan this coming summer break!
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