Pleasing teens is no easy task - especially without distractions like school and homework to keep them busy. But there’s no need to panic (or put up with a bored teenager all summer long). We’ve got 10 fun things to do with teenagers this summer that are sure to keep them entertained - and banish the dreaded I’m-bored-eye-roll.
Challenge your teen to get in touch with their creative side this summer with a fun arts project. Why not create a colourful scrapbook of goals for the next year or one filled with last year's memories?
From redecorating bedrooms to catching this summer's hottest festivals, there's something for every teen in our round-up of exciting summer activities. Whether they're interested in sports, reading, writing or just want a fun way to hang out with their friends, keeping your children occupied this summer needn't be a chore. We've even found a few activities that the whole family can enjoy (if your teen will let you!). Discover 10 things to do with teenagers this summer that will - finally - make your teenager crack a smile.
1. Learn a new hobby
What better time to learn a new skill or pick up a fun new hobby? Whether it's sewing, painting, gardening, cycling or photography - there are plenty of activities out there to spark a teenager's interest. And who knows - this summer's new activity could be a hobby that your child could enjoy for life!
2. Let them host a book club
From sci-fi fans to social media addicts, there's a gripping book for every reader in our round-up of summer holiday reads. Make reading more exciting by encouraging your teen to start a reading group with friends. Once they're all done reading, host a fun get-together so that your teen and their friends can discuss their favourite bits! You could even make themed food to go along with the book!
3. Get crafting
Challenge your teen to get in touch with their creative side this summer with a fun arts project. Why not create a fun scrapbook of goals for the next year or one filled with last year's memories? Or create some wall art for their bedroom!
5. Get moving
Let your teen work off some of that restless energy by working up a sweat outdoors. Whether it's football, tennis, yoga, or running - with so many different sports to choose from, there's bound to be an activity that your teenager will love. Why not join in with your teen and be active together! Set goals together (like run a 10k or swim 20 laps) and help each other achieve them!
6. Make a yummy treat
Encourage your teen to be more comfortable in the kitchen by letting them whip up some tasty treats. From lemon posset with strawberries to sweet cherry ice cream to blueberry cheesecake, teach your teen about seasonal produce and enjoy some delicious desserts in the process!
7. Listen to some music
With so many amazing music festivals all around the UK this summer, it's the perfect excuse for your teen to get out of the house for a few hours to have some fun with friends. Just make sure you go over the ground rules before they go!
8. Re-decorate the bedroom
Start the new school year off with a new room. Let your teen's personality shine through with a new colour scheme, quirky accessories, or some new furniture. Another great idea? Encourage your teen to do a big clear-out of their old stuff and then sell it online or in a garage sale - you'll end up with a more organised home and they'll end up with some spending money!
9. Throw an outdoor water party
Let your teen have some friends round, put on swimsuits and cool off in the heat. They'll love making a slip'n slide, throwing a water balloon fight, and running through the sprinkler. Serve up some delicious mocktails, fire up the barbecue and make it the event of the summer; you'll be a legend for years to come (or at least for a few days...)!
10. Start writing
Whether it's a song, a play or a novel, encourage your teen to put pen down to paper and write down their thoughts and ideas. It's a great way to pass the time and who knows? It could be the start of a masterpiece!
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