Teenagers are notoriously difficult to keep occupied in the summer and most Summer activity lists are gear to kids. Well, I decided that I would take information from my own teenagers and ex-teenager and compile a handy list. So became the Summer Activites for Teenagers List.
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15 Summer Activities for Teenagers – that might just keep them out of trouble!
How to see that Summer blockbuster for Less
The best day to see that must see Blockbuster you have bee waiting for is Wednesdays as a lot of cinema run Bargain Wednesdays this is great for bringing the cost down.
My youngest is heading away next weekend camping with friends, they have a great pop up tent that is easy to assemble and they are going to a place that caters for teenagers.This will be her second year going and I know they will be safe as it is monitored and I know they will have a ball. You could always send them to family in the country to try camping for the first time too. Or of course you could bring them camping if that feels safer, We have done all three and they have worked.
3.Go to the beach or the Lake
Some teenagers hate it, I am lucky that mine love the beach and the lake. Take a frisbee, pack the sun cream, snacks, water, and towels and head for the day. Make sure they learn the Beach/Lake rules though
Our Beach rules
- Bring home Litter – leave the place as you would wish to find it
- Use the suncream – sunburn is not fun
- Respect others – your fun should never be at the expense of others
- Keep hydrated
- Only swim in safe areas with lifeguards and never alone
These rules have been instilled in my kids since they were young and they know that if I get reports back that they have been disorderly or causing upset, that will be it they won’t be going back there again alone.
4. Try something New
I am a big fan of Groupon you can try all sorts of new activities from Go-carting to kite-surfing and Paintballing and rock-climbing for a fraction of the price. The lowest price being €5.00 brilliant when you have kids that want to try something out.
5. Start a Business
Want to make some extra cash you could start a summer job, but if you want a bit more freedom why not start a small lawn mowing business, babysitting service, dog walking business or courier service. I know teenagers that did all of these including myself when I was younger.
6. Make your own Crafts and sell on Esty
Why not try making your own soap
- Melt and pour soap – we used Shey butter and Oatmeal
- A silicon mold
- Optional- Essential oils
- Optional Soap Colours
- Dried herbs, flowers, coffee grinds, lemon rinds
The How to Bit
- Melt the Soap in a double boiler until liquid we used 180g as that avodart online filled our mold
- If you wish to colour your soap add a couple of drops of colour and stir. Add in colour drop by drop to get the color you want.
- Add in your essential oils and herbs – we used peppermint oil and mint in one soap and lemon and lime rinds in the other
- Pour carefully into the molds and allow to cool
You don’t have to make soap you can make anything, when I was young I make jewellery from Fimo and sold it. Or you could do carpentry, crochet, drawings they sky is the limit.
7.Learn to cook
Doesn’t matter who teaches you, be it your Mum, Dad, Uncle or a Cookery teacher. Why not learn how to cook simple, healthy meals before you head into the world. The sad fact is only 1 out 3 of students know how to boil an egg according to a recent study by Sainsbury’s and a staggering amount can’t make toast !! The truth is the only way they learn is at home and I thankful taught my girls. My Eldest has written recipes for my blog Prawn Hoisin Stir Fry with Coconut Rice and at College, she would often cook for her whole house. My youngest is quite capable of making a good carbonara and egg and toast if needs be. Why not teach them one day a week? The day you’re not too busy and let them make a simple meal for the family.
8. Make a Time Capsule
I love this idea for exam year students or teenage birthdays why not make a time capsule or buy one and fill it with things you love or things you want to remember. And bury somewhere safe to dig up in 10 years or 20 years!
Lots of Charities, clean up groups and Animal shelter could use a hand. Why not Volunteer and get something good for your college application while doing good at the same time! Learn all about how to volunteer at Spun Out which is a great site for teenagers. SpunOut.ie is Ireland’s youth information website created by young people, for young people.
10. Attend a Comic-con and Dress up
A must for any sci-fi nut and I know a couple of teenagers who would love this. MCM Comic-con hit Dublin on 1st of July and you can find all the info you need here .
I hope you like these ideas trust me I know how hard it can be to have teenagers that refuse to do pretty much anything but find something that they love and you are good.
Here is a downloadable list of over 25 ideas to keep your teenager from moaning about boredom you can get it by clicking here
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