Fun Things for Teens to Do This Summer

So, it is summer and your teen is looking for stuff to do. You certainly don’t want them wasting the summer sleeping all day or spending their days on their smartphone, tablet or computer. Here are some fun things for your teen to do this summer.

Create a Facebook Fan Group– Facebook fan groups are a great way to connect with other fans that have similar interests as you. Whether it is a group for book lovers, a group for your favorite TV show (think Supernatural, Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why, Orange is the New Black), a group for movie buffs or a group for your favorite sports team, it is easy to create one. Here is a step-by-step guide on building your group on Facebook.

Discover a New Recipe
– Summer is a great time to discover a great new recipe. Why not find one and make dinner for the family. Here are some great cookbooks to get you started: Cookbook for Teens: The Easy Teen Cookbook with 74 Fun & Delicious Recipes to Try by Mendocino Press, Teen Cuisine by Matthew Locricchico and Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rosanne Gold.

Read a Few Books– Whether it is a rainy day or a beach day, summer is the perfect time to read some great books. Here are some great reads: The fantasy novel- Flame in the Mist- by Renee Ahdieh, the paranormal romance novel- Wolfsbane- by Andrea Cremer, the historical fiction novel- The Book Thief- by Markus Zusak and the horror novel- Peeps- by Scott Westerfield.

Volunteer– Volunteering is a great way for teens to spend the summer. The website Youth Volunteer Corps features an array of volunteer opportunities in your area like The Boys & Girls Club and United Way. The Lion’s Heart website connects teens with community service opportunities in your area. You can also look for volunteer opportunities in your local area, like homeless shelters, animal shelters, hospitals and nursing homes.

Binge Watch a New Show- There are so many awesome TV shows for teens these days. Here are some great shows to start binge watching on Netflix. Jane the Virgin is a romantic comedy drama television series, Netflix has seasons 1-3. Once Upon a Time is a fairy tale television series, Netflix has seasons 1-5, with season 6 coming in August. Supernatural is a fantasy horror television series, Netflix has seasons 1-12. Legends of Tomorrow is a superhero action adventure television series, Netflix has seasons 1 and 2.

I personally vote for volunteering and/or getting a job, but hey…that’s just me!

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  1. Oh man sometimes holidays were such a drag as a teenager because I didn’t have money or transport! Love these ideas and would definitely help with the boredom

  2. Teens are a little easier to entertain, well, it usually depends but they’re definitely good with binge watching shows and reading a good book! I think it’s because they’d like to spend summer their way. These are all lovely ideas though!

  3. This is a good list! A good list for adults too! It’s good to keep them occupied during summer so they aren’t so bored.

  4. I have a few of these covered for my teens and tweens. I’m the mean mom who still makes her kids read every day in the summer and they have to volunteer at church once a month!

  5. Love that this is a realistic view of what teens like to do! We all know what we’d like our kids to be doing (agree on the volunteering) but life is not always what we’d like it to be! haha I’ve been watching a lot of old television series with my 13 year old – revisiting Buffy and Prison Break has been fun!

  6. One of my favorite things to do over the summer as a teenager was always reading. I would find a ton of new books and read all day long!~ Taking a book to the beach was the best.

  7. These are some great ideas to keep teens busy! It’s important for them to be active and not waste their time in bed and not doing much (as tempting as that might be!).

  8. I agree with you that volunteering and getting a job is the way to go. Nothing teaches responsibility like holding down a job and to me the earlier the better! I started working at 14 and it was so beneficial.

  9. {Warning: Bragging Mama} Our teenager has been voluteering at our zoo for the last three summers. Not only does it keep her busy and give her a boost to her self-esteem, but by the end of this summer, she will have more than 300 volunteer hours to put on her college applications, and she’s only half way through high school.

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