100 Fun Things for Teens to Do in the Summer

Summer Fun For Teens

Take a proactive approach to keeping your teen busy this summer.
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If you're tired of hearing, "I'm bored," from your teen, you're not alone. Summer fun can quickly turn to boredom if your teen isn't trying to stay active. 

Print out this list and hand it to your teen. The first time she says she's bored, tell her to do something from the list.

100 Activities for a Bored Teen

  1. Invent a new type of pizza.
  2. Make a music video.
  3. Grow a pizza garden.
  4. Walk barefoot through the grass.
  1. Build a sandcastle.
  2. Play water balloon games.
  3. Picnic at a local park.
  4. Make the best ice cream sandwich ever.
  5. Have an overnight movie marathon.
  6. Play frisbee golf.
  7. Have a car wash to fundraise for a club or charity.
  8. Grab a blanket, spread it out in the grass and cloud watch.
  9. Make a card for a friend.
  10. Bike five miles.
  11. Catch lightning bugs.
  12. Take a nap under a shade tree.
  13. Go swimming.
  14. Have a pool party.
  15. Grow vegetables.
  16. Make a summer tote bag out of a recycled tank top.
  17. Watch an outdoor play in a park.
  18. Sketch a flower that is growing in your yard.
  19. Bury a friend in the sand.
  20. Fly paper airplanes.
  21. Volunteer in a community effort.
  22. Go fishing.
  23. Sleep in your backyard, under the stars.
  24. Create a photo journal.
  25. Hike a rail trail.
  26. Visit the local library and read a book every week.
  27. Swap a favorite book with a friend and read it.
  28. Make a friendship bracelet and send it to your friend.
  29. Write a poem
  30. Write a song.
  31. Write a play.
  32. Start writing a novel.
  1. Create a website.
  2. Give your Facebook page a summery look.
  3. Join a new Facebook group.
  4. Have an outdoor basketball free-throw contest.
  5. Have a watermelon seed spitting contest.
  6. Sketch your pet.
  7. Make smoothies.
  8. Have a high tea, only use iced teas.
  9. Help plan the family vacation.
  10. Make a root beer float.
  11. Write in your journal, "My Top 10 Favorite Summertime Activities."
  1. Make a toe ring.
  2. Paint your toe nails.
  3. Make a barefoot sandal.
  4. Make Hawaiian Pizza for your family dinner.
  5. Paint your fingernails with bright sparkly polish.
  6. Watch the sunrise.
  7. Watch the sunset.
  8. Get your community’s events list for the summer and attend an event.
  9. Have a summer clothes fashion show.
  10. Create a summer safety poster for the local library.
  11. Volunteer to read to children at the library.
  12. Learn to grill a hot dog.
  13. Learn to grill a hamburger.
  14. Learn to grill pizza crust.
  15. Eat some fruit with fruit dip.
  16. Make a collage out of old magazines.
  17. Swing.
  18. Skip stones at a lake.
  19. Surf/boogie board at the beach.
  20. Get a new hairdo.
  21. Change something about how you wear your make-up.
  22. Decide to pick up one good habit, then do it.
  23. Make your own popsicles.
  24. Watch last year’s hot summer flick.
  25. Go to this year’s hot summer flick.
  26. Make a list of your favorite summertime movies in your journal.
  27. Make a summer sun-shaped collage out of summer fashion magazines.
  28. Make a leaf T-shirt.
  29. Make an earring holder out of a branch.
  30. Make peach lemonade.
  1. Make a CD of your favorite summertime songs.
  2. Enjoy a board game marathon on your backyard picnic table or on your back porch.
  3. Have a scavenger hunt.
  4. Make some summer jewelry.
  5. Change something in or add something to your room. (You could clean it too.)
  6. Give your dog/pet a bath outside.
  7. Take your dog/pet for a walk.
  8. Run through a sprinkler.
  9. Make a whirlpool in a kid's pool or play Ice Cubes and Piggies Game.
  10. Visit a flower garden and/or butterfly house.
  11. Grow some lavender so you can make your own potpourri.
  12. Turn up the music and dance.
  13. Go stargazing.
  14. Sleep until noon -- once.
  15. Tie-dye your bed sheets.
  16. See some fireworks.
  17. See a local baseball game.
  18. Play mini-golf.
  19. Learn how to hula-hoop.
  20. Create a sidewalk mural with chalk using a tropical theme.
  21. Start your own business.
  22. Visit a college.
  23. Plan and enjoy a luau.

Updated by Amy Morin, LCSW.

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