Summer Boredom Busters for Tweens

Say goodbye to boredom!

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Kids look forward to summer vacation all year long, yet somehow they're already moping around the house, bored, looking for things to do only three weeks in... and parents are already counting down the days until the first day of school. Summer can be a particularly stressful time for parents now that kids are home 24/7. In situations like these, the best thing to do is keep kids occupied. Luckily your tween is old enough to entertain themselves, but you're bound to hear them complain about being bored sooner or later.

Share these boredom busters with your son or daughter and send them on their merry way. Next time you hear somebody whine, "I'm boooooored!" whip out one of these fun activities. Boredom doesn't stand a chance.

101 Boredom Busters for Summer Fun

  1. Ride a bike.
  2. Go for a walk.
  3. Read a book.
  4. Go to the pool.
  5. Write a story.
  6. Keep a diary.
  7. Host a scavenger hunt.
  8. Camp out in the backyard.
  9. Start a book club.
  10. Make s'mores.
  11. Plan a sleepover party.
  12. Start a hobby or a collection.
  13. Climb a tree.
  14. Cloud watch.
  15. Go rollerskating, skateboarding or roller blading.
  16. Make your own pizza.
  17. Visit a relative.
  18. Invent a new snack.
  19. Plant a tree.
  20. Donate old toys and books to a thrift store.
  21. Draw or paint a picture.
  22. Tale pictures of your neighborhood.
  23. Make a bird feeder.
  24. Decorate a beach bag with fabric markers.
  25. Design your own postcards or stationery.
  26. Play a video game.
  27. Go to a minor league baseball game.
  28. Hold a limbo contest.
  29. Play tag.
  30. Play flashlight tag.
  1. Make homemade popsicles.
  2. Have a water balloon fight.
  3. Run around in the sprinkler.
  4. Skip rocks.
  5. Go fishing.
  6. Play a board game.
  7. Take a snooze.
  8. Clean your bedroom.
  9. Catch fireflies.
  10. Go to the mall.
  11. Go canoeing.
  12. Make jewelry.
  13. Paint your toenails.
  14. Redecorate a room.
  15. Visit a museum.
  16. Bake cookies, brownies or a cake.
  17. Throw an un-birthday party.
  1. Learn how to read palms.
  2. Jump rope.
  3. Bird watch.
  4. Play horseshoes.
  5. Tell ghost stories.
  6. Take a hike.
  7. Learn how to whistle with two fingers.
  8. Make your own sling-shot.
  9. Make sun tea.
  10. Design your Halloween costume.
  11. Learn all the state capitals.
  12. Plan the family dinner menu.
  13. Research the family's history.
  14. Play hopscotch.
  15. Throw a Frisbee.
  16. Tie-dye a T-shirt.
  17. Call a friend.
  18. Learn origami.
  19. Write a song.
  20. Commit a random act of kindness.
  21. Learn pig Latin.
  22. Find a pen pal.
  23. Build a fort with blankets and sheets.
  24. Give yourself a makeover.
  25. Make homemade bath salts.
  26. Make homemade bubble soap.
  27. Visit a local park.
  28. Make a paper airplane.
  29. Invite friends over for a movie festival.
  30. Make a video.
  31. Talk like a pirate.
  32. Read your horoscope.
  33. Fly a kite.
  34. Go bowling.
  35. Wash the car.
  36. Make your own first-aid kit.
  37. Play cards.
  38. Play with the pet(s).
  39. Start a pet sitting business.
  40. Create a game for younger siblings to play.
  41. Set up a lemonade stand.
  42. Volunteer at local animal shelter, church or school.
  43. Garden.
  44. Make homemade ice cream.
  45. Play tic-tac-toe.
  46. Create a family scrapbook.
  1. Learn an instrument.
  2. Organize your room.
  3. Visit the library.
  4. Learn a foreign language.
  5. Identify the constellations.
  6. Learn about a different country.
  7. Play charades with a friend.
  8. Start your Christmas wish list.

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