56 Ways Your Tween Can Make the Most of Summer Vacation

Enjoy the summer before a new school year begins

Summer fun must include outdoor fun. iStockphoto.com

 The summer months take forever to roll around, and when they do, they don't seem to last long enough. Before a new school year begins be sure your child has squeezed every once of summer fun out of his summer vacation. The ideas below will help make memories that will last until next year's summer vacation. 

Easy Ways to Make the Most of Summer

* Visit a local park

* Go swimming

* Read three books

* Visit an old friend or a family relation

* Make a video 

* Take a class at the local community center or parks and recreation department

* Have a sleepover party

* Go on a family vacation

* Visit a museum you've never been to before

* Catch fireflies

* Go on a treasure hunt

* Go fishing

* Build a clubhouse

* Learn how to play badminton

* Pitch a tent in your backyard and invite friends over for a campout

* Learn an instrument

* Practice your favorite sport and set improvement goals you can work on all summer

* Make your own ice cream

* Host a movie marathon for your friends

* Earn money helping out around the house and then use the money to buy something you've been saving up for

* Learn how to cook something special for your family

* Learn basic first aid

* Commit a random act of kindness every week of the summer

* Volunteer at your local animal shelter

* Spend an entire day technology free

* Visit your local library

* Write a letter (the old fashioned kind, not an email) to a friend or relative

* Go to summer camp

* Start a collection or a new hobby

* Examine different samples of water under a microscope

* Make a list of career ideas for the future. Investigate to learn more about them.

* Make homemade lemon aid

* Visit a farmer's market

* Collect objects from nature (pinecones, pebbles, leaves, sticks, seashells, etc.) and turn them into a work of art

* Go back to school shopping

* Make s'mores

* Go hiking

* Bake cookies or brownies for your local fire department and deliver them

* Go to work with your parents to learn about what they do

* Begin planning your next birthday party

* Make your Christmas wish list

* Make your own bubble soap and invite friends over for a bubble blowing party

* Draw a town with outdoor chalk

* Make a slushy or a smoothie -- create your own recipe

* Learn how to jump rope, ride a bike, use a scooter, use a longboard, throw a frisbee, or use a yo-yo

* Break out the sprinkler or slip 'n slide and invite friends over

* Reorganize your closet

* Collect food from local neighbors and donate to the local food bank

* See how late you can stay up without falling asleep

* Pet sit for your neighbors

* Be an inventor for the day and create something new

* Write a song

* Tutor a younger sibling and teach them something new

* Create a scrapbook with old family photos. Scan them and make a video with them.

* Have a retro day and spend the day playing games from the past

* Have a game day with your friends. Break out board games, card games, and video games and spend the day in competition. This is a good activity for a rainy day.

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