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If you’re a teenager, it’s safe to assume that you love summer. Why not? It’s the time of the year when you can pretty much do whatever you like. Summer is the grand time where the months-long prep and countdown for family vacations actually come in fruition.
But there’s danger that lurks during summer. It’s the trap of monotony where sleeping late, waking up at noon, watching endless TV, and playing video games for hours become a routine.
If you’re a teen (or have a teenager) who’s bored this summer, here are fun activities you (or your kid) can do to have a memorable time-off from school.
Summer is the perfect season to explore your surroundings. Plan a trek to a nearby location with your family or friends. You can even make it more fun with a picnic.
Look for the best trekking spots in your city. You don’t even have to go far for this activity to be exciting and memorable. If you’re serious about it, you can also join trekking groups that visit remote and challenging locations.
Just make sure to tick off your safety checklist first before having a trekking adventure with other people.
A Music Video
It’s almost impossible to find a teenager who doesn’t like music. Creating a music video is a fun activity you can have with your friends. It’s like getting the best slices of life in one event – listening to your favorite music AND hanging out together.
You don’t need to shell out money to create a summer music video. You can use your smartphones to create snippets or full videos of all of you rocking out to summer tunes. You can be the singer or the director, or both.
You never know, this may actually spark a passion for music that you can nurture for years!
Vacation from school is probably the only time you have to read something of your own choosing. You can experiment with different genres and see what catches your fancy.
Reading is always fun, but it gets more interesting if you don’t have a book report to complete. You don’t even have to buy new books to get into this activity. Go to your local library (it’s really something you should do!) and borrow a book or two.
You can even read full stories online. Also, summer reading is one way of making sure your mind stays sharp even when you’re on a break from school.
Most towns have a local theater community, and some even offer summer programs. If you have a heart of a thespian or want to explore the world of plays and musicals, summer theater is an activity for you.
You don’t even have to be part of the cast to enjoy the program. If you like working behind the scenes, you can be one of the crew as a stagehand.
Participating in your local theater is a fun way of going out of your comfort zone and meeting new people of different ages.
Some teenagers think that going to camp when they’re over 13 years old is an uncool thing. But that’s not the case. There are A LOT of camps that specifically cater to teenagers.
These sites have tons of activities that are centered on ways to keep teens on the right track of life. Now, if you think you’re “too old” to go camping, you can be a camp facilitator or volunteer instead.
A New Craft
Summer is the best time of the year to learn something new: hobbies, crafts, languages, and so on. You don’t have school responsibilities, so you can fully concentrate on whatever recreational activity you want to learn.
Learning a new craft or hobby can also help you figure out your future. If you’re interested in fashion, you can learn how to sew, cut clothes the right way, or remake old clothes into a new design. If you become good at it, you can continue learning new sewing or fashion skills.
If you decide to take a fashion degree in college years later, you already have the skills to help you with your education.
A Summer Job
Summer jobs never go out of style. There are tons of ways to make money during summer – from the oldie-but-goodie babysitting, to work-from-home data encoding. You can be a dog walker, a personal shopper (for groceries!), a research assistant, or anything really.
Look for a summer job that interests you so you don’t think of it as “work.” If you can’t find one, you can make (or bake) things and sell the goodies yourself.
Summer for teens is a wonderful time of the year! So get your sunny vibes on with these summer quotes.
35 Charming Summer Quotes
“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” – Wallace Stevens
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.” – Charles Bowden
“Summer is a state of mind.” – Unknown
“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – its dust and lowering skies.” – Toni Morrison
“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.” – L.M. Montgomery
“The summer night was settling upon the neighborhood like a dark lace veil, casting dappled shadows on the roofs and sidewalks and lawns.” – Victoria Kahler
“Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.” – Benjamin Alire Sáenz
“Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people.” – Deb Caletti
“Rise above the storm and you will find the sunshine.” – Mario Fernández
“‘Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is all about.” – John Mayer
“The earth had donned her mantle of brightest green; and shed her richest perfumes abroad. It was the prime and vigour of the year; all things were glad and flourishing.” – Charles Dickens
“All in all, it was a never to be forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” – L.M. Montgomery
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” – John Lubbock
“It is easy to forget now, how effervescent and free we all felt that summer. Every dawn seemed to promise fresh miracles, among other joys that are in short supply these days.” – Anna Godbersen
“We thread our way through a moving forest of ice-cream cones and crimson thighs.” – Jean-Dominique Bauby
“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” – Helen Keller
“Friends, sun, sand, and sea, that sounds like a summer to me.” – Unknown
“Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.” – Kellie Elmore
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
“In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.” – Steven Millhauser
“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” – Natalie Babbitt
“Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.” – Roman Payne
“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” – Jenny Han
“It was June, and the world smelled of roses.” – Maud Hart Lovelace
“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by” – Jeanette Walls
“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” – Sylvia Plath
“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck
“Tears of joy are like the summer rain drops pierced by sunbeams.” – Hosea Ballou
“I could never in a hundred summers get tired of this.” – Susan Branch
“The beauty of that June day was almost staggering. After the wet spring, everything that could turn green had outdone itself in greenness and everything that could even dream of blooming or blossoming was in bloom and blossom.” – Dan Simmons
“August has passed, and yet summer continues by force to grow days. They sprout secretly between the chapters of the year, covertly included between its pages.” – Jonathan Safran Foer
“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe and Aloysius in a good temper…” – Evelyn Waugh
“The morning heat had already soaked through the walls, rising up from the floor like a ghost of summers past.” – Erik Tomblin
“The crickets felt it was their duty to warn everybody that summertime cannot last forever.” – E.B. White