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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