My daughter is always boooooorrrrrreeeeeddddd during the summer months. We sat down the other day and came up with a list of 25 boredom buster ideas for teens that would help keep her entertained. Going for a walk or cleaning the house aren’t really the boredom buster ideas she likes to hear form me. Thankfully, we have come up with a list of fun ideas for teens.
Please feel free to leave additional suggestions in the comments. I would love to hear from you 🙂
25 BOREDOM BUSTER IDEAS FOR TEENS
Updated to include TEN bonus ideas at end
1. Go to a concert. Many cities have concerts in the city park or festivals with concerts. If you live in an university town there are, most likely, concerts there. In some cases, students can receive discounted tickets so be sure to look for those options.
2. Have a movie marathon of really bad, tacky scary movies. Netflix and/or Amazon Prime movies are great options. Don’t forget the popcorn!
3. Learn to cook something new each week.Teach yourself or look for community education program. If you have a local college nearby they often offer fun classes during the summer for teens.
4. Read 100 books. Em loves to read so setting a goal of 100 books gives her a challenge.
5. Learn to read a map (NOT the gps kind, the actual paper kind). Plot a path from your home to places you want to visit. Look for non-highway routes to really start to understand how a map works.
6. Visit a National Park. The parks offer free days throughout the year. If there isn’t a National Park near you look to your State Parks. If there is a nature center at your park they often offer programs for free throughout the summer.
7. Train for a 5k, hike, or take a walk. Basically, get outside and stretch your legs. You’ll need it after that movie-thon and reading.
8. Learn new songs on the drums (for others: learn an instrument). There are lots of great tutorials for free on YouTube.
9. Bake cookies or a cake. Take it a step further and host a bake sale for a non-profit in your area. Don’t forget to note your initiative and success on your college app and/or resume.
10. Go to the beach. Living in northern Michigan, where we have about 2 months of beach weather, this is a must.
11. Mow the grass, wash the dishes, or clean your room. I know, chores aren’t fun, but your parental unit will definitely appreciate it and it does give you something to fill the time.
12. Invite friends over and have a picnic. It’s a great reason to sit outside and soak up some sun.
13. Stargaze, learn the constellations.
14. Find a new hobby: Drawing, surfing (in the ocean, not on the computer), cooking, crafting, camping, caving, stargazing. The possibilities are endless.
15. Ride your bike.
16. Start a blog, vlog, or live streaming show.