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35 Boredom Buster Ideas for Teens

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Originally published June 2011, but in light of everything that is happening with everything being closed down I thought I would brush off these boredom buster ideas for teens post and share it again.

Some of the ideas, of course, won’t apply and those have a strikethrough, but there are still plenty of great ideas.

Plus, there are more ideas on 25 More Summer Boredom Busters and 10 Fun Crafts For Kids.

Emma and I 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 from me.

Thankfully, we have also come up with a list of fun craft ideas for teens.


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!

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3. Learn to cook something new each week. Teach yourself or look for classes on YouTube. If you have a local college nearby they often offer fun classes during the summer for teens.

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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. I’m not sure how long the parks will stay open so be mindful of closures and make sure to keep 6 feet of distance between yourself and others. 

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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 your favorite 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. <<—ONLY if the beach is deserted or there are very few people there.

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.

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14. Find a new hobby: Drawing, surfing (in the ocean, not on the computer), cooking, crafting, camping, caving, stargazing. The possibilities are endless and there are plenty of free online resources right now. A quick google or youtube search should net hundreds of ideas. 

15. Go for a bike ride.

16. Start a blog, vlog, or live streaming show.

17. Create art.

18. Play tennis but remember to maintain a distance πŸ™‚

19. Start a business (dog walking, lawn mowing, babysitting, etc). This is a great way to earn money for other hobbies and interests. People may need help with these chores right now as we are all trying to figure out our new normal.

20. Turn up the music and dance.

21. Go bowling.

22. Visit a museum. Not all museums are boring. Research the museums in your area and see what exhibits are happening right now. Look for museum that showcase your interests.

23. Jump rope, hula hoop, skip

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24. Go to the library.

25. Attend a summer festival. From small towns to big cities, festivals can be found everywhere. Be sure to go with a group of friends (with parental permission, of course) or take the family with you.

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26. Paint and hide rocks, it’s all the rage.

27. Tumble in the yard

28. Dance

29. Journal–I use Sharpie markers to make things more colorful

30. Go swimming–be sure to use the buddy system. NEVER go alone.

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31. Create a scavenger hunt for you and your friends. Use the new Polaroid SnapTouch for instant fun pics.

32. Relax in a hammock

33. Build a rope swing

34. Learn how to skateboard

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35. Learn to braid bracelets or make jewelry.

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  1. Average Teen says:

    No teenager i know would rather do 4,5,6,7,11,16, or 23 than just get out of thier house. Most of my school just wants to be away from thier parents, for as long as possible. (if we get tan in the process, even. better.)

  2. Snazzle-Blood says:

    New One to add to the list:

    Rage over the local new/national new/international news


  4. A girlfriend is the best way to make the time go by.

  5. Thanks for all the great idea’s!

  6. I’ve done almost all of these this summer. All except start a business. Time to make some money I guess..

  7. Or you could combine baking cookies with mowing the grass and stargazing… πŸ™‚

  8. 1) get on facebook
    2) find a local library(or other local business of your choosing) and volunteer/ apply for a job
    3)find a really cool tree and climb it
    4) hang out with friends
    5) go to Taekwondo πŸ™‚ best place in the world

    but i like #2 also, tacky scary movies are the best

  9. Go find a cool place to cliff jump.
    build a rope swing.
    learn how to skateboard. never enough girls at the park to show up the boys (:
    learn to brade bracelets.

  10. Tumble in the yard.



    Go Swimming

    Gather Idea’s and Run With Them! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy the Beautiful Day!


  11. 26. Play Minecraft

  12. Great suggestions. So much better than ‘the mall’ and video games πŸ™‚

  13. Love the start a business! Make them earn some money. πŸ˜‰

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