100+ Things for Teens to Do This Summer

Updated on June 25, 2018
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Thys hasn't tried every single idea on this list, but hopes to before the summer is over!

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Summer has arrived, school is out, and the sun's hot and shining. You're a teenager and you've got tons of spare time, but you just don't know what to do with it. Summer can be a fun time, but it get boring when you run out of ideas.

Here are 100 things for teens to do over summer break. These ideas are fun, for indoors and out, mostly cheap, and will help you get the most out of summer. These ideas are in no particular order and include a variety of activities whatever the weather. They're not just for teens either. Parents, younger children, and the anyone young-at-heart who is looking for some summer fun can enjoy this list.

Have fun and stay safe!

Top 20 Most Fun Summer Activities for Bored Teenagers

  1. Watch a classic old movie (like Sunset Boulevard or Rebel Without a Cause).
  2. Go to a thrift store or garage sale and find something oddly fabulous for your wardrobe or room.
  3. Stargaze from on the roof, or pull your mattress out into the yard.
  4. Invent a new type of sandwich (peanut butter and salami?).
  5. Make a zine and put copies in all your friends' mailboxes.
  6. Learn to cook something complicated, like macaroons or baked Alaska.
  7. Have a yard sale and sell your junk. ($$$!)
  8. Make a new playlist of the best tunes for your summertime soundtrack.
  9. Teach yourself some new dance moves (learn to moonwalk and pirouette).
  10. Take up the ukulele (or some other instrument).
  11. Do something kind for someone—a neighbor, a family member, or a complete stranger.
  12. Get arty and draw, paint, or collage a portrait.
  13. Act like a tourist and visit the top attractions in your town.
  14. Climb a tree.
  15. Write and produce a film or play with your friends.
  16. Have a scream-a-thon (have a sleepover with friends and watch scary movies!).
  17. Re-create a childhood photo (you're a lot bigger now).
  18. Go on a photo safari.
  19. Clean your room (just kidding!).
  20. Make your own list of things to do when you're bored (with better ideas!).

Act like a tourist and visit all the top attractions in your town.
Act like a tourist and visit all the top attractions in your town. | Source

Things for Teens to Do Outside During Summer

  1. Try out a new sport (frisbee golf, bocce ball, kanjam).
  2. Make and fly a kite.
  3. Play crazy golf.
  4. Relax in a hammock.
  5. Plant some vegetable seeds.
  6. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
  7. Swim at your local public pool.
  8. Camp out in the garden.
  9. Go roller-blading.
  10. Have a picnic in the park.
  11. Go fishing.
  12. Go on a scavenger hunt.
  13. Construct a tire swing.
  14. Have a day at the beach (build sandcastles, paddle, beachcomb etc.).
  15. Run through sprinklers!
  16. Have a picnic or a BBQ.
  17. Bury a time capsule to dig up in five years.
  18. Organise a tug-of-war.
  19. Have a bonfire and roast marshmallows or make s'mores.
  20. Build an obstacle course.

Go on a photo safari! Experiment with a polaroid or film camera.
Go on a photo safari! Experiment with a polaroid or film camera. | Source

Fun Indoor Activities for Teenagers

  1. Move the furniture around in your room to give it a fresh, new look.
  2. Re-do your room with craft projects.
  3. Handwrite letters to friends and family.
  4. Make a collage for your wall.
  5. Experiment with origami.
  6. Go to a museum.
  7. Learn a new language.
  8. Start a journal.
  9. Do a 1,000 piece puzzle.
  10. Read a newspaper front to back.
  11. Make your own popsicles.
  12. Give your pet a bath.
  13. Start a blog (on Tumblr, Blogger, or Wordpress).
  14. Play a complete game of Monopoly.
  15. Make a vlog on YouTube.
  16. Buy some exotic fruit from the store and make a fruit salad.
  17. Cook a homemade pizza.
  18. Make a root beer float.
  19. Buy several flavours of ice-cream and have an ice-cream feast!
  20. Paint a mural on one of your bedroom walls.
  21. Build a fortress out of cardboard boxes (you're not too old for that).
  22. Go bowling.
  23. Try a new food you've never tasted before.
  24. Learn a magic trick and perform it for your friends.
  25. Make non-alcoholic cocktails!

Inexpensive Things for Teenagers to Do

  1. Watch the sun set (or rise!).
  2. Play card games: poker, spit, or solitaire. If you don't know how, it's time to learn!
  3. Organize a neighborhood cleanup.
  4. Volunteer at a charity, soup kitchen, shelter, or nursing home.
  5. Go to the library and take out some books you wouldn't usually read.
  6. Clean out your drawers and donate your unwanted items to a thrift store.
  7. Write letters (not emails, but actual pen-and-ink notes!).
  8. Sunbathe. But remember to use sunblock!
  9. Grab a map and go for a long walk to a place that you've never been.
  10. Move furniture around in your room to give it a fresh, new look.
  11. Teach yourself to do a handstand.
  12. Make a dance routine to your favourite song.
  13. Practice voice impersonations.

Have a book-reading marathon! Or read every book your favorite author has written.
Have a book-reading marathon! Or read every book your favorite author has written. | Source

Things for Teenagers to Do With Friends

  1. Have a water balloon fight.
  2. Hold a mini Olympics with your friends.
  3. Go on a long bike ride.
  4. Have a garden party. Ask friends to bring different foods!
  5. Host a craft, beauty, dinner party, movie night with friends.
  6. Play rounders with your family or friends at the local park or sports-field.
  7. Have a clothes swap: Have all your friends bring items they no longer want and trade with each other.
  8. Hold a group yard sale or car wash.
  9. Make your own face scrub or other beauty product using ingredients from the kitchen or garden.
  10. Make your own slip-n-slide with plastic garbage bags.
  11. Have a big game of capture-the-flag.

Things a Teenager Can Do Alone

  1. Apply for a summer job.
  2. Read a book in the sun.
  3. Learn a few words or phrases in a foreign language.
  4. Get a high score on your favorite game.
  5. Buy a load of old magazines from a bookstore or charity shop and read them.
  6. Take some interesting photographs of your neighbourhood.
  7. Fly a kite.
  8. Listen to some new music.
  9. Start a scrapbook or journal.
  10. Learn a new instrument.
  11. Write a song, poem, or short story.
  12. Decorate a pinboard with postcards, pictures, and notes and hang it in your room.
  13. Write an online article like this one!
  14. Spend some time experimenting and overhauling your closet: mend, toss, alter, layer, hem, mix-n-match.
  15. Research your family tree.
  16. Paint a T-shirt with acrylic paints.
  17. Bake a three-tier cake.
  18. Give yourself a makeover—cut your hair short, try a new hairdo, or do crazy nails.

  19. Make some handmade soap.
  20. E-mail or phone a friend you haven't spoken to in a while.
  21. Buy some posters and put them up in your room.
  22. Spend a day without watching T.V or going on the computer.
  23. Bake some home-made bread.
  24. Go to a movie alone (it's not so bad!).
  25. Send a message in a bottle.
  26. Prank call a friend.
  27. Make a keepsake box of memories from this summer, fill it with photos, messages, postcards from places you've been, and wrap it in pretty paper. Keep it for years to come to remind you of your awesome summer!

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        girltryingtomakelifeuseful 

        102 minutes ago

        yawn, any other ideas?

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        What the heck 

        9 hours ago

        How can i flit a kite at summer and i dont have friends thay all live not next to me.

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        Ehhs 

        11 hours ago

        Decent

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        Tilly 

        2 days ago

        its alright,, not the best website i've seen but its alright

        i wish that it had more points aimed towards teens

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        Chucky 

        3 days ago

        Bro who the frick even has a garden. You're either old or a vegan which are both awful. :)

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        ish 

        5 days ago

        I wish this was more appealing... more fit for a teen, but I guess it's ok... some ideas are good...

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        no 

        11 days ago

        :) thx for the help! XD

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        teen1 

        3 weeks ago

        this is great ig guess but these are the usual things a normal person wold do so

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        Janice mccummlejerner 

        3 weeks ago

        Helloooo,

        This was very helpful .. BUT l have 0 friends 0 family members near me 0 money and 0 fun stuff around...

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        connie con-con the conquerer 

        3 weeks ago

        hello all,

        Unfortunately living on a pig farm results in smelling like a pig which is very unusual. This results in me having no friends and having to finger my cat, so I can't do any of this stuff! It is also quite hard for pigs to do things like this, I would love for any suggestions on things to do with my gorgeous darling piggy winkles. thank you.

        Yours sincerely connie con-con the conquer the first

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        poopoo doodoo head 

        3 weeks ago

        i wish i had friends, and money, and a neighbour hood without everybody being old....

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        whatever 

        3 weeks ago

        teennnnn is right. for those who have money to burn and actual friends, this is a great idea. for people who are actually bored this is useless

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        teennnnn 

        4 weeks ago

        this article would really fun to do if I had friends or had some money to spare

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        POLICE'S KID 

        4 weeks ago

        THIS WAS SUPER FUN, AND ON TOP OF THAT, I MADE NEW FRIENDS IN THE PROCESS. I WILL DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS TO OTHER PEOPLE.

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        I'm a teen 

        4 weeks ago

        These would be fun if I actually had friends to do this with. :(

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        Shilow Star 

        4 weeks ago

        Uhh Who ever goes by the username 'teenager' Uhh this stuff is actually really fun if you do it with friends~ Anything is fun with friends~

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        teenager 

        4 weeks ago

        bruh this is boring

        roasted

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        An actual teen 

        4 weeks ago

        The problem is that none of these appeal to a teen.

        Id reccomend asking teens for activities that teens like to do. A random 40 year old does not know what a 14 year old likes.

        None of these stand out for teens. It is really just 100 things listed.

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        Teen 

        5 weeks ago

        Thanks some of these are pretty cool

        Helped because I am SOOOO BORED

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        Tristan 

        5 weeks ago

        This would be a good a idea for teen's.

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        alexis 

        5 weeks ago

        dis helped a lot tanks

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        13 yr old 

        5 weeks ago

        I actually found a lot of things to do on here plus things I’ve made up

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        Teen like all the others 

        6 weeks ago

        Most teenagers would do this stuff but are scared cause of some friends, so I glad you did this!

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        Journalist for School 

        6 weeks ago

        I am going to write an article about these....hopefully kids will take it into consideration instead of playing video games 24/7! love these ideas!!!!!

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        tween 

        6 weeks ago

        i like it but wish there were more

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        a moody teen like the rest 

        6 weeks ago

        love it!!!

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        Heidi 

        7 weeks ago

        I love your reminders i chose 25or more thing to do can you please make more things to do for this summer please oh oh oh oh oh oh

        Please

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        your mom 

        7 weeks ago

        I'm bored so I looked at this... Honestly I'm still bored but it helped XD

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        Candy Haron 

        8 weeks ago

        Bord out of meh mind

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        Vic 

        2 months ago

        Great ideas

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        name 

        2 months ago

        these are awesome ideas

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        Becca 

        3 months ago

        Great Ideas!

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        anonymous 

        3 months ago

        these are really cute ideas !

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        Emily 

        3 months ago

        I'm doing two summer camps this year and there's a HUGE gap in between, thanks for giving me some ideas to fill my time!

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        kennedy 

        3 months ago

        these are such good ideas that I'm so doing with friends over the summer!!!!

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        No one 

        5 months ago

        99% of these people on here are parents that told there kids to find something to do other than video games

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        Cecelia 

        6 months ago

        I got a few from this page but it was good because I can never find anything good to do.

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        Tonya 

        8 months ago

        Run a scout troop learnt safty and show 6 diffrent guns was awsom

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        Tween :) :) :) 

        9 months ago

        I'm a tween - I found this website a fab idea cos I'm not very sociable and get bored so easily. You teenagers that just sit inside - Yu need to get a life and do these things on here. Thanks so much xx

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        Ian 

        10 months ago

        Wow! I loved so much, I'm so upset I only have 2 more weeks until work starts. I wish I could do it all!

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        Ruby 

        11 months ago

        Didn’t find anything

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        Jamie 

        11 months ago

        I don't understand why any teenager would ever want to do any of these things like who has a water balloon fight at the age of 14.

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        Mary 

        11 months ago

        We can not go out very easy so we can not do some ideas

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        anomwus 

        11 months ago

        this is good stuff

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        your best dream and worst nightmare 

        11 months ago

        All of these are white

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        Marc 

        11 months ago

        Most of these I can’t do in my area

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        Maria 

        11 months ago

        I don’t have friends

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        Sophie 

        12 months ago

        The ideas are so so some are good but I couldn’t find anything that made me really want to go outside and do it. But I got some ideas for future days.

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        sam 

        12 months ago

        im a teenager who unlike 90% of others don't stay inside all day playing fortnite. i want to go outside and do something. these are awful, we are talking about teenagers not 8 year olds.

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        Siena 

        12 months ago

        Some are good I guess..

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        Amanda 

        12 months ago

        these ideas suck but the comments make up for it

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        Arianna 

        12 months ago

        I can’t even do any of these

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        ben 

        12 months ago

        what if i dint have friends

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        Fuljidah. 

        12 months ago

        This are really great ideas,I am literally gonna try half of this.Thanks man.

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        Lebron James lll 

        12 months ago

        I rather wreck everyone ik in basketball or FaceTime lavar ball. Or actually do something with my life and not have my client review this horrible website

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        Jack 

        12 months ago

        Thanks I will do these

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        Rebecca 

        12 months ago

        Not much help i cant do any of these things

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        isi 

        12 months ago

        thanks so much for the list, I'm totally going to do these with my friends!

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        hey 

        12 months ago

        Well this is helpful (unlike the other 50 articles I read about Summer activities.)

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        rhysrock897 

        12 months ago

        Hope you have fun!

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        Cami 

        12 months ago

        Going to the beach with a lot of friends tomorrow for the 4th of July :) this really helped! I'll def try some of these.

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        Liv 

        12 months ago

        Oh, Lordy! Pick a bale of cotton. Oh, Lordy! Pick a bale a day.

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        Alexa 

        12 months ago

        for number 12 on the top 20 activities you spelled arty wrong, it should be spelled artsy not arty*

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        Kyla 

        12 months ago

        Thanks for the ideas! My neighbors and I get bored cause all we do in the summer is hang out with each other, lol. This is perfect!

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        Olivia 

        12 months ago

        As I have turned 14 this is so amazing to go to this list

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        juliet 

        12 months ago

        lots of good ideas

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        Viki 

        12 months ago

        Im so excited for my summer now! Im always so bored and a little introverted. My parents are always telling me to do something and get suspicious when i dont. Im so happy now ive got all these ideas and the weather is soo good rn. I camt wait to make mocktails for the family bbq next week!!!!

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        Ariel 

        12 months ago

        These are awesome ideas, thx!!! Also, a book reading marathon sounds AWESOME!

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        Mia 

        12 months ago

        This helped a lot since I have to start doing stuff this summer. I was worried that my parents would send me to summer school since I didn't do anything all summer. When I show them the list of stuff that I plan to do this summer no way they will send me now!!!!!! Thx again

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        Emily 

        12 months ago

        I was so bored this summer but now I'm ready and today was my last day!!!

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        Alessia 

        12 months ago

        This didn’t help me one bit.....these things sound so boring I don’t even want to read them

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        Dog 

        12 months ago

        Thanks for the great ideas.. but I’m younger than 16 and can’t drive so I don’t have to many options. But I will make the best of what I have :)

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        No Name ;) 

        12 months ago

        These are great, I see some mean comments here.. Try to be nice!

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        parsa 

        13 months ago

        these are good ideas for spend the summer

        thank you

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        Fun 

        13 months ago

        Im gonna have a awesome summer

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        Jane 

        13 months ago

        I planned to do all of the things already, myb something orginal ??

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        Miranda 

        13 months ago

        Looks like i'm about to have a good summer of 2018:)

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        audrey 

        13 months ago

        thank you for all the amazing ideas for my summer it is going to make fun filled! thanks again!

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        idk 

        13 months ago

        this was not helpful we live in a small town and cant do any of this..... except bake which if i try ill burn the house down.. OOF

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        ....?? 

        13 months ago

        These ideas seem pretty great to me! Thanks for them!

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        Daisy 

        13 months ago

        Thanks a lot for the 100 ideas, it is very helpful and good reminders for my teen girl this Summer!

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        Ella 

        13 months ago

        nice

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        yeet 

        13 months ago

        Most of these are possible. There is a good deal of inside AND outside. I love this article and it was super helpful. Dont hate because these are all things you can to and I want to try most of them

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        MoujanRD 

        13 months ago

        Well some of these sounds cool but I don't think they're possible

        Saying or writing them is easy but with parents and depending on their beliefs it might be hard to do them

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        Isaiah Valdivia 

        13 months ago

        This is awsome thanks this really helps as a13 yo

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        :) 

        13 months ago

        This is very helpful! I am a tween and I get bored really easily, which leads me to get on the computer (which is why i am on here right now), or do something really stupid! so these are going to be really helpful!!!:) Thanks

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        Kat 

        14 months ago

        OMG! Such amazing ideas can't wait to try them ALL out

        Your the BOMB

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        Faith Noel 

        14 months ago

        These were helpful and great because im a tween and get sooo bored.

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        savannah west 

        14 months ago

        im a pre teen/tween and i think this was helpful and pretty great!

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        someone 

        14 months ago

        i think these are all good and i think teens need to be outside more so get a life

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        14 months ago

        im a teen and to me this sounds really boring. I’m no historian, but it looks like this website was made in the 90s. Also nobody uses email and CDs anymore.

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        ella 

        16 months ago

        i think most of these things are good, and simple to do with friends this summer. Like you dont need adults because we are teens!

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        makayla 

        21 months ago

        more things to do inside plz

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        g and m 

        24 months ago

        outside ideas would be better. more realistic too plz.

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        Tia 

        2 years ago

        can't go swimming at midnight. You really think my parents would let me do that?

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        Lit 

        2 years ago

        I only found a few things to do :(. My parents won't let me go out into the neighborhood. R.I.P.

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        Really..... 

        2 years ago

        50% of this stuff needs friends.... IM DONE! 50% of this stuff needs a pool...... IM DONE!

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        Az 

        2 years ago

        I've been to million websites and I can't find decent things to do. smh

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        Trey 

        2 years ago

        Why does it go from 49 to 5 to 50

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        Summer 

        2 years ago

        Yes... that's my really name... can u make these things something that you can really do and baking and a lot of other things on that list you can't do outside!!

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