10 Fun and Educational Summer Activities for Teens

Summer is for s’mores, swimming, and sleepovers, but don’t forget to add some enrichment to exercise your teen’s mind during school break. Here are 10 summer activities for teens to balance your teen’s summer so that they get the best of both worlds! .

#1 Live, Online Creative Writing Workshops

First on the list is Write the World’s Virtual Summer Writing Camps, a summer program that is empowering the next generation of wordsmiths (ages 13-19) through a series of weekly writing themes.  These camps are open to all levels of writers, and campers will learn from notable authors, editors, and educators.. This immersive summer writing experience for teens nurtures creativity and literary talent even if they are just starting their writing journey.

#2 Free Weekly Audiobooks for Teens

Awaken your teen’s visualization and auditory skills with free audiobooks this summer. AudiobookSYNC is a summer program of FREE audiobooks for teens 13+. Two audiobooks are available each week through the Sora reading app. April 27 – August 2, 2023. 

#3 Discount Movie Tickets

Be sure to look into whether your local movie theaters are offering any deals for the summer for families. For instance, Cinemark has tickets for select films starting at only $1.50! Regal also has a similar program with $2 morning movies and many more theaters have created programs as well.. 

#4 Plant a Garden Through Volunteering

Request materials to plant a garden through Meaningful Teens. There are also multiple volunteer opportunities through their organization to mentor and teach English to refugees. More details here.

#5 Summer Cooking Classes

The culinary experts at Sur la Table offer a 5-day series of seasonal cooking classes for kids ages 7-11 and teens ages 12-17 for around $299. From themes such as Global Flavors and Baking 101, these fun programs are a great way to add learning (and delicious food) to their summer. 

#6 Learn to be a Floral Designer

Imagine learning how to make gorgeous bouquets that celebrities pay top dollar for. Now teens and participants of any age can take a virtual flower design class that teaches how to make beautiful flower arrangements from “A-List” celebrity florist, Miguel Chang.  Not only is this fun and awakens one’s creativity, but being around flowers and nature will put a smile on anyone’s face.

 #7 Museum Fun

Teens can register for free summer programs at The Met art museum in NYC. Not in NYC? Look up your local museums to find summer programs for teens; some states even offer free museum tickets all summer.  

#8 Build a Little Free Library

Building a Little Library takes some work, but the benefits to your community are invaluable. Little Libraries are popping up all over the country giving 24-7 access to books. If you spot these little wooden libraries on the side of the road, stop; borrow a book; and return it when you are done. Also, be sure to leave a book or two inside to pay it forward — this is how the Little Library gets more books.  

#9 Get College Ready

Summer break is an excellent time for teens to write their college essay. The summer is quieter without the school year pressures. They say a quiet mind is one of the best ways to tap into our utmost creativity. Complete Your College Essay is an online course that offers more than just college application essay help – Write the World’s staff of expert instructors will teach you how to develop, write, and edit your perfect essay, all the way from rough idea to final submission. More details here.

 #10 Get Your Art On

Check out local art programs or get creative at home on your own this summer. There are amazing DIY projects for teens to make as gifts or sell at the local market.


About Write the World:

Founded in 2012 at Harvard University, Write the World is a non-profit dedicated to developing the writing, critical thinking, reading, and communication skills of young writers (ages 13-19).

With over 100k teens and educators in the Write the World community, members write, peer-review, and share their writing with the world. Write the World spans over 125 countries, has hosted over 100 writing competitions, and has published over 180k pieces of writing on its global platform. With a mission to help teens become global citizens achieving success in school, career, and life, Write the World offers innovative summer camps and an enriching college essay program. Visit writetheworld.org for more information. 

“Nowhere else have I seen such genuine investment in young writers. Write the World is a beautiful and responsive community that I owe so much to – without it, I wouldn’t be a published author.” -Molly, 18


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