How to Have Fun During the Weekend (Teens)

Four Parts:Planning AheadOutdoor ActivitiesIndoor ActivitiesDealing with Chores

School's out, and the weekend is here! However, it's not always easy to know what to do with your time that will prove fun and affordable. Lots of exciting suggestions are offered here, to help you make the most of your weekend time.

Part 1
Planning Ahead

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    Work out what you want to do before the weekend arrives. Not only will this give you something to look forward to but it's a great way to be ready instead of wasting time still planning. Write it down the day before, plan it, and pack for it.
    • In some cases though, it's more fun to wait to see what happens, to be spontaneous.
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    Decide whether you want to spend times with friends, family or alone. Perhaps a mix of each. This lets you call up friends or arrange with family for specific times to catch up together.

Part 2
Outdoor Activities

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    Play sport. Whether it's your favorite sport or a new one you've yet to try, sport is a great inclusion for a fun weekend. Be sure to have someone else or a team to play with, depending on the sport.
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    Go for a long discovery walk. You could discover more about your local neighborhood by taking a long walk through it. Observe the things you've never noticed before, such as the gardens people keep, the colors they paint their houses and whether or not they get satellite TV. Choose something that you're keen to learn about and focus on that.
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    Take a hike. Visit your local woods, forest, park or wild area beach and go for a decent hike. Be sure to take a friend or two and let someone know where you're headed. Pack a lunch in your backpack, some sunscreen and insect repellent and be properly addressed for the hike. If you need maps, take them.
    • The hike itself can be fun but you can also include nature observations, animal counts, tree identification and the like as part of the experience, if wished.
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    Visit a water park or an amusement park. Enjoy the many fun activities offered by such places. Go with at least one friend, but the more, the merrier.
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    Play in the park and have a picnic too. Organize a lunch and afternoon park visit with friends. Have them bring picnic food for lunch and some game items for playing in the park. You could play softball/baseball, badminton, volleyball, tag, hide and seek, etc.
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    Go skating. Be it inline, roller or ice skating, there is a skating style out there waiting for you to try. Practice often and soon you'll be covering vast distances.
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    Visit somewhere new. Ask your family to arrange a trip to a destination you've never visited before, that is just a car ride away. The weekend will seem longer when you visit a new place and you might discover some fun new things to do there.
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    Try go-karting. This can be a fun way to race your friends and spend some time doing something high speed and thrilling. Some go-karting places are indoors too, so this can be done in all weather.
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    Try laser tag or paintball. Get out there and actively chase some friends around while using strategy and energy. Lots of fun for everyone.
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    Take the dog(s) for a walk. Be generous with the length of the walk and let Fido determine where to go. You can have an adventure together.

Part 3
Indoor Activities

Going Out

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    Go bowling. Visit your local bowling alley and set up a few matches with friends. Have money for snacks too, or even a meal.
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    See a movie. Choose a film you and your friend(s) will enjoy. Head out with plenty of time to have a milkshake and snack together before the film.
    • If you're tired of seeing movies, why not make your own instead? Write a script, make the props, learn lines and film each other. Edit it and upload it to YouTube or Vimeo for views.
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    Visit a mall for some shopping fun. Even if you don't have much money, you can have fun in a mall just window shopping and hanging out for a drink or snack with friends. Things you might shop for include clothes, books, games and toys.
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    Visit local attractions. Be a tourist in your own town for a weekend and visit all the sites that a tourist would visit. Take selfies and post these online.
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    Do a tour of your local museum or art gallery. Discover what has changed since you were younger (if you've visited it before) and pick out your favorite pieces.

Staying Home

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    Play games with friends. Invite friends over to play games at your house. These could be card, board or video games, as preferred. Challenge each other.
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    Do a craft or hobby. Rainy or cold weather is the perfect time to stay indoors working on a favorite craft or hobby.
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    Have a sleepover with friends. There is lots to plan, so be sure to do this well ahead of the weekend. Have snacks, games and movies to pass the time.
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    Write a story, a poem or in your diary. Spend some time just writing whatever you feel creatively motivated to write. Better than homework any day!
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    Sit around and chat. Grab some friends and go to a cafe for a good, long conversation about the things that interest you all.
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    Challenge yourself to beat your last best score in a video game. That will give you something fun to do and passes the time.
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    Read. Make your own little reading nook somewhere cozy in the house and curl up with a good book. Have a goal to get through the whole book by the end of the weekend.
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    Learn to bake or cook something new. Push your cooking skills to the limit so that you improve and can make more complicated recipes.
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    Draw or paint. Let your artistic side out and create an image that can be hung on your wall. Perhaps draw or paint your pet, a friend or do a self portrait?

Part 4
Dealing with Chores

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    Get chores and homework out of the way. Try to do these things early on in the weekend, so that you can be freed up to do what you want to do for the rest of the weekend. Alternatively, schedule these in for the times when you aren't doing something else, so that you don't just waste spare moments but get the work done.
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    Make chores more fun. Sing and dance while cleaning, listen to music while doing homework and take breaks to make the going easier. Remember that these are only a small part of your whole weekend, so be cheerful in completing them.

Tips

  • Always carry some spare cash, but not too much, just enough to keep you going for the day.
  • If you have a cell phone, make sure it's charged and your parents have your number, and take it with you.
  • If you're joining a club, why not take a friend? You'll have more fun, and both of you will be able to benefit from the club.
  • Listen to your parents. Before you go anywhere, make sure your parents know where you are, and give you a time to be back.

Warnings

  • Never unnecessarily talk to strangers, and certainly do not get in their car or accept gifts from them.
  • Don't be pushed into joining a club you don't want to join.

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Categories: Social Events for Youth