As the days and weeks of summer pass by quickly, and the prospect of going back to school can seem like “agony” to most teenagers. We’ve got a unique way to motivate your teenagers during the last days of summer. Give students this summer activities checklist, and ask “how many of these things have you accomplished this summer?” Having this summer activities checklist will give your teenagers many things to look forward to, keep them busy, and give them a renewed drive going into September.

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  1. Have a bonfire.

2. Go to a drive-in movie.

3. Go fishing with a group of friends.

4. Swim in the lake or river.

5. Camp out with friends.

6. Eat s-mores.

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7. Plan a bike trip.

8. Turn off the phone and go read in the park.

9. Dance in the rain.

10. Go on a road trip with friends.

11. Have a water balloon fight.

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12. Do one touristy thing in your city/town you’ve never done before.

13. Make a grilled pizza.

14. Visit the zoo.

15. Spend time with relatives that live out of state.

16. Watch a sunset.

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17. Go to the water park.

18. Visit an amusement park.


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19. Stargaze.

20. Plan a barbeque.

21. Do a boat activity.

22. Make a new friend.

23. Relive your childhood; play on a local playground.

24. Start a journal.

25. Have a “summer’s over” slumber party.

26. Have a sandcastle competition.

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27. Binge watch a new TV show.

28. Sing karaoke with friends.

29. Babysit for some extra cash.

30. Pet-sit for a friend (make sure it’s okay with mom and dad!).

31. Research colleges and plan visits.


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32. Check out a book at your local library.

33. Cook dinner for your family.

34. Work at a summer camp.

35. Do something craftsy.

36. Get involved with a summer parade.

37. Volunteer at a local food shelf.

38. Try a food you’ve never tried before.

39. Re-watch your favorite movie.

40. Have a beach party.


No matter how many of the 40 above summer activities you accomplished, we hope your summer has been a blast. Visit again, once the school year starts, to find more ideas and resources for Homecoming, Prom, and other school events.