Things for Tweens to Do During the Summer
While summer may seem like a long few months if you have tweens in your home, the fact is that there are some things that they can do to stay busy. When they have a busy summer filled with fun adventures, it will make things much easier on everyone in the family. The one thing you don’t want to do is enroll your tween in things that they have no interest in doing since this will make everyone miserable and it will be a long, long summer.
Part-Time Job- Having a part-time summer job can help your tween develop a strong work ethic and learn the value of a dollar. Even though they are not old enough for a regular job yet, they can do other things to earn money like babysitting, dog walking, mowing lawns, washing cars and tutoring.
Volunteer Work- Doing volunteer work helps tweens to build up their work experience. It also keeps them busy, boosts their confidence and gives them a sense of purpose. They can volunteer at local homeless shelters, animal shelters, soup kitchens, libraries, churches and retirement homes.
Sports- Playing sports is a great outlet for many teenagers. While most school sports are on break for the summer, there are some sports your tween can partake in during the summer. Many parks and recreation departments offers summer sessions in baseball, soccer and swimming. They can also try a new sport on their own or with friends including beach volleyball or mountain biking.
Classes- Summer is a time for a break from homework but tweens love taking non-academic classes. They can sign up for classes such as cooking or painting. They can also sign up for more physical classes such as yoga or karate.
Sightseeing- Have your tween check out the sights and sounds of their hometown. They can ride their bikes around the local trails and visit the local museums.