The end of the school year is a busy time for every parent. It’s easy to forget about planning summer schedules because students are usually consumed by homework, sports, or other extra curricular activities. But then, before you realize it, your teen is out of school with nothing to do for the summer.
Most teens might be excited about having an endless amount of time off for two or more months, but that much time spent just hanging around isn’t a good thing. Not only does it mess with schedules and make it harder to get back on track when the school year starts, but it limits your teen’s chances to continue growing and learning outside of school.
Common Sense Media found that teens spend an average of 9 hours a day on online. That’s a lot of time wasted watching Netflix and browsing their Instagram feeds. That valuable time should be used as an opportunity for your teens to learn a new skill or even cross an adventure off their summer bucket list.
It’s time to plan ahead while you can to help your teen beat another boring summer. There are plenty of activities for your teen to try out this summer here in Connecticut.
Watch their #summergoals turn into reality with our suggestions below!
For the Sporty Teen
- Take your teen out for some fresh air and spend the day on Connecticut’s largest river with LakeSide Watersports in Danbury, CT. Teens that are water lovers need to take advantage of this exciting location. Take water-ski and wake-board lessons at an affordable price with a fully trained staff. Or hang on tight as their boats pull you through the river on an inflatable tube.
- Even throughout the rainy summer weather there are places to go for your teen to stay active. Take them out to the largest indoor rock climbing course in the world located in New Haven, CT. Jordan’s Furniture IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course offers two high rope courses with over 100 activities like plank walking, swinging beams, rope ladders, and more. The attraction also includes 4 long zip lines and liquid fireworks choreographed to lights and music that will be sure to blow you away. This attraction will be a day well spent, it is both affordable and fun!
For the Artsy Teen
- If your teen loves to watch films on Netflix, they may be interested in the Ridgefield Playhouse Summer Camp for Future Filmmakers. The two week program is offered to kids between the ages 8 and 15. Filmmaker Katie Torpey is offering a creative program that will teach kids the art of film which includes learning how to write, film, direct, and edit. Teens will also get to learn to shoot using multiple camera lenses and a controlled drone. By the end of the program your teen will walk away with their own artistic style, a music video and a short film!
- The Mystic Museum of Art is offering summer classes and workshops for teens with a strong interest in visual arts. Parents can sign their teens up for each of the three summer sessions and watch their teen build upon technical painting, photography, and drawing skills.
For the Musical Teen
- Teens that have joined the school band miss out on the opportunity to practice during the summer break. Now they can continue to play with other musicians their age. X-Treme Summer of Rock is a music camp for teens between the ages 14 and 18 who play guitar, drums, bass, keyboard, or vocals. Each group will work on 2-4 original songs recorded in a professional recording studio to create a CD. By the end of the program each group will sell their CD at Giuliano’s store, all proceeds will go to music scholarships.
- Combine live music and gaming at the Amity Teen Center in Woodbridge, CT. The youth venue provides live music events, performance arts, community outreach, and job readiness preparation to high school students.
For the Outdoorsy Teen
- Field of Fire Adventure Park in Mystic, CT offers a family friendly 5 level ropes course that hovers over 50 acres of Connecticut’s beautiful woodlands. It’s perfect for the kind of teen that enjoys the views of the outdoors while engaging in exhilarating challenges.
- Ever heard of Zorbing? Zorbing is the latest extreme sport of rolling downhill in a large inflatable sphere. Woodbury Ski Area offers tubing, zip lining, rock climbing, and zorbing at the mountain during the summer time. Take a dip down their epic tubing slide or roll fast downhill in a zorbing sphere at super affordable rental prices. Hold on tight!
For the Thoughtful Teen
- If your teen is an animal lover then he/she can become a cat and dog Caretaker at TAILS cat adoption agency in Westport, CT. While tending to the cats, your teen will pick up animal handling and animal therapy skills.
- Teens with a Heart in Weston, CT is offering the opportunity to join their teen council. The council will work on a program to help improve the lives of younger kids who are dealing with issues from bullying, medical conditions, to economic disparity.
They Don’t Need to be Dog Days
Summertime is the best time for a reason. It’s the one time of the year we have extra hours to spend learning a new skill or going on adventures. Whether your teen loves the outdoors or is into playing the guitar, these activities will be beneficial to their overall health and self esteem in the long run! If your kids tell you they don’t want to do any of the things on the list, just give them an ultimatum: Either they choose something, or you give them a list of chores.