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Tips For Entertaining Your Teens During Half Term

Courses & Activities

These are just a few ideas to get you started. We all know how daunting it can feel at the start of the holiday knowing full well you will have to find ways to entertain your teen.

  • The Table Cookery School – The Table is a cookery and life-skills school for young people in the heart of the Sussex countryside. They offer courses enabling young people to learn new skills, enjoy healthy cooking and feel confident in the kitchen. Recipes will vary by season and availability of produce but they’ll leave their course able to cook for themself, for friends and for family. They are currently offering some half term cookery lessons for teens (15+ years old). Find out more here or contact them via email.
  • Ticket To Ride Board Game – Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world. This is very suitable for teens (my two love it) and it’s fun for the whole family.
  • The Social Dilemma on Netflix – This is really interesting and it’s a great one to get your teens to watch. It’s a documentary-drama hybrid that explores the dangerous human impact of social networking, with tech experts sounding the alarm on their own creations. It’s an hour and a half long so it’s a good option for an evening or rainy day.
  • Soundcloud – Encourage them to become creative on a platform like Soundcloud. You can easily record and upload sounds and songs and share them privately or publicly to friends. You don’t have to pay for a subscription as there is a free version of the application. Find out more here.
  • Parkrun – Parkruns are free, weekly, community events all around the world. Saturday morning events are 5k and take place in parks and open spaces. On Sunday mornings, there are 2k junior parkruns for children aged four to 14. This is a great one for your teen to do on their own or with you or another member of the family. For more info visit the website.
  • Art Courses For Teens – During half terms and holidays UAL run week-long art and design courses. Learners immerse themselves in a creative art project under the guidance of their expert teachers, and produce a multidisciplinary portfolio by the end of the course.
  • YouTubeYouTube can be great for sparking ideas or learning something new. There are tonnes of art and craft videos if your teen is looking to get creative.
  • Learn to Touch Type – Pressing each key with one finger is one way to go about it but touch typing is a really useful skill for teens to have. It’ll save them lots of time when they’re writing their essays, plus it’s good for the workplace. There are lots of free courses online.
  • Build A Website – This is a cool skill for anyone to have! Why not get them to learn coding, it’s fun and extremely useful. They could even start their own blog or grow the website they’ve just made. There are lots of courses online, Code Academy has a good one.

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