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🤯🙂😄 The first week of summer is glorious. By the second week, you almost want to go back to school early. Shake that thought out of your head. There's a world of activity out there, so seize the day and see what grabs your attention.
Part 1Part 1 of 6:How to Have Fun with New Interests Download Article
- 1Learn a new hobby. Is there something you've always wanted to learn, but didn't think you could? Summer might provide the free time you need to pick up something new. Here are some suggestions:XResearch source
- 2Play a sport. In most places, summer is a great time of year for outdoor sports, as long as you can stand the heat. If you don't have a favorite sport yet, there's no better time to pick one up.Advertisement
- 3Make a film. Get some friends over and brainstorm a movie idea. This can be anything from a science fiction story, to a competitive cooking show, to a music video. If you get into the project, it can provide weeks of fun planning a storyboard, costumes, recruiting extras, and editing the film.
- You could also come up with an idea for a series of smaller videos, and start a Youtube channel.
- 4Start a radio show. Get a recording program or a tape recorder and start your own show. Write up a list of things you want to include on your show: music, jokes, interviews, advertisements, fake or genuine news commentary, etc.
- 5Find a craft project. Arts and crafts projects can take time and patience you don't have during the school year, but they're perfect for summertime. Here are some ideas:
- Fold a paper heart. You can cut out heart-shaped notes for your loved ones, or get some square origami paper and try to make a fancier version. There are many more origami projects to try as well.
- Make rainbow crayons, or try melting crayons on hot rocks to make art.
- Make your slime or play dough. Use these strange-feeling materials for pranks, or just to play with for fun.
- Make a Solar Hot Air Balloon. These balloons can travel hundreds of miles in a day and are easy to make.
- 7Learn to cook.XResearch source If you don't know how to cook or you don't know much about food, you could learn some recipes now. There are thousands of recipes available online or in cookbooks from the library or bookstores, or you could try these easy ideas to start with:
- Make cold, refreshing smoothies. Try different, even wacky combinations, either to make a nice cold summer drink or to dare your friends to drink a mysterious concoction.
- Make a chocolate peanut butter parfait as a delicious dessert.
- Make hummus for dipping crackers. If you're ambitious, you could even make homemade bread.
Part 2Part 2 of 6:How to Improve Yourself Download Article
- 2Volunteer. Helping your community can be satisfying, uplifting work, and of course, you're working towards a good cause of well. Look for an organization in your area that picks up trash, works with injured or abandoned animals, or works for political causes.
- Volunteering also looks good on college applications, although interviews and essays will go a lot better if you are genuinely interested in the work.
- 3Check out a stack of books from the library.XResearch source Books can transport you into a different world, or let you see through the eyes of others. Try learning all you can on a particular topic, such as Norse mythology, Japanese history, or space travel.
- If you want to learn even more, try an online college course. Some of the world's top universities even post lectures online, and these are often more interesting than high school (secondary school) classes.XResearch source
- 5Write a novel. This is a huge project, that could fill your entire summer and more if you get inspired. If you're not sure where to begin, try writing a story imitating your favorite author, or work together with a friend so you can trade ideas.
- If you have an idea for a novel, but are less experienced at writing, try writing a short story and work your way up.
- 6Learn a language. Knowing a foreign language can lead to many opportunities, not to mention it looks good on college applications. Get started by finding a beginner's class nearby, or ask a friend or family member to teach you a language they know. Search online for free language lessons, online learning tools, or foreign conversation partners.
Part 3Part 3 of 6:How to Participate in Events Download Article
- 1Hit up local events. Most areas host fairs, festivals, carnivals, or other fun events during the summer. Check your city's calendar online, or ask other people in the area whether they've heard of events. Check the websites or advertisements for nearby venues, including concert locations, theaters, and sports stadiums.XResearch source
- 2Act like a tourist in your town. Look at your town's or region's tourism website or brochures advertising events and find out what attracts people traveling from other locations. There might be anything from museums to merry-go-rounds lurking in your town, or areas a short drive away.XResearch source
- 5Invent an indoor vacation. If weather, transportation, or a lack of events prevents you from leaving the house, take a fake vacation. Invite a couple of friends for a sleepover and decorate your room like a palace, jungle, hotel, or anything you like. Go shopping for unusual foods and "souvenirs" to share with your guests. If the weather is rainy, dress up in swimsuits and sunglasses and lounge around indoors pretending you're visiting a location with a proper summer.
- 6Get in touch with old friends. If your current friends are out of town or busy, look through your old yearbooks, phone contacts, or emails and reconnect with people you used to know. Any of the activities above can be more fun with friends, or you can simply spend an afternoon catching up with each other or reminiscing.
- 7Try to build something. It could be anything, a house made out of cardboard or a simple 3D puzzle. This would help you think logically and help you to keep up your resilience.
Part 4Part 4 of 6:How to Have Fun in Hot Weather Download Article
- 1Go swimming. If you live in an area where summers are hot, you can have fun and cool off at the same time. Visit the beach or the pool with friends or family.XResearch sourcePlay swimming games like Marco Polo or Shark Attack, hold swimming races, or get a group of friends together to play water polo.
- 2Cool off with water activities. Even if you don't have anywhere to swim, you might find ways to have fun with water. Put on a swimsuit or light clothes you don't mind getting wet, and find some overheated friends to join you in these activities:
- Turn on the sprinklers on a lawn and play tag, hide-and-go-seek, or red rover in the middle of the spraying water.
- Have a water fight. Fill up some water balloons, buy a cheap water gun at the dollar store, or use a garden hose. This can be a fun one-time activity... or the start of a water fight war.
- 3Make cold drinks and desserts. A cold beverage or a bowl of ice cream can be wonderful in hot weather. Making them yourself is even better for curing boredom.
- Try making homemade ice cream, either with the classic "salt and ice" method or with a method that recreates the creamy, rich taste of real ice cream.
- Make popsicles and keep your freezer stocked all summer.
- Fill your fridge with homemade ginger ale or lemonade.
- Make an ice lick. Place cold water in a cup with a disposable straw or spoon. Keep it in the freezer for 2 hours, then take it out and eat it while it's cold and yummy.
- 4Relax indoors. Find a cool, shady room, or make a blanket fort out of light sheets to create a refuge from the sun. Turn on a fan, find a book to read, and wait for the hottest part of the day to pass.
- 5Play games around sunset. As dusk starts to fall and the temperatures cool off, gather a group of friends to play games like hide-and-seek, sardines, freeze tag, or capture the flag in a large yard or park. If the evening is still too hot for physical activity, set up a table outside and play card games or board games while the air cools down.
- Pick a board game that won't be blown away by the wind, such as Carcassonne, Tikal, or Blokus.XResearch source These are all moderately popular games sold at many game stores, but classics like Chess, Checkers, or any board game's magnetic travel version are even easier to find.
- A trick-taking card game like Hearts can be played in windy areas, as long as you have rocks or other heavy objects to hold down the tricks.
Part 5Part 5 of 6:How to Do Some Decorating Download Article
- 1Organize or redecorate your room. Some people like this activity more than others, but even if you're not much of a decorator it beats sitting around doing nothing. Even just sorting through old clutter can help you find old toys, books, and other nostalgic objects. For a larger project, paint your room or hang up posters and pictures.
- 2Pick flowers in your neighborhood. See how many kinds of different wildflowers you can find in your yard or nearby fields. Make a bouquet, or press them to make permanent decorations. Leaves can also be dried to use in art projects or just to keep around as decoration.
- Don't pick flowers from other people's yards without permission, or if the flowers look intentionally planted.
Part 6Part 6 of 6:How to Have Fun with Grooming Download Article
- 2Update your wardrobe. Sort through your clothes, and pick out the ones that you don't want/are too small for you. Invite some friends over, and ask them to bring some clothes/other items they don't want. Trade clothes with each other, or sell them at a yard sale to raise some spending money. You could also donate your clothes to charity.
- QuestionWhat should I do if I have a ton of schoolwork, but I still want to have some fun?Community AnswerUse fun things as a reward for finishing some work. After studying for 45 minutes or so, take a 15 minute break to play a video game, go outside and ride your bike a little, etc. When you've finished all your work, give yourself a big reward, like going to a friend's house to play.
- QuestionHow can I make friends when everyone thinks I'm lame?Community AnswerIt sounds as though you just need to find "your tribe," those who share your same interests. Join clubs or sports teams that appeal to you, consider doing volunteer work in a cause you believe in, and just be yourself. Your true friends will appreciate the real you.
- QuestionIs 6 pm a good time for a bonfire?Community AnswerIt all depends on what time the sun sets in your area. It's best to start a bonfire right around dusk.
- You can have a sleepover with your friends!
- Make a tent in your room and invite some friends around for some indoor camping.
- In hot weather, drink lots of water and wear sunscreen when outside.
- You should take a walk with your pet every day.
- Hang out with your friends.
- Pull out some of your old toys! Barbie dolls, American Girl dolls, Zoobles, etc.
- Make cute school supplies or get prepared for school.
- Camping in your back or front yard is fun with friends.
- Write a story with your friends.
- Visit a park and spend time enjoying the outdoors.
- You could organize a dance party with your friends.
- Got a pet? Play with it, teach it tricks.
- Build a fort. Use chairs, pillows, blankets, sheets, or anything else to build the most epic fort ever.
- Make a fanfiction.
- Go on vacation!
- Find out how your siblings are entertaining themselves, if you have any, or invite them to your activities if they're bored as well.
- Pick your favorite activities from this article, add your ideas, and turn them into a summer bucket list. Try to check off every activity on your list before you go back to school.
- If you have a dog, wash it. If you want some cash, hold a carwash with friends. Maybe afterward, have a water fight!
- Put on new makeup and experiment with different styles.
- Try new hairstyles on.
- Go shopping,
- Paint nails or pamper yourself.
- Play outside on the lawn.
About This Article
To beat boredom over the summer, try pursuing new activities or hobbies that interest you, such as learning to play an instrument, cooking, crafting, or trying a new sport. If your summer goal is self-improvement, consider getting a part-time job or volunteering in your community. Don't forget to set aside time for fun activities like swimming, movie nights, water sports, and attending summer festivals with your friends! For tips on exploring your hometown to pass the time, read on!