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|20 Mar|5 mins

8 Ways To Keep Teens Busy That Aren’t Movie Marathons

DO: try these at home

We’ve compiled and supplied the fun ideas for when you’re all out. No, your house needn’t be a funhouse in the literal sense, but add some creativity and figuratively, it will be. The “but mum, it’s so boring at home!” refrain is a thing of the past. They won’t even need to start their ninth movie marathon. Read on.

1. Learn Tik Tok Routines
Get all-singing (ok, lip-synching), all-dancing à la Justin Bieber and Hailey Bieber (link to Justin’s latest TikTok of them or featured on IG if we can pull). Or get inspired by @mackenzieziegler, @fattiemcbaddie, @dontecolley and @zoifishh. From solo routines to duos and groups, you’ll be making original Tik Tok routines in no time. You might even have a dance off on your hands…

2. Have A Fashion Show
Have a ‘keep’, ‘fix’, ‘swap’ or ‘donate’ fashion show – starring them – to make sorting through their old clothes fun. It's something we never get time for, right? Get the whole family to participate if everyone’s wardrobes need love ahead of winter. Better yet, put on a new episode of a podcast or upbeat playlist to keep it fun. 

3. Carve Out Zen Time
Why not get them watching guided youtube videos or downloading apps to help them learn yoga or meditation? We recommend Calm, Headspace, Downdog and Yoga Studio: mind & body. There are many ways to start meditating, from repeating simple mantras and focusing on the breath to doing a body scan. Couple these techniques with yoga – from tree pose to downward dogs and easy flowing routines – to help improve their flexibility, strength, coordination, posture and allow a deeper connection to self. They’ll be in a zen zone in no time… Maybe you’ll even practice together!

4. Watch A Doco
Expand their minds with Ted Talks from body language to happiness, motivation, why art is a democracy and other perplexing topics worth exploring. For more long-form content for the curious, explore a few documentaries. We recommend: A Grand Night In: The Story of Aardman, The Mind, Explained, the Our Planet series by David Attenborough and Life Of A Universe by Professor Brian Cox. A doco a day keeps the Doctor away, no? 

5. Create A Vlog
It’s an easy way for them to capture their thoughts and feelings around this time. They could start by reflecting on their day, doing a house-tour or even co-hosting or interviewing family members. Pop it on YouTube or keep it listed as private for a modern take on home family video viewings.

6. Armchair Art Appreciation
Simulate the feeling of a day exploring art galleries and museums with virtual tours, offered by many leading institutions worldwide. Try Tate Modern, Dalí's Theatre-Museum, The British Museum, The Uffizi Gallery, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Musée d’Orsay and Museo Frida Kahlo to name a few.

7. Start A New Hobby
Suggest exploring interests or hobbies they’ve always wanted to try. Sewing? Cooking? Coding? Creative writing? They’ll flex their imagination and try something new, whether they stick with it long term or not. There’s a Youtube ‘How-To’ for everything, so no excuses. P.S. Netflix is not a hobby.

8. Dust Off The Board Games
Start an all family games night with old favourites from Monopoly to Pictionary, Scrabble, Cluedo or chess – no bad sportsmanship allowed. Agree prior that the losers have to do the dishes!


Who knew time away from video games and Instagram could be so wholesome? Discover our ideas for toddlers and kids here, too.

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