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Teen activities: 18 fun party hits to ditch the cringe

Teenagers can be tough to please, especially when it comes to parties. Today’s teens are a complex blend of social media savvy, meme-fuelled humour, and an ever-evolving definition of “cool”. Finding teen activities that meet their high standards can feel daunting, confusing, and potentially embarrassing.

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But fear not, party-throwing parents! Forget the tired balloon animals and pin the tail on the donkey – you need activities that are engaging, exciting, and most importantly, cool enough to avoid eye rolls.

Here are 18 teen activities to make your teen’s bash the talk of the town (or at least their social media feed).

18 Epic teen activities for a teen bash they’ll actually enjoy

1. Glow-in-the-dark dance party

Transform your space with black lights, neon decorations, and glow sticks. Turn up the music and let them dance the night away.

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2. Minute to win it frenzy

Set up quick, one-minute challenges like stacking cups, blowing ping pong balls across the table, filling a cup with cotton balls while blind-folded, or transferring M&Ms with chopsticks.

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3. Video game tournament

Organise a video game tournament for their favourite console or online game. Offer prizes and bragging rights for the ultimate champion.

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4. Escape room challenge

Create a DIY escape room with puzzles, riddles, and clues hidden around the house. Work together to escape before time runs out!

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5. Open mic night

Encourage musical teens to showcase their talents with an open mic night. Provide instruments, a microphone, and a supportive audience.

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6. Karaoke showdown

Rent a karaoke machine or use an app. Belt out your favourite tunes and unleash your inner rockstar (or at least provide some hilarious entertainment).

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7. Personalised playlist

Create a collaborative playlist on a music streaming service and let everyone add their favourite songs. It’s a fun way to personalise the mood.

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8. Scavenger hunt extravaganza

Plan a city or park adventure with hidden clues and challenges leading to a surprise reward. Teamwork, exploration, and fresh air – a winning combination!

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9. Pool party

Show the teens a pool and they would make it the perfect party, that is, with adult supervision. If you already have a pool then let the party start. If not, you can ask a friend who has a pool in their yard or check out public pools available for party rentals.

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10. Board games

Bring out the classics like Pictionary or Charades for teamwork, laughter and nonstop excitement. For a more relaxed and collaborative experience, opt for cooperative games like Pandemic or Forbidden Island where everyone works together against the game.

11. Card Games

Introduce them to new card games like CodenamesCoup, or Sushi Go! These games are easy to learn, offer quick rounds, and encourage deduction and bluffing.

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12. Movie marathon

Pick a theme (cult classics, comedies, horror) and have a movie marathon complete with popcorn, snacks, and comfy PJs.

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13. Spa night in

Relax and pamper yourselves with DIY face masks, manicures, and soothing music. It’s a great way to unwind and bond.

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14. Signature mocktails

Create a menu of delicious and refreshing mocktails with fun names and decorations. It’s a non-alcoholic way to add a festive touch.

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15. DIY crafts corner

Set up a station with craft supplies like beads, paints, or decoupage materials. Let them create personalised keepsakes or party decorations.

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16. Guest book twist

Instead of a traditional guest book, have them write funny messages, predictions, or inside jokes on a decorated mirror or piece of furniture.

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17. Themed photo booth

Set up a fun photo booth with props, backdrops, and silly themes. Let them capture memories with their friends.

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18. Bonfire and stargazing

Set up a cosy bonfire (with adult supervision!), roast marshmallows, and tell spooky stories under the stars. Download a stargazing app to identify constellations.

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Choose teen activities based on their interests

So, there you have it! 18 epic teen activities guaranteed to turn your teen’s bash into a social media sensation, ditching the cringe factor and leaving them bragging to their friends.

Remember, the key to successful teen activities is understanding their interests and catering to their unique sense of cool. With a little creativity and these ideas, you can throw a party that’s more than just fun – it can be legendary!

Now go forth and conquer the world of teen activities – your teenager (and their social media followers) will thank you for it!

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