With summer vacation in the final home stretch, a couple of things are certain. First, it will get hotter before it get’s cooler. Secondly, back-to-school thoughts are running through your teenager’s head. Most certainly, in these last few weeks of summer, it’s likely that boredom has set in…and there are only so many Snapchat filters a teenager can play around with!
What’s a kid to do when the novelty of summer has worn off, and their wallet is nearly empty?
Summer was always a great time for me as a kid. Riding my bike for hours, going to the pool, and building forts. As I got older, I replaced my bike with a car, and my fort-building days turned into bonfire nights. (Unfortunately, as a teenager, my idea of fun was very different than what my parents wanted for me.)
Teenagers today have far more options when it comes to finding a cure for summer boredom. However, they might not look up from their devices long enough to think of creative ways to spend their time. They may even follow my example and get themselves into trouble. I’m here to encourage Frisco teenagers not to waste the remaining days of summer. Frisco is loaded with age-appropriate fun, and affordable ways to spend your time.
Driving fast, and racing your friends – legally – is exactly what Frisco teenagers should be doing this summer. Leave the Texas heat outdoors at Pole Position’s indoor go-kart speedway. They offer a variety of pricing for groups, large and small. One of the best options is what they call “Arrive and Drive.” This allows customers to show up and get on a track quickly. Their go-karts are some of the fastest available in the DFW area and give the driver the true feeling of being in a professional race. So whether a teenager has their drivers’ license yet, or not, they can have fun driving fast (and not getting pulled over).
Hanging out at home with your younger siblings or parents is not always fun for teenagers (sometimes it is down right painful). But where does a teenager go to hang out when they’re underage? They can’t go to a bar, movies are expensive and there are only so many times you can hit the mall. What about one of Frisco’s many parks? There’s a lot of fun to be had outside of the playground equipment for small children. A lot of our parks have trees for shade, open fields for soccer and football, basketball courts and picnic pavilions. Go hiking on a trail. Get a group of friends together, stock up on water, pop and snacks. It could be a great way to get away from the house and kill an afternoon. Most of the parks around here also have outdoor BBQ pits and grills so you don’t have to haul yours from home.
Dave & Buster’s comes to mind because of their great food and the mid-week deals they offer for game cards. Their location in Stonebriar Centre is a perfect place to grab some appetizers and hang out with friends. Video games, Laser Tag, Skee Ball, billiards and tons of other games are available. I recommend going during the week to avoid larger groups or parties, and it will be cheaper for teens who might not have a lot of money to spend.
Although our Frisco Water Park is really cool, sometimes we crave a beach. Frisco is fortunate to be located right down the road from Little Elm Beach, just outside the boundaries of Frisco. The fun is free, so it’s a popular spot for youth. There are numerous sand volleyball courts, and Hydrous Wake Park is right next door.
Teenagers who love video games are lucky to have The National Videogame Museum right here in Frisco. It’s a fun place to learn about the history and future of the video gaming industry. Check out their timeline of consoles, and step into the 80’s retro arcade, Pixel Dreams. Tickets run about the same price as going to see a movie, so change it up and try something new.
When it comes to sports, living in Frisco has its perks. One of those perks is having some of the cheapest tickets in town when it comes to watching professional sports.
The Rough Riders not only have a great stadium with a lazy river, but they play right in our backyard. Single game tickets are reasonably priced and they have special game pricing on selected games throughout the week. The Rough Riders offer family and group rates that include hot dogs and a beverage.
If baseball isn’t your thing you can head over to Toyota Stadium for some MLS action with FC Dallas. FC Dallas offers a wide range of tickets on their website, but you can also find tickets on Groupon.com and FlashSeats.com. Both of these stadiums are close to home and the games usually end early, so it is not a late night for anyone with a curfew.
Earn Community Service Hours
Now is a great time to amp up those college applications and job resumes. There are an endless number of ways to make a difference in the community, and it always makes people smile to see kids actively involved in making a difference. Check out this list of 50 Community Service Ideas for Teen Volunteers.
Make Some Money
Okay, who doesn’t want a little extra money, or for that matter need a little extra money? Summer is a perfect opportunity to start earning money and work as much as you can before going back to school. Landing a good summer job as a teenager can be difficult, with age restrictions, transportation challenges, and limited experience. What about starting a business? Not sure how to do that or what to do? Here are a few tried and true ideas for teenagers who want to make some quick cash.
Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
Almost everyone around here has a pet, whether it’s a dog, cat, fish, or bird. Someone knows somebody with a pet. Most people don’t take their furry little friend with them when they go on vacation. Boarding can be very expensive and most people have a hard time leaving their pets with strangers. Try reaching out to friends and family first so you can get some clients under your belt. Then post on social media, or on your subdivision’s website and Facebook pages to market your business. It won’t take long before you have a good customer base for walking dogs or taking care of them while people are at work or out of town.
I can tell you first-hand how much homeowners despise doing yard work. The last thing I want to do on my day off is cut the grass, pull weeds, trim trees and clean out flower beds. Most people would love to pay someone to do these tedious but necessary chores. Why not take advantage of this? You can spend a Saturday making good money or run a weekly lawn service with very little start-up cost.
How many of you have walked by that random box in the garage and wondered what was in there? Or maybe that one drawer that has clothes sitting in there that you’ll never wear again? We all have stuff to get rid of and while donations are great, making money is good too! Teenagers have an endless supply of old clothes, jewelry, books and who knows else that they could sell. Get some friends involved, and it could be a fun way to spend a weekend together. Combine the garage sale and everyone makes money.
Summer can be as fun or as boring as you make it. Wasting the days staring at your cell phone really doesn’t sound like much of a life. Getting out of the house is not only a better use of time, but can change a person’s mood too. Making some money, hanging with friends, getting some sun and exercise…that’s what summer is all about.