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Finding Family Fun for Teenagers

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published February 5th 2015
Share some experiences to find common ground

It becomes harder and harder to find entertainment the whole family will enjoy, once the ages of the kids moves into teens, yet it's more important than ever to find activities to do as a family, and hopefully have a little bit of fun together.

Anyone with a teenager will know how precious those smiles can be some days. Here's a list of fun for the family that even an adolescent will love:

1. Escape Room Games. Under the guise of a puzzle solving adventure, team work is required. These games are fun, and aimed at different levels. There is a sense of accomplishment as you move through the tasks, and a flurry of excitement when you solve a stage.

2. Hire a tinny or go kayaking. Get outdoors, swim at a private beach, explore the waterways. The exercise and fresh air will do everyone some good. The feeling of escaping the city is magical.

3. Go to the beach, but take a bushwalk there. Everybody loves a day at the beach, but the magic of an almost empty beach, and one that takes a little effort to get there is even better.

4. Go out to lunch - but make a day of it. Take the ferry to Ettalong or do the Grand Pacific Drive, both taking in stunning scenery along the way, and offering more than just a simple weekend lunch.

5. Get active on a ropes course. It's something you can do together that will push both of you to your limits, and is great fun to boot.

6. Go on an electric bike tour or indoor skydiving. . Both of these are expensive but worth every cent. You will be grinning from ear to ear as a result, and sharing that excitement is a great bond building experience, so in my book, worth every cent. Go karting will also give everyone a buzz.

7. Try a new sport - archery or fencing are always good fun. You never know, you may get a new family sport.

8. Have a night away or weekend away that offers activity. It doesn't have to cost the earth. Bundanoon Youth Hostel has a BMX track, as well as a quaint country village and National Park to explore. Pittwater Youth Hostel has kayaking and bushwalking. Head up to Port Stephens for some sand boarding. Stay at a Sport and Recreation Camp for plenty of activity in beautiful waterfront settings, such as Broken Bay or Point Wolstonecroft

9. Head to a gamers lounge and play a new game together. They'll appreciate you meeting them on their level.

10. Even bowling, laser tag or putt putt will bring that feeling of connection. Just find something to do, that you'll both enjoy and do it together.

Remember youth is not a stage of life, it's a state of mind, so try to meet them halfway and you'll both enjoy the ride!

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