7 holiday workshop ideas for teens

School holidays are a great opportunity to relax, unwind from the busy school term, and do nothing much more than recharge the batteries. But six weeks is a long time of doing nothing, especially if your teen’s idea of relaxing is spending 12 hours in front of the computer. It’s time to consider the holiday workshop.

Teenagers may think they’ve outgrown school holiday workshops, but at this age holiday programs are not about ‘babysitting’, and there is more on offer for the older kids than ever before. The trick is choosing the right workshop, or else they’ll simply dig their heels in… to the floor under the computer desk. Here are some ideas:

School Holiday Workshops

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  1. Often teens can’t try everything they’d like from the electives offered at school – there just aren’t enough hours in the day. Use their interest in school electives to guide your choice for school holiday workshops, or pursue the after-school activity they didn’t have time for during the term.
  2. If your teen spends a lot of time inside, an outside-based workshop will help bring some balance. Especially if they spend most of their time in front of a screen (read what these Victorian high school students got up to when they gave up screens for a week). This works the other way too of course. Sporty teens are probably already keen for extra activities in their chosen sport, but you could encourage them to develop a different skill – acting, art, cooking or computer animation, for example.
  3. Alternatively, if your teen is extra resistant to trying something new, pick a workshop that doesn’t take them too far out of their comfort zone.
  4. Older teens can take workshops that will help start preparing them for their lives post-school – many tertiary institutions hold workshops that offer a taste of their courses for high school graduates. A cooking course will help get them ready for their first share household.
  5. If your teen is keen to take on part-time work to earn money, look for a workshop that might improve their skills and make them more employable. Aspiring babysitters could do a first-aid course; lifesaving skills would be good for teens interested in a job at the local swimming pool;  or for teenagers who generally need a confidence boost before doing the rounds of retailers, a self-presentation workshop could really improve the way they come across.
  6. Self improvement is a growing theme for workshops for teenagers. For some kids, the teen years are not the happiest of times. But even for those who seem generally happy-go-lucky, start digging and you’ll find insecurities about looks, friends, school performance, relationships… the list goes on. Some workshops are tackling these issues head-on, to help teens overcome their worries earlier in life and to get them living their potential sooner.
  7. Most teens enjoy having a friend along for the ride. Encourage them to organise something with one or more of their group. If they are struggling with friends at school, then encourage them to see it as an opportunity to meet some new people. If you are particularly concerned about your teen being shy or nervous, have a word with the organisers (without telling your child you did) and ask them to make some introductions.





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