Entertaining teenagers is often more problematic than little ones. They are more than happy to set up camp in their rooms playing computer games, so how do you tempt them out to enjoy the (occasional) sunshine and have some quality time with the rest of the family? I have some suggestions that appealed to our resident teen that even us parents can get involved in! If audience participation isn’t your thing, you can always grab a coffee and watch 🙂
If this isn’t your cup of tea there’s always bowling, the recently installed Racing Rig, pool tables or karaoke to keep the whole family amused. And of course, the food! Check out our review here.
Cullercoats Bike & Kayak
Salty Dogs Kids Club is for 7-14 yr olds who love the water. During the summer months there is also a Friday Club aimed at 14-18 year olds. They can try out kayaking, paddleboarding or try some unique activities like building their own watercraft and racing it in the bay! Sessions are about two hours long and everything is provided; all your kids need is swimwear, a towel and a parental consent form. The rockpooling looks like great fun! Check out their website here.
Those afraid of heights need not be daunted by what’s on offer at Sunderland Wall, although I suspect even the bravest folk will be in awe when they walk in!With a variety of walls and activities to try out, like Bouldering – which is one of the UK’s fastest growing sports – this is a great way for the kids to exercise without it feelings like that. Heck, even I’ve been known to get involved to burn off all those cake calories I consume for the purposes of this blog!
With clubs open to children from 3 upwards, as well as tuition if you want to learn about belay to scale that behemoth, Sunderland Wall offers the lot. For more information about Geckos and Rock Monkeys, check out their website here.
Beamish Museum, County DurhamI think the majority of people who live in the North East have visited Beamish Museum at least once in their life, even if it was on a school trip! It tends to be the place we take our Brazilian family members when they’re here as it is a fantastic opportunity for them to experience the history of the area.
With a ticket lasting a year once purchased, and discount offered if travelling by bus to get there, don’t be deterred by the price. I’d always recommend getting there early though if you plan on cramming a lot into your visit. You can take the trams around the site, but it’s nice to walk between the attractions if you have the time. Our particular favourite is the old fashioned sweet shop in the town! The teen likes getting his chips from the fish shop too. A must-visit for all the family.
Young Driver, Gateshead
We booked the Teen an hour long Introduction to Driving course at Young Driver in Gateshead for his birthday this year, rather than buying more computer games to encourage him to spend time away from the family. While this was something only he could do, it was great fun for us to watch him drive round the car park with the instructor.
Aimed at 11 to 17 year olds and located in the Metrocentre’s overflow car park in Gateshead, these lessons are a great way of giving teens a chance to try out behind the wheel themselves. As someone who didn’t learn to drive until their late 20’s due to fear, I’m wholeheartedly behind this. It is said that a lack of experience, as opposed to age, is what causes accidents in newly qualified drivers. Young Driver builds their experience and confidence in a safe environment. As a warning, our teen became a backseat driver afterwards! More info can be found at their website here.
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