Activities to do with teens aged 13 and 15 ? (Boys)

(33 Posts)
Nicole1976 Sun 09-Feb-14 17:57:03

So, I tried taking my kids out for a hike in the countryside today and neither of them enjoyed it. My 15 year old, who is usually quite active, complained it was boring and a waste of time. My 13 year old, who considers climbing the stairs to be an extreme sport and eats the entire stock of about 7 supermarkets every day, was tired and hungry and constantly trying to get an internet connection on his phone. After about 3/4 of a mile we walked through some muddy-ish grass and my 15 year old complained about getting his shoes dirty, and after about a mile we reached a small fence about 4ft high and after about 10 mins of trying to push Dylan's fat belly and bum over the fence assisting my 13 year old(Dylan) we found that he couldn't go any further and I returned towards the car with my two unhappy kids sad

I want my kids to enjoy and participate in this kind of activity, anyone got any methods of encouragement for them ?

BackforGood Sun 09-Feb-14 21:23:23

re 'Good places for climbing' - you'd have to say whereabouts in the Country you are - I know of 2 indoor climbing places in my City, but not good if you don't live in the area. Climbing is actually quite expensive as my dcs hobbies go, except when she goes with the Scouts and they go outside, or on climbing walls at Scout Centres , but of course your lads would have to be Scouts to take that.

Nicole1976 Sun 09-Feb-14 21:34:57

I live in Newcastle upon Tyne

Damnautocorrect Sun 09-Feb-14 22:22:59
Bowlersarm Sun 09-Feb-14 22:26:42

I have DSes about the age of yours. We just pretty much insist they participate in wider events with extended family, old family friends, godparents etc, and the odd week holiday. Other than that we don't drag them around with us. They find it boring now.

charitymum Sun 09-Feb-14 22:32:11

Consider geocaching
http://www.geocaching.com

It's high tec treasure hunting. My 14 year old loves it.

I would second climbing, canoeing and other water sports.

And good for you wanting to do stuff with them. It's bloody hard work sometimes but worth it.

Chottie Thu 13-Feb-14 19:49:30

I would second the scouts. My DS did caving, hill walking, climbing, canoeing, sailing, camping, abseiling and lots of other things. It really gave him confidence as well.

lljkk Sun 16-Feb-14 16:51:53

They may be too old for scouts would be explorers now.
Mine reached the "lots of cash or I can't be bothered" stage a lot younger than 13yo, count your blessings!

WhatAFeline Sun 16-Feb-14 16:55:15

Go Ape?

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