Summer Activities for Teenagers Series: The Animal Lover

Our Summer Activities for Teenagers Series is the perfect place to find things to do in the summer! In this installment, we have lots of ideas for ‘The Animal Lover’ in your family!

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The Animal Lover

For the one who wants all the pets, dreams of being a veterinarian, and has an extraordinary collection of stuffed animals…

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Caring for pets…

  • Learn to properly groom different kinds of pets
  • Foster a homeless pet from your local shelter
  • Start a chicken farm (build your own coop!)
  • Research the type of pet that would be best for your family and then build a suitable habitat to care for it

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Your own animal business…

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Go see some animals you don’t have at home…

  • Go horseback riding
  • Go bird watching
  • Go to the zoo
  • Go to an aquarium

Interested in starting a blog about your interest in animals?

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Disclaimer: All activities in this series may not be suitable for every teenager. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to determine whether their teens are of appropriate age, maturity, and ability to participate in any given activity. It’s a Joyous Journey LLC takes no responsibility for any accident, injury, behavior, damage, etc. resulting from any person’s involvement in any activity listed in this series. Please note that many activities involve the internet/social media. We take no responsibility for any content on any website other than our own. Please monitor your teen according to your own family’s internet/social media guidelines.

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  1. Tara | Travel Reply

    These are really great ideas and a way for teenagers to get involved with community. I love it!

  2. Eva Keller Reply

    My sister would love things like this. When she was little she used to go play with the dogs in the mall all the time and they told her she could have a job there once she’s old enough. She is still considering pursuing a career with animals but her dream job now is taking care of the animals at Disney.

    • Melissa F Reply

      That would be the perfect job for any animal lover who also loves Disney! I hope she’s able to do that someday!

  3. erin Reply

    Great ideas! I don’t have teens, but I think many of these can be adapted for younger kids as well!

    • Melissa F Reply

      Yes! I think there are quite a few in my other posts in the series that could be adapted for younger kids, too. Would love for you to check those out as well!

  4. Barbara Reply

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  5. judean Reply

    I never think about horseback riding. I will have to do additional research on that!

    • Melissa F Reply

      I haven’t done a lot of horseback riding, but I’ve always enjoyed it when I did! I’m nervous to try things like that since I had brain surgery a couple of years ago, though. Maybe someday I’ll get brave enough to put a helmet on and go for it!

  6. Shirley Reply

    I love this! I started a pet sitting business myself last year so it’s not just for teens. 🙂

    • Melissa F Reply

      Thanks, Shirley! Certainly not just for teens…there are a lot of things in the guide I’d like to do myself! 🙂

  7. Erin Reply

    Melissa, I love everything about this post!! I especially love that you’re doing a series!! Brilliant! And your graphics and photos are incredible!! Well done!

    • Melissa F Reply

      Thank you so much, Erin! I’m having a lot of fun putting it together!

  8. Emily Reply

    We aren’t quite at the teen years yet but these are some great ideas! I will adapt

    • Melissa F Reply

      I think lots of the ideas from the series could be adapted to younger kids. You can also download the entire guide for later, if you’d like. Here’s the link.

  9. Diane Kurzava Reply

    My daughter is going to want to see this! She has two teenagers at home and it’s already been a long summer and it hasn’t even really started yet!

    • Melissa F Reply

      Yay! If she wants to download the entire guide, send her here. I’m adding categories to the blog every day, too!

  10. Lisa Maslyk Reply

    Keeping those teens busy is always a challenge! Thanks for the info!

  11. Laura Reply

    It is the perfect time to foster a pet right now since most people are working from home! There are actually no dogs left to foster at my local shelter!

  12. Roselyn Franke Reply

    Great logo and blog site! I don’t have teens at home now, but you have a very good guide to help keep them busy in the summer.

  13. Cindy Reply

    This looks like it will be great for those with teens. It has been a little while since I have had teenagers in my house.

    • Melissa F Reply

      Thanks for reading, Cindy! Feel free to share with any you know who has teens!

  14. Yvette Reply

    Activities for teens!!! Yes, please. This is fantastic. Thank you!

    • Melissa F Reply

      You’re welcome, Yvette! Would love for you to check out the other posts in the series!

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