Back in March, we wrote about all the great fun that our littlest unschoolers and their families can expect at Un in the Sun (see Fun For The Little Ones: 14 Fun Things To Do at Un In The Sun!) Now let’s talk about the other end of our unschooler age range: teens!
A fun place to hang out.
It’s an amazing thing to watch our teens learn, grow, and become more independent. The good news is that the TradeWinds Island Resort is a great place for teens to have fun and be a bit more independent. The Tradewinds is like a little village, and teens love to explore it, most often in groups. With tons of pathways meandering around the hotel buildings, palm trees, lagoon, and beach, there are plenty of places where teens can walk, eat, chat, and just plain hang out.
Lots of teens.
There are always lots of teens on up to young adults at Un in the Sun. (Plenty of tweens, too!) Our kids have met teens from everywhere, and many of the friendships have been long-lasting ones. Conference friendships can last a lifetime.
While most activities at Un in the Sun are not restricted by age, there are some special activities that the organizers have set aside just for teens. From Teen Sunshops to special movie nights, teens will have plenty of time to hang out with each other while having new experiences.
In addition to teen-specific activities, teens have typically loved the Bazaar, where kids and adults can sell things that they have created. There is also a dance, where everyone gets dressed up (whatever that means to you!) and dances the night away.
Here is a sampling of some of the fun, teen-focussed activities from earlier Un in the Sun Conferences:
From 2016 (view entire schedule here):
- Teen Scavenger Hunt
- Decorate your Electronics and Cords with Washi Tape
- Fx Makeup Workshop
- Late Night Scary Movie
- “Box of Lies” Game (As seen on Jimmy Fallon)
- Teen Improv Games
From 2015 (view entire schedule here):
- Teen Scavenger Hunt
- Session: Lainie Liberti and Miro Seigel – Worldschooling with Lainie and Miro (a mother and her teen son).
- Roundtable with Emily Williams – Adult and Older Teen Unschoolers – What Are They Doing Now?
- TeenShop – Fx Makeup Workshot
- TeenShop – Late Night Scary Movie
- Session: Miro Seigel, Poetry and Prose. Poetry writing with teen poet Miro Seigel.
From 2014 (view entire schedule here):
- TeenShop: Meetup and Get-To-Know-You Games
- Session: Kathy Brown and Justin Brown – Why Teens are Awesome!
- Session: Kathy Brown and Justin Brown – Getting There Together: a mother and son share their personal experiences traveling the unschooling road
- TeenShop: Learn to do henna tattoos!
The Gaming Room
Many of our teens and tweens love to play video games. There is an entire gaming room set up at Un in the Sun, where children of all ages can go to play video games. There are many different gaming systems available for play, from an old Atari 2600, to Playstation, GameCube, Wii, and Xbox systems. There is also plenty of table space for you to set up your own laptops. We have tons of power strips and free Wifi for registered attendees, so playing games with new and old friends is easy and fun.
Plans for this year – Un in the Sun 2017
One of the activities that teens always vote as the best each year is the Teen Scavenger Hunt. It gives the kids a chance to hang out, work together, and to explore and find all the secret places in the resort – together! This year we are planning some new twists on the Scavenger Hunt, so get ready for some surprises!
We are also working on some fun SunShops this year. Stay tuned!
Finally, everyone (teens included) that plans to come to Un in the Sun should start preparing for both the Bazaar and the Talent Show. The Talent Show will feature a variety of presentations, skits, and performances by attendees, so get your music and performances prepared. At the Bazaar, you’ll have a chance to sell anything that you’ve made. We will have lots of enterprising unschoolers with all sorts of interesting creations to sell. Start working on your creations now so you’ll be prepared once September comes.