Columbia Heights, Minnesota
By Gabe Hewitt, iLander Student Editor
With no school or homework for three months, teens without jobs are going to have to have a lot of time on their hands. Here are some ideas on what you can do to pass the time:
Heights Theatre/Dairy Queen - After catching a movie at one of the oldest theatres in the metro area, head over next door to Dairy Queen to get some ice cream on a hot summer day.
Drive-In - What's better than sitting in or on top of a car watching a movie on an enormous screen on a cool summer night? Look up the Val-Hi Drive-In in Lake Elmo and the Cottage View Drive-In in Cottage Grove for showtimes.
Volunteer with the Columbia Heights Recreation Department - Jobs include picking up garbage and helping clean local parks. For more information, contact the department at 763-706-3730
Attend a summer camp - There is some sort of camp for everyone out there. Camps provide a great opportunity to meet new people and have fun.
Road trip/Vacation - Go on a road trip with your friends, or a vacation with your family.
Go camping - Become one with the wild and pitch a tent in the middle of the woods. Bring the proper supplies.
Visit a college - Teenagers have a more flexible schedule in the summer to set up a private visit with a college that they are interested in.
Graduation parties - Grad parties are potentially the last time you'll be able to see your friends for a while, if they're seniors.
Stay in shape - The hot summer weather may make some people want to stay inside. Going for a run even weekly will benefit you and your body. Just be careful.
Apply for a job - Many jobs offer summer positions and are flexible.
Internship - Look up internships in job areas that you are interested in to gain some experience with professionals.
Volunteer - Refer to the iLander's Volunteer List for ideas (many are ongoing). If not that, volunteer at the Feed My Starving Children Center in Coon Rapids to help package food for people in need across the world.
Movie marathon - Stay inside on a hot summer day, and watch movies alone or with your friends all day.
Go to the beach/lake - Even if you don't like to swim, you can always lie down in the sand and soak up the sun. Silver Lake Beach is a fun option.
Go see a concert - Look up concert dates of your favorite artists to see if they're playing in Minnesota this summer.
(File Photo: A bright summer day. Photo by Gabe Hewitt.)