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Things to Do at a Sleepover for Teenagers

by Rosenya Faith

When your teen invites friends to stay, you get a prime opportunity. You have a chance to get to know the people who are taking such an important role in your child's life, and sleepovers provide opportunities for the teens to bond with each other, which you can help facilitate. Activities like a movie marathon, a fashionista party, a 1920s party or Wild West party are ideal for teens.

1. Theme Night

Conspire with your teen to choose a theme for the evening. You can organize a spa night for a little pampered fun; take the group out for mani-pedis or buy all of the supplies for an at-home setup doing facials, nails and mini-makeovers. If your teen loves mysteries, host a teen-friendly murder-mystery event. You can find host packages online or create your own. Just choose a theme for the scenario, such as the 1920s, Halloween or the old, Wild West, and have everyone come dressed up. Write profiles for each person to take on the role for the evening, all the while trying to figure out which one of them is the murderer (or perpetrator) based on the glues. If your teen is a young fashionista, make it a jewelry night instead, putting together a bunch of supplies and letting the group design their own new pieces. Alternatively, let your young teens loose in the kitchen for a baking night where they create the most elaborate concoctions or desserts with the supplies on hand. You can even divide the group and have the bakers compete in teams for the title of ultimate bakers.

2. Game Time

Update old games by adding questions or teen-friendly dares to each round, whether you’re playing a card game, board game or a silly round of hot potato. You can turn a sleepover into an all-out gaming event for your young video game enthusiasts. Just set up two televisions and video game consoles in the same room, divide the group into two teams or let every teen play for themselves. Battle it out until everyone has played a round or two, and then award prizes for the winner or winning team. Help your young guests get to know each other using a beach ball. Before the sleepover begins, write questions all over the ball with permanent marker, such as favorite vacations, career aspirations and best childhood memories. Toss the ball around the room and have each teen answer the question beneath their right thumb when they catch the ball. Alternatively, if your crowd already knows each other very well, pick up a glow-in-the-dark beach ball and toss it around in the dark.

3. Movie Marathon

Decorate the recreation room like a theater, pop popcorn, and have candy and other snacks on hand for an all-night movie marathon. You can look for copies of your teen crowd’s favorite television or movie series, or choose a theme, such as suspense thrillers or romantic comedies, and pick up enough films to last all night. You can make it a sport’s themed television night with copies of your teen's favorite old pro or college games, or finding videos of extreme sports stunts, competitions, or even sports blooper moments. Alternatively, make it a silly evening by asking each teen to bring a funny home-movie to share, and let them all watch each other's videos, laughing, joking, and telling stories about their childhood memories. If your slumber party group is full of young actors, you can pull out the video camera and encourage the teens to record their own production, instead.

4. Go Outside

Host an evening barbecue for your teens, with a meal, games, dessert, and virgin cocktails, and make it a camping sleepover in your yard. Set up a tent, provide plenty of flashlights and snacks, and set them loose. Play a flying disc game or disc golf, and then end the evening’s activities with a few rounds of flashlight tag. Go a step further and move the camp-out to an actual mountain or park and have them rough it. Go for a hike, go canoeing, or go boating, then head home to clean up and take it easy. Instead, you can send your teen group off on a scavenger hunt around town or the neighborhood, taking funny pictures of people and things he sees along the way.

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