5 Alternative Summer Jobs for Teens

5 Alternative Summer Jobs for Teens at The Happy Housewife

This summer, instead of the traditional choices, you can encourage your teen to take on one of these Alternative Summer Jobs For Teens. Not only are these things your kids can benefit from financially, they will teach them responsibility. There are many jobs out there geared toward teens, but when you are looking for something unique, these are great choices for building character, earning money, and working into the summer schedule.

Alternative Summer Jobs For Teens

1. Work in a rehab or nursing facility

Many nursing homes and rehab centers need people who are willing to work with older adults who have mental or physical disabilities. While many locations require a CNA license or more for specific care, there are also locations that could use help organizing activities – things like playing BINGO, doing puzzles, hosting parties, and simply helping with painting nails, doing hair, or just talking to residents. These are often lower paying jobs, but the rewards are worth it.

2. Do respite care for disabled adults

Respite care for disabled adults is something that is highly needed. Whether a teen works alone or is a helper of a nurse on hand, this is a great way to teach them compassion toward others. Helping to organize and take disabled adults on outings can be a tough but rewarding job.

3. Work from home in the freelance field

If your teen has writing skills, is great with graphic design, or even good with social media, there are several ways they can make money doing things online. It takes dedication and an independent, responsible spirit, but they can make a real income. Sites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Elance are all excellent places to begin.

4. Work on a farm

If they live in farm country, there are almost always positions available during the summer helping with everything from irrigation to harvesting crops. These manual labor jobs are tough, but they teach responsibility and can pay a great wage. In some areas, you can even work for orchards helping with the manual harvest of fruits.

5.  Sell items at a farmer’s market

Some teens may enjoy crafting their own homemade items to sell at a local farmer’s market. Planting a garden and selling excess produce is the first place to begin. Making canned goods, or even hand-crafted beauty products can be a great way to make money. There is a little investment up front, but that gets paid back quickly and easily.

If your teen is looking for something other than fast food or babysitting, these alternative summer jobs are great places to start. Think outside the box while looking at needs in your community. Every area varies with fun and exciting things your teens can do this summer to earn a little extra money.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 6/5 – 6/7

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: June In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During June, they include Discover Truly Me Event, Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and more.

Barnes & Noble: This Saturday at 11am, bring your kids for story time featuring Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Check with your local store!

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, June 6th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Workshop

Home Depot:  This Saturday at 9am to noon kids can make and take a Load ‘n Go Truck. Register online before you go!

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, June 6th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Beaded Bubble Wand.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Father’s Day Craft Stick Card. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, June 6th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday as Junior Chefs will learn how to make tasty side dishes for your family BBQ! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

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Local Activities:

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A Summer of Movies: Cheap Family Fun

Watching movies with your kids can be a lot of fun and relatively cheap if you do it at home. But movie theaters are way too over priced these days, right? Wrong! This summer you can take your little ones to see a whole bunch of cheap and in some cases completely FREE movies.

A special thanks to Mary from Mission to Save for this list of Summer Movie Programs!

A Summer of Movies: Cheap Family Fun at The Happy Housewife

Check out the great summer movie programs below! My personal favorite is the one that requires your kids to have read a book to get a free ticket. Just make sure to check if your local theater is participating.

Inexpensive or Free Summer Movie Programs

CineMark Century Theaters: There are 2 different money saving movie programs at CineMark.  Pay $5 per person for 10 shows when you buy them in advance. Or if you buy your tickets at the show, they are $1 each.  See participating CineMark locations. Note: Some Rave Theaters are now owned by CineMark.  Call your location for participation. 

Classic Cinemas: Wednesday Morning Movie Series beginning June 1oth. Each Wednesday morning at 10:00 am ticket prices are just $1; all movies are rated PG.

Harkins Theater: There are 2 options. You can buy the season pass and it is less than $1 per movie and there are 10 movies in the season. Or buy tickets the day of the movie for $2 per ticket. Showtimes are at 9:45 am.

Marcus Theaters: June 14th – August 21st, 2015 on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday mornings at 10:00 am you can view your favorite family flicks for just $3! And score 2 free tickets by visiting a participating American Family Insurance agent.

Regal Cinemas $1 Movies – All summer long you can see movies for just $1 a ticket for select PG movies! Show times are at 10:00 am and a portion of proceeds goes to Will Rogers Institute.

Studio Movie Grill: Summer Children’s Series is every weekday at 11:00 am.  See great family friendly films for $3 a ticket.  

Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesdays (select locations): Each Wednesday, kids can bring in a book report which is the cost of admission! (Admission is free for kids under 6.)  The program runs every Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 5/29 – 5/31

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

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National Activities:

American Girl: May In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) During May, they include Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Jewel Highlights, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more.

Barnes & Noble: This Saturday at 11am, bring your kids for story time featuring Peanut Butter & Cupcake. Check with your local store!

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, May 30th: 10:15 AM – Group Bass Workshop

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, May 30th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Hello Sunshine Mobile.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making DIY Paper Fans. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, May 30th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday as a part of the 52 New Foods Series, Junior Chefs will learn how to make unique ice cream flavors! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

If you are a blogger who posts a local round-up of family activities, then feel free to fill out this form to be considered for future posts.

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