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Dear Dish-it: Help Me Make Sure I See My Friends This Summer!

Jun 10, 2010

Dear Dish-it,


So OK, I’m so excited for summer. But I’m worried me and my friends aren’t gonna see each other often. What activities can I plan so I can spend time with them?


jay


Dear jay,


Great question! The important thing to do, if you’re worried about not seeing your friends enough this summer, is to plan ahead! Don’t leave it until the last minute – that’s when people get busy and can’t come out to your impromptu barbecue or volleyball game. Chat about your vacation plans with your friends and ask them to help you create some fun activities and events every one can look forward to – check out our list of 50 fun things to do with your friends this summer if you get stuck coming up with ideas!


Summer Fun List

    1. Have a picnic in the park or in your backyard.
    2. Get out your digital cameras out and go for a walk, taking pix of all the summery things you see.
    3. Buy some fashion mags, pick out a couple cute summer outfits and then spend the day visiting thrift stores to see if you can recreate the same looks for less.
    4. Bead some friendship bracelets and sell them for charity.
    5. Volunteer as a group at your local animal shelter or hospital.
    6. Ask your friends to help you organize your room – then return the favor.
    7. Bake cupcakes.
    8. Break out the board games you used to play as a kid!
    9. Go on a group dog walk.
    10. Get in shape together by creating a daily fitness routine you all can stick to.
    11. Make a friendship scrapbook.
    12. Have a make-your-own-ice-cream-sundae party!
    13. Go see a movie.
    14. Go window shopping.
    15. Set up a lemonade stand.
    16. Set up your own dog-washing business.
    17. Make dinner for your families.
    18. Have a sleepover party and watch scary movies.
    19. Babysit a few different kids together.
    20. Sign up for an art class.
    21. Make mixed CDs of all your fave songs.
    22. Order pizza and eat it out on the porch.
    23. Fill up your old plastic kiddy pool and splash around.
    24. Run through the sprinkler on your front lawn.
    25. Start a book club that meets every week.
    26. Start diaries and meet up to write in them every day.
    27. Spend the day at the library.
    28. Draw portraits of each other.
    29. Make collages of your dreams and goals for the next year using old magazines.
    30. Go to a museum.
    31. Go out for lunch.
    32. Meet for a pancake breakfast.
    33. Learn to sew or knit.
    34. Have swinging contests at the park.
    35. Bike around the neighborhood.
    36. Tie-Dye old T-shirts.
    37. Make smoothies.
    38. Make your own freezer popsicles.
    39. Turn up the stereo and dance!
    40. Plan a day at the beach or pool.
    41. Set up a tent and go camping in your backyard.
    42. Plant a veggie garden.
    43. Start a lawn-mowing business.
    44. Get enough friends together to play a game of softball, baseball, volleyball or soccer.
    45. Go to the zoo or an amusement park.
    46. Take a self-defense class.
    47. Have a communal yard sale and get rid of all your junk!
    48. Jump in the pool with your clothes on.
    49. Go cloud watching.
    50. Make your own checklist of things to do with your friends this summer and check each item off, one by one, as you do them!

    What’s Your Advice?

    Like or list or do you have some better suggestions for jay? Sound off by leaving your comment below!


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    Dear Dish-It In The Forums

    SimplyAda
    I can relate very much.  :e  It happens a lot. But here's one thing, try not to date. At my middle school, everyone literally dates everybody and relationships never last. Part of the reason is that most of us aren't in that mature phase yet (mostly boys). As the days go by, we're growing. But, it's completely normal to have a crush on a boy. :) :thumbsup
    reply 18 minutes
    SmartSunnyShadow
    Sorry for the late reply, but I'd love to help. If they don't want to talk to you, or don't like your jokes, don't talk to them. They probably don't like you, so you shouldn't try to make it better. You should hang out with your other friends. They'll make you feel better about yourself. If you don't have any friends in your class...that's the problem.  That's exactly what happened to me last year. But I started hanging out with the guys more, and they were really nice and had a lot in common with me. Maybe the guys will be nice to you and accept you. I hope I helped you. :)   
    reply about 7 hours
    SmartSunnyShadow
    Aw, that's sad. I know this is a late review, but I would love to help you make new friends. There are kids that do nasty things at every single school, trust me, you'll never find a perfect school, and if people are reporting this form of bullying, teachers are probably supervising children more, so don't worry about that. :) Now making new friends, ahh, that's very difficult. I can be shy myself, but it honestly depends. What I usually do is observe different groups of people, and see how they interact with each other. If the person seems nice, wait until the time is appropriate and greet them. A friendly "Hi, I'm new, could you maybe show me around, or help me with this, or tell me about this school?" That will start off a conversation. :)  As well, I tend to make jokes, or go to my funny side. I usually make way more friends that way. You could try to make slight jokes, and gradually make them less implied and more clear as you joke around.  If there are any other new kids, or shy kids, definitely talk to them. If there are any kids that look lonely, or sad, maybe take some time to approach them. If they look like the want to be left alone, leave them alone. If you're not sure, it's best if you see someone else interact with them first.  If you're bisexual, that doesn't really matter, and don't bring that fact up in a conversation. That's kind of personal, and when you get a little closer, you can say that. It's not really important, and necessary for people to know that. And it's personal too. So don't bring that up unless you really want to.  I hope i helped you! Sorry for the late advice. >_< 
    reply about 7 hours
    SmartSunnyShadow
    Several people are having the same problem as you. Whether they're the same gender or not, many people crush on some of their closest friends. So don't feel alone, remember that. I know this is some late advice, but I hope so far things are going good. Many people are feeling the urge of confessing like you. Yes, I think you should confess to her clearly, but when the time is right. She may not like you, but if you really really like her, you should absolutely confess to her. But be aware that confessing to one of your friends can ruin your friendship. You have to be cautious, confess when the time is right. 5 months may be long for you, but honestly, that's a short-term crush. Don't rush your confession, and don't give up unless you think you should. Getting over someone can be incredibly hard too, but you're either going to get over her, or confess to her. When the time is right, confess. When the time never seems to come, I'm sorry, but unfortunately, I think it's best if you get over her, because you have to be 100% sure before you confess to someone. You're risking your friendship to, so think if it's really worth it.  I hope I helped you. :) 
    reply about 7 hours
    vwala_12
    vwala_12 posted in Friends:
    I guess I mean I have been in a lot of drama since the school year started I also recommend if the bullying gets worst tell someone and don’t just walk away it will be worst if you do and if there gonna beat you up just run and tell a teacher or tell your parent so always keep alert!
    reply about 8 hours