By Kelly Hines (updated by Sarah Blackwell)

The teen and tween years can be tough for so many different reasons. One of the most difficult parts is figuring out how to communicate with your child at this age. If you can connect with them while participating in activities, chances are that the lines of communication can open up a little easier. Plus, you both may thoroughly enjoy yourselves!

By using my own experience and some recommendations from friends, I have compiled a list of activities for you to experience with your tween or teen. This list can always be found by clicking on our Directories Tab at the top of the website. As always, please comment below if you have ideas to add!


~Board Games:

Mancala, Othello, Electronic Battleship, Curses, Telestrations, Headbanz, Apples to Apples, Pictionary, Jenga, Sorry, Operation, Trouble, Clue, Life, Quirkle, Quelf, Cranium, Parcheesi, Gloom, Forbidden Island, Settlers of Cataan, Cribbage, Farkle, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Checkers, UNO, Skip Bo, Suspend, Pie Face, card games

~Cooking, jigsaw puzzles, video games, game shows, TV shows, home improvement projects, vacation planning




Winston-Salem: a/perture cinema –

Greensboro: Red Cinemas –

~Play musical instruments together, or learn!

Greensboro: The Music Center –;  The Music Academy of NC –
Winston-Salem: Community Music School –

~Start or join a book club, even if it’s just you and your child!


(Beyond the children’s museums)
Greensboro: Greensboro Historical Museum –, Greensboro Science Center & SciQuarium –, International Civil Rights Center & Museum –, Weatherspoon Art Museum –
Winston-Salem: Reynolda House Museum of American Art –, Old Salem Museum & Gardens –, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) –, New Winston Museum –
High Point: High Point Museum – , Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum –
Kernersville: Korner’s Folly –
Raleigh Day Trip – Enjoy over 40 free attractions, including the NC Museums of Art, History, and Natural Science –

~Live theater

Piedmont Triad Theatre
GreensboroTriad Stage –, Community Theater of Greensboro –, The Carolina Theatre –, The Barn Dinner Theater –
High Point: High Point Community Theater –, High Point Theatre –
Winston-Salem: Twin City Stage –, Theatre Alliance –, Hanesbrands Theater (featuring performances by Triad Stage, Paper Lantern Theater and various other professional performing arts entities) –, Stevens Center for the Performing Arts (featuring music, dance, theater and film from UNCSA) –
Kernersville: Kernersville Little Theatre –

~Festivals, Cons, Historic Fun., & Miscellany

The Society for Creative Anachronism –
NC Comicon –
Carolina Renaissance Festival –
Festival Listings –
Bethabara Park – re-enactments, Highland Games, concerts and more –
Triad Events – /



~Cooking Classes

Williams-Sonoma –
The Stocked Pot –
The Edible Schoolyard at GSO Children’s Museum –
Southern Home and Kitchen –

~Explore world cuisine



~Tennis, Golf, Biking, Walking or Running, Water or Snow Skiing, Yoga, Exercise Classes

~Greensboro Spectator Sports:

Greensboro Grasshoppers baseball –
Carolina Dynamo professional soccer –
UNCG Athletics –

~Winston-Salem Spectator Sports:

Winston-Salem Dash baseball-
Wake Forest Demon Deacons –
Winston-Salem State Rams –
Bowman Gray Racing –
Farmington Dragway –

~High Point Spectator Sports:

High Point University Panthers –

~Horseback riding at Tanglewood Park

~Bowling at AMF Major League Lanes

~Trampoline Parks

Rockin’ Jump – WS or GSO

Air Fun Trampoline Park




~Painting, Sculpting, and other visual arts

Greensboro: Art Alliance of Greensboro –, Center for Visual Art –, Wine & Design –
Winston-Salem: Sawtooth School for Visual Arts –, Merlot & Van Gogh –


~General Ideas

Check out this blog from Trip Outside for some great ideas!


~Zipline at Kersey Valley Zipline

~Whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking

Various outdoor facilities, and the all inclusive U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte –


Reynolda Gardens –
Tanglewood Park –
Greensboro Aboretum –

~Fishing, Camping, Pets, Scouting


NC Zoo –
Zootastic –
Lazy 5 Ranch –
Greensboro Science Center / SciQuarium –


Volunteer Directory –