Teens Boredom Busters

Upshot photo of five teens outdoors in a circle forming with each person displaying the "v" peace sign to form a single communal star.

Bored? Try these boredom busters!
 

Library Reading Challenge   Since you're reading anyway, why not log your reading for a chance to earn prizes? New opportunities to win every season! See our Teen Reading page for access to digital books.

Virtual Volunteering   Ventura County Library has virtual volunteering opportunities that count for school community service credit for youth who want to help the library in a virtual environment.

Minecraft Mondays  Ventura County Library hosts a Minecraft server to provide a fun, open, and collaborative Minecraft building environment for kids and teens. Participants must have:

  • Parental permission
  • Own a personal Minecraft Java Edition license (PC or MAC computers only) or a Minecraft Bedrock license (Windows 10 Edition or App)
  • Use Minecraft Version 1.16.3 for the Java Edition or the latest version of the Windows 10 Edition or App.

To join, send a request to the Minecraft Librarian. Verified participants will be “Allow Listed” and given permission to access the server.
 

Things to solve, play and do

Hogwarts Digital Escape Room   Created by staff at the Peters Township Public Library in McMurray, PA, this awesome digital escape room will have you looking for more.  

Hamilton Digital Escape Room   Created by staff at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in North Carolina, it is based on the Broadway musical “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Digital Escape Rooms & Activities  Links have been compiled and sorted into Family Fun, Teen, and Adult categories by staff at the Sun Prairie and Salt Lake County public libraries. 

MS-DOS Games on the Internet Archive   This collection includes action, strategy, adventure, and other unique genres of game and entertainment software in MS-DOS format.

Tinkercad   A free, easy-to-use app for 3D design, electronics, and coding. It's used by teachers, kids, hobbyists, and designers to imagine, design, and make anything!  Don't know how to use Tinkercad? Go to Tinkercad Learn.

Sampulator   Make music with your keyboard.  Twitter account required to save.

Web Lab   Make a functioning web page using HTML and CSS that you could send or share.

Funko Pop Yourself   Create your own custom Pop! avatar with the Pop! Yourself character creator.

Girl Scout 65101 Activities  Fun ideas for tweens and teens to keep busy, posted by local Fillmore Girl Scout Troop 65101.
 

Things to explore

The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks   Virtual Tours of 5 National Parks with Video Clips and 360° Views

Explore.org   The world's leading philanthropic live nature cam network and documentary film channel.

Museum Virtual Tours   A collection of 12 museums throughout the world offering virtual tours. 

Google Arts & Culture   The world's art and culture online through a collaboration with cultural institutions and artists around the world.

Harry Potter at Home   Activities, articles, quizzes, puzzles, and more from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Fantastic Beasts. Register for free access.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not   A collection of weird news, videos, lessons, and craft downloads. 

Levar Burton Reads Twitter Livestream   Livestream Young Adult Readings Wednesdays 3 PM @levarburton