10 things your teens can do on their own around Tucson

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If you’re struggling with ideas to keep your bored teens busy, we’ve got you. 

Sure, there’s always the movies or the mall, but sometimes they need something a little different to do. From swim passes to cool teen gatherings at the library, you’ll definitely find something for them to do on those slow days. 

Summer swim pass

If your teen is a desert fish, get them a Summer Swim Pass. They’ll be able to spend as much time as they want at your local city pool. 

Where: Go here for a list of city pools

Cost: $30

Info: Go here

Roller skating

We bet you remember skating to your favorite music at Skate Country as a teen. It’s still there and is still a fun, safe place for teens to hang out. 

Where: Skate Country, 7980 E. 22nd Street

When: Monday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; Friday, 3-5 p.m. Go here for weekend schedule.

Cost: Weekday rates are $5. Skate rental is $4

Info: Go here

Board game meet-up

Tucson Games and Gadgets in Park Place mall has all sorts of game playing opportunities from Dungeons & Dragons to Star Wars X-Wing. On Saturdays you can go play board games. Either bring your own or play from the demo shelves in the store. 

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When: Saturdays, 1-5 p.m.

Where: Tucson Games and Gadgets, 5870 E. Broadway in Park Place near Macy’s

Cost: Free

Info: Go here

Get Air

If you  have older teens, drop them off at Get Air for Club Air on Friday and Saturday nights. There will be awesome music, friends and lots of jumping. Of course, if you’d rather them not be out at night, you can always drop them off anytime during the day. We recommend Tuesdays because you can get two hours for the price of one. 

When: Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to midnight 

Where: Get Air Tucson, 330 S. Toole Ave.

Cost: $15 for two hours or $20 for three hours

Info: Go here

Pima County Public Library

You guys. The library has so many cool programs for people of all ages, even teens. For example, the downtown branch has its 101 Space, which is a space just for teens. It offers stuff like Maker Mondays where teens ages 12-18 can make weird things and improve their DIY skills while hanging out with friends. 

Where: Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave.

When: Mondays, 3-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: Go here for details and other library programs

Indoor kart racing

They’ll love the adrenaline rush of going up to 50 miles per hour on an indoor race track. Teens under the age of 18 can go without an adult as long as you send them with a signed waver and a copy of your driver’s license. 

Where: Autobahn Indoor Speedway, 300 S. Toole Ave.

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When: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Cost: Starting at $19.99

Info: Go here

Mini-golf, laser tag and go-karts

Give your teens $30 for a wristband and they’ll be set for three hours of laser tag, miniature golf, bumper boats and go-kart racing at Funtasticks. There’s also an arcade and a snack bar. 

Where: Funtasticks Family Fun Park, 221 E. Wetmore Road

When: Monday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cost: The “Awesome Wristband” is $29.99 and includes unlimited attractions, excluding Cactus Springs, for three hours. Single attraction tickets start at $6.49

Info: Go here

More mini-golf and video games

Golf N’ Stuff, on the east side, has a large arcade and batting cages on top of mini golf, bumper boats and laser tag. 

Where: Golf N’ Stuff, 6503 E. Tanque Verde Road

When: Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight. Check here for ride hours and summer hours when school lets out.

Cost: $20.70 for the “All Park Pass” which includes one round of mini golf, four attraction tickets and four arcade tokens. Single attractions start at $7.50. Batting cages are 20 pitches for $1.

Info: Go here

Paint with friends

Bookmans has a free monthly studio night where people of all ages learn to paint. Instruction and supplies are included. At this month’s event painters will create an extraterrestrial masterpiece. 

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Keep an eye on Bookmans’ event calendar. They do a lot of free events from game nights to art nights and everything in between. 

When: Friday, March 29, 6-8 p.m. 

Where: Bookmans, 6230 E. Speedway

Cost: Free

Info: Go here. Email [email protected] to RSVP.

Go bowling

Sign your kids up for the Kids Bowl Free program. It’s good for children ages 2-18. They’ll get two free games a day during the week at participating bowling centers. 

Participating centers include Fiesta Lanes, 501 W. River Road; Lucky Strike, 4015 E. Speedway; Tucson Bowl, 7020 E. 21st Street and Cactus Bowl, 3665 S. 16th Ave.

Go here for more info.

Tucson Parks and Recreation is hiring for summer

Tucson Parks and Recreation is hiring now for KIDCO recreation workers, lifeguards, therapeutic recreation worker — must be at least 16 to apply.


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