Chances are young people at secondary level won't need much advice on ways to keep busy during the longer breaks from school. But if you're a teenager (or a parent) you might want to check out a new way to keep active, or investigate some handy mindfulness and mental health sources.
It's also worth checking out your local borough or district councils website as they often have hyper-local activities running.
New for March 2022 - Specsavers Surrey Youth Games
Surrey Youth Games are back for 2022 with exciting new activities. This unique programme brings together 6 to 16 year olds from Surrey who often don't have access to the sort of sporting opportunities that others take for granted. Training kicks off after Easter in every one of the county's boroughs and districts, with a final, celebratory event at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford on June 18.
Find out more: Specsavers Surrey Youth Games (activesurrey.com)
Staying active during the holidays
It's important to take some time every day to do something that gets your heart beating a little faster. It can give you a goal, help you develop a skill, aids sleep and will boost your mental health.
- Teens can find hundreds of free strength, endurance and yoga workouts for all abilities and more, with this free app from Nike
- Get some quick one-off challenge hacks from England Athletics
- See how flexible you are with pilates from Rachel Lawrence
- If you have a sport that you want to build a skill in, see if its featured in these videos of PE activities
- Check out some new moves for TikTok and more at UDOIT Dance
Club4 exclusive dance sessions
- Learn classic Hip Hop moves as we go back to basics with Cherie from Surrey Arts
Ted Talks: why it's good to keep moving
- Join 1.3m other people and watch this animated Ted Talk on how staying active can help your brain
- The science of how working out boosts your mood and memory
Cooking on gas (or sometimes the microwave)
We all know it's important to eat 5 portions of fruit and veg and have a varied diet, But instead of discussing carbs vs protein or the benefits of fibre, check out a few new recipes for young people to cook from scratch.
- The Sun newspaper has 10 recipes that they reckon teens would love to cook (we'll be trying the beef enchiladas soon)
- From stir fry to curry, BBC Good Food has some meals to get your teeth into if you're a teen. Give them a go.
- Recipe cards, games and #CookTogether ideas for parents, carers and kids from Phunky Foods
Wellbeing and mental health
Being mindful of your mood and what's around you has never been more important following coronavirus, so take some time to really check how you're feeling.
- Cheer yourself up and do the same for others: Action for Happiness list 10 things that make people happier
- Yoga can be a great way to relax and become more aware of your surroundings – as well as getting you stronger. Older teens might want to check out Yoga with Adrienne or yoga for blokes at Man Flow Yoga
- Got a problem that's weighing on your mind? Young Minds have some great videos on looking after your mental health
- If you're worried about your own or your child's mental wellbeing check out the advice from Young Minds
By the time secondary school arrives teens will have their own interests but if the weather is bad and social media or YouTube fatigue is setting in, here's a few suggestions.
- New for March 2022: 65 festive Easter crafts for children and adults (goodhousekeeping.com)
- The books you get given at school don't have to be the only books you read. Check out how you can download books, comics or magazines or access hundreds of audiobooks from Surrey Libraries
- There's loads of history on our doorstep, and lot of ways to bring it to life. Check out ideas from Surrey Heritage and more
- Make your own stop-motion animation - find the best app for your needs
- If you're looking for a one-off arts or craft idea, you might find some inspiration for crafts for tweens and teens