Things to Do

Find amazing activities just for teens! Visit the program calendar, read Loud & Clear magazine, or explore this page to find activities.Explore Outdoor Events

Browse the links below for free, digital things to do!

Atlas Obscura

  • Hidden, forgotten, and strange places all around the globe

Draw Manga 

  • Learn to draw Japanese comic art.

Fold a Fortune Teller

  • Predict the future with this fun paper folding activity


  • Answers to questions you’d never think to ask


  • If you’ve got a good strong voice, you can help build this archive of public-domain audiobooks users can listen to for free. If you’re an actor, you can take it even further and take part in creating audiobooks of plays!

Make a Friendship Bracelet

  • Learn to make simple and more complex bracelets by knotting embroidery thread


  • Guided meditations and resources for keeping calm in anxious times

National Zoo Webcams 

  • Watch lions, cheetah cubs, giant pandas, elephants and more on these live streams! Downloadable activity packet included at link. 

  • Nonpartisan pros and cons of current issues


  • Code your own stories, games, and animations


  • Interactive, video-based lessons on practically everything 

  • High schoolers (ninth through twelfth grade) can use this site to sign up as peer-to-peer tutors in their choice of subjects.


  • The major challenge of 21st century research is dealing with the flood of information we can now collect about the world around us. Computers can help, but in many fields the human ability for pattern recognition—and our ability to be surprised—makes us superior. You don’t need any specialized background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects—just have a look at images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats, then by answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more.