What to do with teenagers this summer
Teenagers will openly admit that they are a species in their own right. One day they are kids who play happily in a park, the next they are bored and moody young adults bursting with hormonal energy and glued to their mobiles.
If you’re wondering what to do with your teenager (or your teenager is wondering if there is anything to do around here), we’ve listed some ideas to get them out of the house and off their phones.
Note: Where possible we've listed re-opening dates and access restrictions, but things may change, so please check websites for the latest information.
Outdoor gyms & skate parks
Body shape becomes of major importance as we hit our teens, and an ideal way of building muscle strength and replacing activities such as trips to play parks, is the outdoor gym.
There are several located across Luxembourg and all of them are free and re-open on 15 July. The vdl.lu website lists those in the city including the one near Kockelsheuer P&R, and the one in Grund.
The playground might be old news, but Luxembourg has numerous skate parks, ideal for teens on wheels (which re-opened on 15 June). You can find a list of them here, and the website also lists skate events.
Bowling, carting, or laser quest
Bowling may seem sedate, but there’s quite an art to it, and it’s something the whole family can still enjoy together as the kids grow up. There are bowling alleys in Kockelscheuer, Foetz, Petange and Heiderscheid, and across the border in Arlon (telephone + 32 63 23 03 80 for a reservation) and Trier. The Atomic Bowl in Amneville is currently not open.
Tensions rising at home? Then blast each other with lasers, at Laser Game which re-opened 12/13 June (Howald reservations on 27 489 490 and Ettelbruck reservations on 26 81 34 82), Laser Five (Thionville, re-opened 23 June), Laserground (Merzig, not currently showing opening times) and indoor paintball at Châtillon, where you can combine paint balling with kayaking (contact them directly for hours and reservations).
Would-be Ed Sheerans can play guitar at Spirit of Music in Bereldange, complete with a Music Cafe for impromptu performances, or try the Rock University in Kirchberg. The Skilz DJ Academy in Bonnevoie runs courses in DJing for beginners and those who've already mastered the turntables.
Luxembourg is home to numerous festivals, ideal for older teens, although this year most are cancelled.
There is an upside. A number of artists and festival organisers have moved their concerts to livestream or are providing one-off and regular performances via livestream. You can find a list of them, including the Homespun sessions, and Tomorrowland Around the Word here. The Zomerbar at Rock Wertcher (Belgium) is also open for up to 400 people. You can find out which live acts will be playing here.
Science and volcanoes
The 70 hands-on stations at the Science Centre at Differdange are a good way to entertain teens and younger children. Teens can play table football against a robot, try out a science kitchen cookery worshop, or find out how steel is brought to its melting point. There are also daily shows and workshops.
The Centre re-opened on 27 June and is open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 17.00 and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 10.00 to 18.00. You can book science show tickets on site or online here.
The Volcano Park Eifel consists of six museums and discovery centres in the Eifel region including the Lava Dome in Merzig. Many of the sites are open again, but with restrictions which may mean you have to join a guided tour limiting the number of people on site. You can find out more here.
Voelklinger Huette is a World Cultural Heritage Site at a former ironworks. Teens can take a journey through time via a multi-media site, take a tour on a coal track across 7000m of sign posted walkways, visit the science centre or take in an art exhibition. You must book tickets online.
Climbing and treetop activities
There are plenty of challenging indoor climbing walls in Luxembourg (check individual websites for opening times and restrictions), and Group Alpine Luxembourg also organises outdoor climbing days around the Grand Duchy.
There are also activity centres where teens can complete treetop assault courses, with the aid of a harness. In most places, older children don’t need to be accompanied around the course by an adult, in case your palms were getting clammy at the thought of sailing down a long zip wire. Again, check individual websites listed in our article for opening times and restrictions.
Teenagers still enjoy a splash about, even if they feel self conscious in a swim suit. Not all pools are perfect for teens, but you can scan this list to see which ones have the best slides and wave machines. Many swimming pools have re-opened but slides and toboggans may not be in use, so check with the swimming pool before you set off.
The Remerschen lakes have an inflatable water playground and you can rent stand-up paddle boards from the Youth Hostel in Lultzhausen for a foray down the River Sûre. Your teen can also canoe or kayak downriver, scuba dive, and water ski (check directly with the Mullerthal tourist office for details on water skiing). You'll find a list of the lakes and rivers you can take a dip in and links for kayaking here.
World War buffs
If your teen is studying European history, they’re in the right place. Bastogne has a great WW2 museum, which is open again, with specific measures including mandatory wearing of a mask and booking a timeslot with your online ticket (timeslots are currently available until 31 August). An audio guide in English is included in the price of your ticket.
The Military History Museum in Diekirch re-opened on 17 June, and features life-sized dioramas, as well as photographs and memorabilia. You can visit between 10.00 and 18.00. Wearing a mask is mandatory and there will be a limit of 45 visitors at one time to the exhbition.
If you fancy a day out then the Battle of the Bulge Museum in Clervaux Castle is open, and you can also visit the Family of Man photography exhibition and the Museum of Model Castles at the same time.
Cinema, theatre, art
Currently due to restrictions there are no young adult acting classes and workshops with New World Theatre Company’s youth theatre group, but you can check their newsletter for National Theatre plays due to be live streamed and information about online zoom classes at the LEATSS Theatre summer school.
Art-inspired teens should head to the Pompidou Centre in Metz for an introduction to modern art, or they can see plenty of paintings and sculptures in Luxembourg's numerous galleries (many of which have re-opened). The number of visitors at the Pompidou is limited so the centre highly recommends that you book your ticket in advance online to avoid disappointment on the day.
Many cinemas have now re-opened with pre-booked tickets and health guidelines. The three Kinepolis cinemas are now open, as are the cinemas in Diekirch and Dudelange. You can find a full list of cinemas here.
People have already been making the most of the drive in movie theatres in Mamer (Bauhaus) and Petange. Tickets for a car at the former are €10 and at the latter €15 and you can buy snack packs in advance. Both have extended their schedules to include screenings in the summer.
Not technically in Luxembourg, but you can never go wrong with an amusement park and many of them have re-opened.
The best ones for teen thrill rides include Phantasia Land (admission with a one-day ticket booked online) Europa-Park (pre-booked, date-specific tickets ) Toverland (11 July to 23 August with day tickets and cheaper "siesta tickets" that must be booked online) and the Walt Disney Studios (re-opening 15 July with date-specific tickets that must be booked online).
If all else fails, get them locked in a room and see if they have the brains to get themselves out again. Escape Hunt is open again but prioritising reservations made during lockdown. However it has an open-air treasure hunt/escape room game called Urban Quest available for weekend bookings and every day of the school holidays.
The city of Esch-sur-Alzette has a complete programme of activities for teeenagers aged 12 to 17 years, including theatre, yoga, and dance workshops. You can find a full list of activities and details on inscriptions which takes place on 15 July here.
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