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Things to do with teens in Middlesbrough

Looking for things to do with teenagers in Middlesbrough? From sports to arts and everything in between, you'll find it all here

A well-known fact of life is that it’s hard to keep teenagers happy – whether it’s dragging them from their bedrooms or keeping them off a mobile phone.

But thankfully, there’s plenty to keep smiles on the faces of youths in Middlesbrough.

Get them outdoors and take a BMX, skateboard or scooter down to the skate park at Middlesbrough Sport Village.

Or they can go retro and strap on some roller-skates for a turn round the rink at Albert Park – it’s more difficult than it looks, so if mams and dads are feeling especially cruel they can whip their own smartphones out to catch a clip of them falling on their backside as they attempt to master the art.

If it’s a rainy day, there’s the Rock Antics Middlesbrough Climbing Centre in Longlands.

The main bouldering wall has over 150 routes which are updated weekly, with a smaller bouldering section for beginner climbers.

For those youngsters who aren’t in the mood to be active, they can explore Middlesbrough’s vast and ever expanding cultural offer.

mima - Middlesbrough

mima – Middlesbrough

The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) connects art, people and ideas – offering an extensive learning programme which creatively supports communities of all ages with activities for under-fives, older youths and families.

Pineapple Black is one of Middlesbrough’s independent art galleries, with four exhibition spaces and studios for local, national, and international artists.

And it’s accessible to young people, located inside the former New Look store in the Hill Street Centre, offering the opportunity for individuals and arts collectives to ‘take over’ the space for one-off and pop-up events which have included messy play for children, filming of music videos, and a backdrop for student films.

At the Northern School of Art, young people can indulge their passion for art and sharpen their skills by taking part in a host of Saturday morning Art Clubs for those aged 6 to 16.

And Musinc – ran by Middlesbrough Council from the Town Hall – offers a range of inclusive music clubs for children of all ages and ability levels, throughout the week.

One of Middlesbrough’s favourite pastimes is the football – with tens of thousands making the pilgrimage to the Riverside Stadium to watch the Boro.

It’s well worth taking in the unique atmosphere and helping to create another life-long supporter.

At Captain Cook Square, Level X has opened in the former TJ Hughes store, with a state-of-the art electric karting track, golf and vintage gaming machines taking over the first floor and bowling, VR gaming and karaoke pods among the attractions packing out the ground floor.

Across the square, a huge new soft play centre Fun Shack and inflatable theme park InflateSpace is set to open in the former Wilko building, while even the most hard to impress teen will probably appreciate the US-style burgers and shakes on offer at Teesside’s first Wendy’s.

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