Totally Teens

San Diego teens! Here you'll find contests, events, scholarship information, volunteer opportunities and resources for tweens and teens in San Diego County. Come back every month for new events and information.

» Parents of teens! Find great articles and resources to help your parenting journey in our Just For You: Teens section.

Teens can have fun volunteering for ArtWalk @ Liberty Station.


Tobacco-Free Life Academic Scholarship. Tobacco-Free Life awards $2,000 in scholarships each quarter to students, ages 14 & up, who are committed to creating a tobacco-free world. To apply, simply submit a well-researched and evidence-based paper that offers advice to tobacco users. Winners will be chosen based on the content, style and originality of their essays. For essay requirements and scholarship rules, visit Deadline: Oct. 31, 11 pm (PST).


Teen Splash Bash. Play water games, enjoy delicious barbecue, win prizes, challenge yourself with an inflatable obstacle course and more. Sept. 16, 5-9 pm. Free. Call to register; space is limited. Poway Community Swim Center, 13094 Civic Center Dr.; 858-668-4671.

Jason Mraz: "Music Candor Banter." Come to an intimate homecoming show by this multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter where he performs and re-interprets selections from his extensive catalog while sharing stories and surprising revelations from his career. Oct. 14, 8 pm. Spreckels Theatre, 121 Broadway, Ste. 600, downtown San Diego.


Scream Zone. Experience San Diego County's largest, goriest, freakiest fright fest at the Del Mar "Scaregrounds!" Featuring the Scream Zone's Triple Haunt favorites: the hair-raising House of Horror, the dizzying KarnEvil and the creepy Haunted Hayride. This year's new haunt in town, The Running Dead, will have you running for your life from zombies through a variety of obstacles. Sept. 29-Oct. 31; visit website for complete schedule and tickets. For ages 10 & up. 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.

The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park. Take this mile-long path of terror that will make all your nightmares come true. Sept. 29-Oct. 31; visit website for schedule. General admission: $25 includes entry to eXperiment Maze. For ages 10 & up. Cor. of Balboa Dr. & Juniper.

Teen Glow-in-the-Dark Dodgeball. Plus music, prizes, treats and more. Oct. 21, 5-9 pm. Free. Call to register. Meadowbrook Gymnasium, 12320 Meadowbrook Lane, Poway. Details at; 858-668-4671.

The Haunted Hotel celebrates 25 years of terror in the Gaslamp with more reasons for you to shriek to your heart's delight. Sept. 22-Oct. 31; visit website for hours. General admission: $19 (cash only). For ages 10 & up. 424 Market St., downtown San Diego.


Do you have a story to tell? Do you have an opinion on a current issue? We’re looking for writers, ages 13-18, to be published as guest columnists for our Teen Life column. Essay must be no more than 800 words. Submit articles via email as a text document to For guidelines, visit our “Teen Life & Youth Voices” page.

Help Spread the Word! Email information about events, contests, scholarships and volunteer opportunities for teens to Include brief description, date, time, address, cost, contact number and website. Submission does not guarantee publication. Deadline for the November issue: October 1.

» Visit our summer camp section to read Teens Wanted: Counselors in Training, a list of great summer camp volunteer opportunities for San Diego teens.

» To find more volunteer opportunities, visit our Donations, Volunteers, and Local Fundraisers page.

Updated: September 2017