A fun party for teens is a mall scavenger hunt. To avoid any problems, contact mall security one week in advance to clear your activity. Some malls will not allow pictures to be taken inside the mall unless it has been put on the security schedule. Plan for the scavenger hunt to take about an hour.
When we did this party, we mixed the groups of boys and girls with approximately six in each group. Each group was given a digital camera and a cell phone along with a scavenger hunt list. We stressed to them that there was to be absolutely no running in the mall. Teens were also instructed to explain to a clerk upon entering each store what they were doing. Most clerks loved the scavenger hunt and were more than willing to assist in taking pictures and participating.
Before heading to the mall, everyone enjoyed a spaghetti dinner at our home. This kept cost low as feeding twelve teenagers at the mall could become costly. When we returned home, while eating cake and opening presents, everyone enjoyed viewing the pictures. Prizes were given out to the team with the most points.