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The Sims 3 Generations Teenagers

New Features, Prom, Learning to Drive, and Teen Life

Sims 3 Generations Prom Queen and King are now possible

Sims 3 Generations Guide:
Chemistry | Children | Teenagers | Adults/Elder | Afterschool Activities
Day Care | Boarding School | Pranks | Imaginary Friend

The Sims 3 Generations brings plenty of new content for teens. It's perhaps the best represented age group in this expansion. Like childhood, the teen years in Generations are far more fulfilling. There are new activities they can take up to fill out their time, get their driver's license, and the goal of becoming Prom King or Queen is now achievable. This guide will cover these new additions to The Sims 3's gameplay.

High School
A highlight of the teen years is High School. Of course you'll still want to have your teens do their homework, and attend school regularly, but now there are dozens of new opportunities they can take up to improve performance, and even earn cash. You'll feel more immersed in the teen experience with these upgrades alone. Like children, teens can go on field trips and sometimes get souveniers from these scholastic adventures.

After School Activities
Teens can take up After School Activities. Theirs are geared toward skill gains more so than those of a child, and can work so long as the teen is in High School. Children can graduate from their special activities very early, but Teens can go on a little longer gaining skills. They can take up to two programs on. Some conflict by day, but the Guide linked below will show you the various meeting days so you can plan what classes your Sim might take.

All the school programs you'd expect are here. There's school paper, music club, study groups, and other things your Teen can participate in. To learn more about them, check the After School Activities section.

Teen Life
Teens are social creatures most of the time, and Generations caters to that idea. There are more social interactions, such as giving flowers, and Teens are the first age group that can Date. Dates are rated like group outings, so try to take your Sim's date somewhere fun and work on building the relationship.

Teens can be cruel to one another, and sometimes best friends can even see days of conflict. Teens can snub each other, which means they won't socialize with that Sim, and interactions will be swatted away. You can snub or stop snubbing another Sim at will.

Teenagers can have mood swings, and want to do mean or otherwise different things. This is similar to an Adult's midlife crisis. You may take on the wishes, but you won't be able to cancel them until the crisis is over. However, they'll give bigger points if you can complete them.

A Teen learns to drive dad's sweet car in The Sims 3 Generations

Learning to Drive
Teens can learn to drive if the family has a car. Simply ask a parent, and the teen can be on the road. Driving is a skill (not tracked), and after gaining three levels they'll get their driver's license, and a permit to hang on the wall. At level 3, they can drive without an adult, so can use any money they earned (or dad's) to buy a car!

Party while the parents are gone!

Party While Parents are On Vacation
A new feature of Generations is the offering for parents to go on a surprise, free vacation. During this time you'll have control of just the teen and likely any other siblings. You can choose to throw a Teen Party using the cell phone. Randomly, the parents may return home in the middle of the party. You'll only have about an hour to clean up and keep from getting in trouble, which is not likely to happen if the party got messy.

Pulling Pranks
Teens find other ways to get in trouble through pranks. All teens enjoy a good prank, and will get at least +15 mood for 12 hours for successfully pulling one off. Teens get better pranks than children's simple booby traps. You can click the school to cause all sorts of different chaos on the next school day, egg houses and deploy ye olde bag of flaming poo. To do the latter, click a neighbor's house. The occupants must be home. The flaming bag doesn't always work someone has to see it. Doorbell ditches tend to work like a charm. The egg throwing is lackluster. My Sim threw them from a foot away a wall and it wasn't very realistic at all. Too bad she didn't have better range. Another encounter led to her doing it right on the porch in front of a homeowner, as pictured above. That was a laugh.

Getting in trouble as a teen prankster

Getting caught pranking or holding a party while the 'rents are away will lead to getting in trouble. Favorite items can be restricted, and Sims can be grounded and unable to leave the house. While mom and dad are looking, that is. They can sneak out at night. It's kind of fun if you don't intentionally try to keep the parents in bed. You can learn more about Pranks and Discipline here.

Limo in GenerationsProm
High School is a popularity contest. If your Sim makes plenty of friends in High School, they may make it to Prom Queen or King. One important factor is likely going with a date you have a good relationship with. You want Prom to go well, but it can certainly turn into a disaster. Your Sim can get into random trouble. It's a wild night after all.

You'll get a few days' warning to line up a date, but your Sim certainly doesn't have to have one. If another Sim likes yours pretty well, it's likely they'll be asked out. Otherwise, you can ask someone yourself. Once the Prom date arrives, the Sim will take a limousine to school, and get a picture keepsake of the event. There's plenty of potential for chaos, but if your Sim was pretty popular, they could be crowned king or queen. During the prom, your date may ask your Sim to go steady or to have their first kiss.

The day after your Sim ages up to young adult, they will have a graduation ceremony and be free of High School and ready to pursue an adult life. The whole family will go to this ceremony if they're available. Your Sim can toss their diploma for a while, and will be dressed in cap and gown.

This should cover most of the bases when it comes to teenagers in Generations. As you can see, there are plenty more things for them to do, and of course we have the new universal activities, like new outdoor stuff, chemistry, and other things they can take up.

Comments (37)

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Baymac says...
Did you know you can chose your teens dreams
22nd September 2012 6:12pm
lulu says...
28th January 2013 7:43pm
saltpastillen says...
You click them when they are sleeping, there is an option to choose what to dream about.
10th February 2013 4:42pm
Sims3Lover says...
I have a question about Prom. When does it happen?
10th October 2012 1:06am
EmilyTehCookieBear says...
Usually in the last week of them being a teenager! Or if you have a long life span for you Teenagers, every few weeks! It's really fun!
13th October 2012 10:38am
Simmy says...
Whenever, actually. Its a total suprise but I found it happens quite regularly. You find out a couple days before so that you have a chance to find a date if you want to go with one. If you go with a date, make sure you actually like them because the chances are they'll ask to go steady or take your relationship to the next level. Dont think you can just go with a mate. Also, make sure your ready on that day because otherwise you will miss the limo and have to ride in a cab or not go at all.
10th November 2012 10:44am
Jordan says...
Has anybody else had a problem with their teens coming back from boarding school to go to prom? Mine did and now there's no option to send them back or take them out, and it says they're still enrolled. They're just sitting at home going about their day, and I don't know how to fix it.
30th December 2012 3:32am
goekchae says...
The car should come take them if you wait a while.At least thats how i heard it works.
4th January 2014 8:51am
Rexx says...
Does the sim free will have to be high for teens to be punished?
4th January 2013 4:06pm
Daisy says...
No, worst luck! If your sims are naughty, i have found my sims get punished anyway. Also, if you are home after curfew, even if you cancel the "lecture" interaction, your teen sim will still get the negative moodlet for 3 hours. Hope this helps :)
11th February 2013 1:45pm
Gothelittle says...
The free vacation is a big pain for me. Even if the teen sim doesn't throw a party and keeps the entire house spot on clean, miss the slightest item and the parent gets mad. I cancel the free vacation now unless my target teen is a neat freak or I don't care if he/she gets in trouble. One poor teen had the parents leave her with two children and two toddlers. She spent half a week taking care of the entire household and still got cussed out.
11th February 2013 1:19pm
Sara says...
how come when my sim get house arrest he can't go to school?
I don't understand it...
24th May 2013 4:59pm
Harmonia says...
It's a "bug" because the game thinks any action of leaving the house is sneaking out even when your teen goes to school or work. Which is dumb. And it's fixed by AwesomeMod.
12th September 2013 3:27pm
switchfootfan10 says...
Thanks! this is cool! but how do you throw eggs at a house?? I CAN'T FIGERE IT OUT!!
23rd March 2013 3:37pm
Harmonia says...
For starters, your target house can't be empty. There has to be someone inside. Next, only a teen can do that, and you can't throw eggs at your own house. You click the house in the neighborhood, and next to "Visit the ... household" option you should have three additional ones with throwing eggs, doorbell ditch and the flaming bag pranks.
12th September 2013 3:55pm
Sim girl says...
Im thinking of making a teenager sim so if my sim just enjoys being a teenager and trashes all the homework and i make her a teenager for about 1,000 sim days does it matter about homework?
29th March 2013 10:36am
Harmonia says...
Homework is important for the grade at school, and the grade at school determines whether your teenager will age well or not. The teenager's parents probably get wishes to see their kid age well, and teenagers as well often get wishes to be on the honor roll. You can't get on the honor roll without your grade being A for three days straight, which requires homework. Also, when your teenagers ages well, you get to choose their last trait for the adulthood. Otherwise, it'll be chosen randomly. If you don't care about any of these, then no, I don't think homework is important.
12th September 2013 4:44pm
Jessica says...
YES!!!! Homework is very important! If they don't do it they get a low grade in school and if they start failing they get a bad moodlet which puts them in a TERRIBLE mood! I would not advise skipping homework. It honestly doesn't take long. Just do the homework first thing then they can enjoy their teen lives!!!!! :D Hope this helps!!!! P.S I know you wrote this in march but... Oh well!
13th October 2013 12:10pm
chloe says...
how does ur parents go out out of town for a holiday
31st March 2013 10:53pm
Harmonia says...
You get this opportunity not long after your child turns to teen, or if you started with a teen created in CAS, not long after you start playing. The parents are offered a free vacation because "teens can surely take care of themselves".
12th September 2013 5:17pm
Sara says...
Oh,Prom. I had my favorite teenage sim, Diana, go to prom with a boy I made for her and she not only became prom queen, but she was asked to go steady as well. Now, they are married with three teenagers. I can't wait for these kiddos to go to prom just like their mom and dad did. :)
5th April 2013 8:04pm
NESSA says...
My sims do not get a notification for prom. Do anyone know how to assist in fixing this issue?
10th May 2013 4:43pm
Adwoa says...
For some reason my sim keeps aging up without going to prom or getting a notification... What do I do?
1st November 2013 7:09pm
Lucy says...
So do you control the adult sims and children or just the children ?
You control all of the Sims in your household.
26th July 2013 2:11pm
MaKayKay says...
I love this game! I got this expansion pack, but then my sister broke the disc.... I will HAVE to get it again! Also, Is Prom ONLY available in this expansion pack?
Just put the code in and register your game at and you'll be able to download with Origin, so that you don't have to purchase it again.

19th October 2013 9:40pm
Commander says...
I can't seem to get the option to teach teenagers to drive. Nothing comes when I have the teen select their parent, the parent select the teen, either one select the car, etc. Does anyone else have this problem?
20th October 2013 7:55pm
Commander says...
ha ha, never mind, my teen sim's younger sister just became a teenager and I was able to have her click on their father and ask for driving lessons without a problem lol. Maybe she has a better relationship with him or something?
23rd October 2013 9:15pm
Hannah says...
my sims were offered the free vacation, and when the cab came to take the parents away, the mother was holding the toddler. Now the parents are back but the toddler is gone and her picture has been removed from the family panel on the left. What happened??
16th November 2013 12:52pm
Gaynell says...
I just added Generations and World Adventures at the same time. While in France I discovered that my boyfriend is in HIGH SCHOOL! How did this happen?? My character is a young adult. Thankfully, they haven't 'woohoo-ed', but the 'make a baby' option came up. What the heck?
16th November 2013 1:13pm
Tash says...
when living on a island (island paradise expansion pack) the option to teach teenagers to drive is not coming is this a bug?
20th November 2013 7:21pm
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