- Visit local attractions. Every state has attractions that will appeal to families with children. Whether it’s a science or art museum, a zoo (temperatures are starting to warm up in many places!), the beach, skiing (it’s still snowy in other areas), festivals, indoor water parks, or something else that makes your area special, take the kids for a day. If it’s during spring break, then yes, it will likely be crowded; just plan some extra time into your day or consider going the weekend after the traditional spring break time for your state.
- Go on an adventure without straying too far from home. There are probably interesting things in your neighborhood that you haven’t explored yet with your children. Some examples might be a trail in the woods, an ethnic restaurant, a new bakery, or a creek that only appears when the snow melts. Going on a walk of the neighborhood could unearth a random clump of spring flowers growing in the city, or ant hills in your own backyard. These types of adventures are things that the kids will remember and make good “family time” activities.
- Stay up late. Even if the kids ended up having to go to school during their scheduled spring break, you still have Friday and Saturday nights to let them stay up late with their parents. Rent kid-friendly movies, play games, pop popcorn, serve root beer floats or milkshakes, and let them stay up until they fall asleep. You could even bring their mattresses (or set up sleeping bags) on the living room floor and have a family camp-in!
- Volunteer. Something that my family enjoys doing during weeks off from school is to spend a day or two volunteering. If you already volunteer, you might be able to bring the kids along. If not, some possibilities might be serving at a soup kitchen, helping at a food pantry, feeding kitties at an animal shelter (they often need petting and extra love, too!), reading to nursing home residents or helping an elderly neighbor prepare her home for spring by raking out old mulch, repainting the front door, or cleaning out the gutters. Helping others makes the giver feel as good as the recipient!
What are some fun ways that you’ll be spending your kids’ spring break?