My oldest has spring break this week, so the youngest gets it by default. We aren’t going anywhere that requires an overnight stay, but I try to make the most our of their spring break. I don’t want them (or me) to just sit around and watch TV all week. So, what do you do for a staycation that’s centered around kids?
Kids museums or the regular kind, going during the week versus the weekend may be cheaper, as well as less crowded. People have to work and not all school districts have the same spring break schedule.
We have small neighborhood parks, but I’ve gotten really bad about taking the kids to any good parks. Take a picnic and make an afternoon of it. They’ll wear themselves out so you can put them to bed early.
I’m close to San Diego and L.A., so I got lucky with this one. Play tourist for the day with the kids. See a local attraction or a place you keep meaning to go, but have never found the time.
Our local library has a variety of kids activities throughout the month that are geared towards all ages. They are always free and my kids love them! I tend to forget about the library when we get busy with school and work, but it’s a great option for free programs and everyone can pick up new books!
Introduce the kids to new movies. Watch favorites from your childhood like The Neverending Story or The Sandlot. Make special snacks or treats beforehand and have the kids help. You’ll have a good time watching your old favorites and making new memories with the kids.
Crafts are a given, but not in my house. I’m not crafty, so I don’t inflict it on my kids. I take them places, like the library. This is a good time to try the crafts that might be a little more time consuming though.
Spend a day or the whole week ‘traveling’. Pick a foreign country and focus solely on it. Make food from that country, watch TV shows or movies from there, talk about their culture, check out library books, or anything else you can think of. My 5 year old wouldn’t be as into this, but my 8 year old would love it.
It’s not always possible to go for an overnight camping trip, so let the kids camp in the backyard. Sure, it might not last all night, but they’ll still think it’s tons of fun.
Explore hiking or bike trails. Everyone will get outside and get some exercise. As much as they complain, my kids always love our hikes!
Pick Your Own
My kids, and I’m guessing most kids, aren’t too familiar with how our food grows. Take them to pick fruit or vegetables. They’ll learn a little and get a great snack in the process.