Spring Break…. for some it means packing up the car and kids and heading off to Florida or Grandmas. But, for those families staying at home, there are lots of activities to make Spring Break special and fun!
If you are a stay-at-home Mom or have the week of Spring Break off with your kids, you can plan a full week of activities. But, even if you work full-time, you can plan your evenings and weekends to be different and exciting!
I loved planning weeks like this when my two daughters lived at home. So, I challenge you to think outside the box; ask your kids what 5 things they would like to do over Spring Break. Let them dream and suggest crazy and outrageous ideas; it doesn’t mean you have to do all these things, but allow them to be a part of the planning!
Here’s a place to start:
- Have a theme for the week or theme each day. You could do a decade from the past (I still can’t believe the 70’s are a dress-up day!). Other possible themes are Circus Day, Pirate Day, Teddy Bear or Stuffed Animal Day, or Craft Day. You may decide to ”travel around the world” from home! Pick a country to research and learn about the culture. Try foods from the region, wear costumes, make a flag, etc. Or pick a cuisine each night- Mexican food one night, southern foods the next! The possibilities for themes are endless!
- Have a Backwards Day- breakfast foods at dinner, dessert at the beginning of dinner, or other ways to mix up the day!
- Be a tourist in your own town. I think everyone should do this, not just for a Spring Break activity. Go online or visit your Chamber of Commerce and pick up brochures for local places of interest. Make a Top 10 List of places to visit! Post the list and check off during the week. Many of these activities are free- that’s a bonus!
- This may the time to plant your vegetable or flower garden. This will depend on what region of the country you live in and when your child’s school has Spring Break. Have a “spruce up the yard” day and then head out for ice cream after the work is done!
- Have a Messy Day- even teenagers like this activity! Get out water toys, hoses, crafts that are messy like paint, and let everyone get in on the fun! Make a mud pile and let the kids jump and run through it- can you imagine telling your kids they can get dirty? Remember, the hose and washing machine will clean up the mess, but the memories created will last forever!
- If weather permits, have a camping trip in your backyard. Pitch the tent, read by flashlights or lanterns, and eat hotdogs and s’mores (the food can be cooked indoors!) The experience of sleeping outside, not the location, is the thrill!
The above list of Spring Break activities at home can get you started, but there are SO many other possibilities. So, let’s hear from the experts- YOU! What activities have you tried with your kids over Spring Break? Share in the comment section below.