Spring is here, which means Spring Break is right around the corner for our schools. Some families are gearing up to go out-of-town, while others have opted for a “stay-cation” and are trying to avoid the dreaded, “Mom, I’m boooored.” So, if you’re planning to stay at home with your children this Spring Break, here are a few fun activities that could make the week come alive.
1. Gardening Day: Spring is a great time to watch things grow! Whether you have a large backyard, a small garden container, or one flowerpot, pick out flowers or vegetables and plant them with your family. This is also a great opportunity for learning even when school is out. And who knows, you may discover that one of your children has a green thumb!
2. Backyard Camping: Grab your sleeping bags, flashlights, and, of course a tent, and turn your backyard into the greatest campsite ever! No cell phones, laptops, or handheld games allowed, just your family and the good ol’ outdoors. Make sure to fire up the grill for hotdogs or hamburgers and remember no campout is complete without s’mores for dessert! For added fun, tell campfire stories and make shadow puppets using the flashlights.
3. Family Picnic: If you like the idea of being outdoors, but aren’t a huge fun of sleeping outside, try a family picnic during the day instead. Pack a large blanket and a basket full of sandwiches, fruit and healthy snacks, and take your family to a local park. You could even bring a Frisbee or kite and enjoy the beautiful weather after you finish eating!
4. Red Carpet Movie Night: Rent a movie (or two) that your family has wanted to see and make it a red carpet event! Set up a red carpet in your living room (you can find these at your local party store) and have everyone dress up! Take paparazzi photos, have a mock interview and pretend you’re there for the big premiere. Then relax and enjoy the movie with the ones you love and a big bowl of popcorn!
5. Decorate Easter Eggs: We can’t forget an activity for the creative families. Decorating Easter eggs is a great way for children to us their imagination to create awesome designs. Not only will this be a fun activity to work on together, but it can also be used to proudly display their hard work!
6. Host a Family-Run Boosterthon Fun Run: Whether indoors or out, the main ingredients are:
– Fun, upbeat music
– A track (no matter the size or shape)
Cheer on your children as they run and have a blast. Set a lap goal and try to hit it, but the most important thing is to have fun, be safe, and let out some energy. See how this family hosted their own Boosterthon – -> (Lemonade in the Living Room)
So, Spring Break doesn’t have to mean going on a vacation. Whether you try one of these activities or come up with a new one on your own, we hope your family enjoys a fun-filled Spring Break “stay-cation” together!