It is that time of year (thank goodness) when spring is peaking its head out and our kids are clambering for a break from school! I have complied 25 ideas to keep boredom at bay with my Spring Break Ideas List!
Not all parents are off work for spring break. I am fortunate to be a school nurse so I am off work for the week. I like to try to get a few projects completed over spring break….but all my kids want to do is be entertained!
Here is a list of spring break ideas to keep you and your kids occupied over spring break. If you are working that week maybe you could squeeze some extra fun in on the weekend! It is always nice if your kids can go back to school with a fun story of what they did over break!
25 Fun Spring Break Ideas
1. Go to a drive-in movie:
I realize that not every area still has a local Drive-In Movie Theater anymore. 😥 We are lucky in our area that we do have a very nice one. It has opened back up for the weekends now and even has special rates due to the chilly weather. My kids LOVE going to the Drive-In Movies!! It is always fun for them, even if they do fall asleep and miss most of the movies! If you don't have one near…you can make your own Drive-In Movie Theater at home like we did!!
2. Visit a local family owned toy store:
I am not talking about Toys R Us either. In Wichita we have a local toy store called Imagine That Toys. It has a lot of unusual toys and lots of great learning toys. If your children have any Christmas money saved back…this may be a great place to spend a little of that money!
3. Go to a local nature center:
Chances are there are local nature centers around your home that you have never visited. I can think of 3 near where we live that I have never gone to in the 40 years I have lived in this area! Make it a point to visit someplace new.
4. Hit some garage sales:
I don't know about your kids…but mine love to go to garage sales! I have noticed that just recently some sale signs were up during the weekend. Kids can do a lot of damage with only a buck at a garage sale. You could also plan your own garage sale….I made $1000 at my last one!!! This is a great week to get the kids to help you get it ready!
5. Do a craft project together:
Give your child a few options and then let them choose a project that you can do together. It doesn't have to be really complicated or hard. You can even buy kits at Michael's or Joann if you aren't very crafty.
6. Feed the ducks or geese:
I love to feed the ducks and so do my kids. We will take a big bag of old bread, crackers or whatever we can find at home and just have a blast. We have several parks near our hometown that have lots of ducks and geese. This is always a fun outing.
7. Make a fort:
There is something about a fort that kids just love. Make a fort under your kitchen table or using some blankets and chairs. Set your kids up with flashlights, pillows and blankets and let them sleep there one night. If you don't want to make a fort…you can always buy one. I found a really cool fort building set that is awesome and would keep kids busy for hours!
8. Spend the night at a hotel with an indoor pool:
Around this time of year my kids are itching to start swimming. It is still way to early for that in Kansas! You may be able to find a great rate during the week at a nearby hotel. One night away can be so much fun for the kids…they will get to swim and burn off some energy! A short change of scenery can do everyone in the family good.
9. Visit your local library:
Go to the library and everyone can check out a book. You could even have a prize for anyone that is able to finish their book before spring break is over! You could have each child give a little talk on what their book was about at the end of the week.
10. Play outside with your kids:
If you are actively playing with your kids they will be entertained so much longer than if they are playing on their own. Grab a big bouncy ball and hit it back and forth, play volleyball, badminton or catch with the football. There are unlimited ideas for outdoor play….just grab a nice day and do it!
11. Plant something:
It is the time of year when some plants, flowers, vegetables need to be planted. Buy some flower bulbs or seeds and work in the garden or flower beds with your kids. It is a great time to clean out the dry leaves in the flower beds and get ready for spring! Check out how you can start a garden in a child's swimming pool.
12. Give back:
Talk to your children about something they can do for someone else over spring break. You could bake cookies and take them to some neighbors, visit an elderly relative, make a meal for a sick friend, pick up litter at the park, etc.
13. Let your children take charge of the camera for a while:
It is so fun to see life from a child's point of view! What better way then through the lens of a camera! Obviously, if you only have toddlers this may not be a good idea! 🙂
14. Visit a local children's museum:
Most places that cater to children will have special activities during spring break. They may even have a day camp experience that your child could enjoy if you are working.
15. De-clutter day:
Spring break is a great time to have your child go through all their clothes and toys and take out what they don't want and what doesn't fit. You can get the items ready to donate or for your own garage sale later in the summer.
Drive out to the country one night and look at the stars. If you live in the country….just take a blanket outside on a clear night and see what constellations you can find in the night sky! Ask around, you may be surprised to find that one of your friends has a telescope you could borrow to make this even more exciting for your kids!
17. Make a meal:
Let your child pick out a menu for dinner one night and have them help you make it. This will be a great teaching opportunity and some one on one time with that child.
18. Go roller skating:
If you have a roller rink nearby…GO! I am shocked at how many kids today don't know how to skate. We skated all the time when I was a child. It is a fun family activity and a great way to burn calories and wear kids out! Most roller rinks will be open extra hours during spring break.
19. Family game night:
Pick a night and play games as a family. This is a great activity for an evening when the weather may not be cooperating! Our favorite family games right now are Toilet Trouble and the Googly Eyes Game.
20. Puzzle time:
Pick a puzzle and work on it throughout the week. It can be a family project and is also something to do if the weather is cold or rainy.
21. Take a trip down memory lane:
Sit down with the kids and look through their baby books, scrapbooks or even just loose pictures from when they were younger. Kids love to see themselves as babies and love to hear you talk about what they did when they were little!
22. Laugh out loud:
Get a book of jokes (kid appropriate) or look online. Take turns telling each other jokes. The kids could even put on a little comedy show for you!
23. Laugh out loud part 2:
Look on YouTube for some hilarious and kid-friendly videos and watch them as a family! This will be a great way to just laugh and cut loose together! I love to watch my kids laugh…it is priceless! Laughing a lot is one of the best spring break ideas ever!
24. Spa day:
This idea works best with daughters, but can be reworked for sons too! Do an at-home spa day: you can do a pedicure, a manicure and even a “facial”! If you have boys, you can let them pretend to shave…use shaving cream and a toy razor or a razor with the cover on it. I think that boys would enjoy getting their feet pampered, but you may want to leave off the toenail polish! Try your hand at some homemade bath bombs!
25. Make a movie:
Most people today have either a video camera or a phone that can take videos. Have your children come up with a “play” and then perform it while you video it! They will have a blast watching themselves perform.
What are Your Favorite Spring Break Ideas?
I hope this list of Spring Break Ideas gave you some things to consider when planning your week! This list will be fun for the whole family!
I would love to hear what your favorite Spring Break Ideas are! Don't forget to PIN this post for future reference!