After months of cold and work, spring break is more than just a breath of fresh air. It’s an opportunity to reset life.
Sometimes you spend all those months fantasizing about the fun you’ll have. Spring break arrives, and you’re stumped for ideas.
It’s probably not that you have none, but that you have too many. Maybe you do have none and need help getting started.
Read on for engaging, exciting spring break ideas.
1. Day Camp
It’s one of the classic spring break ideas, and there’s a reason for that: day camp is fun. March break camp, for example, offers sports and leadership programs and STEM programs.
Day camps are usually themed, such as sports, computer coding or dance. This means that you can find a camp that your child will love based on his or her interests.
Usually, the price of camp includes lunch and at least one snack, as well as any supplies or materials. This makes it an easy and fun choice for both parents and children.
It’s also an ideal choice if you need childcare and your child is too old or doesn’t have a usual caregiver.
2. Play Dates with Friends
When school is in session, there’s little time for free play. Between the school day itself, homework, and chores, kids are often on the go.
Take the opportunity of unstructured time during spring break to set up play dates with no specific plans or goals. Arrange to meet at someone’s home or your favorite park, and let the kids roam free.
They’ll enjoy the opportunity to use their imaginations freely as well as the physical exercise. You can even make a day of it and bring lunches.
3. Learn a New Skill
When school is in session, the learning is already planned. It’s based on a structured curriculum. Your child has no say in what they learn, how they learn it, or why they learn it.
Spring break is an ideal time to engage in some child-led learning. Encourage your child to discover their own interests and education by learning something they’re curious about.
Be bold and creative. It doesn’t need to follow any typical educational path. Whether their interest is skating, video games, or whittling, help them find resources.
What seems like a random, odd interest now could lead to a future career. Take advantage of free time to encourage your child to follow that interest with enthusiasm and all available resources.
4. Take a Family Vacation
When it comes to family vacations, spring break ideas give you a lot of flexibility. Spring provides many weather types around the country, giving you a lot of options.
Take a beach vacation to Clearwater, Florida. Head to Colorado or New England for some skiing or snowboarding. California has areas where you can combine snow with the beach if you’re willing to drive.
Getting out of town for a week refreshes the whole family. You’ll come home with renewed energy and a productive mentality.
5. Plant a Garden
Planting a garden is a great way to encourage your children’s interest in nature. Even if there’s still snow on the ground in your area, you can start seedlings and small plants indoors. Engage the kids in preparing the plants for outdoor transplanting.
You can plant flowers, vegetables, herbs, or even a combination of the three. Let the kids research what kinds of plants shouldn’t grow together, or how to encourage healthy growth in a particular plant.
The kids can also create a map of the garden, laying out where to plant in advance or marking locations after planting. They can use popsicle sticks to craft fun plant markers.
When it comes to spring break ideas, planting a garden is a great way to get the kids involved in the changing of the seasons, health, and nature.
6. Let the Kids Choose Spring Break Ideas
Children ages 8-17 worry about their grades, getting a college education, and Mom and Dad’s financial situation. They have limited choices when it comes to what they learn and compete with others to get into college.
They can, however, choose what they do in the limited free time they get. Ask your kids for spring break ideas. Find out what they want to do, and if it’s reasonable, do it.
They might choose to visit the library for books they don’t get to read when they’re in school. They might prefer to ride bikes around the neighborhood with friends. It might seem boring to you, but sometimes those unstructured, self-chosen activities are the most enjoyable.
7. Be a Tourist in Your Hometown
We get locked into our routines. Work, school, errands, and cleaning take up our time and we become blind to the beauty and fun that surround us all the time.
Be a tourist in your own hometown. Look up the attractions that bring others to your city and go visit them. Visit a local hotel lobby and grab some of the brochures they offer with local activities.
Visit a very touristy restaurant for a meal and check out its history. If you usually drive through the city, try taking public transportation instead. The shift in perspective can change what you see.
Stop actual tourists on the street and ask them to tell you the most fun they’ve had in your city so far. Then visit that location or activity for yourselves.
Don’t Limit Yourselves
You’ve got a whole week to fill, so why limit yourself to only a few activities? Fill your days with fun activities. If these ideas aren’t enough for you, we have another 32 ways to keep your kids occupied.
Spring break is an opportunity. It’s free time begging for fulfillment with fun, excitement and new and unique activities. It’s also positioned perfectly to take advantage of the increasingly pleasant weather, without dealing with overwhelming heat or inclement weather.
Grab the kids, choose an activity and get started on the fun. If it takes a turn down an unintended path, enjoy the diversion and see where it goes. Spring is made for surprises!