Are you stuck at home for Spring Break? Don’t have any ideas on what to do with the kids? Well, if you are like me coming up with ideas isn’t always easy. So I put together a little list of 8 ways you can enjoy your Spring Break Staycation and make the most out of your family time together.
Tip #1. Be a tourist in your own city or town
Choose one spot or place you’ve never visited before within your own city limits, such as a museum, science center, heritage home, theater of arts, shops or stores, local parks. Remember to take lots of photos because it will be a day-trip worth mentioning and worth sharing in your social circles.
Tip #2. Take a day trip to a local ski resort.
I love living so close to the mountains, and yet I never get a chance to visit Whistler. Not as much as I’d like to anyhow, which is why Spring Break is the perfect time for taking a day trip to the village and local ski resort. I get motion sickness when driving in the car for too long and Whistler is a good two to three-hour drive, but I don’t let that stop me from hitting the slopes or trails for some family fun.
Hubby usually grabs me some Gravol Quick Dissolve Chewables (which they have for kids too) thank goodness as my son is like me, and you’ll be good to go. Gravol stops nausea, vomiting, and dizziness that accompanies me when elevations change such as on a mountain. Once I take it though and I’m there, we hit the trails and branch out to discover some amazing hidden treasures you’d be surprised to find without strapping any skis to your feet.
Tip #3. Do something out of your comfort zone and be adventurous
Last year my girlfriend decided to go sky-diving and along with that she went on a short plane ride with her kids in a very small airplane. The kids were so stoked their mom not only fell from the plane, but they enjoyed their trip around the city from the air above. So do something out of the ordinary. Go horseback riding, bungee jumping, zip lining. Anything you’ve always wanted to do. Ask the kids what they want to try and do it as a family.
Tip #4. Family Game Night
Board games are a great way to pass the time. Growing up we had family game nights, and it’s a tradition I still carry on with my family. Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, Checkers, Chess, Battleship and Uno. Make a whole party of it with snacks and goodies, dips and veggies. Even invite friends or another family to play with you.
Tip #5. Coloring Contests
Adult coloring books are on the rise in popularity and we all know that kids love artwork and coloring. So get together with the neighborhood kids and have a coloring contest. Winner gets a prize. I usually make sure I have prizes (small ones) from the dollar store for everyone.
Tip #6. At Home Makeover Party for Girls
Sometimes girls need a time out with each other. So this spring break have a girl’s or ladies night. Last year we did mother/daughter night where we spent time pampering one another. Grab those nail polishes, make-up powders, eye shadows and hair accessories and have fun with it.
If you don’t have a professional sink to prepare your hair use Batiste Dry Shampoo. It’s great for cleaning your hair and easy to use. It removes the oils and adds body and texture so styling is easier. Once you’re all dolled up, take some selfies for Instagram and post your fun!
Tip #7. Family Camp Out Indoors
Spring break weather doesn’t always cooperate with rain and clouds, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some good old-fashioned camping fun. We camp indoors and have a blast each year. The kids look forward to it each year.
We move the furniture around a little, set up either homemade tents or real ones in the living room. We roast marshmallows and hot dogs over our indoor camp stove, snuggle up with popcorn and watch movies under hand painted stars we attach to the ceiling made out of construction paper and glow in the dark paint. It’s so much fun!
Tip #8. Lemonade Stand / Car Wash
Get the kids together and throw a car wash and lemonade stand and donate the money to your favorite charity or use the money to buy the kids pizza as a reward for their hard work and fun. This is a great way to have fun, pass the time and take some memorable photos.