Are the two weeks of spring break stretching ahead of you with a sense of doom?
Check out these ideas I found on a website for Spring Break fun at home.
- Have a campout in the yard. Pitch a tent and barbecue outside.
- Have a spa day. Get nail polish, glitter and lotions from the drugstore and give each other manicures and make-overs.
- Make bird feeders.
- Bring spring inside. Plant flowers in little pots that the kids have decorated.
- Plan an afternoon at a local park. Take a picnic lunch, kites, and balls & bats for a softball game. Let the kids invite several buddies and you’ve got a memorable spring day.
- Make up a story together. Have your children illustrate it.
- For a Spring learning adventure, take a hike in a nature area and learn to identify birds, trees, plants, and flowers. Spring is a natural time for kids to explore science and nature. The library offers lots of books to help!
- Have a board game day.
- Set up an obstacle course in the house or backyard.
- Messy Fun. Set the kids up in the backyard with some inexpensive shaving cream and some food coloring. Let them go to town.
- PJ parties still rock! Get ready for popcorn, movies pillow fights and lots of gossip. No matter what age, sleepovers are always a hit!
- Build a fort. Hide the breakables and let the kids use every pillow, blanket and piece of furniture in the living or family room to create a giant fort. Let them eat lunch or dinner in it.
- Have an outside work day to get the yard in shape. Gather the materials needed for a special outdoor project with your kids, such as a kid-sized garden or building a birdhouse. Plan a special treat afterwards for everyone’s hard work.
Do nothing. Yes, that’s right. In today’s time of over-scheduled kids, a day or two of totally unscheduled time, when your kids can sleep late, play creatively, or work on a hobby, and generally relax, may be just what the doctor ordered.