Forget the Beach: Fun Spring Break Ideas for FamiliesLaura Mayes
Spring break! Who doesn’t love spring break? Unprepared parents, that’s who. And this monumentally
difficult awesome week is right around the corner, which means if you don’t already have plans, you’re behind. (Crap.) But never fear – here are a few ideas for a March break that will be memorable and fun, even if you can’t reach the beach.
A Family Resort. We stayed at a family resort last year and y’all, I wanted to move in. Harry had a blast at the organized kid adventures and activities during the day while we relaxed by the pool. In the afternoon we would reconvene and catch-up on all the fun. It was like joining him at camp, but with better bath products.
“Staycation.” Many of us have some great options for fun within a stones throw – museums, cool shops for kids, hiking trails, theater. Search “kids activities” in Yelp for local options with reviews from parents. Announce that this is a “Staycation” and really try to avoid doing anything you would not do if you were out of town on a vacation – leave the laundry, don’t run errands, etc. Have the kids “pack” a suitcase or backpack with all the things they will need over the week, and if it’s an option, consider staying at least a few nights at a local low-cost hotel with a pool or other fun amenity. A few years ago, The Happy Housewife did a wonderful roundup of tips in various cities collected from the blogosphere – check it out!
A Week with the Older & Wiser. If your child is blessed enough to have grandparents, great aunts or uncles, or other seniors in their lives that they don’t get to see very often, consider proposing a visit during spring break. I wouldn’t have thought this was fun when I young, but looking back I cherish the time I had with my grandparents and their contemporaries. What I wouldn’t give to hang out with those folks again.
Public Service. Most of our kids are extremely fortunate and teaching them to give back will help them be more grateful and will stretch those generosity muscles that make altruism second nature. Habitat for Humanity has programs for kids as young as 5. For local projects or traveling opportunities, visit Habitat’s website.
Whatever you decide, here’s looking forward to a great spring!