Kid-Friendly Staycation Ideas
Spring break is great for the kids, but it can be tough for parents. Taking a week off work to wrangle the kids through tourist traps when the weather is still unpredictable isn't the most appealing of vacation options. But we treasure time spent with our kids no matter where we are, so going away for break isn't necessarily a requirement. If home is your destination, here are 5 kid-friendly staycation ideas for spring break.
Whether they have a nurturing side or they just have a knack for decorating, you can put your kids to work in the garden. Have them line the garden path with solar stakes, replace cushions for patio furniture or even paint planters so you can keep flowers on the porch. As long as you present it as an art project rather than a chore, garden time can be family bonding time while the kids are out of school for a week. And when everything is all done, they can get a quick taste of summer with a water balloon fight!
Most parents can't take a whole week off work to entertain the kids, but you won't get too behind at the office if you take just an afternoon off for a spring baseball game. Whether you're going to a Major League Baseball game or you're checking out the minors, putting on your baseball tees and eating hot dogs stirs things up. Use the time to hang out or use it to teach them about math and physics. Either way, a day at the ballpark can be a valuable experience in the spring sunshine.
The zoo is a go-to destination for school field trips, but you can make it spring break spectacular if you're proactive! Mix things up with a zoo scavenger hunt or play "I Spy" to keep it interesting. Games add a layer of excitement to the zoo. They can even be good learning tools!
Explore your hometown through the eyes of a tourist. Take the kids sightseeing in your town. Go to the arboretum and learn about trees. Go to the greasy spoon that was featured on your favorite travel show. Take a drive to a nearby town you haven't bothered to explore yet. It might take a little bit of thinking, but there's something about your town you don't know or haven't yet explored, and doing it all with your kids makes for a memorable experience.
Just because they get a week off school doesn't mean kids have to stop learning! Try engaging them in backyard science projects. They can make slime with borax or construct a bubbling volcano with baking soda and vinegar. Start browsing Science Bob for kid-friendly experiments that are safe to do at home.
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