These are 10 ways to spend your spring break with your family and have a fantastic time on any budget or schedule.
Everyone looks forward to spring break because it’s a chance to have uninterrupted fun. No matter how long your upcoming break is, your loved ones should make great memories before going back to school. These are 10 ways to spend your spring break with your family and have a fantastic time on any budget or schedule.
1. Eat Meals Outside
Spring is the perfect time of year to eat meals outdoors. It isn’t too hot or cold, so find a patio table and folding chairs for your next dinner together. You can enjoy the refreshing breeze while dining on things like veggie burgers straight off the grill, potato salad and ice cream cones.
Just be aware that the food’s aroma may attract pests. You may want to consider lighting a citronella candle or spraying everyone with bug spray if you live in an area particularly prone to insects like mosquitos.
2. Vacation in an RV
Recreational vehicles (RVs) present budget-friendly opportunities for families to travel. Many places rent them for as low as $50 per day, which is more economical than a hotel room. See if there are any campsites around your city or within driving distance to decide if an RV vacation is what you should do with your family during spring break.
3. Hike a Nature Trail
You don’t have to travel around the country or take multiple weeks off to spend more time in nature. Use your free time during spring break to hike a nature trail with your loved ones. They’ll get more exercise and learn about the environment, potentially without leaving your hometown.
4. Take Fun Online Classes
Computer-based learning isn’t new, so there are so many courses available online. The University of Illinois made it possible in the 1970s and technological advancements have made it more accessible since then.
People of all ages can take classes on any of their interests, so look for something fun during spring break. You could watch an instructor teach your family how to make pottery or learn how to play an instrument. Everyone will walk away with new skills and great memories.
5. Volunteer in Your Community
Kids always benefit from a bit of volunteer work. Research organizations close to home that have service opportunities. Your family could serve meals at a food kitchen or help run an adoption clinic for an animal shelter.
Your children will learn the value of giving back to those in need while gaining skills that will help them later in life. Communication, teamwork and empathy are critical skills everyone needs to thrive when they begin independent lives as adults. It’s why volunteering is one of the best ways to spend spring break with your family.
6. Create a Backyard Waterpark
Waterparks and theme parks are expensive, but your backyard is free. Set up a homemade waterpark by hooking up a garden hose. You could create a rainfall over your children’s swings or the slide attached to their playset. They could also slide down a hill on a tarp after your hose turns it into a waterslide.
7. Try International Dishes All Week
Your family could spend spring break traveling around the world without leaving home. All you need to do is go grocery shopping.
Think about international dishes your kids might like and plan to make a different cultural meal every night. As they snack on Canadian breakfast crepes or Ethiopian Red Lentil Stew, you could introduce them to facts about the country’s history so each meal doubles as a learning opportunity.
8. Visit a Petting Zoo
Many towns and cities have petting zoos in the spring. They often have more newborn animals for kids to pet and outdoor spaces for everyone to gather. Look up any petting zoos near your home and consider adding one to your spring break plans. Whether you find one at a farm or farmer’s market, your kids will have so much fun interacting with new animals. Go one step further and find an Animal Sanctuary near you and expose the kids to the wonders of Rescue!
9. Camp in Your Backyard
Camping is an excellent activity for all ages. Find discounted tents and other camping supplies at secondhand stores and pitch your camp in the backyard. You could tell scary stories while shining a flashlight under your chin or use a stargazing app to point out constellations after it gets dark. You’re only a few steps away from tucking your kids safely in their beds if anyone gets scared.
10. Plan a Pajama Party
Taking everyone to the movie theater is expensive, but you can bring the movies home by throwing a pajama party. Encourage everyone to get into their pajamas and meet in the living room for a film they all want to watch. They can eat their favorite movie theater snacks and drinks while you turn off the light to make it more of an authentic experience.
Enjoy Your Spring Break
Now that you’ve become inspired, consider these fun ways to spend spring break with your family. You’ll make kids of all ages happy by creating new memories before your vacation ends.
Ava Roman (she/her) (Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest) is the Managing Editor of Revivalist, a women’s lifestyle magazine that empowers women to live their most authentic life. When Ava is not writing you’ll find her in a yoga class, advocating for body positivity, whipping up something delicious in the kitchen, or smashing the patriarchy.
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