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Things to Do as a Family on Spring Break

Make spring break a blast with these activities and ideas for families, from independent projects to nature scavenger hunts to themed dinner nights!

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns



Woohoo! The kids have made it to spring break! A whole week without alarms, sitting at desks, and a packed school schedule. So, what are they going to do with all of that free time? Relax? Maybe go on a crafting spree? Or maybe even take a little day trip to space? (More on that below!) Whatever they choose to do, we've got some ideas that will make their break the most memorable one yet! 

Kick Off a Week-Long Project



No school means kids have a whole lot of time on their hands. What better way to use that time than to dive into a project that will take up the entire week? They can impress their future selves and create a time capsule full of interesting knickknacks that will blow their mind the next time they open it. Or give the birds a nice springtime welcome and have the kids build them some exciting new houses. Try working together on a DIY family tree. Or bring their imagination out to see how many different ways they can use a cardboard box. They can't decide on which project to do? Let them try them all! It's their spring break after all!

Come to CAMP!

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Not to brag, but...we're pretty good at family fun. So why stay at home during spring break when you can bring the whole family to CAMP? Our amazing counselors have an incredible itinerary of activities planned just for the kids to try out. They can attend a slime boot camp and make different kinds of ooey-gooey goop, explore Adventure Bay with the PAW Patrol crew, or go on a trip to space! And that's not even half of the activities we have planned. They can learn how to craft pool noodle monsters, see some live animals, and learn how to turn a mason jar into a glow-in-the-dark craft. With so much on the schedule, we wouldn't blame you if you came every day of the break.

Take a Daycation



Forget about vacation — this break it's all about daycations! Head out for a family day trip: Go visit the local zoo or aquarium, check out an adventure park, explore a museum, or take in a show or movie. Or have the kids embark on a virtual vacation: they can explore the Grand Canyon, the Amazon rain forest, or even the wreck of the Titanic right from the living room. Try a new daycation every day, to make their spring break feel like they packed seven trips into one vacation!

Make Suppertime Special With Themed Dinners

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Give your typical weeknight dinners a vacation too, and turn dinner into a festive affair with theme nights. Try a recipe from a country you've never visited but always wanted to. Explore Disney without leaving home and cook some food right out of the movies! Make dinner an all-appetizer extravaganza, test-drive copycat recipes for takeout favorites, or have the whole family make a meal with a Crazy Casserole Night. Take the theme up a notch and add in some homemade decorations too! It's way more exciting than just ordering pizza...again.

Get a Head Start on Your Garden



Turn the backyard into a full-fledged produce section this spring with your very own garden. Growing things as a family is fun! Get a head start on the growing season during spring break and start those seedlings so they'll be ready to hit the ground in a few weeks. Grow tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, or any of your favorite fruits and veggies. While you're waiting for the seedlings to make an appearance, break out the crafting supplies for the kids, and have them make decorations for the garden. The plants will very much appreciate their newly decorated home.  

Throw the Ultimate Picnic

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Spring break means kids can take advantage of the nice weather during the day, instead of being stuck in a classroom. What better way to get some sunshine than to throw the ultimate picnic? Bring out the best picnic baskets and blankets and stake out the perfect spot in the park or even your backyard. Go all out with the food and pack your kid's favorites. Don't forget to bring some kites along too! It will be the perfect entertainment.

Get Out There and Play



The kid's collection of indoor toys got them through the winter, but after months of playing with the same things day after day, a little change of pace is nice, right? Good thing the weather is finally nice enough to break out the scooters, balls, ride-on toys, and everything outdoors. They can spend their break outside playing with all of the toys that they wish they could play with over the winter. 

Set Up Some Independent Play Projects


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If the kiddos haven't gotten the memo that spring break is for sleeping in, let them start the day off early with some independent play and strewing activities. The night before, show your little ones the stations they can play with when they first get out of bed. The activities don't have to be complicated, but something stimulating and quiet that they can work on by themselves. It will be a game saver for everyone involved. 

Make Art Outside

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Making a mess inside isn't always such a good idea. Making a mess outside, on the other hand, is almost always a good idea. Have the kids take the crafts projects outside and turn the backyard into a crafts store. Go on a family nature hike for supplies for the kids to learn how to they can use flowers, sticks, and more in their everyday projects. Being outdoors also lets them take your projects up a level. They can try tie dyeing, bubble painting, or whip out the water blasters for a new take on splatter painting.

Go on a Spring Scavenger Hunt



Warm weather isn't the only thing that comes along with spring. With longer days and loads of sunshine, there is also an abundance of creatures, flowers, and so much more to explore. Save a day during theirbreak to head out and create a spring break scavenger hunt. Have the kids collect flowers, interesting rocks, or fun leaves that survived the winter. You could even turn the scavenger hunt into a photo scavenger hunt and see if they can snap a pic of caterpillars, frogs, flowers in bloom, or water trickling from a stream. 

More Spring Toys for Indoor and Outdoor Play

Whether it's a rainy spring afternoon or a gorgeous day for the park, these spring picks will keep kiddos occupied, engaged, and playing hard!