Next week my boys will be out of school for Spring Break. I was looking around for some good old fashioned family fun and decided I might as well share what I have found, so you don’t have to go looking, too.
GO TO THE ZOO
My boys love to go to the zoo, and we don’t go nearly as often as we should. To be honest, we bought a zoo membership, one year, and didn’t even go once. I’m just going to consider it a donation and move on. Maybe we’ll finally get around to visiting during spring break. To find a zoo, in your area, just click here. And while you’re there, why not have a little extra fun by doing this zoo scavenger hunt!
VISIT A NATIONAL PARK
There are so many different parks to choose from. Why not pick one off this list and go hiking, canoeing or even camping, if that’s allowed. Many parks have nature centers, with different activities for young children to participate in.
GO TO AN AMUSEMENT PARK
Amusement parks are always a lot of fun. If you live somewhere that has an amusement park, and it’s open during spring break, take a day or two to enjoy all the rides. We took the boys to Hershey Park, this past summer, and we had a blast. There were plenty of things for all of the boys to do, even though we had an age range of 4-11. Check this list to find an amusement park close to you, but be sure to check if it’s open for the season. A lot of amusement parks, close to us, aren’t yet open because it’s still too cold.
VISIT A WATER PARK
This is something we won’t be able to do, because we live in northeast Ohio, but some of you reading this might be able to! I’m jealous of those of you that have warm weather during spring break. There have been times we have had snow, when our boys were on break, and we couldn’t really do much because of it. One of our favorite parts of Hershey Park was their water park. I think we floated around the lazy river at least 20 times. To see a list of some awesome water parks, and find out if one is close to you, just click here.
Letterboxing is a great family activity! You follow a set of clues to find a certain spot, so it’s almost like a scavenger hunt. It gets kids outdoors and they get a little bit of exercise, all while having fun! You can learn more about letterboxing here. This is something I have been wanting to do for a while, so maybe we’ll try it out next week.
Geocaching is a lot like letterboxing, because it involves using clues to find what you are looking for. But when you get to that spot there is a small treasure, that you exchange for a small treasure you brought with you. Kids love it, because it’s like they are on a treasure hunt! To learn more about geocaching, visit this website.
VISIT A MUSEUM
Our boys love going to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Nolan loves dinosaurs and wanted to go there for his birthday last year, and we went again this year, too. But there are so many different museums to choose from, including art museums, history museums and science museums. Visit this website to find museums in your area.
GO TO AN INDOOR WATER PARK
Since we live somewhere where an outdoor water park is out of the picture, I decided to look up indoor water parks. We have a few near us, and have talked about taking the kids to one before, so maybe we’ll knock that off our list during spring break. To find an indoor water park near you, click here.
GO TO AN INDOOR AMUSEMENT PARK
This is something we are definitely doing! We are planning to take the boys on Sunday, to the IX Indoor Amusement Park, they just don’t know it yet. They do know we are going somewhere, just not where we are going. We did tell them they had to get their rooms cleaned, or they didn’t get to go, though, so maybe there is a good chance we won’t be going. To find an indoor amusement park close to you, just click here.
HAVE FUN AT HOME
You don’t have to leave the house to have fun! There are plenty of things to do right at home, without spending much money.
We have family movie night quite a bit, but haven’t had one lately. I think spring break will be a perfect time to start back up. Maybe we’ll even camp out in the living room after the movie is over. Make your movie night even more fun by setting up a movie night snack bar!
You could even have fun by doing some of these science experiments. The kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they are learning!
What are you doing for spring break? Comment below with anything I may have missed or let me know what your favorite family movie is!