When I was in college, Spring Break made me think of tropical beaches, drinks with umbrellas, and partying until dawn. In reality, I went home from school for a week, laid on my parent’s couch, ate home-cooked meals, and did lots of laundry. Ok. My mom did lots of laundry.
Now that I’m a mom with a school-aged child, we’ll be experiencing our first real Spring Break. Granted, he’s only in Kindergarten, so I’m not sure what it’s really a break from, but it’s a week off of school at least.
I honestly didn’t really plan anything, but now that it’s quickly approaching, and he’s hearing of his friends going off on vacations, I have to get it in gear. I need to find a way to make Spring Break Special, even though we’re just staying at home.
I’m sure my son is going to want to play at home with his brothers and watch some extra TV, but I want to have a few activities for him so he doesn’t just lay around the whole time. We probably won’t do all of these, but here are some ideas I came up with.
Have a Mall Day
In one of our local malls, we still have a children’s play area, a train that drives around the whole place, and rides for a quarter. After we’ve tired of that, we can eat in the food court, pick out a treat from the candy store, and if we’re really, really good, browse through the toy store.
Camping in the living room.
It’s still pretty cold here in WI, so we’re going indoors on this one. Set up a tent, tell funny, ghost stories, have a fire in the fireplace to roast marshmallows, and cuddle up in sleeping bags to read books. My oldest is learning to read, so this will be a way to get a little practice in.Here are some things to do with the kids for #springbreakClick To Tweet
Have an arts and crafts day.
We don’t do this often because it’s pretty chaotic with three little boys, but this is a special occasion. Plus, if I prepare for it ahead of time, it always goes better. Put a sheet on our living room floor, get out some paints, markers, and crayons. Pull out the giant boxes we’ve been saving (from diapers, Amazon Deliveries, etc.), and have the kids all make something. I’ve seen really cute cars or trains made from them. I even saw a really great idea of a kid laying in the box and coloring. Keeps the mess nice and contained.
Play the “Mom” Day.
Go to Trader Joe’s and push the little carts around. My boys especially like to all fill their carts themselves, so I just point to what we need or hand it to them to put in. We can write some letters to Grandma and take them to the post office. Go to the library, find our own books and movies, and check them out ourselves. All make dinner together (make your own pizza) before Dad gets home.
I’m sure there will be days where we stay in our PJ’s, watch too much TV, and eat breakfast for dinner too. I think the most important part of Spring Break is spending time together and just having fun in whatever it is you’re doing.