Not going on vacation during Spring Break? No problem. Show them how to have fun with these 15 fun spring break activities for children that you can enjoy right in your own backyard.
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The sunshine is back so break out the bubbles. Those magical spheres can entertain children for hours. Make your own bubbles recipes at home and throw a bubble party to get the most out of your bubble-blowing fun during Spring Break.
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Enjoy Nature Activities
Now that you can actually go outside without having to wear a snowsuit, enjoy some of the new life nature is sharing with us. Play games outside, go on a treasure hunt or rough it in the backyard. There are so many nature activities for kids that will turn them off of their electronic gadgets and turn them on to the great outdoors.
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Fly Somewhere Special in Your Living RoomNot jetting off for a week-long getaway today? That's okay. Go anywhere you want in the world without ever leaving home. Play airplane with your children and simulate a flight to your own tropical destination. Or go somewhere cold. The destination is completely up to your kids. If they want to go visit Santa at the North Pole, pack your parka and go!
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Read OutdoorsGrab the books and head outside. Plan an afternoon reading picnic during Spring Break. Spread a blanket in the grass. Take a few books outdoors and bring the pages to life to turn your kids into book lovers. Read to each other. Flip through picture books. What matters most is the quality time you spend showing your kids the importance of sitting down with a good book.Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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Take a Day TripJump in the car and take a quick road trip. Spend the day visiting a nearby city to break up Spring Break. With 50 states of kid-friendly attractions to look through, your family will have a hard time narrowing your choices. Or you can really be adventurous and write down each attraction you would like to visit on a piece of paper. Throw the papers in a hat and draw one.
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Plant Spring Flowers
The ground has thawed and that barren patch of dirt is practically begging for some color. Plant spring flowers with your children during their time off from school. Take them to the nursery and let them choose some of the flowers for your spring garden. Grow memories with your children as you get dirty and talk about the various flowers you're planting together. There are plenty of fun gardening projects for kids, regardless of their ages.
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Share Your Love of Music
How often have you heard an old song and it instantly transported you to another time and place? Imprint those same music-loving memories on your children. Share a variety of music with them by listening to various songs together, swapping stories and bringing the music to life with fun music activities.
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Host a Family Movie Night
After a busy day of play, end your evening with a family movie night. But this isn't any ordinary family movie night. Tonight, you're turning your house into a movie theater, complete with a concession stand, homemade movie tickets and movie reviews after the show is over.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Visit Children's Museums and Theaters for FreeThere's plenty of free Spring Break fun to be had at children's museums, theaters and art museums. Many are even free. Target Free Days is a year-round program that gives parents and their kids free or discounted admission to thousands of family-friendly venues. So not only do kids get to spend a day burning off that bottled up energy, you may not even have to pay a dime for it.
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Stay Busy on Rainy Days
Those unpredictable spring showers can put a damper on your outdoor plans during Spring Break. Have a back-up plan in place with indoor activities to keep kids busy. They can make wall art, play indoor games, engage in creative writing activities and so much more.
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Start Your Own Easter Traditions
Spring Break is an excellent time to get ready for the upcoming Easter holiday. Start your own Easter traditions and revisit those traditions every Spring Break. From baking Easter goodies to preparing Easter baskets together, there are so many ways to kick off your Easter celebration early.
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Create Spring CraftsBreak out the pastel paint colors. Get crafty with projects that usher in springtime. Backyard crafts, flower crafts, garden crafts and even crafts that encourage critters to come visit are just a few of the projects you and your children can create together.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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Sign Up for a Spring Break Camp
Camping fun isn't just for summertime. Many of your favorite camps offer a special spring break camp. Camps are usually scheduled to coincide with the local public school system's spring break to give kids a fun alternative to staying home all week if your family isn't traveling. Even if you don't take advantage of a spring break camp, springtime is perfect to get your kids signed up for summer camp before everything fills up.
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Enjoy a Playcation
How many times have you been too busy or too tired to simply sit down with the kids and play? Have a playcation during spring break week. From sunup to sundown, you're your children's number one playmate this week and there are no phones, electronic gadgets or other distractions to keep you from playing. Build forts, play dolls or walk the plank on a cardboard pirate ship. There's no limit to the amount of quality, imaginative play you can sneak in during spring break.
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Plan Your Summer Break Together
Take a look at your family budget before spring break. Now spend spring break planning your summer vacation together. Get the kids in on the possible places you can go and the things to do once you get to that location. Use this time to visit tourism bureau websites together of things to do and print out what interests you all the most. By the end of spring break, you'll have a nice collection of places to choose from and everyone can cast their vote for where you're going and what all... you'll be doing once you get there.