15 Fun Spring Break Activities for Children

15 Activities to Beat Boredom During Spring Break

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Show children creative ways to have fun with these 15 fun spring break activities for children. Most, you can enjoy from home. Keep your children engaged and help them beat boredom with a plan for their time off.

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    Blow Bubbles

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    The sunshine is back, so break out the bubbles. The bright sun makes those bubbles look like hundreds of little spheres of rainbow colors. Those magical bubbles can entertain children for hours. Make your own bubble solution recipe from 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

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    Now that you can actually go outside without having to wear a snowsuit, enjoy some of the new life sprouting around you. Play games outside, go on a treasure hunt, or rough it in the backyard. Take advantage or outdoor nature activities that entice kids to turn off of their electronic gadgets and turn them on to the great outdoors.

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    Fly Somewhere Special in Your Living Room

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    Not 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 Outdoors

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    Grab some books and head outside. Plan an afternoon reading picnic during spring break. Spread a blanket in the grass. Bring the pages to life with your kids and help turn your kids into book lovers. Take turns reading to each other. Flip through picture books. Make up your own stories. What matters most is the quality time you spend showing your kids the importance of sitting down with a good book.

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    Take a Day Trip

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    Jump in the car and take a small road trip. Spend the day visiting a nearby city or attraction to break up the spring break. If you are having problems deciding what to do and where to go, then host a lottery. Ask your family members to write down a nearby attraction or town they want to visit on a piece of paper, throw the papers in a hat, draw one, and go.

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    Plant Spring Flowers

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    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 flowers for your spring garden. Grow memories with your children as you get dirty and teach the children about the flowers, vegetables, or herbs 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

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    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 like musical chairs or a family dance party.

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    Host a Family Movie Night

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    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 are turning your house into a movie theater, complete with a concession stand, homemade movie tickets, and movie reviews after the credits roll.

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    Visit Children's Museums and Theaters for Free

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    There is 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

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    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 Holiday Traditions

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    Spring break is an excellent time to get ready for the upcoming spring holy days–Easter, Passover, Eid, or Ramadan–if you celebrate them. Prepare Easter baskets and dye eggs together, do kid-friendly Passover crafts like making a seder plate or Elijah cup, or even make a Ramadan advent calendar.

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    Create Spring Crafts

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    Break 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.

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    Sign Up for a Spring Break Camp

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    Camping fun isn't just for summertime. Many of your favorite camps offer a special weeklong 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

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    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 Together

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    Take a look at your family budget before spring break and spend the time planning your summer vacation together. Involve the kids in sketching out the possible places you can go and the things you can do once you get there.

    Use this time to research tourism bureau websites together and figure out what interests you all the most. By the end of spring break, you will have a nice collection of places to choose from and everyone can cast a vote for where to go and activities you want to do.