Enjoy Spring Break at home with the family
by Melissa Brodsky
For many, spring break means getting away from home. Often, families take advantage of this time to plan road trips, hop planes to visit relatives, or even relax on faraway beaches. But what are you to do if your family can’t get away (or doesn’t want to) this year? Here are some fun ideas for enjoying spring break with your family without leaving home (or at least your hometown):
- Open your house. It’s visiting, with a twist! Instead of heading out to see your loved ones, stock up on groceries (including plenty of family-friendly snacks) and invite your loved ones over to spend time with your family during spring break. Invite far flung friends and family members to travel to you and stay for a few days or even the whole week. Have loved ones who live closer to home? Invite them over for lunch, dinner, snacks, or tea. You can even plan fun theme, movie, or game days/nights to get everyone together and keep them entertained. Think pajama parties, board game days, and theme dinners!
- Camp out, right out back. Your family can enjoy camping without ever leaving home. Pitch a tent in the backyard, break out the sleeping bags and flashlights, barbecue for dinner, and roast marshmallows for dessert. Tell stories before bed and enjoy sleeping out in nature, without ever leaving home.
- Explore your hometown. No matter how long you’ve lived in your city or town, there are sure to be cool, interesting places you have yet to visit. Put on your tourist cap and set out to visit them during spring break. This can include trips to museums, arboretums, wildlife preserves, historical landmarks, theaters, and similar attractions. Have fun!
- Veg out. If you’re constantly on the move all year long, you may dread the idea of a busy spring break. The good news is you aren’t obligated to have one. If your family is in need of some down time, turn off those alarm clocks, stay up as late as you want, and sleep in. During the day, lounge about, read, chat, play low-key games, etc. And don’t be afraid to let the kids get bored. A little boredom helps get their imaginations working.
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