The school year can be a long one for you and your child, but at least there's spring break to look forward to
. This year, make sure you plan a little spring break fun for you and your child. And don't worry if your budget is minimal. It doesn't take a lot of money to make the most of your week off from school responsibilities
. In fact, a lot of the ideas below are free or nearly free. So go over the list with your tween, and pick a few ideas for this year's spring break.
Take a Day Trip: It doesn't matter where you live, chances are you're within driving distance of a museum, a skating rink, a movie theatre or some other fun destination. Many museums and other family-orientated destinations offer special programs over spring break, so check your local resources to find out what's going on where you live.
Host a Craft-a-Thon: Does your tween love to craft? Take a trip to your local arts and crafts store to stock up on craft supplies such as glue, paint, construction paper, string, cardboard, and other necessary supplies and invite friends over for a craft-a-thon. Bake cookies or offer other snacks to the artists in residence, and once they're done with their creations, have them display them for all to see. You can even offer ribbons for the most creative, the most colorful, etc.
Plan a Sleepover: A week is a long time to be away from your friends. Allow your tween to invite a few friends over for a sleepover. Before the guests arrive, choose a few appropriate movies for them to watch, and then have your tween plan a snack menu.
Write a Letter: Do you have relatives or close friends out of town? Give your tween some personal stationary and ask her to touch base with grandparents or other close relatives or friends. Ask her to include some personal artwork in the envelope, for that special touch.
Tour Your Town: I bet there are a few places in your own home town that you haven't visited, or haven't visited lately. Don't wait for out-of-town relatives to visit to check out what your own home town has to offer. Ask your tween for his input on where to go, and then be a home town tourist for a day.
Splurge a Little: If your budget allows, spring break can be the ideal time to take a family vacation. Bargains can be had, and depending on where you go, you can avoid some of the crowds associated with summer vacation. Consider a trip to Disney World, the beach, to visit relatives, the mountains or a trip to a major U.S. city. You may even save a little money, by traveling during a non-peak season.
More Spring Break Fun Ideas
Go for a hike
Visit with friends
Visit the library
Go ice skating
Go on a nature hunt
Learn a new instrument
Write a play/book
Host a lunch and book club
Plan a treasure hunt
Rearrange your child's bedroom
Plan your family vacation
Talk about summer camp ideas
Collect supplies for the local animal shelter
Make a video
Start a workout routine
Go to a concert
Create a family newsletter
Plant a flower or vegetable garden
Research science experiments to do at home
See a play
Start a journal
Identify birds in your backyard