This week is spring break (boy has this year flown by) and I’m in a bit of scramble mode coming up with some ideas for our spring break staycation. Most years we would go skiing in Sun Valley, but due to Covid and Evan’s ongoing recovery we will be staying home. I wanted to come up with a few ideas to keep the kids engaged for a bit each day so we don’t get sucked in to a week of endless screen time, and have put together a list of daily activities. If you are looking for ideas for your own spring break staycation, I hope you find this post helpful!
Feed The Birds
In this post I made a few months back, I shared this simple bird feeder activity to do with the kids. The birds have finished off what we made for them, so it’s time to make some new feeders and thought it would also be fun to perhaps assemble a little birdhouse too.
Take a Hike
A few years back we spent the majority of our spring break at home, and to keep the kids busy we did several nature walks and easy hikes. This hike pictured was taken on the Oregon Trail which is just down the street from us. Cole studied the Oregon Trail this year in school so he’s got a renewed interest in it, and we are going to take this hike again over spring break as we haven’t done it in a few years. It’s got lots of educational markers posted along the trail and it’s pretty neat & very educational! Even just a simple nature walk is always fun for kids, and you can make it more engaging by adding in a scavenger hunt.
It is way too cold here in Idaho for real camping right now, but why not set up a campsite indoors?! My kids get a kick out of this activity and it can be made to feel as realistic as possible with indoor s’mores, campfire stories, and sleeping in a sleeping bag under the “stars.” You can read more about this in a previous post here.
Cook Something Together
My kids always have fun getting in the kitchen so every so often I’ll try to get the kids involved with making something. This past summer we made homemade ice cream which was a ton of fun (you can see my post here), but the options are endless. You could have them make personal pizzas, teach them how to make one of their favorite meals, or even give them a cookbook they can browse and choose something they want to make.
Do An Art Project
A few years ago I found this super cool cardboard rocket ship that the kids got to decorate and then play with. You could literally let kids decorate some old boxes and make them into a fort which would be just as fun, but a kit like this makes for extra convenience. You could also have the kids paint rocks, garden stones, or get a head start on creating a gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
Photography is one of my favorite hobbies and I think it would be so fun to teach my kids a few of the basics and see the world through their eyes. Give them a camera for a day and see what they come up with!
A Day Of Giving
This past year has been a tough year for everyone. Many people have lost loved ones due to the pandemic. Many have lost their jobs and are struggling financially. Having spent the past year dealing with a child having a life threatening medical emergency and a difficult subsequent recovery…I know these times are not easy. Donating food to a local food bank, donating toys to a children’s hospital, or even just doing a random act of kindness is a wonderful way to make the world a little brighter and teach your kids about giving back.