Spring Break Fun

Spring break. For most adults that phrase conjures up memories of early season suntans, end-of-season snowboarding, family trips or excursions with friends. When most kids hear the phrase – from kindergarten to college age – they think, “YAY! No school for a week.” Nearly everyone smiles easily as that joyous week in March (or April) approaches.

Discussions of what to do for spring break begin soon after the holiday vacation. For those who want to hit the beach or the slopes, plans start early. If your budget is keeping you closer to home this year, never fear. Spring break opportunities abound nearby.

Here are some ideas to help spark your imagination; maybe you’ll come up with some other fun options.

Amusement parks. Whether you like the height of the Ferris wheel or the speed of a roller coaster, these kinds of thrills can be found near most metropolitan areas.
Water parks. The outdoor variety is dependent on warm, sunny weather, but indoor water parks are becoming more common. Enjoy slides, wave pools, fountains and leisurely lazy rivers and forget that the weather outside may not be so warm and inviting.
Game centers. These can be inside, outside or a combination; and the types of entertainment vary so there’s sure to be something to please everyone. Find arcade games, miniature golf, go-karts, batting cages and more.

While you and the kids love the rush of adrenaline that comes with rides and slides, you may want to include some activities that don’t require so much energy. Here are some ideas that offer a nice change of pace from the exciting options above.

Your local library. Many libraries have spring break programs designed for kids from kindergarten through middle school. Libraries’ top priority is to instill a love of books so story times and reading logs are common ongoing programs. However, many libraries offer hands-on programs in building (e.g., with Lincoln Logs®, Legos® or K’nex®), math games and other fun, educational activities during spring break. Check your library for a list of activities.
Recreation center. Many communities are fortunate to have rec centers, and many of them offer programs during spring break. Sometimes, a group or organization may get permission to use a local school for something similar. Getting the kids out of the house so they can get some exercise, play with friends and meet some new ones makes these spring break days a little different from usual weekend activities.
Your neighborhood. This is where your creativity comes in handy. Maybe you can form a little cooperative with a few neighbors who have children near the age(s) of yours. One parent can take the kids to the arcade one day and another can go skating another day. A short, focused meeting will help all of you plan a great week for the kids without exhausting you or your vacation time.

Of course, we have some important advice for spring break: be safe, have fun and don’t forget your FRN Card!

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