Spring Break can be a great time for the whole family, although it’s always a lot more work for parents. It can be a struggle to find ways to entertain the family on a budget. If you don’t have the time, interest, or money to go out and have some fun, you can still have a good Spring Break right from your home. There are a number of great activities that you can do together without having to leave. Best of all, you won’t have to spend a lot of money. You’ll have the chance to have fun and make those lasting memories, but you won’t break the bank doing it!
With that in mind, here are some fun and fantastic Spring Break activities that you can do right from home on just about any budget!
This can actually work in two ways. If the kids are outdoors-y you can set up a tent in the backyard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows over the grill (or fire pit). Of course, some kids don’t like the outdoors. If that’s the case, you could go for an indoor campsite and turn your living room into your campgrounds with some sleeping bags, lantern lights, some microwave popcorn, and scary movies (or anything else for that matter) on Netflix.
While not all kids will go for this one, a “me day” never hurt anyone. You can gather the essentials: lotion, nail polish, makeup, glitter, bath bombs, and other self-care items. From there, put on your fluffy robe and get set to relax. You can paint the kids’ nails and they can paint yours. If you have a footbath, you could relax and unwind with them. You can also do each other’s hair. For the more adventurous ones, there are several wash-out hair colors you could even use to experiment with different looks. It’s bound to not only be fun, but memorable, too!
Nothing says spring like flowers. One inexpensive way to have some fun with the kids is to have them decorate their own flower planters. You can later use these to plant flowers and decorate the inside or outside of your home with them. You could also use them to start a mini garden, which can be grown indoors. This not only allows everyone to have a good time, but it teaches the kids something, too!
Are your kids creative? One great idea is to create a story together as a family. Whoever has the nicest penmanship can write the book down and if there is an artist in the family you can include illustrations. You could even make this an official family book and have it placed in an actual binding to keep for years to come.
There are plenty of great shows on Netflix, Hulu, and even Amazon Prime. Pick something out that the whole family can watch and set up some snacks. From there you can hunker down and enjoy the evening as a family with some good food and exciting entertainment. This pick might not seem the most exciting, but it’s a classic choice for a reason.
Family Talent Show
Come up with some exciting prizes, choose a judge, and create a unique talent that you can perform for the rest of the family. Kids might choose to sing a song, play an instrument, or even offer some theatrical monologue from their favorite play or show. You could dance, read something you wrote, or even juggle (if you can do that). The options are endless. At the end of the night, the judge can choose a winner or winner who gets a prize for their effort. It should be a good time for everyone!
This can mean a lot of things, depending on your household. For some, it might mean video games or virtual reality. Others might be thinking of Dungeons & Dragons or LARP. There are even good old-fashioned board games. Whichever you choose, most people like playing games and they are a great way to pass the time as a family. If you choose board games, there are a lot of unique options available on Amazon and through other stores, if you’re looking for something new.
If you find that the kids love cooking reality shows you could easily recreate an episode of Chopped, by letting them choose some random ingredients and see what everyone can make from them. You could also do a baking stand-off with some delicious baked goods that the whole family can enjoy once the work is all done.
Hide some items, new or old, around the house, create some clues, and you’re good to go. This could be a short or long activity depending on what you’re interested in.
Allow the kids to run things for the day. You can play video games and music while they come up with ways to entertain you. Let them pick the dinner for the day and make all the parental decisions. Meanwhile, you can sit back and show them what it’s like to be a kid!
If your kids are into Science, there are dozens of low-cost Science activities that you can do from home. Some options include making Slime, designing your own lava lamp, making a sundial or paper helicopters, or creating a gravity painting. These are just a few options, but there are dozens more all over the internet.
Throw a Decades Party
Pick the decade your kids were born, your decade, or go back even further. You can make popular snacks, watch movies or play music that was popular from the decade, and even dress up!
As you can see, there are plenty of fun things to do this Spring Break at home! You don’t need to spend a lot of money or venture far from home to have a good break with fun memories!