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by Janelle Grabill, Parenting Way
Most families with children aged preschool on up will be experiencing a week off from school sometime this month for Spring Break. This can be an adjustment especially for those parents who work. It means finding childcare or else taking the whole week off. The weather is usually still cold, and it can be muddy outside from all of the melted snow. So what do we do with our kids to keep them busy as well as productive? Kids want to do something fun or entertaining and you want to spend some quality time with them. Not all of us have the money or resources to go on a trip or do anything that costs much. And we don't want our kids sitting around playing video games all week. Well, you don't have to be at a loss for ideas. Just look on the Macaroni Kid website, for starters. There is a wealth of information about things going on in the community. If you still need some inspiration, here are a few activities and ideas.
- Look in your local newspaper for events
- Contact your local library. They have children's activities all year round.
- Check for free matinee movies at your local theater
- Ask grandparents to keep the kids for a few days
- Visit the Botanical Center, Arboretum, or garden shows to add a touch of spring greenery
- Tour the State Capital, museums, Science Center
- Walk the mall, visit local thrift shops, book stores, antiques stores. Look for treasure!
- Have a scavenger hunt, either inside or outside
- Have an indoor picnic or camp “in”
- Go to an arcade, do laser tag, climb a rock wall, bowl, roller skate, play pool, ping-pong
- Get out for a donut, cookie, pie, frozen yogurt or ice cream treat
- Attend a sporting event. Do snow sports like tubing, hiking, snow-shoeing, ice skating or skiing
- Take a fitness class, swim at the Y, go for a walk, or exercise to a Wii game, sing karaoke.
- Have a girl's day: do each other's hair, nails, and makeup. Try on outfits and accessorize
- Have an indoor stress-ball fight or play balloon volley, arm wrestle, or snuggle and just talk
- Have a movie marathon with popcorn or pizza, look at old photo albums & memorabilia
- Visit a pet store, farm, or local humane society and pet/play with the animals
- Go to McDonald's play place, park, or mall play area
- Take advantage of free kid's nights at restaurants
- Do a craft like painting, pottery, knitting, quilting, embroidery, play with play dough (make your own), build that model car that's been sitting in your closet for years, or other household project
- Do photo booth pictures, selfies or group shots. Record your voices. Be goofy. Laugh out loud.
- Attend a local play, church event, concert, visit a nursing home-sing, sit and visit, or put on a skit
- Build with Legos, play Barbies, race hot wheels, play board games or card games, color or draw
- Visit the fire station, airport, police station, courthouse, shelter
- Go for a drive, discover other nearby places, do some sight-seeing
- Take your boy to Cabella's, Pro Bass Shop, a Harley shop, or test drive a cool car together
- For young kids: blow bubbles, make silly faces, dance to music, pretend play, dress-up play
- Ride a bus or train, or go for a helicopter ride
- Go to a coffee shop or other place where there is live music, attend a concert, comedy show
- Have fun baking together, washing dishes by hand, cleaning or de-cluttering to music