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Spring Break Activities on a Budget

I know, I know. Two kids posts back to back. I usually post about what’s going on in my own life. What to do with the kiddos during Spring Break is a reality I’ll be facing in a week and a half. My husbands job is having mandatory 1 week un-paid vacations this month. So I’m looking for fun activities that don’t cost a lot.

You can check out my previous posts on Family Fun and For the Kids for ideas. Here are some new alternatives:


Photo by Gaetan Lee

Frugal Upstate has 7 Ideas for Spring Break on a budget. My favorite is Play Tourist. That’s what we’re going to do! We’re going to spend the week taking driving tours, going to museums, and checking out the great city of Dallas.

My Charming Kids found a Do Something Daily calendar which is a fun idea for year-round activities. However, for spring break you could make your own! Giving a little more delight to your kiddos as they turn over the page each day to see what adventure they’ll have that day.

Mom Central coined the phrase “Spring Staycations” which are cost-effective, and close-to-home activities designed to get kids unplugged, out-of-the-house, and re-charged for the rest of the school year. They have several great ideas, my favorite is pick a theme!

If you have young children you can print out ideas for ‘special days’ which are activities based on colors, shapes, and numbers over at Executive Homemaker. For older kids you could do a Star Wars day with all kinds of activities.


Alain Gree illustration

I like this idea from a Debt Management blog, organize a rotating group activity. I would love to do this with friends. One day I could have Clone Wars day with activities & crafts centering around that, and the next day a friend could so something entirely different. {{giving me the day off – he he}}

Another spin on this idea: One year a bunch of teenage girls at my church created a “mommy’s day out” day where they organized a snack, activities, and crafts for several hours. They charged an hourly fee and earned money for girls camp.

Finally make that gorgeous tent from The Holiday movie for your kiddos! Here’s Darice’s version for her girls.

What did am I missing? What are your favorite things to do over Spring Break?

8 comments

  1. Meg

    I don’t really have to worry about spring break because my little one is only 2 but we love playing tourists. Mainly because we are! We just moved here 3 weeks ago! So I’ve been exploring fun things for a 2 year old.

  2. Amy K

    We just started Letterboxing a couple years ago and it is so much fun! You can find boxes all over the country – in your neighborhood or wherever you are going on vacation. It is a great activity to do as a family and you get to feel like outdoor detectives! You can find out all about it online!

  3. CoolStuffForDads.com

    I enjoy telling people, from out of state, about all the great places to visit that we never have been to around the Philadelphia Area. I think the play tourist idea is a really great idea if you are looking to stay local for Spring Break.

  4. Corn

    I love the Star Wars idea, my 5 year old is obsessed with it. Thanks! We are planning to go fishing over Spring Break and I always grab a Colorado Parent Magazine which lists a ton of Free Activities for families. I am not sure if all the states carry that but its a wonderful resource.

  5. Tara

    we love tents!!! always a fav in our home!

  6. jenjen

    What great ideas! Something my friends and I have done over long vacations is had a “Craft Camp” — for a week we had all of our kids meet in the mornings from 9 – 11:30 and had different crafts/skills that we taught. We rotated houses so each of taught it one day during that week. It was fun for the kids to get together, learn new skills (sewing, crocheting, needlepoint) and make fun things (PJ bottoms, pillows, picture frames, t-shirts}. And nice for the moms because it gave the kids something to do in the mornings, but left the afternoons free so we could still go somewhere as a family if we wanted.

    Thanks – love your blog!

    Jen

  7. Tales From My Empty Nest

    There are so many wonderful things to do in everybody's home towns that don't cost any money. They are just there for the taking. I find lots of free things listed in our daily newspaper. Love & blessings from NC!

  8. Emma

    I really like your site here, it’s the first time I’ve been here but from what I have read it is good. I’m really liking the fact you decorate your pages with pictures but most of all, you provide excellent info.

    Liking all the ideas you have provided for activities on a budget.

    Thanks

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