The month of March brings with it sunshine, warmer weather and spring break! Spring break looks different for every family depending on dates, kid’s ages and parent’s work schedules. Some families may plan a beach vacation, others may take a road trip to visit family while some may ship the kiddos off to grandma and grandpa’s for the week. If you find yourself home with your kids this spring break, make sure it’s a blast and not a bust with some of these fun, family, budget-friendly spring break ideas everyone will enjoy!
Be a Mad Scientist
Just because your kids are off of school for a week doesn’t mean they can’t keep learning! Fun science ideas can be a source of both learning and entertainment. For instance, my daughter, Sienna, loves to make slime, but there are lots of other fun science projects you can try with your kids. Some science experiments may need some parent oversight, but there are many projects kids can do all on their own. Don’t forget to take a break for some delicious (and nutritious) snacks like these no-bake granola bites.
Here are five non-toxic slime recipes you can try with your kiddos! The best part, all of these ingredients can be found in your kitchen. It doesn’t get any easier than that!
Spring break is a great time to get started on spring cleaning. This year, get the whole family involved. Make a list of rooms and tasks that need tackling and then delegate projects accordingly. Older children can tackle tasks on their own, while younger children may still need some adult supervision. Pick a room to work on together then create a cleaning playlist and get to work. You can even have your little ones help make a non-toxic cleaning solution. Have them decorate the bottle and come up with a fun name, that way they feel like they contributed to the family spring cleaning.
Here are 10 natural cleaning solution recipes to use on every inch of your home! Choose which one best suits your needs and then ask your children to help you make a batch to use on cleaning day!
When the day is done, don’t forget to reward all of that hard work. Have the kids bake themselves a special treat, like a fresh batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies, while you pour yourself a glass of wine and can enjoy the fruits of your labor, after all, you worked hard too!
Plant a Garden
Springtime is the time to begin preparing and planning your summertime garden. Whether you have a big backyard garden, a deck or balcony garden even a windowsill garden, take the time to sit down with your children and plan what you want to plant this year. Ask your kids what fruits, vegetables and herbs they want to plant and incorporate their suggestions in your planting plans. Getting your children involved may invite them to try new foods later. Since they helped pick the plants they may be more inclined to actually try them come summertime! Some of our favorites include tomatoes, cucumbers, strawberries and herbs like mint, basil and rosemary.
Spring Break Baking
The month of March is packed with lots of fun holidays like St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) and the First Day of Spring (March 20th) with even more holidays on the horizon like Easter (April 1st) and Earth Day (April 22nd). Take this time to create some delicious snacks and treats in honor of all these springtime holidays. Some of our favorites include:
- Shamrock Rice Krispies
- Healthy Easter (and springtime) inspired snacks
- Fresh fruit bowls for Earth Day or other Earth Day inspired dishes like macaroni and trees (broccoli)
Take a Field Trip
Some of the best things in life are free! Many museums and attractions offer discounts and special events during spring break weeks. Check your local museums, talk to other parents and see what deals and discounts are available to you and your family. If you can take a day off to take your kids to the local museum, make a family day out of it, but if you have to work, see if another parent and you can make a swap. They take your kids (and their kids) on an outing one day and then you do the same for them on another day. One day for you, two outings for the kids. It’s a win win for everyone, especially when delicious snacks are included.
Bonus: If you sign your children up for summer camps, now is the time to ask your kids what interests, hobbies and sports they are currently enjoying this year. Si loves rock climbing and is already signed up for two weeks at Brooklyn Boulders because summer camps fill up fast! Ask your kids the questions now and plan their summer (and yours) accordingly. You will be thanking yourself later and you may even get a great deal for siigning up early. Score!
Show us how you are spending your spring break with your family this year by tagging us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and be sure to show us any culinary creations you make with Chixi. Chixi chocolate covered hearts anyone?