I am the spring break "staycation" coordinator for my four children and their four cousins, ranging from 2 to 12 years old. I begin planning in February so I can watch for deals, helping me balance stay-at-home activities and out-the-door events. Here are the usual highlights of our fun-filled staycation itinerary:
Low-budget outings. Our library offers reptile presentations, comic book classes and detective days. Our local hardware store provides free workshops. A nearby church hosts a family-friendly movie day with $1 snacks. Any park can be the perfect setting for a photo scavenger hunt.
Single splurge. Together we decide on one special splurge activity. These have included rock climbing, cooking classes or gymnastics.
In-house theme days. My tweens help me research themes and adapt games and crafts to suit the little ones. Some favorite themes include Marble Mania, Marshmallow Madness, Play-Doh Party and String Silliness. While sunbathing on the beach would be lovely, there is no shortage of memories and laughter in our spring break staycation.
This article appeared in the March/April 2014 issue of Thriving Family magazine. Copyright © 2014 by Karen Gauvreau. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.
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