Spring has sprung in many parts of the country, and that can only mean one thing… spring break. For kids, it’s one of the best times of the school year, but for parents it can be a headache. Some families use this part of the year to head off on vacation, but if you’re sticking close to home spring break means a house full of kids with nothing to do and nowhere to go.
To help keep the peace and channel some of that energy, here are a few suggestions for how to keep the kids entertained (and out of your hair) in the house, and a couple of “staycation” ideas if you’ll be hanging around the house with them!
Indoor Water Parks
In the last few years, indoor water parks have been popping up all over the place. While it may be too cold in most parts of the country to be lounging by the pool outdoors, these venues are a great way for kids and families to get to splash around and have a great time while staying [relatively] warm.
Great Wolf Lodge is an indoor waterpark with locations throughout the United States and Canada!
In just about every area, whether you live in the country or the suburbs, there’s a farm that just might have a petting zoo. If you’re in a city, head over to your regular zoo, where they may have a petting zoo section. The spring is one of the best times of year to hang out on the farm, since all of the baby animals are just being born. Take your kids and their friends out for an afternoon on the farm where they can pet and feed the animals, and follow it up with a picnic lunch if it’s warm enough. (If it’s a bit chilly, why not move the picnic indoors?)
If you’re looking for something that will keep kids occupied on a strictly inside day, this is it. This is a large craft that will allow kids to be creative, while also keeping their hands busy – and out of anything too sticky or messy (glue sticks and paint, we’re looking at you!).
This project is a bit of a two-step process, as this particular version recommends also making your own ball of “yarn” by finger-knitting regular yarn into larger, chunkier pieces (here’s the tutorial on how to do that). That said, your kiddos could finger-knit their yarn during the first part of the week and weave it into a rug for the second part of the week.
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