For college co-eds spring break filled with bikinis, beaches and booze. Even post-grads can take a week off work to engage in a week of debauchery in the name of spring. But if you have kids, this notion is long gone. Not to knock kids, but spring break takes on a whole new life filled with “I’m bored!” and feeling like you have a hangover with nary a drop of alcohol in sight.
But have no fear! You can survive spring break with kiddos unscathed with these tips. Spring break is a time when kids get restless. After having 6+ hours a day scheduled for them at school, they finally have so much free time it is hard not to go bananas. And if you aren’t planning on going on any trips, your kids (and you) could develop cabin fever really fast.
Go outside. Spring break usually marks the first time that students are able to play outside after being cooped up during winter. Playing outside is the perfect time to get out all wiggles, plus it can be done for hours. If you do not have a backyard, do not fret! Public parks can still provide hours of entertainment. Just don’t forget the sunscreen. Even though the temps haven’t hit peak heat yet, you can still get some decent sun exposure.
Try something new. A new experience is a sure fire way to beat boredom. It could be trying a new game, watching a new movie or cooking something new. Whatever it is, get out of the norm. This will break up the week.
Schedule an outing. This is especially important if you are not going anywhere for the break. Anything you can do to get away from home is good. This could be as simple as taking in a movie at the nearby discount theater, visit a local museum or getting a tour of a factory.
Play dates. Want to occupy your kids? Send them over to another parent’s house! (Just kidding. Kind of). Trade off with other moms and dads who need a break and schedule some play dates. Fun for them, good for you.
Don’t over schedule. With the old adage “idle hands are the devil’s play things” running through your mind, you might be tempted to schedule every single second of the day to cut off any funny business. But over scheduling will wear out your kid, your patience and really leave for a lame spring break. Sure, plan out some fun events during the break, but your kids need a chance to relax, take a break, and use their imaginations. They can’t do any of that if you are constantly entertaining them.
Turn off the video games. As tempting as it can be to just let the kids have at it, no memories are made with a game controller in hand. Consider limiting the time that your kid plays each day or hide it for the duration. What do you really want your week filled with?