While many folks are packing their bags and heading south for spring break, many of us will be stuck at home. That doesn’t mean that the kids still can’t have a great time. All you need is a positive attitude and a few simple ideas to make it fun and exciting for the kids.
Seeing that the weather is not going to cooperate, we are focusing on indoor activities. Here are a few ideas to help make this a memorable week:
1. Museums - We have a ton of great museums here in town. The Great Lakes Science Center has a cool “Facing Mars” exhibit that my daughter has been begging to see. The Natural History Museum is always fun and even if it’s too cold for the zoo, don’t forget about the Rainforest.
2. Try A One Tank Trip – If you are feeling adventurous and have the time, take a day trip to one of many attractions that are nearby. There are a lot of cool things to do that are only 1-2 hours away like: COSI in Columbus, Kalahari Water Park, and there are some fun things to do in Pittsburgh as well. You always have the option of staying overnight in a new city ( which the kids sometimes really love ) or simply make it a pure day trip.
3. Movies - While certainly not an original idea, there are always appropriate kids movies out this time of year. “Diary of a Whimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules” comes out March 25th and “Hop” is out April 1st.
4. IX Indoor Amusement Park – This is always a kid favorite and starts on March 30th.
5. Kids Choice – While parents often try to come up with ideas, sometimes it’s best to simply ask them to list some things they want to do. You’d be surprised what they come up with, and sometimes it’s not overly expensive. They may enjoy an afternoon of bowling or roller skating, or maybe even a play date with a special classmate will make them happy.
Bonus – For a special treat, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lake Erie Monsters will be in town during spring break. Great seats can usually be had for cheap during this time of year as many ticket holders will be away and looking to dump their seats.
The most important thing about staying at home for vacation is to be organized. We try to plan in advance at least 1 activity a day, even if it’s something minor, just to get the kids moving and out of the house.
We also identify other families who will be home all week and try to partner up with them. This is especially helpful is you’re stuck working all week as you may be able to pawn your kids off on someone who is not ( and I don’t mean this in a bad way ). I know from experience that having other kids around is a great distraction for my kids and keeps them from killing each other.
So whatever you decide to do while home during spring break, remember one thing: you’re kids are only young once, so try to have some fun with them. With a good attitude and a little bit of effort, you can make this a memorable week for them and you as well.
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