I know there is snow falling for many areas of the country, but the first day of spring is next month. And that means spring break will soon be here for families across the United States.
A lot of families look for budget friendly spring break ideas to have fun locally versus traveling for a big more expensive vacation. Of course, most local activities cost some amount of money, but you can definitely have fun without the expense of planning a travel budget, hotels, etc.
If you’re already thinking about spring break ideas for your family and don’t want to bust your budget, consider the following:
Spring Break Ideas for Families
1. Go Camping
Even if you’re not big campers, you can spend a few days at a great lake cabin that doesn’t require “roughing it” quite as much as crashing in the tent with the kids and family dog. Camping is a lot of fun and hardly requires any cost if you’re able to stay close to home. It’s also a great way to unplug from the internet and other electronics.
2. Visit local museums the zoo and other attractions
In the past we’ve taken the kids to the zoo and enjoyed a day away from home. The zoo is always a great option as well as local museums and other attractions.
3. Spend the Day at the park or nature center
Another fun activity, assuming good weather, is to spend the day at a park or take an adventure through a local nature center. Some of our most fun family days have come from enjoying the outdoors at local parks. Dinosaur park anyone?
4. Go to a ball game
Fun activities can also include going to a ball game or professional sporting event. You can save money doing this by going to a minor league games if your city offers this option. Still, to cut costs further see if you can find a local high school sporting event to attend. Nothing like supporting the high school your kids may one day attend!
5. Create a garden
I’m certainly no expert here, but I did find this tip in an article and liked it. Kids love digging in the dirt. Why not give them a purpose for digging and let them enjoy planting something that can save money with groceries too. If you have a small backyard or patio you can use buckets to grow a few veggies. This also teaches responsibility as the kids have to take care of their plants.
6. Take a family trip
Travel doesn’t have to be all the way to another state or major attraction. Think about attractions or what might be fun to visit in your own state, or a few hours outside of your city. Plan the family trip, including where you’ll stop for a picnic, games on the way and what you’ll do when you reach your final destination.
7. Spring crafts
Some moms like doing crafts and younger kids always enjoy these activities. You could plan a daily project, or craft, for the kids to create. Kids can look forward to this if you plan it out on a family calendar and tell them in advance what they’ll be doing each day.
8. Household projects
Of course, if you’re set on staying at home, perhaps you can find some fun projects that don’t require too much labor. For example, pick a room that you want to repaint. Tape it off and let the kids work on one wall. Let them get it out of their system and then paint over it later. The key here is to find household projects the entire family can participate in.
9. Have a play date
I know my kids love play dates so my wife arranges them regularly with friends from our church and from around the neighborhood. This is another activity you can schedule on the calendar and give your kids something to look forward to during the week.
10. Take the kids to lunch
Another family favorite is taking the kids to Chik – Fil – A and letting them play and have a treat. It’s amazing what kids get excited about. Lunch picnics are a great idea too!
So, there you have it. 10 spring break ideas for families that won’t bust your budget.
What are your favorite ideas for a budget friendly spring break?