Not able to head out of town for a beachy spring break vacation this year? Get creative and try a “staycation” instead. Follow the steps below for a fool-proof spring break the whole family is sure to enjoy.
1. Have a plan. Create a calendar for the week and focus on one or two special things you can do each day. Our family is planning two things for each day of break. Some will be done at home (baking/art projects) and some will be done around town (trip to the donut shop, science museum). Having a plan will help everyone involved and get the kids excited about what’s happening.
2. Set guidelines. Too many days at home in a row can lead to a lot of screen time for many of our kiddos. Let them have fun with screens and devices, but don’t let them become isolated from family and friends. We’ve heard of families doing time limits for their kids, as well as setting a limit for a certain number of shows or movies per day.
3. Get creative and do the day-to-day differently. Going on vacations allows us to get away from the norm and try new things. A staycation should be similar. Routine is helpful – especially for those with younger kids – but try throwing in some new activities to make your staycation special and memorable.
4. Act like it’s a real vacation. Take pictures. Stay up and sleep in a little later. Scrapbook. Make it memorable. We’ve heard of families who pretend their home is a hotel for a morning or the day. They create a make-shift front desk, have the kids “check in”, serve room service and watch special movies.
5. Make time to do what you want. Spring break doesn’t have to be go-go-go all week long. Everyone needs space to do their own thing, so make sure it happens each day as well. Try to make it possible to have one-on-one time with each child and/or your significant other; you’ll all appreciate that. Could you arrange for childcare or have a playdate with another family to get this done? Could a relative help out for an hour or two?
Below are several links to lists of great ideas for planning a staycation. Remember that fun doesn’t have to come with spending tons of money or laying on the beach. Have fun and enjoy a great week with your family!