10 Things to Do with Kids this Spring

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Spring break starts Thursday.

SPRING BREAK STARTS THURSDAY!

So far, I've got an appointment with my chiropractor and a conference call scheduled for that day.

Thank goodness I have a post to write to inspire me to do better! For those of you who need some mostly unplugged, way fun spring break (or any break) ideas, here are a few I plan to use.

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Go to the movies.

I know that's not really unplugged, but it is special! At least for us. When you are a family of five, going to the movies is a treat.

We save by hitting the matinee, going to the cheap theater (where they don't have first-run flicks), and catching advance screenings when possible. Govfobo is a great site to help you get passes to screenings in your area if they have them.

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Teach them a new playground game.

My kids know nothing about the awesome that is Capture the Flag. I plan to fix that and also make them play Freeze Tag, Flashlight Tag, Four Square, and Red Rover.

Not sure how to play yourself? GASP! Just Google them. The Internet would be happy to explain.

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Fly a kite.

Only make sure you've got the technique down. Otherwise, you will exhaust yourself and bore your children to tears by running back and forth in your yard while the kite trails behind you, banging into the ground.

Ask me how I know this.

Also, buy two kites. That way, when your first one breaks and flies away, no one has to lose themselves over it.

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Hit the library.

With Kindles and iPads lying about, we haven't really checked out the library in ages. It's been so long, in fact, that I basically forgot that the library is more than just stacks on stacks on stacks of books. It's a community center with all kinds of fun activities for kids (and adults) of all ages.

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Now, if I can just get my fine paid off, they'll probably be happy to welcome us back!

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Pop up a tent. In your yard.

No need to commit to the horror of camping by actually going away from indoor plumbing and heat until you are sure about what you're getting into. A tent in the yard is a fun way to get the experience of camping without actually subjecting yourself to the drama of it all.

Don't have one at home? You can make your own like the one in the pic: DIY Tent Tutorial.

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Go fishing.

We live at a lake, so it's easy for us. For you urban dwellers, you might have to work a teeny bit harder to make this one happen. Start here.

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Craft something springish.

At my house, when the crafts come out, so do the tears, because crafting is my children's least favorite way to have a good time.

If you're the lucky (or, if you're me, the unlucky) owner of a craft-loving kid, now is a good time to bust out the glue sticks and the glitter! Here are some ideas to try: 50 Spring Art Projects for Kids.

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Go bird watching.

I know nothing about birds, but the kids like spotting the colorful ones, and it's a fun way to spend an afternoon. Pair it with a hike and a picnic, and you will have a winning day.

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Go on a bike ride.

OR, if you're like me and you don't own a bike, sit on your front step, glass of iced tea in hand, and wave to your children while you force them to ride their bikes out front for a bit.

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Volunteer.

It doesn't have to be an organized activity. You can just reach out to someone in your own community who needs help. Something simple like cutting the grass of the elderly lady on the corner or cleaning up around the school in your hood can teach your kids about the need to help others in their community while also doing something cool for another human being.

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10 Things to Do with Kids this Spring

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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