5 Great Spring Break Ideas for Families!
It is (finally!) spring break season! But that doesn't necessarily mean you need to pack up the kids and head to the beach. There are all kinds of ways to spend spring break with your family, have fun together, and create some of those memories that your kids can share with their own children someday! So here are 5 great spring break ideas for families!
Kids sing songs in preschool about Old MacDonald, but most kids (and adults) really don't know what farm life is like … so why not spend spring break living like a farmer? Throughout the US, you can stay on a working family farm and see what life is like for the American farmers who grow our food and work the land. Springtime is a great time of year for a “farm stay”, because that's often when the baby animals arrive! You can see how the farmer prepares the land to grow crops, ask questions about the farming lifestyle, participate in chores such as egg collecting, and leave with a greater appreciation for the hard work involved in farming.
You can find farms offering farm stays by region of the country at FarmStaysUs.com.
I love to take my kids to places that they are learning about in school, especially ones with historical significance. Washington, D.C. is packed with activities that are perfect for families – from seeing the Smithsonian Museums (all free), to touring the US Mint (who doesn't want to see how money is made?), to taking a tour of the US Capitol. Kids get a little dose of history, gain an experience that they can easily write about when they return to school, plus enjoy some time to play in the hotel pool! A total family WIN!
Looking to pull together an itinerary? Washingtonian has a great 3-Day Visitors Guide to DC with Kids!
Life is all about experiences, right? So stretch the limits of what your family normally likes to do on vacation! Challenge yourself to tackle a treetops ropes course, hike a slot canyon, or snorkel with manatees! If your kids are younger, focus on smaller style adventures that are still a huge thrill to them – pet a stingray at an aquarium (a totally safe thing to do, I promise!), feed a giraffe at the zoo, or take a wildlife cruise to spot dolphins.
Springtime is also a wonderful time of year to visit one of our incredible national parks. The parks tend to be less crowded this time of year than during the summer months, and you'll have the opportunity to see spring blooms and flowering plants (depending on the park). You can purchase an annual pass that provides admission to all 401 US National Parks for $80. Or you can visit during one of the free entrance days (April 19-20 is the next set of fee-free dates).
We know that some kids just won't be satisfied that they took a spring break vacation without enjoying a little pool time. So why not make it truly spectacular and spend the night at an indoor waterpark? I love a getaway like this because bad weather is never a problem! It's always warm in the waterpark and there's always plenty for the kids to do! Water slides, lazy rivers, and some parks even have water-coasters where the riders on rafts are pulled up over hills on conveyor belts before being released down another slide, it's a total blast! For the youngest family members, there are shallow zero-entry pools, and water fountains to splash in- making this a fun vacation for all ages.
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