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Ideas to Keep the Kids Occupied This Spring Break

Spring Break is on the way! Some people go on epic family trips and make memories that will last a lifetime, some kids spend the entire week inside playing video games and watching YouTube—but what’s the best compromise between these two extremes? Read on for our best ideas to help you make Spring Break fun for everyone, and give the kids something interesting to write about for their “How I Spent My Spring Break” essay!

Indoor Camping

If you have a nice backyard, a tent and some sleeping bags, set up a backyard camping trip! If you don’t have all that stuff, try camping indoors for some Spring Break fun. All it takes is some blankets (to build a tent/pillow fort), s’mores fixings (you can microwave marshmallows, just keep an eye on them because they expand fast!), some candles (to be the “campfire”) or a fireplace video to play on the TV. Then turn out the lights and tell some campfire stories!

Neighborhood Olympics

If your kids love to get outside and move around, organize a neighborhood Olympics! Mix and match classics like a sack race, egg-on-spoon race, an obstacle course, and Cornhole with silly ideas like blindfolded jump rope and backwards races. Don’t forget the closing ceremonies! If you want to read up on Cornhole rules or other outdoor games we have got you covered!

Spring Break Book or Toy Exchange

If your kids love to read, have them collect all the books they’ve read and take them to a designated location to share with others who haven’t read them yet (having one friend’s parents volunteer to be the drop-off and pick-up point works well). Another way to go with this is have the group of kids get together to exchange their favorite books (with promises to have them returned after reading of course!)—then they can get together again at the end of Spring Break and talk with each other about what they liked about the new stories they’ve read.

If your kids aren’t super-excited about books, try a toy exchange—you can even make it inclusive to all kinds of entertainment by also encouraging DVDs and/or video games. Like the book exchange, this can be for keeps or you can make arrangements to exchange back after Spring Break or some other future date.

Neighborhood Art Fair

If your kid—and/or other kids in their friend group—is a budding artist, consider organizing a neighborhood art fair! You can go all-out with prize ribbons, or go low-key by setting up the art and letting people walk around to admire what everyone’s kids can do. Another fun activity would be setting up a face painting station, caricature drawing, or even a bake sale to raise funds for future neighborhood gatherings.

How are you helping the kids have Spring Break fun this year? Any ideas we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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