No flight booked for Spring Break? No problem! Keep your brood busy (and your sanity intact) with our 10 spring break staycation activities that will be fabulous fun for the whole family!
On cold days indoors, let the whole family participate in a DIY project. With everything from tie-dye to making your own slime or temporary tattoos, there’s no shortage of DIY inspiration on sites like Pinterest and Good Housekeeping.
Help your little ones discover their inner crooner with karaoke from the comfort of your home, no machine needed. With the help of karaoke videos (complete with background tunes and lyrics) available on YouTube, all you need is a computer or tablet and a makeshift microphone, like a trusty hair brush.
Vacations are for indulging in sweet treats. Try making your own and get everyone involved. Browse through creative recipes on sites like Delish and have the kids pick their favourites to make. See who the best decorator is, or the neatest sprinkler.
March skies are perfect for stargazing. Before searching for the Big Dipper, have your little dippers learn more about the night sky with interactive games and facts at NASA.com. Then be sure to check out the star charts at the Big Sky Astronomical Society of Alberta to help you all navigate the night sky together or visit your local observatory and get further lost in the cosmos.
Charities like Habitat for Humanity International have volunteers as young as five help with their initiatives to help build homes for families in need, so you can get the whole family involved. Kids under 16 can help with smaller projects like mail box construction while youths 16 and older can put on their hard hats and help with building.
Just because it’s too cold for an outdoor picnic, doesn’t mean you can’t take the party inside. Just like a regular picnic, get a blanket, basket, pillows and all the kids’ favourite nibbles ready. For added fun, invite friends or set a theme, like lunch in Paris, with berets and baguettes.
No need to bury your own treasure these days. Apps like Geocaching will get you and your family outdoors and on a treasure-hunting trek with any GPS-enabled device. Follow the coordinates to find a real treasure hidden in a given location.
Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Museums, art galleries, aquariums, you name it, these fun and educational destinations encourage families to stop by for a visit during the break with March Break programming planned with you and your crew in mind.
Explore a National Park
Show your kids some of the best natural playgrounds our country has to offer. There are national parks or historic sites in every province and territory – and best of all, kids get in free.
Last-Minute Weekend Vacation
This one’s not for the faint of heart, but if you find that a staycation really isn’t cutting it, try a spontaneous weekend getaway. Sites like Redtag.ca and Selloffvacations.com offer last-minute, all-inclusive deals for trips to sun-soaked destinations like Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
Whatever you choose to do, have a safe, happy, and fun family-filled break!
Laura D’Angelo | Contributing Writer