What do you have planned for spring break? As a mom, my kids would be happy spending the entire week playing video games or watching movies. In Texas, the weather forecast is looking good to spend some time outdoors with the kids. Little do the kids know but I have already been busy planning out their spring break and get them away from the screen. Check out our ideas on how to get the kids outside for spring break.
Plan a Lunch at the Park
Now is the perfect time to plan a picnic at the park before it gets too hot and the kids don’t want to spend time outside. Pack a sack lunch and spend the afternoon playing at the park. With kids, plan to take them to the local park that has bathrooms so that you don’t have to pack up the kids when they have to use the restroom.
Visit the Zoo
It has been several years since my kids have been to the zoo. Since the weather is going to be perfect, now is the best time to take the kids to the zoo. Our zoo even has a day during the week that is half price. Depending on the zoo, it is possible that you might be able to bring lunch inside of the park. Do check with the zoo prior to packing a lunch and find out what their requirements are first. Also, ask if they have in and out privileges if they don’t allow outside food or drinks into the zoo.
Go for a Bike Ride
Dust off the bicycles and enjoy a bike ride with the kids. Riding bikes is a great way to get them outdoors to get some sunshine and fresh air. Plus, biking allows them to burn off some energy and get some exercise.
Search for Seashells at the Beach
Do you live near the beach? Being in central Texas, we are a few hours from the beach and it is something that I wish was a bit closer. Our youngest hasn’t had the opportunity to go to the beach yet and was asking me when we could take him. If we were a bit closer to the beach, he would have his wish even though it is still a bit cool to go swimming. It would still be fun to walk along the beach and search for seashells.
Shoot Some Hoops
Grab a basketball and head outside to shoot some hoops. Not only is your child getting away from the screen, they are improving their hand-eye coordination and balance. Plus, they are burning calories while having fun.
Throw the Football
My boys always love grabbing a football and heading outside. They will toss the football back and forth to each other until their arms tire out. Tossing the football back n forth is a great game for the backyard. Mom this gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on chores or sit down and relax for a bit while they are playing. Of course, you can join in if you like.
Go for a Family Hike
Hiking is a great family activity and it is something that is more enjoyable when it isn’t 100 degrees outside. During spring break, you can plan a trip to a fun hiking trail and go for a family hike. You can even make it interesting and make a list of things you can look for on your hike. Once you find the items on your list, snap a photo. We captured the photo of the squirrel one day when we were hiking on a trail at the park
Play Your Favorite Backyard Games
We always loved playing games in the backyard when I was growing up. Depending on the game, sometimes we would have to invite friends and neighbors over to join in. Some of our favorite games include:
- freeze tag
- red rover
- duck duck goose
- capture the flag
- red light green light
Get the Kids to Help Plant New Flowers
Feed the Ducks
Stomp Through the Spring Puddles
Have Snow on the Ground Don’t Let It Spoil the Spring Break Fun
Host a Bubble Contest
I have always wanted to do this with my boys and plan on trying it when we have some free time. Geocaching is gaining popularity and anyone can do it. It is a real outdoor treasure hunting game using a GPS-enabled device. You have to navigate to specific GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) that has been hidden in this specific location.
In order to play you do need to register for a free account at Geocoaching.com. Then visit the hide and seek page to find a location near you. Once you find the item, make sure that you sign the logbook and return the item to the original location so that others can find the geocache too.
Never take a geocache from its original location unless you intend on replacing it with a new item of equal or greater value. Beginners should attempt to locate items that are rated with a difficulty of 1.
Download the Pokemon Go App and Play with Your Kids
The Pokemon Go App is a great way to encourage your child to get up and get moving. If your child doesn’t have a smartphone with data, download the app for free from Google play or the Apple store. It was super easy to set up my character and find a screen name to use.
Be on the Lookout for Kindness Rocks
Fly a Kite
Are you ready for spring break? My kids always look forward to spring break from school and waking up early. It is also a reminder that summer break will also be here before they know it. As a mom, I don’t want my kids to spend their entire spring break looking at a screen. Plus, it is necessary to get my kids outside before it is way too hot to enjoy our favorite springtime activities.