Oh my goodness….it’s almost here! Spring Break seems to always sneak up on me. If you are one of the lucky ones you have already planned and prepared a get-a-way with your family!
Others (like myself) either don’t get time off of work, or are learning the act of being frugal with their funds ( I have both strikes against me this year….but read about my financial accomplishment last month here.) So here’s a list I have compiled to help make your ‘stay-cation’ an exciting one. Pick your favorites and schedule your week of fun!
Spring Break Staycation Ideas:
1. Go to the Park. This is a no brainer! The park is free fun, and the weather is just getting warm enough to enjoy outside again! Check out 5 reasons why you should be taking your kids to the park HERE
2. Go to the Library. Seriously, I don’t know about your kids, but mine love looking at new books, even if your kid isn’t an avid reader, take them anyways, and encourage reading.
3. Have a craft day. Spend some time online looking through blogs for some fun crafts to make with the kids. Channel your inner child and participate as well…you’ll be surprised how happy it makes you feel!
4. Slumber Party!!! I know, I know, slumber parties are still a source of anxiety for me as well…but do it anyways. Sure your house will be completely thrashed when it is over, but you will be the coolest mom around 😉 Check out some Girl’s Slumber Party Ideas HERE and HERE.
5. Friday Night Movie Night. Let them pick out a movie, cuddle in their sleeping bags, stay up late eat lots of popcorn!
6. Chalk it up. Go grab a box of the brightest chalk you can find and create a chalk village together on the sidewalk or driveway!
7. Take them Bowling. This is a great one for a rainy day, and often times bowling alleys will have mid-day/mid-week specials.
8. Have a backwards day. You heard me right. The entire day. Backward. Let them put their clothes on backwards, and eat dessert for breakfast, than dinner. Have breakfast for dinner that night…do things that you normally do in opposite order! They’ll love it!
9. Go to a Children’s Museum. This is on my personal to-do list! There’s a couple great ones fairly close to me. Always make sure you check out the website online, because some of them have certain days of the month with reduced, or free admission!
10. Board Games and Floats. Break out the family games, and have game night. Get some vanilla ice cream ( if you are feeling extra creative make some! ), and buy some root beer and orange soda and have a fun family night!
11. Have a “Travel the World” week! I still have to try this one. Pick 5 places that you and your kids are interested about. Use the WWW and the library to learn some cool stuff about there, print some pictures, and make a ‘travel’ scrap book. Find authentic recipes to make, and create a themed dinner every night for those 5 days! Use your imagination….it will be fun to look back through the scrapbook, and you will all learn a thing or two.
P.S. You know Italy will be on the top of my list!
12. Go to the Zoo. Make sure you pack snacks and take pictures of all the baby animals!
13. Skating anyone? Skating rinks are fun, inexpensive, and great for rainy spring days.
14. Decorate Easter Eggs! Easter is just around the corner, make sure you let the little ones color beautiful eggs! You can also decorate plastic eggs with stickers, glitter, paint, etc!
15. Go out for Ice Cream Pick an ice cream shop that you have never been to before. I love the little local ones…have everyone pick a flavor for each other!
16.Have a Picnic in the Park. Or backyard, or even in the living room if it’s too cold outside!
17. Throw a cupcake bash! Pick out flavorings, toppings, different frosting’s…the works. It will keep the kids busy all afternoon! (Don’t be alarmed if they have a hard time eating all their dinner that night though! ) 🙂
18. Go Visit a Farmer’s Market. Or Saturday market. I am lucky that we have a fun Saturday market year ’round where I live. There are lots that open up during spring break though – go be a ‘tourist’ and check them out!
19. Head to the Local Pool. Obviously the beach would be the first choice, but if you are not lucky enough to live next to one, take the kids to the pool for the afternoon and let them burn off some energy.
20. Plan Your Family Summer Bucket List . I know it sounds like a long ways off, but it will be summer vacation before you know it. Now is a good time to all sit down together and figure out your ‘must do’s’ for this summer. That way when the time gets closer you can start to schedule your summer accordingly.
Remember, plan out your spring break, and let the kids be involved with choosing an activity! Most of all, take lots of pictures and have fun!
Well, if you know me at all, you know I have planned a girls sleepover or two. As I was updating my blog the other night (finally) and looking around my site, I noticed that my Girl’s Sleepover Craft Ideas was my most viewed post of all time, with quite a few inquiries. I thought that since this was such a popular topic that people wanted to learn more about, I would share with you the steps I go through when planning a slumber party at my house.
Before I do I want to make sure the #1 thing you do is try to relax as much as possible, and have fun too! It’s so easy to get stressed out with the extra kids and all of the chaos going on before and the day of the party. But don’t worry. The kids aren’t going to notice if you forget to do something or things don’t go quite as planned. These girls will just have tons of fun playing, being silly, snacking, and staying up late!
How to Plan a Sleepover in 10 Easy Steps:
#1. Set a date, Guest list, and times. Drop off and pick up times are a must! I have found parties usually go best if the kids come over right before dinner, and get picked up after a late breakfast (think brunch) the next day, so no one gets too tired and grumpy.
#2. Set a theme if you are going to. Totally NOT necessary, but if the sleepover is for a birthday party you probably already have a theme. A theme is also nice to have if you are the ‘planning’ type, as it does make is easier to keep activities and crafts that co-inside together.
#3. Invitations. You can buy these, make these, create online invites, or I have even been known to send a group text message out to the guest list. Make sure you have a date set to RSVP and also send a reminder out to all of the parents a couple of days prior to the party.
#4. Meal Planning. I like to make a dinner that all of the girl’s can get involved with (less work for me!) and something that allows the girls to make food that they will actually eat. Think a taco bar or English muffin pizzas. It keeps the girls busy, and you don’t have to hear as many “I don’t like this….” comments. Snack for nighttime are a must. Enlisting help for desserts is a great idea too. Cupcakes and cookies are fun to make, but the #1 goodie fun would have to be ice cream sundaes. Again, the girls get to create their own! Have a couple of flavors of ice cream, syrups, jams, and an assortment of chopped up candies for them to decorate! Breakfast generally goes like this at our house: early birds get cereal to tide them over, then I get up and make a massive amount of pancakes and bacon with orange juice and milk.
#5. Craft Planning. Here’s a list of some of my top crafts I’ve made with the girls. Whatever you decide, making something that the girls will get to take home as a souvenir to remember the party.
#6. Plan any other activities that will be going on – mani pedis? Movie Marathon? Have at least an idea of what you will do to entertain them. Chances are they will come up with ideas of their own, but just in case, have a back up plan.
#7. Sleeping arrangements. Even when I remind parents to bring a sleeping bag for their child, someone forgets. Make sure you have lots of blankets and pillows available. Chances are even if you think the girls are going to sleep in a certain area, you will have them sprawled out in various areas!
#8. Have a designated storage spot for all of their belongings. Believe me, it’s so hard the next morning when all the parents are arriving to try to find socks, toothbrushes, pillows, etc. If you can, have the girls collect all of their stuff while you make breakfast – then you can double-check while they eat.
#10. As I said earlier, have fun and go with the flow! Sleepovers are one of the few times when I am the “cool” mom…and believe me, if you host a slumber party, it’s a title well-earned!
If you are looking for even more ideas, I’ve found this book to be amazing! It’s got over 100 ideas to inspire you – it’s definitely worth a look!