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Spring Break: Staycation Ideas

Here in the Midwest, it doesn’t feel like SPRING just yet but I have to plan our spring break nevertheless. We don’t typically go out of state during this time but we do try to do a few things with the kids to keep them occupied and make it memorable.

This is how I plan our spring break adventures.

  • I always start with our Park District Spring Program Guide. They have so many activities that are fun, interactive and sometimes free too. They also have spring break camps which are a bit pricey but if you are a working parent, this is the place to be. They usually include games, swimming, art, picnics, sports and more. Check out your local park district for fun and preplanned activities for your kiddos. But make sure you sign up ahead of time because they do fill up quickly.
  • My next stop is the Facebook events page. You will be surprised how many gatherings are posted by small shops, big brands and vendors, or your neighbors and friends. I typically look for something local and if we are in the mood to travel a bit, I search for specific areas and/ or towns.
  • Because spring break is around my daughter’s birthday, we always ask her what she wants to do. Last year she wanted to go to Build-a-bear but this year she chose the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. We are all very excited because it will be our first time and we heard so many great things about this place.
  • Family day. We also try to save one day to get together with cousins, aunts/ uncles, and/ or grandparents as well.
  • Lastly, I Google my heart out. I search by zip code “free activities for kids in…” – “fun activities for kids in Chicago” – “spring break camps in…”- “nature centers” – “children’s museums” and so forth. Depending what we are in the mood for or what I think the kids would love to do, that is what I focus on.
  • Other ideas to occupy the kids include painting or play doh party. Dance or work out pow wow. Board games, cookie making afternoon and movie nights. All fun things to fill in the “I am so bored” moments!


However, I end up planning about 3 days out of the week and the rest – we play it by ear. Because let’s face it, it’s a break – FROM SCHOOL and all of the regular scheduled programming. I want my kids to be able to also wake up in the morning and make their own decisions. If they feel like sleeping in, playing video games all day or spend it outside is totally up to them. They are KIDS after all. Spring break should be about having fun, being outdoors, and soaking up all of the fresh spring air! A mental break from all responsibilities.

What are some things you are doing this spring break? I would love to hear your ideas and plans and maybe we can add something new to our list. Thanks!

But whatever you do, do it with a happy heart! #makingmemories

x, Dijana


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