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52 Ways to Make the Most of Spring Break From Home

Spring break is right around the corner! If you’re forgoing a pricey family vacation and staying in town, you may be wondering how to keep your kiddos occupied for an entire week (without breaking the bank). Well, you’re in luck! There are several ways to create a memorable spring break at home. All it takes is a little bit of planning — and a splash of creativity —and you’ll be sure to create a magical week your children won’t forget. 

How to Create a Memorable Spring Break at Home

Before diving into the list below, remember: you know your kids best. When making at-home spring break plans consider their personal interests, age, and individual capabilities. Some ideas may be a better fit than others. With that said, here are 8 spring break themes and 52 activities for kids during spring break that your children will love! 

1. See how many hours you can clock outside.

There’s something magical about the outdoors. Giving kids a chance to explore nature brings out their natural inner curiosity about the world around them. During spring break, see how many hours you can spend outside with your kids. Here are a few ideas to keep them occupied in the great outdoors:

  • Go on a hike.
  • Picnic at a park.
  • Play nature bingo.
  • Start a rock (or shell or leaf, etc.) collection.
  • Go kayaking.
  • Press flowers.
  • Play sports outside.
  • Ride bikes/scooters.

2. Plan an at-home staycation.

You don’t need ski slopes or a tropical beach to have a wonderful family vacation. You can plan a getaway — right inside your home! Get out your fluffy robes and slippers and turn your home into a hotel. Here’s how:

  • Transform your kitchen into a restaurant.
  • Dress in vacation clothes.
  • Create a spa at home.
  • Go to the “beach” (aka: the bath).
  • Have a themed movie night.
  • Set up a dessert bar.
  • Have a hotel night with robes and slippers.
  • Get dressed up and take family photos.

3. Set up an art studio for your little artist. 

Children are innately creative. This spring break, tap into your child’s right brain by creating an art studio at home. Gather your art supplies and create a lineup of art projects to let your mini-artist shine!

  • Purchase an at-home paint kit! (You can order a paint kit online and pick it up at your local Painting with a Twist.)
  • Create a giant loom. 
  • Create mosaic art with beans, tissue paper, beads, etc.
  • Do a paper mache project. 
  • Paint on large cardboard boxes.
  • Draw a self-portrait.
  • Create chalk art outside.

4. Go camping in your backyard.

You don’t have to drive to a campsite to go camping during spring break — simply set up a tent in your own backyard! There’s something about hopping into a sleeping bag and snoozing outdoors that feels exciting to little ones. Gather your gear and have your camper help with the following activities:

  • Pack an overnight bag.
  • Set up a tent.
  • Eat dinner outside. 
  • Create a bonfire together. 
  • Roast marshmallows and make s’mores. 
  • Tell stories and sing songs around the campfire. 
  • Go on a night walk with flashlights.

5. Turn your home into a science lab. 

Let your little scientist conduct experiments at home this spring break! Here are some easy DIY science projects to do at home. For added fun, you could get your little one(s) a lab coat and safety goggles to help them feel like a real scientist. Happy experimenting!

  • Create a DIY lava lamp.
  • Turn milk and vinegar into plastic!
  • Make slime!
  • Write with homemade invisible ink.
  • Make ice cream in a bag.
  • Collect bugs outside (don’t forget to let them go free!).
  • Make homemade kinetic sand.

6. Write, practice, and perform a play.

Whether you want to spend a day putting on your production or the entire week of spring break, putting on a play can help your children tap into their inner creative side. Plus, while your kiddos are crafting a theatrical production, they’re also exercising teamwork and problem-solving skills. It’s a win-win.

  • Write your own script together.
  • Gather props.
  • “Build” a set. 
  • Make costumes.
  • Practice your lines.
  • Create programs for your audience.
  • Sell drinks and snacks at a concession stand.
  • Put on your big performance!
  • Have an afterparty for the cast.

7. Be a tourist in your own city.

Venture beyond your daily bubble and explore the city you live in. You may discover new family favorites or learn something you never knew about your town!

  • Go to a farmer’s market.
  • Visit a local museum. 
  • Pop in and paint at a local art studio.
  • Check out books at your local library.
  • Go on a tour of your town.
  • Eat at a popular restaurant.

8. Send kids to local day camps.

Whether you’re a working parent, want to enrich your kid(s) with extracurricular activities, or you simply need a break, sending your child to a local day or week-long camp can be a fulfilling experience for them! If you’re searching for spring break kid activities near you, Painting with a Twist offers single-day and full-week Kids Camps during Spring Break! At our Kids Camp, our campers paint, make crafts, eat snacks, and make friends. At the end of Spring Break, we feature an art exhibit featuring the paintings campers created during class. Explore a Painting with a Twist Kids Camp near you today and register!

Plan Ahead for a Memorable At-Home Spring Break

Just because you’re staying in town for spring break doesn’t mean that your children have to be bored. There are endless ways to have fun at home and in your local city. Here at Painting with a Twist, you can find different options that work best for your family. From our full-day and week-long Kids Camps and pop-in hours to our at-home paint kits, your kiddos can explore their creative side while making lasting memories. Explore options online or stop by your local Painting with a Twist to learn more!

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