It’s almost that time of the year again: your kids get a break from school and your family gets to have some spring fun together. March Break is a great way to some quality time with your family… But it can also make a sizeable dent in your budget. Everything from going on family vacations to treating your kids with visits to theme parks can add up quickly. Luckily, with a bit of planning and a knack for tracking down good deals, you can make March Break a budget-friendly experience. Here are our top tips on March Break savings- you don’t need to break the bank for your family to have an awesome time this spring.
During March Break, many local communities offer a ton of free activities- if one knows where to look, their family can have a great time without spending a dime. From free access to national parks, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails, to free skating events and museum workshops, many cities are offering plenty of free fun activities for March Break. Check out your local newspaper or the city’s official website for more information, and you’ll surely find something for your family.
You don’t have to travel abroad to have a blast or see something new. In fact, being a tourist in your own city can end up being tons of fun! If you’d like for your family to travel for this year’s March Break but don’t want to go over your budget, consider a “staycation”. Instead of picking out an exotic destination, keep it local. Do some digging about cool sights your family hasn’t yet visited or use this short break to go skiing with your kids. Canada has a lot of great tourist attractions- so why not use this as an opportunity to see some of them?
Get Creative, Not Spendy
When you think about ways to treat your kids to something they think cool, or interesting activities you could do as a family, your mind probably goes right to the expensive options. Visits to amusement parks, family outings to a movie theater and dinner… Sure, these are usually safe bets with kids, but they’re also the pricier option. Instead, try going with the creative route. Make a DIY projector for a makeshift home theater, make some microwave popcorn, stock up on snacks and sodas and treat your children to a movie marathon at the comfort of your living room. Try and include them in the organization and preparation of the activities- it might make it even more interesting for the kiddos.
Remember: It’s About Quality, Not Quantity
Even if they’re not feeling like that right now, your kids are definitely more likely to remember that one time you were making a (shoddy) snow castle all afternoon and made some hot chocolate to warm up afterward, than playing with a new video game for the whole March Break. Use this time to make some memories with your kids- or, at least, spend quality time together as a family. Don’t focus on the material, as having fun doesn’t have to be expensive. From fun and free local events to creative activities you could do with your kids this March Break, there’s no shortage of budget-friendly entertainment when you have the right attitude!