It’s the third month of the year, and everyone is more than ready for a break. After all, January does feel like it lasts 90 days, so no one can blame you. And as kids get their school break just about now, it’s the perfect time to use some of your vacation days for a family trip- or, if the budget (and schedule) don’t allow it, organize some fun activities that will keep your young ones occupied and entertained. Instead of letting your kids overdose on video games or social media for the few days they’re out of the classroom, get creative and offer an entertaining alternative that will bring the whole family together. Here are our top 5 ideas for budget-friendly spring break activities to do at home:
Who doesn’t love board games? From classics such as Monopoly and Scrabble to something more complex such as Settlers of Cattan, there’s a game for any age and preference. Get your family together, make some snacks and roll the dice for an evening of family-friendly fun! You can spice things up and stimulate the competitive spirit by offering a reward (such as pancakes for breakfast or sleepover with friends)- it’s guaranteed to get your kids even more enthusiastic about family game night.
Glittery, oozy, crackly, smooth- the options are almost limitless when it comes to slime. Kids (and adults, let’s be honest here) love playing with slime. It’s entertaining, relaxing, and it’s extremely budget-friendly. There are tons of DIY slime recipes out there that can ensure you have a fun activity to occupy your kids with- without breaking the bank.
Kids love getting messy in the kitchen- so why not indulge them? Organize a fun cookie baking afternoon with your kids and let them make the dough, shape the cookies and afterward enjoy the fruit of their labor. Depending on your kid’s age, you might have to supervise from start to finish, or just help them with the oven.
Family movie night
You can never go wrong with popcorn and a movie. Let your kids choose the movie, get the snacks ready and turn your living room into a movie theater with cozy seats and blankets. If you’re not in the mood to be crafty, just play the movie on the TV (your kids will love it either way), but if you want to make movie night even more special, you can DIY a movie projector with a shoebox and a smartphone. Who said you have to leave your house to have fun?
The smartest way to organize fun spring break activities on a budget is by putting a twist on something that’s already there. For instance, instead of regular lunch (“boooring, mom!”) why not grab some sandwiches, snacks, fruits, a few blankets, head to the backyard and call it a picnic? And if your kids are a bit older (and require a bit more effort to be impressed), you can go to a local park and make an afternoon out of it, playing backgammon after lunch or reading in nature.