For many students, spring break is right around the corner. In years past, many of us have traveled out of state for a vacation. However, this year may be different. Rather than lamenting over the fact that you are staying at home, use this week to spend time doing fun-filled activities that the whole family can enjoy at home or while out exploring locally.  

Have a Movie Night: Netflix has released “Yes Day”, a movie about a mom,  played by Jennifer Gardner; who says yes to all of her kids’ requests for 24 hours.  Some laughs are sure to be shared around a big bowl of popcorn. 

Make a Playground Bucket List: Make a list of local parks and playgrounds to see how many you can check off the list during spring break. Keep a basket of balls, flying disks, sand buckets, and shovels in your car so you are always ready for a visit to the park. 

Make Slime: Kids love this sensory experience, and they will even feel like a bit of a scientist performing an experiment in a lab.  

https://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/unicorn-fluffy-slime/ 

Play Backyard Games: Invite another family over to join you for an afternoon or evening of fun and games. This link will provide you 37 different games and do not forget to get popsicles or ice-cream for a treat.  

https://www.bhg.com/party/birthday/party-games/fun-outdoor-games-for kids/?slide=slide_33869bbf-2a2e-4255-a5ac-2f61aa9f9a2d#slide_33869bbf-2a2e-4255- a5ac-2f61aa9f9a2d 

Make Your Own Sidewalk Paint: Brighten the neighborhood and all you need is cornstarch, water, and food coloring. Grab some foam cocopath.net/lorazepam/ brushes and your little  Picassos are ready to paint. The recipe found below. 

https://www.bhg.com/crafts/kids/outdoor-projects/diy-sidewalk-paint/ 

Try Geocaching: Let the kids feel like explorers while completing a giant treasure hunt. Download the “Geocaching” app and search for hidden caches in your area. It is a great way to explore a new neighborhood and make memories together. 

Cook with the Kids: Challenge the kids to a cooking contest. Try a “Nailed-It”  style challenge, which is on Netflix, where you all try to recreate the look of a  professional baker’s fancy cake. The most epic fails are the most entertaining! Or attempt a “Top-Chef”, found on Bravo, the challenge in which you give the kids a few ingredients and see what they can come up with. Think silly sandwiches or pizza toppings for a fun-filled night of cooking and laughing together.

Go For a Hike: Every time you step into the woods, adventure awaits. Let the kids lead the way. Maybe you will find animal tracks or build a hut out of fallen tree branches. Climb on rocks and in trees. Get dirty and have some fun! 

Play Games: Board games are great for teaching kids problem-solving skills, but kids also love video games. Do both! Join them for a little screen time rivalry.  Challenge them to Mario Kart, build a battle in Minecraft or try a TikTok Dance. It doesn’t matter if you are terrible, they will love the fact that you took time to play.

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