During school vacations, most kids are out of school for a week or longer. Even a long holiday weekend can be challenging if the weather doesn’t cooperate. But having kids with nothing to do makes it hard for you to focus on what you need to do. Plus, the kids can get a little stir crazy. If you are familiar with this scenario, here’s some fun school break activities to help your kids enjoy themselves more.
Set up a Play Date
You can set up a playdate with one of your kids’ friends. Whether at your house or the other, they get the chance to see a friend from school. Also, you and the other parent can take turns with play dates, so you each get a kid-free break, too.
Find Local Activities and Events
Your community may offer various local activities and for free or at a low cost. Check your local paper or city website to find a schedule of events for families. Visit your local library or recreation center to sign up for events.
Visit a Park or Playground
Take the time to go out to a local park or playground. Let the kids run around, see other kids, and generally blow off some of the extra energy they have. But, be sure to bring the sunscreen and bug spray for safety’s sake.
Create an Arts and Crafts Bin
Set up a bin, whether it’s a shoebox or a Rubbermaid tote and fill it with craft supplies. Add things like glitter, crayons, paint, construction paper, glue sticks, markers, pom poms and glue. Set it on the table or in the middle of the floor and let the kids go to town. And for a faster clean up, put a plastic tablecloth or mat underneath.
Bake and Decorate Cookies
Cookies are a great way to keep kids entertained. So, depending on their ages, your kids can bake with you. Otherwise, you can bake cookies ahead of time and then set them down with a bunch of decorating supplies. Just let them eat one of their creations. It’s a great way to keep them entertained for hours.
Some Final Words on School Break Activities
These fun school break activities are just some suggestions. So, use your imagination and ask your kids for input, too. And as long as you plan ahead with some activities, the school breaks can be fun for everyone.