Spring break will be here before you know it . A week with all the kids home can seem like a year unless you prepare. Don't wait until the last minute to come up with a plan for what to do or you will have a houseful of whining kids eating you out of house of home and messing up everything in sight.
You can use the time to create meaningful activities for your kids . The easiest solution is to plan play dates with friends kids. But don't wait until the last minute. Many moms are so super organized that they book these dates way in advance. Try to arrange at least one definite play date at a specific time or all of your kids friends will be booked.
Google your local city newsletter to check out what is happening in your community. Most local newspapers have a section of kids activities. Look at this week at home as a golden opportunity to plan outings or a special project that you normally wouldn't have time for in a busy week of homework and team sports.
Plan a special event a home for your children. Preparing home made pizza, cookies or fresh ice cream can be a lot of fun for young kids. Help them prepare for the cooking experience by planning the menu; shopping for the food and even outfitting them with an apron
Plant a garden. Go to the garden store and let them pick out seeds and make a special spot in the yard for their garden . If you live in an apt, prepare a garden in potted plants. Make your child responsible for watering his garden.
Here is our list of favorite things to do with pre-school kids during spring break.:
Trips to the zoo
Beach outings for southern pre-schoolers
Vegetable or strawberry picking
Visit your local museum. Even if you town doesn't have a children's museum , most museums have a kids' section.
Go to the library. Most libraries have interactive computers and helpful librarians who will make suggestions for popular books and videos.
Go to your local book store and let your child pick out his very own book or activitiy game.
Many playhouses have special children's plays during the spring break.
Find out if there is a free rehearsal of your local orchestra so that your kids can hear live music.
Take a short hike and pack a picnic lunch.
Find a cooking class for your child.
If you live near a university; see if they have a spring break activity schedule for kids.
Find a sports clinic. Check your local golf course or tennis court to see if they have spring break classes for kids.
Whatever you decide to do ; do not over program your kids. Sometimes, kids need a few hours home, dressed in their pjs just handing out.