Fun Frugal Spring Break Activities for Kids

kids-running-348159_1280Winter will soon be over and nicer weather is on the way for most areas. This means more outings and activities for your kids who may have felt like they have been caged up all winter. Spring break is a time most kids and students look forward to in order to relax and enjoy the weather.

If you’re looking for some fun and affordable activities to enjoy with your kids for spring break, here are a few options.

Enjoy the Outdoors

On a nice day, plan an outdoor outing that costs next to nothing. You can ride bikes around town, fly kites in the park, or even visit a state park for some minimal hiking and pack a lunch to have a picnic afterward.

Visit a Farm

It’s hard to see some of your favorite animals when you have to deal with harsh winter weather during some parts of the year. If you’re interested in getting out of your neighborhood, you can call a local farm or petting zoo and see if you can check out some animals. Some zoos are free to the public each day or on certain days of the week, so be sure to do your research before planning your trip

Go See a Matinee Movie

This is something I do with my son from time to time. If he’s on spring break and a good kids’ movie is showing in the theater, we will go check out and spend some time together. We almost always go to the first showing because it’s cheaper. At the theater near my home, it’s only $3 to see the first showing of a film. I understand that other areas might not have prices that low, but the matinee showing will always be the cheapest so if you want to save money, you’ll need to get tickets early.

Create Something Together

Try doing a little craft together to create a keepsake to look back on in the future. Some fun ideas include painting a wooden bird feeder and hanging it up outside, decorating picture frames, making jewelry, or even doing some planting outside your home.

Some great places that allow kids to create cool things for free are the library and Michaels Craft Stores. If you take your kids to story time, the library may offer materials and directions to create a free craft that goes along with the story or the theme of the week. Michaels hosts certain workshops and events for kids to come in during a specific time frame and do a craft that they can take home. most of the time the event is free, but sometimes you may have to pay a few dollars for materials depending on what the craft is for the day.

Board Game Day

If you are staying in for the day, you might want to introduce your kids to some classic board games and host a gaming tournament for fun. Games like checkers, Jenga, Uno are fun games for the whole family to enjoy and they allow you to teach your kids more about winning, losing, and being a good sport.

What fun things have you done with your children in the past to celebrate the beginning of spring or create a memorable spring break on a budget? What are your plans for this year?

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