Are you tired of hearing “I’m Bored Mom” each spring break? A spring break bucket list may be just the thing you need to make the week fun for the entire family. You may have heard of a bucket list – the special things you want to do before you die. A spring break bucket list is a similar idea. It is a list of all the fun things you want to do as a family before spring break is over.
Since we usually take a vacation during the summer, we normally don’t do anything special for spring break. By the second day, my kids are usually whining that they are bored and have nothing to do. This year though, I have a plan! I created a Spring Break Bucket list full of free and fun activities for the entire family – 1 for each day of break. We may not be traveling anywhere, but we are still going to have a great time.
Get the Whole Family Involved in the Planning!
When creating a spring break bucket list for your family, it’s a good idea to get your kids input. After all, you want spring break to be fun for everyone, so everyone should have a say. So call a family meeting and get busy planning!
We discovered that it is a good idea to set some ground rules in advance so the kids know that if they suggest anything too outrageous, it’s going to be vetoed.
Things to take into consideration when planning your Spring Break Bucket List:
- family finances
- Dad and Mom’s work schedules
- the weather
- the amount of traveling you are willing to do
For example, our family is saving for our big summer vacation at this point in the year. So we told our kids that all activities need to be free or inexpensive as well as close to home.
During your family meeting, let everyone write down 3-5 suggestions. Then each idea is read and discussed. If you have to discard an idea, be sure to let the child know the reason so their feelings aren’t hurt. My youngest daughter suggested horseback riding, which just wasn’t in the budget. But she was ok with us vetoing that idea after we explained that we were saving to go to Disney World over the summer.
It is a good idea to have a mix of inside and outside activities on your Spring Break Bucket List. That way if the weather is bad for a few days, you still have fun activities planned that can be done in spite of the nasty weather.
After you have weeded through the ideas, then it is time to take a vote to decide as a family which ones will be included on your spring break bucket list. Our family picks 7 activities – one for each day of spring break. Then we type the list up and put it on the fridge so everyone can see it. (After spring break is over, be sure to save the list so you can include it in your family scrapbook.)
Need some ideas for your spring break bucket list? Here are some things we have done over spring break in the past.
- Go on a Picnic. Pack up a picnic basket, grab a blanket, and head to a local park for a fun afternoon.
- Go on a Treasure Hunt. Geocaching and letterboxing are both free activities that the whole family can enjoy. Kids love the treasure hunting aspect of these activities and it is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors.
- Have a Pajama Party. Stay in your pjs all day, snuggle on the couch, and watch movies together.
- Explore a Nearby State Park. Visit the ranger’s station for a trail map and ask which trails are scenic and appropriate for children. Let your kids take a camera so they can snap pictures of all the sights they see along the journey.
- Have a Cookie Decorating Party. Grab some cookie cutters and bake up your favorite sugar cookie recipe. Let them cool, then ice and decorate them. After you have each sampled a few, package the rest to deliver to your family, neighbors, and friends.
- Play Tourist in Your Own Town. Visit a museum, zoo, or other tourist attraction in your home town that you haven’t been to in awhile. Sometimes these destinations may have free admission days for families over spring break. So be sure to check out their website before you go.
- Have a Craft Party. Spend the day making fun spring themed crafts. A quick search on Pinterest will probably turn up tons of ideas of things you can make. You can also buy a few low cost kids craft kits at your local craft or discount store.
- Camp in Your Own Backyard. Who says you have to go away to go camping? Pitch a tent in your backyard, make S’Mores, sing some campfire songs, and do some stargazing.
So tell me… Are you doing anything special for Spring Break this year? Have you created a Spring Break Bucket List of your own yet?