It always comes up quicker than you think. The kids go back to school after Christmas break and BAM suddenly it’s spring break and they’re off for another week or two.
It’s easy to come up with activities to keep them entertained when the weather is warm (you can just banish them to play outside). But in the winter, finding programming to fill the week is more of a challenge!
Plus if you want to have a good time too, you have to be crafty. These activities are perfect for a fun-filled and active spring break!
One of the most fun winter activities is skating. You feel free gliding around on the ice, and even if you’re not that good you end up having a blast!
Many cities have started offering free outdoor skating rinks in their public parks and near their water fronts, which is something that you have to take advantage of. It’s a great way to get some fresh air and get your blood pumping as you skate around or join in a pick up hockey game.
If your city doesn’t have free outdoor skating then you should check out some of your indoor arenas, as most will have spring break specials on for the entire week.
Get your kids out and have them be active instead of spending their spring break catching up on shows they may have missed.
Another fun winter activity that costs no money, for the most part, is sledding and snowboarding. Providing your child owns one of the two then you simply need to find a hill, pack a thermos of hot cocoa and you’re set for an afternoon of fun.
Be careful as some cities have placed “No Tobogganing” warnings at certain public areas, but if you search long enough you will find the perfect hill!
If your child doesn’t own one of either then get creative. My sister used to stick her legs through a garbage bag to go sledding, and I used to use a cafeteria tray from school. If it will slide on the snow then you have yourself a sled!
Another way to get the kids out of the house, and something that might be slightly more interesting for the adults, is to go on a winter hike. Find those trails that you usually visit during the summer months and hit them over spring break.
The wilderness has changed, as has the wild life. You’d be surprised at how different the trails look when they are covered in snow. Take a camera and another thermos of hot cocoa and make an afternoon of it.
Just keep on eye on the time as the sun sets earlier. You don’t want to be lost in the woods when night falls. Brrrrr.