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Fun & Frugal & Free Spring Break Plan
Totally free ideas for spring break!
Make spring break at home fun and free!
A Spring Break Plan For Home to enjoy and keep your sanity
When you can’t travel anywhere and have to do a stay-cation you can still make it fun for the kiddos and you!
Free Day Trips
- Free-entry parks & recreation ideas:
- A nature preserve -great for exploring wild life. Most will include map with trail and species to look for. Bring extra paper and pens so kids can write down what they find or download our free printable Bug Hunt. Each State has their own directory of preserves. Here is one for the entire U.S.: Preserve/nature centers
- National Forest & Parks most don’t charge a fee. If they do, you can find a Culture Pass at your local library. Find a National Park near you.
- The Beach– beautiful and free if you are fortunate enough to live close by (wish we were).
What to pack:
Free Around Town:
- Free Museums:
- Interactive museum on a free day or use a local pass (available at your local library) like a transportation museum, music museum, children’s museum. Here is a list of the 12 best.
- Art Museum: most offer a free day or at least an afternoon pass. If not, you can use a Bank of America card on the first full weekend of the month for free admission. See: https://museums.bankofamerica.com/
- The zoo free with a library pass
- Local festivals going on in your area: most of them will have a free entrance. Just make sure you pre-pack snacks or lunch before heading out. Otherwise, by the time the kids get hungry you might end up spending a lot on junk food.
- Best pre-pack lunch containers and spilled proof drink (aff): the stainless steel containers last forever and are so much better than plastic. The Trekker Water Bottles arc great because they do not leak!
- Free kids activities: craft stores as well as Home Depot and Lowe’s all have free activities for kids.
- Minor league baseball teams a few free seats otherwise, they are available for cheap.
- Farmers markets usually no entry fee and fun to go around and learn what grows around your town.
Free Fun at the park:
- Try a new park! Take the kids to a park you haven’t been before. A different setting always encourages fun and exploration. It makes it an adventure and kids make new ‘discoveries’!
- Schedule a play date with friends and bring a picnic with you. I love this picnic blanket -it zips up and makes it so easy to carry and clean! This collapsible basket is great! Doesn’t take any space when not in use.
- Bring outdoor and sand toys for digging and building.
- Plan activities for kids to do while at the park. A perfect activity is an outdoor scavanger hunt. Take this free printable with you: Bug Hunt Printable
- Try a new sport with your kids: tennis, basketball, badminton, etc. You can find lots of these items at thrift stores.
Free Fun At Home:
Set a loose schedule ahead of time of different activities you can do each day. It gives the kids something to look forward to and you too!
- Camping at Home: whether on the backyard or the basement (if it is still too cold outside) kids will have a blast putting tents up, sleeping in sleeping bags, and roasting marshmallows on the fire.
- Rent movies from your local library. Some have learning games for rent too.
Afternoon library fun trips. Go with a plan: find books on a specific subject like trains, bugs, nature, etc. Take paper with you and have them draw from a book.
- Crafts and art day: see these Pins for fun and creative kids crafts. You’ll find lots of ideas there.
Let us know what other ideas you have to make it a Fun Frugal and Free Spring Break Plan!
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