If you have a preschooler, elementary or middle schooler at home it’s best to come up with a schedule that includes everyone’s naptimes, snacks, meals and activities for the day. Stick to their regular bed time, and stir in a little fun, and a pinch of adventure for the best results and easy transition back to school.
1. Visit one park a day: If it’s nice out visit a different local park each day. If you’re an overachiever you can make a rating sheet that the kids can fill out so you know which park to go back to.
2. Make a treasure hunt: Make a list of things they need to find wherever you are heading. The grocery store can be drawings of their favorite foods, while the park can be things like a bird, a rock, a sandbox, etc.
3. Go on a nature walk: Take a bag or carton and head out for a walk to find ‘nature’ to bring home. This can be anything from rocks and sticks to flowers and dandelions.
4. Create sensory activities: Water tables, rice bins, and sandboxes are all fun but add some objects for the kids to dig out to make it more fun.
5. Play dates: While you don’t want to overdo it, school breaks are a great way to get some one-on-one playtime in with classmates and neighborhood friends.
6. Museum visits: Look for museums that have toddler or preschool friendly areas like children’s museums, art museums with a kid’s only area, and more.
7. Hit the library: A great way to find some new reading material and spend a few hours. Most local libraries have story time and toys to keep little ones occupied while you catch up on the latest bestseller.
8. Create a mini garden or plant pots for indoors: There’s nothing more exciting to a little person than seeing something grow that they planted. Whether it’s seeds, mini plants, or a veggie garden your kids are sure to love to get their fingers dirty.
9. Create your own book: Your child doesn’t have to be an artist or know how to write. Have them make some pictures (stick figures are fine) and narrate the story to you. Some of the funniest things my kids have told me come from their own story books.
10. Take them bowling!: great fun for the kids and adults. does your little one love to boogie? At Wow Alley we have kid-friendly tunes to get down.
11: Science Experiments: Simple experiments are so fun for this age group. Float or sink is a fun one to play in a baby pool or the bathtub while Mentos and coke will bring amazed looks from your little people.
12. Movie marathon (great for rainy days): Rachee from Say it Rah-shay shared, “We have a lazy movie day. My daughter and I run, run, run so much that on days when we are obligation free we get a bunch of movies that we love, favorite snacks and have mini marathons.”
13: Try out new restaurants: Robin from Family Fun Delaware shares, “Since mom still has to work, we’re cashing in a bunch of deal-site vouchers for lunches at new-to-us restaurants.”
14. Ice Cream Day: Stephanie shares another fun food idea, “Spend the day driving around the area and pick really neat ice cream spots to sample all day long.” Yummy!
16. Play Tourist for a Day: Make time to do the ‘touristy’ things when you are a local is a great way to spend a day and get to see things you normally skip over.
17. Geocache: Searching for clues and ‘treasure’ may not seem like it’s a local activity, but geocaches are found all over the world and are a great way to spend some time outdoors exploring. If you don’t want to let your kids run around with your phone you can get a hand held GPS device for them to carry.
18. Visit an obstacle course: Wow factory has the perfect 3 story indoor playground. Checkout Spring Break deals.
19. Introduce the kids to old school TV: Do you have a love of Fraggle Rock or the Muppets? Time to show your kids your ‘classic’ favorites. Netflix is a great source for old school TV fun.
20. Board Game Day: Barb from a Life in Balance said a board game day would be a fun way to pass the time. I know in our house we have many we’ve never played! If you’re like my kids it will soon dissolve into combining the games together to make a ‘super game.’
21. Go for a Photo Walk: Grab your cameras, DSs, etc. and head out for a walk. Have everyone take pictures of the same thing to see what kinds of different results everyone gets.
22. Bust out the hose: If it’s a nice day pull out the hose for car washing or sprinkler games.
23. Give back: You’ve got some free time on your hands, so why not use a little to give back to those in need? Donate some time to your local animal shelter, visit a retirement community, or make some artwork for sick kids or the troops.
24. Declutter: It’s the perfect time to declutter everyone’s rooms and get things ready for donations or a yard sale.
25. Spa day: Create a spa day at home with nail polish, massage by mom, and facials made from fresh ingredients.
26. Cook with your kids: Kids love to get busy in the kitchen. You can find recipes and ideas for all ages from toddlers to teens.
27. Chalk Drawing: Another all age favorite whether it’s scribbles or intricate designs created by a crafty tween. My kids love to make “race tracks” for toy cars or their scooters.
28. Make your own Videos: Whether it’s your 2 year old singing Adele, or your teen talking about Minecraft crafting your own videos can be a fun way to spend time (and hey you never know-they may go viral!).
29. Create a Veggie Garden: You don’t need a green thumb to start a veggie garden, just a good patch of sunny land, and some seedlings or seeds. You can make a veggie patch inexpensively, but make sure you choose a good spot by observing the sunlight in your yard. Kids of all ages can measure the amount of space you need, pick veggies to plant, and help dig up the veggie patch.
30. Make your own…: Making your own can be a fun way to spend a day. Whether you are making your own candy, DIYing candles, or mixing up your own play dough you can find tons of things to make at home.