June 23, 2017

5 Spring Break Ideas When Snow Days Send Kids Back to School

Go for a Family Hike.

Go for a Family Hike.

I know I don’t need to tell you that we’ve had more than our share of snow and beyond frigid temperatures this winter. Kids have had snow day after snow day and now some school districts are sending kids back to school during some or all of Spring Break to make up for those days. Yikes.

If you find that your Spring Break plans are getting scrapped because the kids need to make up some snow days, never fear, there are still plenty of ways to spend your abbreviated time together. Take a look:

1. Enjoy a Family Cruise: No time for a full-week cruise? Then enjoy a cruise as short as two or three days. The Carnival Sunshine will make its inaugural voyage from its new port in Cape Canaveral (Orlando) on April 17 to the Bahamas with a return on April 19.

2. Try Out a Scavenger Hunt: Sign up to take part in a themed scavenger hunt, like the Whodunit Family Scavenger Hunt with Watson Adventures at the Art Institute of Chicago. UrbanQuest and Stray Boots also offer scavenger hunts that make it fun to explore your own city or another one nearby.

3. Take a Sightseeing Tour: Why not take a day trip to a city a few hours away and enjoy a sightseeing tour. When we went to Key West last year, we took a 90-minute hop-on, hop-off trolley tour around the island. It’s easy to pick up tickets through Viator, which highlights hand-picked tours and attractions for just about any city you’d like to visit.

4. Look to Deal-Focused Sites: If you have time to escape for a day or two during Spring Break, head to LivingSocial Escapes, for example, to see a variety of fabulous travel deals whether you’re looking to spend the night at a waterpark-centered hotel or have time to spend a few days at an all-inclusive in the Caribbean.

5. Just Get Outside: Easter is very late this year, so Spring Break is also quite late for many, which means it should be warm enough to get outside come late-April. So, why not canoe down a river, take a nature hike, have a picnic or try a farm stay. Take a look at my 21 Ways to Get Outside as a Family.

Have your Spring Break plans been affected by the abundance of snow days we’ve had this year? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Scott & Justine


  1. I’m so ready for spring. I love the scavenger hunt idea for exploring a new (or old) city. What a great way to get the whole family involved.

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