September 24, 2017

Spring Break: When You Have No Place to Go

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boys in a canoeFor the first time in ages, we’re staying home for Spring Break. With the exception of 2012 when we went to Puerto Rico, we’ve always gone to South Florida to visit with my in-laws. But, since I started my own travel PR firm in January, we decided to stay closer to home (and save more than a few pennies).

All is going swimmingly with my new PR venture. I’ve got four clients right now, including HotelUpgrade, Aspen Luxury Vacation Rentals, Private Shore Trips and Big Sky Luxury Rentals. I also have a few other prospects in the hopper that may enable me to travel to Costa Rica, Antigua, maybe even a private island or two. Exciting. 🙂

All that noted, I’ve been starting to think about what the heck we’re going to do over Spring Break. If you’re in the same boat, here are a few ideas worth considering:

1. Get Your Passport Stamped at National Parks: There are national parks all around, so find one nearby, or even within a few hours drive, and get ready to hike, fish, bike and boat. Pick up a blue Passport to Your National Parks book (you can also buy them online) and get your book stamped to record your visit and date of visit to the park.

2. Go on 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. We tried a Stray Boots scavenger hunt last summer and had a great time hunting for clues and answering questions around Washington, DC.

3. Take a Sightseeing Tour: Take a day trip to a city a few hours away and enjoy a sightseeing tour. When we went to Key West two years ago year, we took a 90-minute hop-on, hop-off trolley tour around the island. It’s easy to pick up tickets through CityDiscovery, which highlights hand-picked tours and attractions for just about any city you’d like to visit.

4. Plan a Day Out with Groupon Vouchers. Hop on Groupon and search for discounts on local attractions and restaurants. There’s so much available on Groupon from bowling to art classes to go karts that it shouldn’t take long to plan out a day on the daily deals website.

5. Complete a Service Project. Whether you want to have a family beach clean-up or write letters to soldiers overseas, take time to do a service project with your kids. This is a great way to give back as a family. The book, Doing Good Together, has lots of great ideas to help you get started.

6. Go to a Science Center. You’ll find fabulous science centers in most major cities with loads of hands-on learning activities for families. Before you go, check out the 10 Best Science Centers for a look at the very best centers teaching kids about gravity, innovation, the human body and geology.

7. Plan a Day of Free Family Fun. Plan a “free day” and only do activities that are free, like parks, outdoor concerts and riding bikes. Do a quick Google search for “free things to do” and the name of your city. You’ll be surprised to see how many fun free events and attractions are retrieved.

8. Explore Fun Public Art Sculptures. If your kids aren’t up for art galleries and exhibitions, go check out the public art sculptures that can be found in many cities across the country. Your kids will love Big Blue Bear in Denver and Make Way for Ducklings in Boston’s Public Garden.

9. Hop Aboard a Train. Ride on a train, whether an Amtrak train to ride a few hours to a new city, or on an old-time steam train, like those at Strasburg Railroad near Lancaster, PA. Look out the window, enjoy the scenery, take pictures.

10. Look for EarthCache Sites. Grab a GPS-enabled device, like your smartphone, a park map and a compass, then look for EarthCache sites, which teach visitors about the geological significance of certain sites within the park. EarthCache sites also teach kids important skills, like navigation and map reading.

Now that I’ve thought about what we can do while the kids have the week off over Spring Break, I’m actually excited for this staycation. What are you planning to do with your kids over Spring Break?

If you are looking for some great trip ideas, you might want to check out this article with Spring Break Family Vacations!

Photo Credit: Oakley Originals

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