If spring break snuck up on you this year, you’re not alone! Heading out of town is not your only option. There are plenty of things to do at or close to home that can help you make the most of some much-needed downtime.
Create an itinerary of how to spend your time. Decide how you would like to spend your time. Maybe there’s a local park you’ve wanted to explore, a museum or store you just haven’t had a chance to get to yet, or a new movie you’ve been excited to see. Whatever you choose, make sure it is fun, makes you happy, and is something outside of your day-to-day routine. It can be something different planned for each day, or the same activity over a span of days.
If you need ideas, check out resources such as:
- Community event calendars for drive-in movies, pop-up concerts and outdoor markets
- Local, state and national park service websites for hikes, trails, and tours
- The National Wildlife Federation for interesting outdoor activities
- Local museums, zoos, theme parks, botanical gardens and archaeological sites, for special exhibits or events
A few other options to consider
Make the ordinary extraordinary. Add a novel twist to a family backyard playdate or nature walk, for instance, by having a scavenger hunt to collect rocks for painting, leaves to make rubbings, etc.
Dig into a good book. Perhaps visit your local library for a new book and spend some time reading and relaxing.
Prep your garden. It may not be quite time to put plants in the dirt yet, but you can map out your plan and maybe get your seedlings started.
Enjoy an at-home spa day. Grab your robe, scented candles and relax at home in your tub or comfortable lounge chair!
Make A DIY fort for the whole family. Gather pillows, blankets and maybe even some small string lights to hang in your fort.
Get crafty. Check out your local art supply or craft store for some creative ideas to get your juices flowing.
Plan a movie marathon. Pop some popcorn or make brownies, and get settled in for the night in your PJs. Pick a theme and choose movies that fit the theme.
Spend time with loved ones. Host a family game night or invite friends to meet up during any of your activities this week.
Get outside. If the weather in your area is cooperating, soak up as much sunshine as possible. Whether it’s enjoying a cup of coffee on the front porch, a playground adventure, or hiking and camping at a nearby state park, take advantage of the warmer weather and later sunsets!
Try new foods. Choose restaurants you may want to eat in or take out from outside of the normal places you may go. Or if experimenting in the kitchen is relaxing and enjoyable, try a few new recipes during this time, too!
Use this special time to connect with loved ones – unplug whenever you can so you can enjoy these fun experiences and make memories that will last for years to come.