Spring Break Staycation Ideas & Activities

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic prevented many families from enjoying their spring break plans. With cruise trips cancelled, theme parks closed, and stay-at-home order in place, it seemed like spring break 2020 was one to skip.


However, as we reach the one-year mark of the pandemic, families are once again faced with the struggle of finding memorable ways to spend their spring break. Luckily, we have a few spring break ideas for kids and adults alike to make your 2021 spring break staycation a hit!

5 Fun Home Activities to Do With the Family

Even when traveling further than your backyard is out of the question, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have any spring break fun. Here are five fun spring break staycation ideas you can do with your family completely at home:


  • Read Outside Together There are few things as relaxing as enjoying the fresh air, a cool breeze, and a good book. While the kids might be hesitant at first to get away from the computer or video games, an enthralling narrative, a little relaxation, and some much-needed vitamin D can offer an incredible bonding experience. Especially when you read aloud together. Just make sure to wear some sunscreen to prevent burns!


  • Play Family Games at Home – Whether it be a family-oriented video game like “Mario Party” or a board game like “Risk,” games can be a great way for your family to bond and create memories. If you’re looking for a particularly fun way to challenge your children’s minds, playing board games create opportunities for using their imaginations.


  • Host a Family Movie Night – Even though many movie theaters are closed across the country, that doesn’t mean that your family can’t enjoy a movie and some popcorn. Share a movie from your childhood, or look to see if there is anything that interests you on Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max, Netflix, or even on DVD.


  • Create Spring-themes Crafts – Springtime brings with it a wide variety of colorful flowers to make crafts with. Consider painting a flower pot or building a birdhouse with the family. There are plenty of fun spring-themed creations you can make this spring break.


  • Disconnect – We are constantly surrounded by technology, so enjoy your spring break by disconnecting. Go outside with your family, run around, and make some memories. You can try a treasure hunt, play hide-and-go-seek, or even just watch the clouds. The sky’s the limit when it comes to fun outdoor activities, but just make sure to leave the phones and tablets inside.

5 Staycation Ideas 

If you’re looking for longer activities to do with your family, we’ve got you covered. Here are five fun staycation with kids ideas to make your spring break better:

  • Travel Locally – While traveling far from home may be impossible, there are still travel options for most families this spring break. A lot of towns have local attractions and parks that make for a great day of close-to-home fun for the family. Enjoy a quick trip to the beach or mountains, a local roadside attraction, or just enjoy a drive on the open road. Have you ever been a tourist in your own hometown?


  • Pamper the Family Who doesn’t like a day at home filled with robes, steam baths, and self-care? If you have a particularly skilled family member, you might even be able to add a manicure or pedicure to your day of faux-luxury. Sure, it’s not the same experience you’d get at a five-star resort, but if you make it fun and silly for your kids, you’ll look back on it as an incredible way to make the best of a bad situation.


  • At-Home Activities Try planting some flowers as a family or even roasting marshmallows for s’mores. There are plenty of ways to make your family’s day eventful and fun while at home. If you are feeling creative, get art supplies and paint as a family. Just make sure to grab some plastic table clothes to prevent accidental paint spots.


  • Enjoy the Great Outdoors – Camping is a great way to get your family outside, disconnected, and making great memories together. Even if you’re only out for an afternoon, you can have some amazing family bonding time at a park, playground, or beach. Remember to enjoy the weather as best as you can, and make some fun memories along the way. Want to stay close to home? Grab the tent and set up in the backyard for some easy-going glamping.


  • Family Olympics – Are your kids competitive? Add an edge to your spring break by hosting a Family Olympics. Compete in potato-sack races, arm wrestling, or maybe even see who can hula-hoop the longest. Make prizes for the winner of each competition and find ways to spark that competitive spirit in your kids.

Making Memories This Spring Break

As we all do our best to adapt to life during a pandemic, it’s important to remember that it’s still possible to create powerful family memories. No matter what you do this spring break, remember to take some time to reflect, disconnect, and have a little fun. 

In doing so, you may find that a spring break staycation will be on the docket again next year.


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