The weather is warming up, the snow is melting, and springtime is approaching fast! That means that Spring Break is also just around the corner. In Ontario, the break is postponed until April 12th. However, most provinces will have their standard “March” break beginning on the 15th of this month.
With COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing, your March Break plans may be quite different from most years. While many families usually opt to travel or visit extended family, that option isn’t widely possible this year. That doesn’t mean you and the kids can’t have a great time at home! Instead of travelling, try a “staycation” right in the comfort of your own home.
Our BrokerLink colleagues helped us compile six fun activities you and your kids can do at home to make this spring break awesome!
1. Go camping indoors
In 2020, “glamping” (a combination of the words glam + camping) became a huge trend for good reason! Camping indoors can be a great way to have an adventure without leaving home. All you need is a tent! If the weather permits, you can even set it up in your backyard. You and your kids can spend the night eating marshmallows, drinking hot chocolate, playing games and telling “campfire” stories. When you’re ready to go to bed, snuggle up in your sleeping bags.
2. Hold a board game tournament
If your children are a bit older and need more brain stimulation to keep them engaged, this can be an awesome idea! Everyone in your family can participate, and it will keep you all busy for hours. Each member of your family can pick their favourite board game for a round. Points can be awarded to the winners of each game. At the end of the day, whoever has the most points is the tournament champion! Don’t forget to have a trophy ready.
3. Throw a talent show
If you’re looking to keep your kids busy, engaged, and get their creative juices flowing, this is the idea for you. Each of your kids can pick a special talent, practice their routine and then perform it for the whole family.
Here are a few talent ideas we love:
- Dance routine
- Magic show
- Stand up comedy
- Playing a musical instrument
Parents can choose to participate with the kids and show off your skills, or instead just be the panel of judges.
Consider making it a virtual event and invite other friends and family to participate. You can also film the performances and share on YouTube. You might go viral like this family from Kent, England who posted a lockdown adaptation of a song from Les Miserables. They’re currently at over six million views – can your family top that?
4. Have a home spa day
Spring break should include some relaxation! After a week full of activities, why not end spring break with a relaxing spa day - a fantastic way to unwind and de-stress. Here are a few ideas to help plan a special spa day:
- Play calming music
- Light scented candles
- Make flavoured water by adding cucumber or fruit to a water jug
- Wear your comfy robe and pjs all day
- Brew some flavoured tea
- Pick out face masks from the drug store for you and the kids to wear
- Manicures and pedicures
Let the relaxing begin!
5. Have an indoor picnic
This is another fun idea you can do at home, by simulating the experience of being at a park or campsite.
- Put on a YouTube video featuring serene bird-sound effects or other outdoor noises to set the mood
- Lay down a picnic blanket
- Pack a basket full of your favourite picnic foods
- Chill a refreshing beverage
- Put on your best picnicking outfit. You’re all set!
6. Throw a themed party
You and the kids might be disappointed that you aren’t able to travel this year so why not bring your dream vacation to you? Pick a travel destination together and create a themed party based on your destination. For a tropical theme, ask everyone to put on their nicest summer clothes, blow up some beach toys for decoration; prepare fruity cocktails (alcoholic and non) and conduct a hula-dance lesson or have a limbo contest. If you’re aching to get to Disneyland, put on some Disney tunes for a dance, DIY some Mickey Mouse ears and end the party watching your kids’ favourite Disney movie.
What are you doing this spring break to stay busy? Let us know if you try any of the above ideas! Most importantly, have fun and stay safe!
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