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Have a “Stay-Cation” for Spring Break

Posted on Friday, March 14th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Do you need a frugal idea for Spring Break?  Have a relaxing "staycation" instead.  Here are some great ideas to try that won't cost much money.When we think of spring break it conjures up images of expensive vacations spent in far away places. What if that isn’t in your budget this year? Try having a “Stay-Cation” instead. Stay home and take advantage of all the local fun. Catch up on books and movies that you haven’t had time to finish.

Ideas for a “Stay-Cation” for Spring Break

Go to the Park
How many parks are there in the town or city where you live? Pick some days when the weather is nice and have your children play outside. Go on an exploration where you visit a different park every day of spring break. Bring a picnic blanket and some healthy snacks so you can “recharge” when energies get low.

Visit the Library
There is a chance that your local library will have some events or classes for kids that take place during spring break. Find out what is being offered. Children who love to read are always going to enjoy a trip to the library. Consider dropping by for story time. Between the pages of every book, there is a new adventure just waiting to be had.

Catch up on Media
Did you get some days off of work during spring break? Now is a good time to catch up on the TV shows and movies that you have been meaning to watch on Netflix. Binge watch an entire season’s worth of episodes, and sleep in the next day.

Spring break is an excellent time to finish the book you started and then didn’t get time to read. Stroll into a coffee shop, buy a refreshing drink, and read your book. Take your book with you to the park or the beach. It doesn’t have to be a paper book. Bring along your eReader if you prefer.

Get in some Game Time
There are a lot of families who enjoy playing video games together. Gaming is a great activity to do on a day that is cold or rainy (and you can’t go out to play). Another alternative is to break out the board games that have been gathering dust in your closet. For extra fun, make a rule that states that the person who lost the game gets to choose the next game to play.

Go on a Nature Walk
Turn a walk into a fun, educational, experience. Get out the cell phones and digital cameras. Encourage your children to look around for flowers, bugs, and animals. Stop and take a photo of each one. Spend a few hours online, together, learning more about the insect, plant, or animal that you found while walking. Print out the photos and turn them into a scrapbook.

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