Making the Most of Spring Break with Kids: Spend Family Time Together!
We can all agree our children are ecstatic to take a hiatus from the classroom — Spring Break!
Just because your kids get a few days off, doesn’t mean it’s always possible for us to take off from work or find funds for family vacations.
How to Make the Most of Spring Break with Kids
Whether you’re heading on Spring Break vaca, staying home or maintaining your regular work schedule…
Check out tips from early education experts at The Family Conservancy to help you plan & make memories.
You can find even more parenting resources at The Family Conservancy; a KC organization that empowers families so your children can have bright futures!
You don’t have travel far to expose children to adventure.
If you’re sticking around the area, consider dedicating a day to exploring our community. Check iFamilyKC’s guides for great ideas.
You can even involve them in planning Spring Break activities!
Take your exploration up a notch, by doing a little research before your adventure. Head to your local library to find books about what you can expect.
For example, if you plan a trip to the zoo, look for books about animals you might see and where they come from. If you’re heading to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, look for books about art and history.
Your adventure is likely going to spark lots of questions, and you probably won’t have all the answers. Be mindful of the value of these questions and encourage their curiosity with questions of your own.
Don’t forget, things you’ve seen a hundred times may be new and exciting for your child. The questions they ask offer great insight into what interests them.
Spend Time Outdoors
The weather doesn’t always make it easy, but frequent outdoor play is important.
Studies show that today’s children are spending far less time outdoors than previous generations. Studies also show that kids who play outside are smarter, happier, and have less attention-related problems.
…there are so many things to do outside in Kansas City!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of spending time outdoors:
- Nature stimulates all of the senses. For young children, this can trigger important thought.
- Nature reduces stress.
- Outdoor play offers children the space they need to run, jump, throw, catch and practice other motor skills.
Even if it’s a little chilly, dress appropriately and get outside.
A simple trip to your closest neighborhood park can provide a great break from the indoors. For a more in-depth outdoor experience, consider camping or hiking.
Limit the use of Technology
The constant stream of content that is available to us and our children can distract from meaningful interaction and opportunities to get to know one another.
While there is much debate about the “right” and “wrong” ways to parent with technology, one thing is clear – phones and video games cannot replace the meaningful interactions you can provide as your child’s parent.
Furthermore, we’re beginning to see some frightening tech-related issues arise. Recent studies have concluded that excessive exposure to technology can harm our physical, social, and mental health.
Try these tips to limit tech use so you can make the most of the time you have.
- Schedule tech-free time around regular activities like meals. Once you’ve set boundaries, maintain them.
- The next time your child asks you something you don’t have the answer to, resist the urge to Google it. Each of you make three guesses as to the answer.
- When you’re spending times at attractions or on vacation, ask questions of staff and pick up printed guides and information, so you don’t have to rely on your phone for directions and information.
- Read these tips to limit screen time for your kiddos. (& recommended screen time by age)
Your child will have plenty of opportunities to learn and interact with technology, but they can never have too much time playing, talking, bonding with and learning from you.
Time with family > time with technology
The most important thing you can do this Spring Break is to take advantage of opportunities to spend extra time with your children.
Not everyone is able to take time off work or afford a family vacation, but you don’t need a lot of extra time or a big budget to make memories. Connect and bond with your children during your extra time together – however much that may be.
Any extra time is a great!
Have other ideas of how to make the most of Spring Break? Drop your Spring Break ideas in the comments…
We hope your family gets to spend a little extra time together over Spring Break!
From our family to yours,
Brought to you by The Family Conservancy
Helping Children & Strengthening Families since 1880.