152 Things to do with Kids: Spring Break Ideas for Families on a Budget

Spring Break…a time filled with endless opportunities for exploring with the kids and taking a few days to just be.

But we can all agree, finding fun things to do is easier said then done. If you’re reading this and wondering, “When is my kid’s Spring Break?” we’ve got you covered.

We compiled a list of 152 Spring Break ideas for families on a budget, so your kids never get bored. (Without spending a ton…)

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Things to Do on Spring Break with Kids

Find things to do on Spring Break ideas below! Activities, games & inspiration for your family’s Spring Break…in Kansas City.

Pro-Tip: One fun way to get the whole family involved is to print out and share this list with your partner and kids.

Have each person choose their favorite activity to complete together over Spring Break.

Looking for a specific activity or event? Check out our 2019 Spring Break Camps, Events, and Activities Guide!

When is Your Child’s Spring Break is? Find the complete list of Spring Break dates in KC.


Cheap (or FREE) Spring Break Ideas:

  1. Host a Hula Hoop Contest
  2. Go Swimming (Indoors)
  3. Take a Neighborhood Walk or Nature Adventure
  4. Get Outside for a Bike Ride – there are lots of great trails around town
  5. Grab a POGO Pass & get tons of things to do
  6. Try a New Restaurant (Where do Kids Eat Free in KC?)
  7. Go on a Shopping Spree at Dollar Tree
  8. Host an At-Home Bake Off
  9. Host Friends for Game Night or hold a Family Game Night
  10. Make your own Pizza Night
  11. Learn Something New – Take a Class
  12. Visit Your Local Library to explore their programs for kids!
  13. Try Frozen Themed Yoga with the Kids (Thanks Youtube!)
  14. Get Out for a Game of Frisbee Golf
  15. Go on a Geocache Adventure (fee to download)
  16. Explore a Kansas City Parks & Trails
  17. Have Your Child Teach You Something
  18. Visit Distant Relatives (if they’re close)
  19. Explore downtown KC
  20. Go fishingif it’s warm enough!
  21. Get To Know Your Neighbors
  22. SHOPPING SPREE…at the Dollar Tree!  (This is my kiddos favorite & less than $5!)
  23. Spend Time at the local Playground
  24. Or, explore the Best Playgrounds in KC
  25. Create an obstacle course in your backyard or inside if it’s cold
  26. Visit the Nature Center
  27. Spring Cleaning! …take advantage of those extra helpers for the week!
  28. Explore Crown Center
  29. Create at Kaleidoscope
  30. Grab an Ice Cream Cone
  31. Take the kids to B&B Theatres for Screen Play! (Tuesdays at $2 OFF)
  32. Host a Picnic in the Park
  33. Check out the Best Camping Spots near you
  34. Go Camping in the Backyard or living room (if you want to stay home)
  35. Ride the Ferris wheel at Scheels…for free
  36. Explore Science City
  37. Ride the KC Street Car
  38. Go to a Royals game
  39. Road Trip to Topeka
  40. Road Trip to Jefferson City
  41. Day trip to St. Louis
  42. Or, head to Branson for the weekend
  43. Take a Day Trip or Weekend Trip
  44. Make a Fort…pillow fort?
  45. Volunteer at Wayside Waifs
  46. Have Family Photos Taken
  47. Let the Kids Adventure in Photography Outdoors
  48. Play Hide and Seek
  49. Play Laser Tag at Paradise Park or check out their other SPRING BREAK DEALS!
  50. Host Spring Break Olympics
  51. Sit Down for Breakfast with Your Family
  52. Get Caught Up on Organizing
  53. Have the Kids Create their own Homework
  54. Visit Deanna Rose Farmstead (Open April)
  55. Explore the Kansas City Zoo
  56. Take a Stroll Around the Plaza
  57. Explore a Hiking Trail You’ve Never Been To
  58. Have the Kids Write Short Stories to Read Aloud
  59. Consider Adopting a New Family Friend
  60. Or Just Foster One Temporarily
  61. Start Your Garden
  62. Host a Lemonade Stand
  63. Deliver Lemonade (or other foods) to Your Neighbors
  64. Plan Your Dream Vacation
  65. Use That to Inspire A Mini-Vacation
  66. Add Some Flowers to Your Front Door Step or Plant a Garden
  67. Play a Round of Mini-Golf
  68. Design Your Own Scavenger Hunt
  69. Write a Letter to a Friend
  70. Find some Sand for a Sandcastle
  71. Make up Your Own Game
  72. Create a Recipe from Scratch….cookies anyone?
  73. Get Dirty – Play in the Mud
  74. See If You Can Find Lightning Bugs at Night
  75. Plant a Tree
  76. Join a Club or Group
  77. Make a Bird Feeder
  78. Shop at your Local Farmer’s Market
  79. Volunteer with your children in KC
  80. Visit a Local Farm
  81. Open Your Child’s First Bank Account
  82. Organize Your Bedrooms
  83. Stay In Together With Your Family
  84. Go Out and Go Bowling
  85. Visit the WWI Museum
  86. Visit The Nelson-Atkins (for FREE)
  87. Host a Car Wash
  88. Have a Water Fight
  89. Paint a Picture
  90. Watch the Sunset
  91. Bounce Around at Giggles N Jiggles
  92. Let the Kids Move Furniture in the Living Room
  93. Host a Bonfire & Roast Marshmallows
  94. Host an Outdoor Movie
  95. Paint Your Nails & Toes
  96. Paint Your Full Body (outside…of course)
  97. Bake a Cake or Cookies and Deliver to Someone in Need
  98. Visit a Local Retirement Home
  99. Create a Sidewalk Masterpiece with Chalk
  100. Act Out Your Child’s Favorite Book or Movie
  101. Enjoy the Stars
  102. Watch an IMAX Movie or Extreme Screen at Union Station
  103. Go Horseback Riding Through the Trails (Sunset Trails)
  104. Visit the Botanical Gardens
  105. Run through Loose Park
  106. Decide On Your Easter Plans
  107. Decorate the House for Spring
  108. Write a Book for Your Child and Have Them Read It to You
  109. Go Bird Watching
  110. Make a New Friend
  111. Jump around at Sky Zone, Urban Air, or Above All Trampoline Park
  112. Create a Spring Bucket List for the Next Month
  113. Cut your Hair at Shear Madness
  114. Host an Eating Competition (How many peeps can you fit in your mouth..?)
  115. Host a Tea Party
  116. Take a Cooking Class (MO: The Cooking Station, KS: Taste Buds Kitchen)
  117. Tie-Dye Something…or everything
  118. Make your own frozen treats (Walmart sells the molds)
  119. Race Go-Karts
  120. Make a Ribbon Wand & Play Fairy
  121. Explore Pinterest for Food Ideas
  122. Paint a Room
  123. Host a Culture Night with Food and Music from Another Country
  124. Let Loose and Sing Loud to Your Favorite Soundtrack
  125. Let the Kids Give You a Makeover
  126. Stay In Your Pajamas All Day
  127. Go for a Drive and Get Lost
  128. Take a Day (or Week) Off from Electronics
  129. Do Meditation with the Family
  130. Spend Time Re-Connecting with the Kids
  131. Play Twenty Questions
  132. Visit the alpacas at Yaya’s Alpaca Farm
  133. Learn to Code
  134. Take an Aerial Fitness Class
  135. Go to Jump City
  136. Have a Day Where You Do Nothing
  137. Host a Choose Your Own Adventure Party
  138. Get Up to Watch the Sunrise
  139. Stay Up Way Too Late
  140. Let the Kids Be Parents for the Day
  141. Unplug Everything in the House and See What Changes
  142. Host a Staring Contest and Try Not to Laugh
  143. Do Something Out of the Ordinary
  144. Go on a Late Night Donut Run
  145. Make Bunny Bait
  146. Have a fashion show…or just dress up.
  147. Host a concert for your child’s stuffed animals
  148. Have a family pillow fight
  149. Host a sleepover (or send your children to a sleep over…)
  150. Go Fly a Kite
  151. Turn up the music for a dance party!
  152. Snuggle with your children & watch a movie at home.

We hope this list helps spark inspiration for your own Spring Break ideas to do with your family.

If you think of more ideas, drop them in the comments below! We are always looking for new fun and family-friendly ideas.

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From our family to yours,


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