Spring Break Ideas for Families

Spring Break is nearly upon us and this year I’ll be spending the entire week alone with six kids.

SIX. How on earth am I going to keep them all occupied? How am I going to keep the fussing to a minimum? How will I survive?

Granted, they are my own six kids, and they are pretty lovable (if I do say so myself). Even so, I still had a brief deer-in-the-headlights kind of moment when my husband informed me that he would be out of town for the entire week of Spring Break on business, which meant I would be flying solo for a few days. It’s kind of a shame that he has to miss the whole week of their vacation, but I am determined to have a good week at home with the kids while he’s gone. 

So, how am I going to occupy the time of six kids, for seven days, by myself?

  1. We are having a pajama day. Families get so busy with all the activities that life has to offer and we all get tired. I started to say that I get tired, but then I realized that the kids are tired too. We all need a break from the hectic schedule of our busy family. We are looking forward to a day to sleep in, lounge around, and not have to go anywhere. Bring on the jammies.
  2. We are going to the park. We are so fortunate to live next to several amazing parks with great playgrounds and also a few nature preserves that we don’t visit as often as we should. It’s hard to get all of my kids to agree on anything at the same time, but the park is a favorite for all six of them, aged 4-17. And the best part? After running around for a few hours, they are all tired and ready to relax and go to bed at a reasonable hour.
  3. We are going to the library. Truthfully, going to the library isn’t an out-of-the-ordinary activity for us. We love love love books and reading at our house and we go to the library frequently. There’s nothing like the excitement of bringing home a fresh stack of books to devour. We are hosting our own Spring Break reading challenge, complete with punchable bookmark trackers. It’s a great time to read for our own enjoyment, not just for homework. (You can get your own Spring Break Reading Challenge Bookmarks, too, just check out my shop.)
    Reading Challenge Bookmarks
    Spring Break Reading Challenge Bookmarks
  4. We are pulling out the art supplies. My kids love to draw, paint, sculpt, and build stuff out of empty boxes. These are all actvities that are super fun, and usually super messy, so we don’t get them out every day. It should be a great time creating our own masterpieces and showing them to dad when he gets home.
  5. We are having dessert. We actually don’t have dessert every night, so this is kind of a big deal at our house.  I am not above using a few sweet treats to set the week apart from the norm.

How are you spending your Spring Break?I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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