Spring Break is here! We are super duper excited to spend some extra time with our kids over the next two weeks, especially since we’ve armed ourselves with a list of ideas for awesome family-friendly Spring Break fun. Take a look at our list so you aren’t scrambling for ways to keep kids entertained and busy during the extra-long break. Use these ideas or get inspired and create your own Spring Break bucket list.
Here are 15 ideas for the best Spring Break ever.
1. Go green for St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day is this weekend, so go all out with green breakfast, lunch and dinner, green shirts, green hair dye, and then go on a hunt for shamrocks, or see if you can spot a rainbow. Take a look at some naturally dyed green food ideas, like mini monster muffins, lucky leprechaun pancakes, and a power green smoothie.
2. Try family yoga
3. Build a fort
Grab some sheets, chairs, clothespins, and a flashlight and string up your very own indoor fort. Or build it outside if the weather permits! You could even put together a Fort Building Kit for your kiddos so they can build a fort any time they would like! Throw some cushions inside, grab a few books, and snuggle in for a cozy and calm afternoon.
4. Do some gardening
Spring has sprung (or at least it’s trying really hard to), and March is a great time to get into your garden, clean it up from the fall and winter months, and start planning and planting. Kids love getting their hands dirty, so let them help out, give them a few seeds to start on the windowsill, and watch their green thumbs blossom. Never gardened with your kids before? We’ve got some tips for you!
5. Go on a hike or ride a bike
Metro Vancouver has some of the most scenic and beautiful hiking trails in the entire world. It would be a shame not to explore them! Grab your trail mix and hit the road. Not sure where to start? Here are 5 places to hike with kids in Metro Vancouver. Would your gang have more fun on wheels? Here are a few great trails to bike with your kids.
6. Plan a summer getaway
Spring Break travel might not work into your plans, but what about Summer Break? Now is a great time to plan your summer travel plans, like camping! Sit down with the whole family and let everyone pitch ideas of where they want to go and the things they want to do.
7. Try out a new playground
Exploring a new-to-you playground is one of the greatest joys of being a kid! Here are 5 awesome playgrounds in Metro Vancouver to visit. We know there are a ton more great playgrounds out there, let us know your favourite playground in the comments below so we can come play.
8. Learn something new
When was the last time you visited the Space Centre? Science World? Have you ever been to Beaty Biodiversity Museum? Spring Break is a great time to spend a day learning and exploring educational venues in Metro Vancouver. Bonus — many venues have special shows and extra programs running throughout the break. Looking for more educational fun? Check out a few more ideas here.
9. Take a daytrip
While a tropical vacation may sound nice, sometimes it just isn’t in the cards (or wallets). Thankfully, the Lower Mainland is a fun place to explore! We love to take the kids and explore different pockets of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Here are some we’ve visited – New Westminster, Fort Langley, Port Moody, & Deep Cove.
10. Tidy up
Spring is an excellent time to do a big clean of your home. Get the kids involved by having them go through their toys to donate old and unused ones. Open up the windows and let the spring breeze float in. We like to clean all our outdoor gear this time of year too, so bikes and scooters all get a good scrub. Have your kids host a neighbourhood bike wash. Not sure where to start? Take a look at these tips from HGTV’s Sarah Baeumler on the best way to get your house sparkling clean for spring!
11. Host an Easter Eggstravaganza
For most school districts, Spring Break runs right up until Easter long weekend, so that means there are lots of extra events taking place AND it means you can go all out for Easter. Dye and decorate your own Easter eggs (like these ones that use FOOD as dye), and plan an extra fun egg hunt.
12. Find a new book
The library is one of those places we always mean to visit but never seem to get around to. If you are the same, make a point this Spring Break to visit your nearest library. There are lots of events happening over Spring Break at Vancouver Public Library branches and at libraries across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley, plus you are bound to find a great display of spring-y books inside!
13. Splash in puddles
Rain is an unfortunate inevitability when it comes to spring and Spring Break in Metro Vancouver. It will rain, so when it does, don’t let it dampen your spirits! We love to get the kids in their waterproof gear, grab a hot cup of coffee, and hit the puddles. Here are 10 ideas for ways to make a rainy day fun outdoors. If rain really isn’t your or your kiddo’s thing, here are 10 indoor things to do on a rainy day in Vancouver and 5 places to visit on a rainy day in the Fraser Valley.
14. Cook up a storm
If your kids have been itching to help out in the kitchen, now is the time to let them! With school out, after-school activities on hold, and most sports clubs on hiatus for the two-week break, chances are you’ve got a pocket of time that will allow for dinner making to be a bit slower than usual. Let your kids pick a recipe to make and help with the grocery shopping. Depending on their age and abilities, you’ll probably have to step in and help chop and measure ingredients, but that’s ok! Let your kids serve everyone and then the whole family can pitch in to help with the dishes.
15. Plan a fancy tea party
Pull out the teddy bears, grab the fancy china, and put on a pot of tea, it’s time for a tea party! Make tea sandwiches and pastries, and don’t forget the clotted cream. If you’d rather get out of the house for a tea party, we’ve found 7 places around Metro Vancouver that serve high tea catered to kids. Don’t forget to wear your fanciest hats!
If you need any more ideas for fun local ways to enjoy spring break, be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to Spring Break Fun in Metro Vancouver. You’re sure to find something to do each and every day in order to ensure that 2018 is your family’s best spring break ever!
By: Michelle Hughes