Spring break can be a fun time for families to participate in fun activities they normally don't have time to do during the school year. From local events to travel vacations
, there are countless fun activities these days for children. Choose an activity that suits your children's interests, or introduce them to something new. Invite extended family to join you in these activities if they have children as well.
Sign up your child for a kid-friendly cooking class for the week of spring break. Many local parks departments, gourmet kitchen stores and private chefs offer kid-friendly cooking classes. Kids learn how to cook basics like pizza, chicken nuggets and spaghetti and meatballs. If your local gourmet store does not offer kids' classes, ask them for references for a private chef and organize your own class. Arrange to have the chef come to your home to teach the class to your kids and their friends each day of spring break.
Crusing With Kids
Take a family-friendly cruise like a Disney cruise (see Resources). These cruises are packed with fun activities for both children and their parents. What most parents enjoy is that while the kids are participating in their fun activities, the adults can do their own thing. Many of these kid-friendly cruises have fun shore excursions like rain forest hikes or swimming with the dolphins.
Take your kids camping during spring break (see Resources). Find a local campsite and pack up your car with tents, sleeping bags, food and beverages for a fun and inexpensive way to entertain your kids. Your kids will learn how to build a fire, cook food from scratch and set up a tent. There will be no television or video games, so you will have nothing but quality time with your kids. If traveling to a campsite is not right for your family, plan a backyard camping trip. This way you have all the comforts of home close to you in case of an emergency.
Connors, a commercial pilot for the past decade, has traveled all over the world sampling the best from each culture. As a freelance writer for Handmark media, he draws literary inspiration from his years as a top New York city chef and his travels around the world as a pilot.