Staying home for spring break doesn’t have to be dreary. Whether you’re stuck working or just trying to save money, the power of compromise and creativity can make your staycation memorable.
Make Your Own Movie Theater
Make movies magical by transforming your space. If you have access to a projector, you can set up a mini theater outside. Hang a canvas or sheet, bring out some comfy chairs and blankets, pop a bucket of popcorn, and watch away! No projector? No problem. Set up tents or pillow forts and watch movies inside (even if it’s in the middle of the living room). You can even recreate the drive-in feel by creating “cars” out of cardboard boxes or plastic bins. Arrange your faux-autos around the TV, and don’t forget the snacks!
Bring the Destination to You
Dreaming of Hawaii? Interested in an arctic cruise? You can bring a little of your dream destination home without breaking the bank. Do some research—as a family. What do people eat in the region you’d like to visit? What music do they listen to? Do people dress a certain way, play specific games, or have their own traditions? Once you know more, set aside time to craft your dream destination. Engage your imaginations. Don’t forget your cameras!
Good Old-Fashioned Quality Time
Many parents, especially moms, feel pressured to be creative and on the go—all the time. It can be overwhelming. Sometimes it’s a relief to get back to the basics. Check your local paper or library for free or low-cost activities. Explore unfamiliar places in your town, or extend your daily errands into unexplored territories. You can even host a family board (or video) game tournament.
Whatever you decide to do this break, make sure you relax and enjoy yourself! An expensive vacation can’t ever replace the memories you create by gifting your time.