Spring Break Ideas for Parents Who are Ballin’ & Ballin’ on a Budget

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It’s that time of year again for many kids around the country: SPRING BREAK….WOOOHOOOO! So have you planned for spring break at all? Do you have a budget set aside to pay for it? Do you even have a list of ideas of what to do with the kiddos during spring break? Whether you are ballin’ or ballin’ on a budget, there are plenty of things you can do and places you can go for your kids’ spring break. As a parent myself who has bounced around ideas on this, I thought I’d share a list that will hopefully help someone out. Check it out:

Orlando, Florida
A fav destination for many kids, Orlando is well-known for attractions such as Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Sea World and many more. Orlando is also a short drive from some of the country’s nicest beaches such as Cocoa Beach (approx. 1 hr, 5 min), Daytona Beach (approx. 1 hr, 7 min), and Treasure Island (approx. 1 hr, 57 min) among several others. So it is definitely a great place to visit with numerous options for kids and adults to enjoy. Of course, depending on where you are traveling from you will need to take into consideration costs for transportation and lodging so this type of trip would definitely require a budget and good planning.

Branson, Missouri
If you’re in the Midwest like me then Branson may be a destination you’ve considered for spring break, as well. Although not quite as warm as Florida during this time of the year, there is still much to do in Branson that the whole family is sure to enjoy. With attractions such as Silver Dollar City theme park, boat rides, zip lining, great shopping and the beautiful scenic views of the Ozark Mountains Branson is definitely an idea destination for Midwesterners and those nearby who are not looking to travel too far.

If you don’t feel like traveling somewhere with the kiddos then why not plan a staycation? A stay-cation is a vacation within the city in which you live. It often involves getting a hotel and doing things you would do on an actual vacation. Look up a list of nice hotels in your city that have amenities kids enjoy such as an indoor swimming pool or even water park. Maybe there are some resorts where you live that you can take the kids to for a few days. Or if you feel up to it maybe you can invite some of your kid’s friend’s to the hotel for a sleepover. Get another parent to help you with food, games, and movies to keep the kids entertained through the night. Or maybe you do not feel like booking a hotel room. Other staycation ideas include camping out in your backyard (with roasted s’mores and all!), being a tourist in your own town and visiting new places, or even taking your kids on a scavenger hunt across town. There are all kinds of things you can do for a fun spring break the kids will enjoy right in your hometown.

Cheap Plane/Train Ride
Jump on your fav travel sites and look for last minute deals for short plane or train rides. You never know what deals you may find but there is sure to be something out there that would be fun for you and the kids. Let the search for transportation deals lead you to the destination options and for more fun let your kid choose where to go.

US Virgin Islands
Maybe you want the kids to experience a Caribbean vacay but don’t feel like dealing with the hassle of getting passports for everyone (or you just don’t have enough time to get them). The US Virgin Islands is a great choice to consider. With family-friendly resorts such as the Westin St. John Resort and Villas and The Buccaneer, you can find great activities for the entire family to enjoy in addition to the beautiful US Virgin Island beaches. This could definitely be a vacay that you and your kids would never forget.

Other Ideas

There are many other ideas for things to do with the kids for spring break.

– Create a list of places in your hometown to take them each day of the week
– Instead of cooking at home take them out for dinner to their restaurants of choice
– Let them invite their friends over to the house for a sleepover
– Let them have a themed party
– Let them have a paint party with their friends where they can enjoy snacks and soft drinks while creating their masterpieces (similar to Painting with a Twist except for kids)

I hope you find some of these ideas helpful. Now get to plannin’ and enjoy!!


About Keke

I'm a wife, mother, IT career woman, MBA, fun, loving person who enjoys wearing multiple hats and living life to the fullest. I was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and have been working in the field of technology for over a decade, which I enjoy very much. Additionally, I'm passionate about fitness and eating well so I'm always researching related topics and enjoy sharing this information with others. My blog merges the things I'm passionate about by turning these topics into what I hope you find are interesting blog posts. So glad you stopped by and hope to see you back here soon!

4 comments on “Spring Break Ideas for Parents Who are Ballin’ & Ballin’ on a Budget

  1. These are some great ideas! We’re planning a staycation outside of a 4 hour drive to Charlotte, NC to visit G-Ma for a few days. There is so much to do here in central VA. We could take the short drive to DC or to VA Beach and we have Kings Dominion and Busch Gardens less than an hour away. We’re going to keep it as budget friendly as possible considering they have a long summer to drain our pockets 🙂

    • Oh yeah, I’ve heard great things about central VA! I actually interned in Reston, Va going into my senior year of college and commuted from DC daily via train. So much to do there with so many cities close together! Enjoy your staycation!

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