Family Life

10 Free Things to Do During Spring Break

March 28, 2017

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

We’re just kicking off our second week of spring break (one bonus of school starting in late July is that we get two weeks of spring break AND two weeks of fall break).

On the first morning of spring break, I had the girls make a list of what they wanted to do during their two weeks off, and it was so fun to see what they came up with (some of it was very detailed, like having specific friends over on specific days).

Spring break landed on some gorgeous weather this year, and it really feels like spring – cool breezes, sunny skies, and pretty much perfect temperatures (except for one 96 degree day last week. Yikes!), so lots of the activities we decided on are outdoors.

I stopped by my local OshKosh B’gosh Store last week and I loved seeing all the new spring clothing and Easter dresses on the displays – it just looked so bright and happy on every display I looked at. Plus, all the shorts and little tops made me excited for all the summer activities and travel that we have planned.

I picked up some cute new spring outfits for each of the girls now that it’s getting too warm for long sleeves and jeans most days. Plus, nothing says spring like a new pair of sandals (I was super tempted by these striped shoes too).

I love how easy the pieces are to mix and match with other items they own. And their prices are super reasonable, which, since I’m buying for so many small girls, is important to me. (There’s a coupon you can use in-store or online at the bottom of this post!).

They’ve been the perfect outfits for our spring break outings and if you’re looking forward to spring break (or just on the hunt for easy and free activities to do in the afternoons or on weekends), these are ten of our favorite free family activities:

  1. Visit the Pet Store. My children are obsessed with the zoo, but they’re just as happy with a trip to the pet store which is much closer and costs nothing except me lifting Star up to look in all the fish tanks for thirty minutes. I guess I should count it as a workout.
  2. Check out your library’s programs. Many libraries do fun events during spring break, whether it’s showing a movie, some sort of activity or craft, or even just regular story time. Plus, it’s a chance to pick up the world’s most giant pile of books to read during spring break.
  3. Have a movie morning. We do movie night almost every Friday night, but doing a movie on a different day of the week and in the morning, rather than at night, seems special. And if you do popcorn or bowls of cereal to go along with it, that’s extra fun.
  4. Go on a scavenger hunt walk. Sometimes when I really need to get out of the house but the girls are resisting going for a walk, I write down a list of things for them to find while we’re out and suddenly they’re all enthusiastic. From a potato bug to a newspaper to a red leaf to two people walking together, having something to look for and then cross off their list is one of their favorite activities.
  5. Eat a meal al fresco. Whether it’s a picnic lunch in the park or dinner on the back patio, any meal eaten outside is automatically more fun. Plus, when the weather is gorgeous, you want to take advantage of it!
  6. Visit a new park. We have a park within a quick walk of our front door, but the Phoenix metro is FULL of great parks and I try to keep a running list of new ones to check out. And my children are at the golden ages where they actually can play on their own now and I can sit on a bench and read a book (and nurse a baby. . . ).
  7. Arrange a play date. My girls LOVE having friends over and would happily play for hours and hours with friends. I especially like it when I can get my act together enough to invite the mom to come too and have lunch together. Even a peanut butter sandwich and some store-brand chips seem a lot more fun when you have friends around. And I could always use a little more adult interaction.
  8. Visit a bookstore (or the toy aisle at any store). Whenever I need something to keep everyone happy for an hour or two, the bookstore is a sure win.
  9. Find a pond or river. Take along some bread to feed the ducks or throw rocks. My girls LOVE a pond and could spend a solid hour just looking in the water, poking sticks in, and tossing rocks.
  10. Have a family game afternoon or night. We have a giant collection of games and the girls love when we set aside an hour to just play whatever games they want, from Nine Innings to Sleeping Queens to Sequence Jr.

Any other fun and free suggestions?

And if you’re looking for some new spring clothing or Easter outfits, stop by your local OshKosh store or check out their darling clothing online. And don’t forget to use the code OKBG3270 online or 036602 in-store for 25% off a $40+ purchase.

Happy Spring Break!

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  • Reply Sarah March 28, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Your girls are all equally adorable but I have to mention Ani’s hair, it is gorgeous! She may not always love it but I’m sure you’ll tell her how beautiful it is. My children are big now and I so enjoy seeing yours growing up.

  • Reply Torrie March 28, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I think when my daughter’s a little older, I would love to have her volunteer at an animal shelter (or a post office food drive) over an extended vacation. I was able to do volunteer things like that growing up, and they are some of my favorite memories.

    Also, if you have a local nature conservatory, they’ll often have free nature programs for kids, so that’s a good option too!

  • Reply Paige March 30, 2017 at 11:33 am

    These are all awesome ideas! I only recently let Jay know that there was a toy aisle at Target and I’m surprised by how much he loves looking and seeing everything, but being okay when we don’t take things home either!

  • Reply Beth March 30, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    We had some Japanese gardens that were also lovely and fun for the kids; a different sort of park for them. Or we’d go to a different branch of the library. And not quite free, but just riding the commuter train was an adventure for my train-mad pre-schoolers (although one mean conductor tried to claim that only one under-five per adult was free, although he had no documentation besides the “under five: free” sign on the ticket chart.).

    Oh, this sounds a bit kill-joyish, but I just saw somewhere that bread is bad for ducks! Who knew? Apparently we were supposed to be tossing frozen peas or corn at the birds.

    • Reply Christine April 1, 2017 at 7:55 pm

      I just heard the same thing about ducks, can’t believe after 30 years I’m just now hearing this! I even grabbed bread and went to feed a cute duck couple that was bathing in a puddle in our alley when I got home from work last month.

      I did read oats are good for them too (rolled or instant), and I seem to always have those on hand, but it’s just not the same 🙁 Hopefully I haven’t made too many ducks sick, but at least I’m not leaving them cherry pies, like I saw someone did at our neighborhood pond!

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