*Thank you to Chelsea Enders for this guest post about ways to keep busy and have fun during spring break!
With spring break time upon us, we were asked about what we would be doing since we don’t really get much of the “break,” and are being kept home in the midst of a quarantine.
Sure, maybe we can’t imagine this break being great — but it we certainly can make it good.
This isn’t the wildest our lives have been. My children have been in far more stressful situations. They’ve seen far worse changes unfold in their lives, and I certainly don’t think this quarantine even touches their top 10 in terms of overcoming obstacles.
So I am here to tell you, the kids will be okay.
The changes to Easter/Spring Break 2020 will not negatively affect who they are and what they become. Sure, in quarantine you may feel that you’re surviving not thriving, but keep in mind that a lot of people live in this state more often than not. They still turn out pretty terrific. So missing out on a few months of “normal,” well, I think it will still be okay.
There are kids out there who don’t have a home like ours do. Staying home in quarantine is actually hurting them. There are kids who NEED school for safety and security. We can still make spring break fun while acknowledging that our kids can handle having to stay home.
So how can we make spring break feel fabulous while we’re chasing our fleeing sanity?
One way we often enjoy kicking off break is by creating a bucket list board. Think camping, berry picking, road trip, landmarks, beach trips, etc. This year our board looks a little different. This year, we’re focusing on the fun we can have at home. There is still so much that we can do here, during this time of the COVID-19 quarantine.
It is easy to fall into a trap of thinking negatively. It is simple to assume that our kids can’t acclimate to or enjoy the current season we’re in, but they can if YOU can. Our kids don’t need extravagant and exciting, they just need time with family to have a little fun.
Here are some ideas to still make spring break fun
First, create a board of squares or a list with boxes to check where all of your proposed activities will go. It can be an afternoon of art with the kids, or you can just type up a document with a cute design. Then, start adding activities to it.
Think experiences such as,
- Dance in the rain and jump in the puddles
- Water fights
- Worm races
- Contact-free scavenger hunts
- Nature exploration
- Cloud watching
- Cooking competition
- Fishing derby
- Backyard fires
- Obstacle course afternoons
- Game night
- Bubble blowing
- Craft creating
- FaceTime play date with friends or family
- Tea party
- Family photoshoot
- Picnics without a park
- Fly a kite
- Make some music
- Paper airplanes
- Wash the cars
- Bird and bug watching
The list is endless. You may feel that this break can’t be great, but parents, you can certainly make it good, and that may be the next best thing. If there is anything that I’ve learned throughout our long list of chaotic times, and during our seasons of survival, is that these kids just need love and laughter. They don’t need the lists and the plans. They don’t need us teach them that we don’t want to be here, too. They sense that.
What they need is to see that we won’t cancel our laughter and love simply because our circumstances change. They need to feel that their family is still a family, even if it looks a little different, or feels a little off. They need a spring break of smiles and sillies. We need to give them adventures at home. We need to stop thinking that quarantine is damaging our kids and start thinking that our kids can have a good spring break if we let them — and lead them to it.
Sure, spring break may feel funky, but that’s absolutely no reason why we can’t make it fun.
About the Author
Chelsea Enders is a 28-year-old military spouse with girls ages 2, 5, and 8. Her family has called many houses home and seen their fair share of difficult deployments, but this life has also given them experiences that you can’t get anywhere else. Right now, Chelsea stays home full-time with her family, but when she heads back to work eventually, you will find her in an elementary classroom, still surrounded by kids. As a parent, she hopes to give her three girls adventure. She strives to open their minds, fill their hearts, and help them take in the wonderful world around. As a friend, Chelsea knows that we are all parenting on different paths, but we are all in this together.