For the second year in a row, we’ve decided to spend Spring Break at home, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. We will not be fighting crowds at popular destinations. We won’t be overpaying for airfare. We won’t be spending hours in the car only to experience randomly cold and rainy weather when we reach our destination.
It’s possible that I’m a little bitter about our previous Spring Break trips…
Whether this is your first time spending Spring Break at home, or you’re a seasoned non-traveler like myself, I’m teaming up with Yoplait to share my top tips for a great Spring Break Staycation.
1. Make a Plan
While the kids and I look forward to our week of being home together every spring, it can go downhill fast without a plan. I don’t try to overschedule anything, but I try to make sure we have at least one thing scheduled each day.
This printable Spring Break Planner allows us to brainstorm ideas for the week and then plug them into the days that make the most sense. We post it on the fridge, so everyone can see what we have scheduled for each day.
2. Go Camping
Living in Ohio, even a backyard campout is a little too chilly during Spring Break. But that doesn’t mean we can’t set a tent up in the living room and camp there instead.
We set up the play tent, and the kids (and the dog) had fun reading, eating snacks and relaxing at our “campsite” all day long.
And while Alice had planned to sleep there all night, she ended up in her own bed before the night was over.
3. Create a Scavenger Hunt (or other activities to keep your kids occupied)
While I love spending Spring Break with my kids, I also have to get a little bit of work accomplished while they’re home. They’re usually pretty good about occupying themselves, but I like to make it fun for them too.
One way to do this is to create a quick scavenger hunt game for them to accomplish. I usually jot a few things down on a notecard and tell them to spend the next 30 minutes “hunting” for their finds.
Usually they just collect what they find, but my daughter got a camera for her birthday this year, so she was excited to take pictures instead.
4. Try a New Recipe
When Yoplait announced their new Girl Scout Cookie™- inspired yogurt flavors, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to try a new recipe with my kids.
Yes – I just said that Yoplait now has Girl Scout Cookie™- inspired yogurt flavors – and this is every bit as amazing as it sounds. Click here to learn more about these new flavors and how you can find some near you!
As a team, the kids and I made 1-ingredient Girl Scout Cookie™ Popsicles.
First, everyone got to choose their favorite flavor. Alice chose Whips! Thin Mints®. Miles chose Original Caramel Coconut . And Simon decided that Peanut Butter Chocolate was the clear winner. Click here to learn more about these new flavors.
Then, they simply spooned their yogurt into the popsicle molds, put them in the freezer for six hours, and their popsicles were ready to eat.
It doesn’t get much easier than that!
They especially love it when I tell them that OF COURSE they can have a popsicle for breakfast!
Mom On with Yoplait
This post was created in partnership with Yoplait. All opinions are my own.