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  • Spring Break Activities for the Entire Family

    I’m not sure how spring break is already right around the corner … I literally feel like it slapped me right in the face this year. Time is definitely flying by. That’s the bad news. The good news is that we are the pilots, and we create the memories. If you are lucky enough to stay home with your kiddos for the entire week, or even part of the week, here are some fun activities for the entire family. 
    • Grab your favorite books and head outside. Plan a picnic! Spread a blanket in the grass, take a few books outdoors and read to each other, or flip through picture books. What matters most is the quality time you spend showing your kids the importance of sitting down with a good book.


    • Bake a dessert for a neighbor or bring treats to a fire station. Pull out your favorite family recipe, or simply buy a mix at the grocery store, and have the kids decorate with sprinkles and icing. This will not only create fun times in the kitchen, but it’s also a kind gesture and will make someone’s day a little brighter. 


    • Record video messages for far away family and friends. Put on silly costumes, come up with a family song, do a silly dance. This is fun for the entire family and will remain in the memory box forever. 


    • Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits. Have the kids make lemonade and baked goods and sell them in the neighborhood. Let the kiddos pick a favorite charity to donate the proceeds to. 


    • Backyard camping. The weather in Florida is perfect for this. Tell ghost stories, look at the stars, and enjoy some yummy s’mores all in the comfort of your very own backyard.


    • Plant flowers. Let your child pick out what kind of flower he or she wants to plant and teach them how to take care of it. You can create an entire garden or just plant different seeds in a few pots. 


    • Go to your local farmer’s market. Communities usually have markets on the weekends where you can get locally grown produce and other homemade items. There is plenty for the kids to do, and the food is fresh and delicious.


    • Go to the library. There are many benefits your local library has to offer besides just books. You can rent movies, page through magazines, or surf the net.


    • Put together a jigsaw puzzle. 


    • Make vision boards. This is a great activity for the entire family. Buy a variety of magazines and large poster boards. Sit together as a family and discuss your dreams and goals. Cut pictures out of the magazines and glue them on your individual boards. 


    • Visit a pet store. You might even come home with a new family member. (wink wink)


    • Have a blind taste test. It’s a fun, quick game that includes a ton of laughing, but not much prep.


    Whether or not you live in a climate where you are still bundled up inside, or you have the opportunity to enjoy the fresh outdoors, the possibilities are endless. It’s all about keeping the kids entertained, not spending a fortune, and spending time together as a family. 


    Happy Spring Break,

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