With the first hints of warm weather finally hitting the Bay Area, we’re about as excited as our kids at the thought of swapping our coats for sunscreen and sandals and the glorious return of park playdates and outdoor adventures. Yes, it’s safe to say that we’re happily welcoming Spring Break with open arms. While our kiddos will be eagerly asking us “what’s next?” we’re keeping our fingers crossed that we can come up with enough activities to keep them entertained and prevent a Spring Break meltdown. We’ve rounded up a few great options that will let you celebrate this time off with your kiddo without having to pack your suitcases. So get out there and let the Spring Break revelry begin!
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1. Plan an animal-filled day that will delight every kind of wildlife-loving kid. For the mini marine biologists, meet a sea lion, for kids who love cats, head to the zoo and see their new furry feline. Kids who daydream about soaring through the skies will get a kick out of these local birdwatching spots, or make some new barnyard buddies at a petting zoo.
2. So our kids may still be on their butter pasta binge, but we’ve still got our fingers crossed that they’ll grow up to be foodies like us. There’s no better way to get your little chefs to appreciate the food they eat than by teaching them how to prepare it themselves. Check out a cooking camp where kids create a savory meal followed by an afternoon dessert–all kid-tested and kid-approved!
3. With a week off school, no doubt your kids are bounding with extra energy. Channel some of that extra pep into a training session for a pint-sized Triathlon. They’re fun, teach kids about sportsmanship, and are a great way to keep your kiddos healthy.
4. Living in the city means that our kids grow up learning their public transit lines and where to score amazing food cart eats like a pro. But even dyed-in-the-wool city kids need a nature excursion every now and then, and what better way than a waterfall hike? These hikes are perfect for little legs and offer vistas of nature’s most beautiful spectacles.
5. Does your kiddos fancy themselves a dino expert? Can they name their dinosaurs better than their U.S. states and presidents? Put their paleontology skills to the test with reptilian role-playing activities and exhibits at the Zoo’s prehistoric playspace, the Dinosaur Revolution Maze!
6. Spring Break can only mean one thing: lots and lots of playtime. Spice up your playdates by doing something both you and your kids can enjoy. These local parks offer tons of fun play structures for kids and stunning views for parents to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
7. If you’re one of the lucky parents who gets to share this time off with your kids, then getting out of town for the day (or more, it is Spring Break after all!) is the perfect excuse for a road trip. Head north to check out the state capitol, which is a veritable gold mine of activities. Or, spend the day a little closer to the Bay in family-friendly Orinda.
8. After all your daily adventures, we’re sure both you and your brood will need a little bit of time to unwind. Snuggle up next to your bookworms at a drop-in story time and let their imaginations do a little running around, instead of their feet.
9. After a relatively mild winter, it looks like we’re finally starting to get some warmer weather here in the Bay Area. It’s time to dust off those bicycle helmets, pump up those tires, and go for a ride. Even if your little ones are too young to pedal, they can still check out the scenic views from the comfort of their bike trailer.
10. Just because our kiddos aren’t in school this week doesn’t mean their imaginations need to slow down at all. Keep those little minds sharp and work on those fine motor skills with a LEGO building session. Brick builders, no matter what the age can’t resist these colorful little blocks, and we love that these plastic pieces will keep them occupied for a few hours.
So, what do you have on your Spring Break itinerary? Share your plans with us in a comment below!
Dino Maze Photo by Marianne Hale