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Keeping Kids Busy During School Vacation Week

Keeping Kids Busy During School Vacation Week

In the three weeks leading up to school vacation week – a total of 15 days of school – we’ve had six snow days in the greater Boston area. Saying no one really needs a vacation from school is an understatement, but here we are. As a working parent, filling up school vacation week can often be a challenge. In my town, vacation camps don’t really exist unless your child is already enrolled in a program the rest of the year, so you need to get a little more creative which takes a lot of planning. Here are some of the ways my family has been staying busy during February school vacation week.

Family Activities for School Vacation Week

We started making our February school vacation plans back in November. A friend was able to get a large group of friends discounted tickets to Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park and resort. A total of six families ventured to the resort for swimming, slides, rock climbing walls, a spa and endless entertainment. It’s a great place for kids of different ages (and parents!).

Wrapped around this was a visit to Monster Jam. Truth be told, I NEVER thought I’d take my kids to Monster Jam but when a friend invited our family of four to join her family of four, we figured why not? I think my 8-year-old daughter enjoyed it the most. The exhaust was much more bothersome than I expected, but all in all the kids had a good time and it gave us something to do on what turned out to be an incredibly snowy day.

Family night at Monster Jam

We also squeezed in a very quick trip to New Hampshire. About 36 hours in total spent in what turned out to be VERY cold North Conway. Again, we ventured north with friends which made the trip awesome. Sure, a last minute blizzard that dumped another foot on us in Massachusetts before we left and a leaky roof could have stopped us, but we didn’t let it. The weather prevented the kids from skiing but just being away with another family made for a fun mini vacation. We even visited a local railroad museum and weather museum – something I’ve never done in the 20+ years we’ve been vising that area.

Kids at Mt. Washington Observatory

The day we came back from North Conway, another friend used her husband’s Marriott rewards to book a room at a Courtyard just 10 minutes from where we live. For this reservation, she was able to access the pool and invited us to join her. So for a few hours, it was like we were in another world as the kids swam and we all ate pizza around the pool. Again, the best part was being with friends.

Kids jumping in the hotel pool

Of course, with work hanging over our heads, it hasn’t been all fun and games. My husband and I each worked two days during the vacation week (in fact he’s traveling). Thanks to Grandma for planning a fun day at her house and pure exhaustion landing the kids in front of a TV on another day. With this school vacation week being successful, I’m already thinking about what we’ll do during April vacation. Here are some fun ideas I’ve come up with thus far whether it’s snowy or sunny!

School Vacation Week Activity Ideas for Kids

1. Bowling
2. Ice skating
3. Skiing (or ski camp)
4. Going to the movies
5. Visiting the library
6. Visiting grandparents/cousins/aunts/uncles
7. Finding an indoor pool
8. Hitting a local museum
9. Renting a hotel room for a quick getaway – even if it’s just in the nearest city
10. Finding and taking a cooking class
11. Finding and taking an art class
12. Sledding
13. Visiting a craft store and bringing home something fun to do

What do you do during school vacation weeks when you aren’t taking a family vacation? How does your family stay busy?


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