Monday, April 11, 2011

Spring Break Fun!

About 3 days before Spring Break began, I realized we needed to plan something quick, or we would just be sitting at home with nothing to do!  We established a small budget to work with, and we were able to fill each day with something fun.  Here are some ideas for you, as well, if you have Spring Break coming up (or there is always summer vacation!):

Day 1-
Cost: Free

Day 2-
Trip to my parents house for 3 days
See HOP at the theater
Cost: Gas + $18 for 4 tickets (check for great deals)

We can't wait until Cars 2 comes out!

Day 3:
Cost: $150
I went on Freecycle and asked if anyone had buy one, get one free coupons to Legoland.  A woman responded and was kind enough to mail the tickets to my parents house!  On the day we went, it was pouring rain.  We took a huge risk in going, but the rain stopped about 10 minutes after getting in the park.  The rest of the day was cool but nice, and the crowds were low. The  boys loved every minute of it.  We packed lunches and brought our own snacks to save money.

(Tip: If you want to save money going to Legoland, go to and type in the code 295-teacher.  This will save you $15 per ticket!)

Day 4: 
The Temecula Children's Museum (Pennypickle's Workshop)
Cost: $4.50 per person
This is a great little museum that has a ton of fun things for the kids to do.  You enter the museum at specific times and are allowed about 2 hours to roam around, which is more than enough time.

My mom (Mimi) & Micah

Day 5: 
Get together with friends
Cost: free
We had lunch together at the house, then headed over to the baseball field for some t-ball practice. Both boys are on the Angels (in different cities), and had so much fun playing together.

After having dinner together we went and saw the sunset - amazing!

Day 6:
Sleep all day & recover from all the excitement!
Even if you don't have any money to work with, there are still free activities in most cities that you can take advantage of.  Here are some additional ideas:

-Check the mall near you to see if they offer any free kids' programs (most do on weekdays).
-See if any local movie theaters offer discount prices for kids on weekdays, or discount $2 movies
-Go to the library and check out some new books and movies
-Go to a new park and bring a picnic blanket and lunches
-Plan a scavenger hunt through a wooded area or a park
-Invite some of your kids friends over, or plan a playdate at one of your houses
-Go to McDonalds for lunch and let them play in the playplace (I know, I know, but if you are desperate)... :)
-Get some craft kits from your local dollar store; most have ceramic painting kits that kids will love.
-Take a drive somewhere new.  In our area, we can drive up the hill and look for peacocks.  We did this last week and saw 10 peacocks in one tree!  Ask around to see if there are any farms or wildlife near you.


  1. Sounds like a busy week! Glad you guys had fun :)

  2. Looks like a fun filled week!

  3. Fun we just had our spring break too. Did a playdate, trip to the local amusement park and went to the beach in San Fran.

  4. I did not know about the children's museum! Thanks for sharing so I can now take Rory there!