Spring break! Spring break! Can you hear the cheer of the students as they run out of school on a Friday afternoon, ready for the first big vacation of the year? With unusually warm bouts of weather this year, spring break might even prove to be a bit warm with flowers blooming and sunshine to bathe in. On a more serious note, spring break is often a difficult week for parents because the children are looking for entertainment and fun. And they are looking to you – the parents – to provide it. Thankfully, we’ve compiled some great ideas for you and your children this spring. No more boredom or lazy days in front of the television. Try some of these fun activities and enjoy the gift of time with your kids.
For those of you in the big city, check out this great blog from KC Parent. It has so many ideas and thousands of families use the blogged last year to plan their spring break trips. We’ve pulled a few notable mentions below.
Open Jump at Urban Air – If you have kids with lots of energy, then this is the place for you. Much more than a simple trampoline spot, Urban Air incorporates fitness, climbing, building, and so much more. There’s something for kids and adults, not to mention nearby parks for picnics and a little respite.
Ernie Miller Nature Center – The Center is putting on all sorts of special events for spring break. With a fee of only $3 per person, you and your kids can enjoy the aquarium and trails all week long. Plus, park staff have special events, too, like animal stories, Celtic tales, and live animals!
Wichita Art Museum – The museum hosts a special event every spring break and this year it’s an Art-vacation. Children of any age, including college students, can get in for $1 and enjoy art activities every day.
Downtown Pop-up Park – Combining food trucks and a beautiful park, you can come downtown Monday through Friday of spring break to enjoy a gorgeous lunch outside and some running around fun for the kids.
There are many more events and spring break camps happening in the greater Wichita area. Check out this handy website with a comprehensive list.
Your Local Public Library
Libraries all across the state will have free events including science classes, story times, magic shows, and more. Check with your neighborhood spot for their calendar of events and don’t forget to check out some books for the break, too.