It seems like the holidays actually just ended (my neighbors still have their lights up so that tells me it’s not even technically over yet), and I’m already hearing chatter about February vacation. The thing about February vacation (in New England) is that it comes smack dab in the middle of the winter — merely weeks after the last “break” from school.
For those of you who are headed off to paradise in a luxury boat and plan to sip piña coladas while your children flock to the pool, good for you! For everyone else, here are a few ideas so you won’t drive yourself crazy all week with the kids home, broken up into three categories: free, reasonably priced, and splurge.
Libraries! We absolutely love the library – and the best part is that it can be great for all ages. We even tend to go library hunting (instead of visiting the one closest to our house each week) to find new experiences. Build a scavenger hunt of history into the library visit so that your children are ::gasp:: getting some education during their vacation! Some libraries may even have different hours or special events and activities going on during the vacation, so be sure to check out their websites before you go!
Playdates! There is nothing better than a playdate with a purpose. Invite some friends over for a pizza making party or a movie marathon! Having the kids all together will be so much fun– especially if a group of five moms offers to host one day each.
Museums! Providence Children’s Museum is a personal favorite of ours and can be even more cost-effective if you obtain the passes at the library for ½ priced ticket admission. We love exploring the kitchen areas, the I-95 construction project, and the water tables! It’s a great spot for the super little ones as well because they have a room that is specifically designed for children under the age of 4. Even better: it is also open on Mondays during holidays and school vacation.
Indoor fun! Think rock climbing, family swim hour, and bowling! Most of these activities can be found throughout the state and are always a sure hit with the kids. Sometimes it’s very necessary to get the kids out of the house, even for a couple of hours, so that they aren’t sitting on the couch or making you regret not booking that family vacation.
Outdoor fun! Skiing, ice skating, bumper cars in Providence! These are all super fun ways to spend the break, especially if you love the cold and want to get some fresh air. Many mountains have opportunities for ski school so that the parents can get some alone time in as well. Be sure to head to a professional ice rink if you’re going to try your feet at skating (Boston also has a great rink if you’re feeling up to a day trip!) and if you would prefer to stay closer to home, head over to the Alex and Ani Rink where you can experience bumper cars!
Can’t wait to hear what you’ve got planned for the upcoming vacation! What else would you add to the list? Be sure to let us know.