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March Break Staycation Ideas on a Budget

Before I give you suggestions for a fantastic March break on a budget, you need to plan in advance to disconnect.  Yes, I mean from your phone, your e-mail, your twitter and facebook.  Try making yourself a schedule as to when and how often you will check your phone (every 5 minutes is not considered taking a break!) and put your phone on silent mode for the rest of the time.  We all need time where we can commit to our family whole heartedly.  I always laugh at myself when I say to my children, you aren’t paying attention to me and yet, very often I find myself texting someone and at the same time nodding my head to my kids as if I actually heard what they just said. Now on to the ideas: Staying home for the holidays?

  • Enjoy a family movie night the inexpensive way.  No, I don’t mean by spending $100.00 at the local theater between tickets and a couple of hotdogs.   Snuggle up as a family, turn off all the lights, grab some popcorn or (my fave) potato chips and enjoy some quality movie time in the comfort of your own home.
  • Pitch a tent in the living room, basement as we have done or backyard (weather depending).Pull out the sleeping bags, gather up the flashlights and spooky stories and don’t forget the snacks! We like to invite some of our favorite stuffed animals to join in, makes it cozier. Make it authentic by only allowing flashlights and no lights on.
  • Own a gaming system?  Yes, I am actually going to recommend a gaming system.  I can’t even begin to tell you how many hours of fun we have had as a family with our Kinect system.  We are jumping, dancing, playing sports and most importantly, having fun as a family.
  • Pinterest – Heard of it? Of course you have because everyone you know has been busy pinning!  Need an invite?  Leave your info in the comments section and I will be happy to send you an invite.  Pinterest is where you will find the absolute coolest arts and craft ideas for the kids and cooking ideas which will keep you and your little ones entertained for days.  Here’s my favorite pinterest craft: Crayon Heart Wall Art

Find Things To Do Close To Home:

  • Regardless of the climate you live in, The Zoo tends to be open all year round so give it a try in the winter! Maybe check out your local museums as most will have programs for the break.
  • March break is a great time to discover local towns that you never have the time to visit. Pick a town within a few hours driving distance, search it online in advance and find out what its famous for and take a day road trip!
  • Libraries love March break and often have activities planned around entertaining the kids.
  • If you are Canadian, visit a local ChapterIndigo store, their new kids area is amazing, there are teacups for your kids to sit and read in, and they can spend hours exploring their favorite new books while you catch up on some fabulous and well deserved trashy fiction.
  • Volunteer -Organizations nationwide need people to help out and volunteer, take your kids and teach them by example and how they too can make a difference.

Have some fabulous ideas that our readers would benefit from?  Share them in the comments section below. Hope you have a fabulous March break! Pin It

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