Planning Spring Break on a Budget

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by Phillippe Diederich for Mamiverse

Spring Break is here again. The kids are off school for a week, and they’re longing to make it a real vacation. But Disney World or the Grand Canyon just aren’t in your budget this year. Don’t worry. Here we present seven ideas to enjoy Spring Break on a budget, and make it special for the kids.

1. Explore your local parks.
Remember, it’s springtime, so load up the bikes, the in-line skates and skateboards, pack a picnic and get out of the house. But don’t just go to the parks you’re used to visiting on the weekends. Go online and explore new parks in your city. Check out the programs at county, state and national parks, because many of these put on events and programs for kids and families, especially during vacation time.

2. Build something.
Have you been procrastinating on a home project? Maybe you’ve always wanted to grow your own vegetables in the back yard. How about a tree house for the kids? Take this week to plan and execute a project with the children. Swing by your local lumberyard to pick up materials, and build whatever you like. Just do it together. Your kids will learn new skills, and take pride in enjoying the project they helped build.

3. Visit family.
This is my all-time favorite. When we’re low on cash and we have time off, we visit the children’s grandparents, aunts and uncles. Everyone gets to bond and our kids get to be in a different environment. And best of all, we get free room and board!

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