Who’s ready for Spring Break? I know I am! Some of us are packing up and heading somewhere warm and sunny and I wish you a safe and fun vacation but if you’re like me, we are having a “stay-cation” right here in Northeast WI.
So, let’s be a tourist, grab the family and your camera to capture the memories and enjoy your Spring Break Staycation with our top 10 ideas!
1. Get into Nature and Explore!
We have hundreds of local parks, state parks, nature centers and trails to explore in Northeast WI.
Local Parks are in your neighborhood, just look around and visit them all to help those kiddos with all that energy!
State Parks are great for hiking, bike riding, having a picnic and exploring! State parks do have an admission fee but we purchased the state park pass and that gets us in to any state park all year for just $28.00.
Nature and Wildlife Centers are some of the most educational places to visit and are packed with adventure!
Take a walk, run or bike ride down one of these trails that you find throughout our area and enjoy the scenery!
Make it a goal to tour the Waterfalls of Marinette County or see the amazing Green Bay Botanical Gardens.
2. Volunteer Together!
Depending on the age of your kids, volunteering is a great way to introduce the values of working hard, serving the community and caring for others while helping them understand their own privilege. Choosing a volunteer activity can be one of the best things you’ll do both for your community and you!
Look for local places to volunteer at:
3. See a Live Show
Check out our event calendar to find a kid-friendly concert or a local theater that’s putting on a show. There’s nothing like live entertainment to inspire and elicit enjoyment.
4. Libraries and Bookstores
Go to the local library or a bookstore and spend some time there with the kids. This allows you to visit places near and far, real and imaginary, through the pages of books you read together. Flip through books, read a story together, and just enjoy the environment. Many have toys, puzzles, computers, and/or activities for kids — consider planning the trip around story hour or a reading from a children’s book author if there is one available.
5. Visit A Zoo
Most kids love seeing, touching, feeding, and interacting with animals. Zoos and petting zoos can be fun places to teach younger kids about caring for animals.
6. Check out a local Hotel
Here’s a classic staycation idea: Check into a local hotel for the night. Take advantage of being away from home, enjoy the pool, cable TV and complimentary breakfast in the morning!
A trip to a museum can transport your family to another time and place (several of them, actually) through art and historical exhibits and sometimes fun too if it’s hands on! What a great staycation idea!
Before you go to the museum, prep your kids about the rules like indoor voices, no touching the artwork (unless it’s a children’s museum, where touching is encouraged), no running, etc. Don’t forget to take pictures, if it’s allowed, so they can remember what art they liked, as well as the experience.
8. Jump, Run, Play or Bowl
Have kids that have way too much energy and are always on the go? Why not try out a trampoline park, Indoor play area or Bounce House place?
Have older kids? Maybe try Laser tag, Paint-balling or an arcade lounge.
Don’t forget that bowling is one the best budget friendly family things to do! #GetAStrike
9. Go to a Game
We have plenty of games in our area like the Wisconsin Herd, Green Bay Blizzard and the Green Bay Gamblers to choose from but don’t forget about watching a local university/college or high school game in our area too! It can be fun to check out a sport you’ve never seen “live” before.
10. Get Creative!
Creating art together as a family can be a fantastic bonding activity and relaxing, to boot. You’ll even get a cool new piece of decor to show for it!