Yup, it’s almost upon us. St. Paul’s schedule has spring break running from March 30 until April 3. Those are just the days no classes will be held. You’ll still have the weekend prior and the weekend after to make family plans for spring break.
We came up with a couple of ideas for how to keep busy during the break.
It would be great if parents got breaks from work to correspond with their children’s school breaks, wouldn’t it? Sadly, although the kids are out of school, we still have to work. But – we have two weekends to use for a family staycation.
There are any number of nearby places well suited to a staycation, whether it’s a day at Mall of America (hey, it’s not ALL about shopping), or skiing at Wild Mountain in Taylors Falls. How about a day at The Waterpark at the Depot (open weekends in March)? Surrounding hotels offer stay and play packages so you can throw in an overnight stay and the whole family will feel like they’re on vacation.
Then, the next day hit the local spots you typically don’t get to during the year. The Science Museum of Minnesota is fun for kids,
If you’re fortunate enough to be able to take some weekdays off, consider a mini vacation away from St. Paul. Mankato has lots of fun things to do for everyone, including Minneopa State Park, Sibley Park, with a petting zoo, River Hills Mall (an antique carousel!) and the Wow Zone with bowling, laser tag and more.
Within a 30-minute drive you and the fam can be in Stillwater where you can take tours of sandstone caves or ski or snowshoe on the local trails. Stillwater is home to so many unique shops, such as one where the kids can paint pottery, learn how to fuse glass and even how to cook a yummy meal.
Send the Kids to Camp
No, it’s not cheap, but it’s fun and you can rest easy knowing your child is learning and playing in a supervised environment. This year, the Minnesota Children’s Museum offers Spring Break Engineering Camp.
The organizers say that children will spend the week using the museum’s K’Nex Ball machine to experiment with energy and machines. They’ll be building their own contraptions as well, such as roller coasters for balls, domino runs and even a room-sized contraption.
The cost for the five days of Spring Break is $300 and scholarships are available for qualifying families. Find out more here.