Are you looking for some kid-friendly spring break ideas? Spring is a great time to take a mind break from the overwhelming studies of school. It may even be a good time to make a getaway with the family. Just because the kids aren’t in school doesn’t mean they can’t continue to learn and build new skills.
However, depending on where you live, spring break could also be the time for some overwhelming cabin fever. You can give the entire family a break by using this time to get on a spring break vacation. There are plenty of places that cater to families during this time of year, so you don’t have to worry about running into some not-so kid-friendly crowds.
In this post, we’ll talk about some of the best kid-friendly spring break destinations with activities for the entire family to enjoy.
1. Williamsburg, VA
One of my favorite vacation spots ever since I was a child, Colonial Williamsburg is a great way to combine an educational experience with a family getaway. Rather than reading about the Revonlutionary War era in dusty textbooks, your kids can experience it firsthand! Dine in historic taverns, take an authentic wagon or carriage ride, or visit a three-centuries old church. In what’s described as a “living history” museum, actors dressed in period attire provide tours of 18th buildings and provide hands-on lessons, among other things. If you’re a homeschooling parent, take advantage of one of the special Homeschool Days held throughout the year. And don’t forget to swing by the two art museums to explore old ceramics, textiles, and toys.
2. Huntsville, AL
If you think Alabama doesn’t exactly scream “vacation spot”, consider this. Huntsville is home to the famous Space Camp for kids. Established in 1982, the Space Camp provides an interactive STEM experience with a vairety of different programs to help kids learn about space, aviation, robotics, and computer programming. There are even programs for the entire family to enjoy.
Outside of Space Camp, the family can also have fun at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. You can also pop in on attractions such as theEarly Works Family of Museums and the Huntsville Botanical Garden. You’ll gather plenty of souvenirs with the countless shopping options as well.
3. San Diego, CA
Voted #1 in Best Family Spring Break Destinations by U.S. News Travel, it’d be a sin not to include it here. San Diego is truly the place with something for everyone. With a wide variety of food and attractions, your kids won’t be complaining of boredom. Visit family-friendly beaches such as La Jolla Shores or Cronado Central Beach, discover new cuisines at the Liberty Public Market, or even travel back in time in Old Town San Diego. And you absolutely can not leave without stopping at the world famous San Diego Zoo, which just may require a vacation all its own.
4. Washington, DC
Washington DC is a great city bursting with history for your family to discover. Tour the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, or the U.S. National Arboretum, among many other places. Of course, I don’t have to mention The White House, the Lincoln Memorial, or the U.S. Capitol. There are far too many places to list here.
You can have a great time in Washington, DC even if you’re not crazy about political history. Shop at the Macy’s Metro Center, take in a show, and explore some of the best restaurants. A diverse population gives you a variety of eating and shopping to explore.
5. Asheville, NC
Asheville, NC is a great destination for the family looking for a laid-back vacation. Surrounded by beautiful nature, you can go on a scenic drive along the famous Blue Ridge Parkway, spend some time at the Asheville Adventure Center, or take a hike on Grandfather Mountain.
The kids will love the fresh air, exotic animals, and exploring new sports. There’s also plenty of shopping and arts to appreciate. You’re also about two hours away from Charlotte, NC if you want to double the fun.
Bonus: Sandy Lane, Barbados
See how the other half lives on a luxury Caribbean vacation. It could be a treat for the entire family, especially if you’re located in the Midwest where winter tends to overstay its welcome. Sandy Lane features hotel suites, a spa, golf, and gourmet dining. Of course, there’s something for the kids.
The Treehouse Club is a place for you to drop the kids off and let them guide thier own vacation. In a facility designed just for them, they can visit as much as they want during your stay. There are also designated spaces for those below the age of 3 (Toddler Corner) and teens (The Den). Each day has a theme and itinerary that includes arts and crafts, pool time, and movies. Kids can also explore sports such as golf, tennis, or waterskiing.