Ways to Keep the Kids Busy During Fall Break

Introduction:The kids will be out of school for a week - how are you going to keep them busy without breaking the budget? Find something that does not cost an arm and a leg and is something they will enjoy doing.

  • 01

    Parks and Recreation Department Classes

    Check with your local parks and recreation department. Most of these departments offer low-cost, interesting activities for children of all ages. Some have all day programs, some are individual workshops that take up an afternoon or morning, offering the kids some fun, educational, safe activities that cost little or nothing. Some even have scholarship programs for income qualifying families.

  • 02

    Local Museurms

    See if your local museum has some planned activities during Fall and Spring Breaks. If they don't have anything, suggest something! Our local museum offers a week long Explorer program that includes hikes, identification of plants and animals and local history - all for a very low cost.

  • 03

    Local Library

    Most municipal libraries have regular reading programs with special events during breaks from school.These might include reading contests, movies, etc. Library events are usually free and are geared toward educational activities.

  • 04

    Clean the Yard or House

    Organize one day where the yard work or housework is done around a game theme. Give small prizes for completing the chores. Have the kids clean out their toy boxes, closets and dressers, organizing all the cast-offs for a garage sale to be held later and let them keep the money they earn from selling their old clothes and toys.

  • 05

    One Big Event

    Plan one big event for the last day of break - maybe a day at the zoo or a local water park. Have the kids do chores for small pay to earn spending money at the special event you have planned. The kids can work up to the day of the event, then after it is over they can discuss what they want to do as a special event for the next break - and plan how to earn the money to do it.




Final Thoughts

Find activities your children will enjoy and schedule them on them on the calendar so they have something to look forward to. Have the kids help plan events and activities for the week.




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