Parents have a love-hate relationship with the next nine days. While Spring Break is great if you can head out of town or log some solid family relaxation time, having a week off with the kids at home can be more of a daunting task than a fun break.
So, we checked in with OBE parents to see what they recommend for keeping the kids engaged and happy while we as parents slug through:
1. Make some movies. If you have a video recorder at home, gather the troops to let your tweens/teens make their own documentaries. You’ll be amazed at what they come up with.
3. Have a giant play date. For younger kiddos, get their pals all together for a paint party, a big play or a run around the forest.
4. Sign up for some fun Spring Break Programs. The CVRD has free swim lessons and both recreation centres have drop-in programs. The Courtenay Museum and other spots also have great Spring Break programs too.
5. Have a gaming party. If your kids are into the Wii or XBox 360, get their pals together for a game-off. This keeps them active too.
6. Redecorate your kids room with them. Plan out the colors and design together, go on a “buying trip” and then get to work. This is a great way to get the purge going as well without kids freaking out.
7. Community service. Plug your kids into the greater good and get them planting trees, spending time with elderly people at retirement homes or getting some work experience.
8. Start your garden. This is the perfect time to get your seeds started indoors.
9. Scavenger hunts and Geocaching. There are hundreds of geocaching sites around the Comox Valley. The Pedersen family here in the Comox Valley are pros at this. Check out their blog at www.familynavigation.com
10. Have a classic movie festival. Get your kids into classic films from your generation and take a trip in the wayback machine.
Category: KIDS, NATURE & OUR HERITAGE