10 Must Do Spring Break Activities! Also Including Local Deals, Places & Events!

spring break

I can tell it’s Spring Break in my house! Here’s why…

  • Every light has been left on. (There goes the electricity bill!)
  • The TV is blaring
  • I hear feet running up and down the stairs
  • The refrigerator keeps opening and closing. As well as the kitchen cabinets
  • Every time I clean up, 5 minutes later it’s a mess again.

So what are some things that we can do on Spring Break that will keep them busy and me from going insane? lol

Well unless your plans are to head out of town, here’s a list of things you can do during your Spring Break/Staycation.

Matinee Movie: Take the kids to see a movie- check your local listings and head to an inexpensive matinee. Here locally (Lansing) NCG and Celebration Cinema offers cheap discounted tickets ($5 on Tuesday nights). Or you can also head to the Redbox ( google Redbox coupon code for the latest codes), grab some popcorn and stay in and enjoy a movie with the whole family.

Plan an Arts & Crafts Day: Pull out the construction paper, paint, markers, crayons, scissors and glue and make paper chains or paper flowers. Or, use the time to organize printed photographs. Freshen up a room by placing a photograph in a new picture frame and decorating with it. Put together a scrapbook or start preparing your next photo holiday or greeting card.

Visit your local library –  Check the listings at your local library to see if they are doing something special during Spring Break. That may include arts & crafts, story time, check out books/movies, playing on the computer, and more. Our local library does video game tournanments (which my boys love), movie time and various special events!

Find indoor play areas- Check to see what your area has for your children to do indoors (especially if you live in a place where the whether is still a little chilly). McDonald’s Play Land, Chuck E Cheese, Bounce House, Soccer Play Zones, and more. This would be great to wear your kids out. And while they are jumping and having a good time, bring a Magazine or your tablet and enjoy yourself!

Plan A Sleepover/PJ Party- Allow your kids (if you’re brave) to have a few kids over for a sleepover. Rent some videos, get out the video game systems, pop corn, healthy snacks, and more. Have fun with pillow fights, water gun/balloon fights and more. If you have girls over get out the nail polish, glitter, gloss, and have a fashion show. For the boys, they can do sword fights, karate, or have a video game tournament.

Plan A Trip, Without Leaving Your Home- Pick a destination or two that you and your family have talked about going to one day. Or maybe one that you have been in the past. Do research and pick some activities, restaurants, and events to do in that destination. Then recreate that right in your own home! If you have time, try to recreate some of the recipes on the menu of the restaurants that you put on your list. If possible, include trips to your local library, museum, aquarium, etc to help duplicate those adventures.

Backyard Camp-out- Depending on the weather, plan a camp-out right in your backyard! Set up a tent, grab the sleeping bags and flashlights and have a fun night of ghost stories and counting stars. If you have a outdoor fire pit you can roast hot dogs and marshmallows, sing songs, play games and tell stories. We have done this one many of times and this is one of our favorite things to do on a stay-cation!

Go Around The World- You can explore the World without leaving your City. Learn about people, animals, science, art and history at a local museum, planetarium, aquarium, hall of fame or zoo by doing a little research! Get your kids involved with this activity. Not only will they have fun, but they will also learn new things as well!

Explore Your Own City –  Get out of the house and explore your city or town! Visit shops, museums, local diners, and more. Check for coupon deals or specials to help make this an inexpensive activity.

Enroll your child(ren) in a local spring break camp- Depending on where you live, you may have this type of option available to you for free or with a low cost. Some places may have offer some day camps (esp to cater towards working parents), so be sure to check your local city website for links to these spring break camps!

What are some activities you plan to do while on Spring Break this week?


For my local readers, you can check out some of these events and destinations: *for Jackson readers, scroll down to the end*

play. for one of our specialty “drop-off” camps during Spring Break this year!  Each day, our instructors will lead the children through unique activities that inspire confidence and spark imaginations!  Crafts, storytelling, creative movement, martial arts, games, outdoor play, music, and dance activities will make your child’s Spring Break a blast!

Capital Area Humane Society– Students age 7-14 are welcome to join us for a week of learning and fun ($150) Spend time with furry and non-furry friends, create art projects, and participate in numerous games and activities. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm Before and After Care is Available for an additional $25.

Impression 5- Join us April 1 – 5, 2013, for this year’s Spring L.A.B.S. camps! Check out the week’s themes below and be sure to register early by calling (517) 485-8116, ext. 32. Cost, per camp: $45/member, $60/not-yet-member. Cost, 5-day package: $180/member, $240/not-yet-member

Art Reach Studio- Join Friday 4/5 from 12:30- 3:30 pm for a Spring Break Activity. Ages 5 and up. Free. No registration required.

Edru Skate-A- Rama

Extreme Fun– Bounce House located in Okemos. Score a Groupon deal right now $18 for 5 all-day bounce passes ($50 value). We used them for a recent birthday party and had a great time!

Goldfish Swim School- $5/person | no more than $15/family from 12:00 pm – 1:30pm. Also check out their Groupon deal right now for 50% off their Birthday Packages.

Jumping Jax Bounce Arena– they have extended hours over Spring Break! Also check their website for promotions and coupons.

Potter Park Zoo

Spare Time Entertainment Center– check website for the latest promotions

The Minibeast Zooseum and Education Center of the Young Entomologists’ Society is a unique learning center devoted to the study of minibeasts (macroinvertebrate animals) which incorporates all the best attributes of a zoo, museum, interpretive center, resource center, science store, and outdoor class.

Woldumar Nature Center

Zap Zonelocated by the Lansing Mall. Arcade games, laser tag, mini indoor golf, food, and more!  Groupon deal going on right now! $12 for Laser Tag or Indoor Glo Mini Golf for Two! ($24 value) Also check out their website for coupons.

Here are some additional events that you can do locally this week- thanks to Capital Area Kids!

Monday  |  April 1stBabytime (ages 0 – 2)
10:30 am – 11:00 am
East Lansing Library

Mom/Pop + Tot Yoga
1:00pm – 1:30pm

Butterflies In The Garden Monday-Friday
2:oopm – 4:oopm
Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU

Fairy School at Play. (ages 3-6)
2:00pm – 5:00pm

Open House
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
MSU Bug House

Tuesday  |  April 2ndDiscount Tuesday
Celebration Cinema Lansing

Discount Tuesday
$5/tickets | $2/concessions
NCG Cinema Lansing

Superhero Training {drop off} Camp (age 3-6)
9:00am – 12:00pm

Storytime (ages 2 – 5)
10:30 am – 11:15 am
East Lansing Library

Family Swim
$5/person | no more than $15/family
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Goldfish Swim School

Butterflies In The Garden Monday-Friday
2:oopm – 4:oopm
Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU

Storytime (ages 2 – 5)
6:30Pm – 7:15 pm
East Lansing Library

Wednesday  |  April 3rdMOMMY & ME FITNESS CLASS (all ages)
Magic BJJ- East Lansing

Stories on the Move
$8 first child | $4 siblings
10:30 am

Pack and Play Wednesday
$4 Admission
10:00am – 4:00pm
Jumpin’ Jax

Baby Time
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Delta Township District Library

Family Swim
$5/person | no more than $15/family
12:00 pm – 1:30pm
Goldfish Swim School

Butterflies In The Garden Monday-Friday
2:oopm – 4:oopm
Indoor 4-H Children’s Garden at MSU


Locally for Jackson Michigan Area:

Kids N Stuff Children Museum-exciting and highly interactive children’s museum where fun and learning come together every day. They’re a friendly non-profit organization open to the general public throughout most of the year.

The Treehouse: 9,000 square feet for you to hang out or play in their fabulously equipped indoor playground. They have awesome slides, a smaller enclosed area for babies and toddlers, swinging bridges, and a gigantic tree house to climb and explore.

Other places near Jackson//Lansing Areas:

Castaway Play Cafe– Michigan’s Largest Indoor Play Structure.

Jungle Java – fun indoor playcenter where it’s ‘cool’ to play for kids and relaxing for the adults!


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  1. April 14, 2013

    OMG my house was the exact same way during spring break….it’s annoying! Thanks for the list of places to visit, especially during spring break.

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