This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Chuck E. Cheese’s. The opinions and text are all mine.
These 5 staycation spring break ideas for kids will provide much inspiration as you are spending time with your kids while school out of session. I promise 5, but really there are oodles of ideas here.
I encourage much down time, but it’s fun for kids to also have activities to anticipate.
These ideas have been sponsored by Chuck E. Cheese’s. I partnered with them to inspire family togetherness and bonding. I continue to partner with Chuck E. Cheese’s because they offer a fun, family-friendly environment.
5 Staycation Spring Break Ideas for Kids
I chose 5 staycation spring break ideas for kids because you have 5 days they would normally be in school. It is exciting to give kids something to look forward to each day of the week.
You could keep these ideas as a surprise too. Maybe have them open an envelope each day to reveal what the day will hold.
1. Visit Chuck E. Cheese’s for All You Can Play
Visit your local Chuck E. Cheese’s over spring break for All You Can Play, and sign up for the More Cheese Reward program.
Have I piqued your interest?
What is Chuck E. Cheese’s All You Can Play Program?
The Chuck E. Cheese’s All You Can Play Program is a new way to play at Chuck E. Cheese’s. Rather than buying tokens to play games, you can purchase a card that gives unlimited games for a designated time.
That means your kids can play non-stop and gather as many tickets as they can while they go.
My kids were definitely into this system when we went. They quickly figured out what games would spit out the most tickets and played non-stop to get their rewards.
What is Chuck E. Cheese’s Reward Program all about?
There is much available to your family when you become a Chuck E. Cheese’s reward member.
- Receive a free, one-topping personal pizza on your first visit after registering for an account.
- Get a $10 reward after you visit three times within a 12 month period ($20 spend required).
- Enjoy birthday treats – 20 minutes of unlimited games during your child’s birthday week (with $10 purchase) and 100 free tickets during your child’s half birthday month.
- Receive referral perks – 1– free tickets for each friend you refer (max 20 per year)
The more you visit the more rewards you can earn to use on food, games and prizes.
How do I Sign up for Chuck E. Cheese’s Reward program?
There are two ways to sign-up for the rewards program.
- Download the Chuck E. Cheese’s More Cheese mobile app via iTunes or Google Play Stores.
- Visit Chuck E. Cheese’s online at http://bit.ly/CECRewards to sign-up.
As you are planning something special to do this spring break, make sure to sign up for the rewards program and hit your local Chuck E. Cheese’s for food, games, prizes and a visit from the one and only Chuck E. Cheese.
2. Be a Tourist in Your own City
So often we don’t take the time to enjoy the activities in our own backyard.
I live in the Seattle area, but we have never ridden the Duck as a family. We haven’t taken our kids to a Mariners game. They haven’t been to the top of the Space Needle.
It is time to look in your own backyard for adventures. Some of you might need to take a day trip drive to see the sites of your city or state, but each area of the country offers different fun to be had.
Here are some activities you can explore in your own neck of the woods:
- City Tours
- Stay at a Nearby Hotel
- Unique Restaurants or Dessert Spots
- Beaches or Pools
- National Monuments
- Amusement Parks
3. Find a Way to Serve
It is always important to find ways to help kids think outside themselves. Self-centered behaviors come very naturally to us human beings. To recognize there are needs in the community that we can meet builds into a child’s character and sense of purpose.
Kids of all ages can learn to serve.
You may be wondering what kind of needs you could meet with kids in tow. There are more than you can imagine, so let me make a few suggestions to get your imagination going.
- Make a Meal for Someone in Need
- Make Cookies for Your Neighbors
- Write Cards to People in a Retirement Home or to Military Veterans
- Pick-up Garbage in a Park or a Street in Your Neighborhood
- Clean the Home of Someone in Need
- Do Yard Work for an Elderly Person in Your Life
- Make Homeless Packs to Keep in Your Car or Deliver to Those in Need
- Babysit Younger Kids to Give New Moms a Break
- Take Canned Food to a Local Food Bank
4. Have a Creative Play Date
It’s always fun for kids to connect with their friends during spring break. You can be that mom or dad that builds into the relationships your children are nurturing.
I find having other kids over often makes life easier for me. They entertain each other, and I can get other things done.
Kids will adore you if you come up with one creative play date for them over spring break.
What warrants a creative play date? It is basically coming up with a unique idea that will engage kids. What that looks like varies for each families because as the parent or guardian you bring your own unique gifts to the table.
I’m here to help provide ideas you can do for your own creative play date.
- Have a Make Your Own Pizza Party
- Set-up Relay Races for the Kids
- Decorate Cupcakes
- Do a Craft
- Have a Campfire with S’Mores, Stories and Music
- Set-Up an Athletic Game or Tournament for Kids
- Have a Water Balloon Fight
- Create a Scavenger Hunt
- Have Kids Create a Fairy Garden
- Build an Epic Fort
5. Camp Out in Your Backyard
If weather allows, a backyard camp out is always fun.
If weather isn’t great, why not move the furniture in the living room and camp out there? You can even make an indoor fort.
To make a camp out even more fun, make sure to pretend like you are really camping. Leave the cell phone, and take part in your typical campfire activities.
- Make S’Mores
- Make Hot Dogs Over the Fire
- Play Games Under the Moonlight
- Tell Stories by the Fire
- Play Flashlight Tag
- Read Books
- Do Nature Crafts
- Sing songs by the Campfire
Enjoy Your Staycation with these 5 Staycation Spring Break Ideas for Kids
My big encouragement is to have a lot of screen-free times…even for the parents. There’s definitely time for that low-key screen time, but I want to promote togetherness without the distractions that come from screens.
Even if you just pick a couple of these ideas, you are creating memories as you invest in your children. Enjoy one another this spring break! These times with our kids are fleeting, so let’s make them memorable.