9 2019 Spring Break Staycation Ideas for Kids
In today’s post, I highlight 9 spring break staycation ideas for kids, from science to art to sports. This post contains affiliate links; learn more here.
It was sunny and warm last week, so I stopped wearing a winter coat and washed my car.
The temperature promptly dropped twenty degrees, and it rained and then snowed.
So, you know, it was a typical introduction to Spring in New England.
I’m not discouraged, though. I am rooting for Spring. I saw forsythia blooming in a neighbors’ yard yesterday and I was thrilled. Maybe the warm weather is really here to stay!
Speaking of Spring, April break, the vacation week for Massachusetts public school kids that starts with Patriots Day, is around the corner, and my family has decided to do a staycation. And a staycation means I need lots of things for us to do together.
Here are 9 suggestions for ways to get kids out and active during April:
1) Jr. Celtics Basketball Clinic – Got a basketball lover in your family? Kids age 5-14 can join the Boston Celtics on Sunday, April 7 for its Jr. Celtics Basketball Clinic at TD Garden. Shoot hoops, play on center court, and learn how to play like a professional.
Disclosure: I received complementary tickets to this event.
2) Discovery Museum in Acton – The Discovery Museum has a number of exhibits for the STEAM-lover in your family, including activities related to robotics, engineering, and more. Join the Discovery Museum with free admission and explore the museum at night on the first Friday of the month, 4:30-8 PM. The museum will accept non-perishable food donations for the Acton Food Pantry and Open Table of Concord and Maynard in lieu of admission. Additionally, in April, the Museum will host Sensory-Friendly Afternoons (free admission for pre-registered families) for children with Autism, and a free evening for Families with Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or KODA Children.
3) New England Revolution – The New England Revolution has three home matches scheduled in April—April 13, 20, and 24. Details about tickets and the 2019 schedule, can be found here.
4) Red Sox Game Of Thrones Night – The Red Sox celebrate the final season of the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series, Game of Thrones, at Fenway Park on Monday, April 22. Fans who purchase this special Game of Thrones ticket will receive a Red Sox ‘Bend the Knee’ t-shirt and the opportunity to sit on the Iron Throne.
5) Frida Kahlo and Arte Popular – My daughter and I are heading to the Museum of Fine Arts during April break to see the Frida Kahlo exhibit. She learned about Kahlo in her beloved Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls books and can’t wait to see her art in person.
6) Harvard Museum of Natural History – My daughter and I also plan to visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge during her break to see their exhibit on Climate Change. My kids are justifiably concerned about the way we’re treating our planet and are looking for ways to learn more about what they can do to help save the Earth.
7) Museum of Science – Now, through May 23, the Museum of Science hosts a temporary exhibit about the ocean, Wild Kratts: Ocean Adventure. This exhibit is for kids age 3-9, and highlights ocean habitats and the fascinating creatures within them. Not a member of the Museum of Science? Contact your local library about the possibility of securing free passes.
8) National Parks – Since there will be warm days in April—I know it!—exploring Massachusetts’ National Parks will be a great option to hike, bike, and learn about American history. Additionally, April 20-28 is National Park Week with free admission for veterans, kids, and others. Learn more here.
9) New England Biennial 2019 at the Decordova – The Decordova Sculpture Park and Museum is one of my favorite spots in Massachusetts. The grounds are lovely, and they are safe for kids to run around in between large-scale art pieces, while parents stroll along behind. Additionally, on April 5, the Museum opens the New England Biennial 2019 on April 5, a survey of contemporary art from the region.
Happy Spring, friends!