With Spring Break right around the corner, we wanted to share with you some ideas to keep your kids busy while at home for the week. From crafts to video games and everything in between, check out our top 6 activities for the whole family to enjoy this spring break!
1. Virtual Spring Break Camps for Kids
Virtual programs run by organizations throughout the KW Region are being offered to keep kids busy this Spring Break. Kids can connect, have fun and build new friendships all from the comfort of home. Here are some notable options we think your kids will love!
- Explore Waterloo Region Esports Camp – The world of competitive video gaming is coming to campers in our community. Three virtual camps will be available to campers aged 12-19 focused on Rocket League, Overwatch, and League of Legends.
- KW Humane Society Spring Break Camp – Learn about nature, animals and meet friends near and far! The KW Humane society is offering a week full of games, activities and live presentations that will keep your kids engaged.
- KWAG’s Virtual April Break Camp – For the little artist in your life, campers will explore a variety of artistic techniques and will even try them out themselves with daily zoom lessons from an artist educator.
- THEMUSEUM Dinosaur Discovery – Through virtual exhibition tours, fun group chats, storytelling, and crafts, campers will learn all about Dinosaurs!
2. Living Room Camping
Adventure awaits… right in your living room! Switch up your décor and pretend you’re in the woods by pitching a tent in your living area. Grab your sleeping bags, flashlights and a deck of cards for a night of indoor camping. Don’t forget to bring traditional camping snacks like chips, marshmallows and chocolate. Have fun telling each other ghost stories all night and playing games in the tent! You can even set up a projector and watch movies on your walls or ceiling in your cozy tent setup. This will surely be an activity the whole family will enjoy!
3. Plant Succulents
Introduce your kids to gardening by having them plant their own succulent! Succulents are one of the easiest plants to care for, making it an excellent project for kids. All you need is a plant pot, potting mix and plant food. Choose a succulent that is good for indoor growing such as a Jade plant, Aloe Vera or a Zebra plant. Check out the list of our top picks below:
- Jade plant – thick stems and glossy green leaves
- Aloe Vera – a prickly plant that has been used for medicinal purposes
- Echeveria – comes in a variety of colours and does best in dry conditions
- Zebra plant – horizontal stripes covering its leaves make this an eye-catching choice
- Panda plant – has little white hairs, giving it a fuzzy texture
- Crown of thorns – full of colour adding a splash of red or yellow to the room
You can learn more about choosing and planting succulents here.
4. Board Game Day
Play Trouble, Monopoly or even get up and play Twister! Board games are an excellent activity to get the whole family involved. Challenge yourselves by trying a game you’ve never played before! Visit J & J Cards and Collectibles in Waterloo for the widest selection of board games and puzzles to enjoy. You can even turn your board game day into a tournament, with a grand prize at the end! Create a scoreboard to tally the winners of each game you play to create a family-friendly competition.
5. Start Crafting
Get creative with spring-inspired craft projects! Flowers, butterflies and bumblebees are the theme, have your kids draw a picture of these items they can hang proudly on the fridge. Get extra crafty by creating a butterfly with just your child’s handprint and some construction paper. This activity is perfect for young kids, as it turns a regular craft into a memorable keepsake for years to come. Learn how to make this easy craft with your kids here.
You can also create animals using fun cut-out shapes and pasting them to empty toilet paper rolls, like in the photo above! Try out a rooster, a bunny, or even a ladybug. Crafting is easy when you reuse everyday household items to create something new.
6. Get outside!
Don’t forget to enjoy the outdoors, the KW Region is home to many beautiful trails for you to explore! Can’t decide on a trail? We’ve shortlisted some of our favourites:
- The Walter Bean Grand River Trail – a 17km long trail that winds through a picturesque landscape along the Grand River.
- Huron Natural Area – explore scenic hiking trails in provincially significant wetlands, forests and meadows.
- Laurel Creek Conservation Area Trail – enjoy nature at its finest on one of the three loops of multi-use trails at Laurel Creek.
- West Side Trails – discover the largest woodland in Waterloo featuring educational signage along the route.
To learn more about each trail visit our Top 4 Trails for Spring Hiking blog!
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Have a fun and safe Spring Break!