7 Spring Break Staycation Ideas

March 7, 2016

Grandpa Shorter's- Spring Break Staycation Ideas Kids

Hello, everyone! Spring break is only a month away for us here in Petoskey and if you’re needing a break but planning on a local staycation here in Northern Michigan, this post is for you!

My family and I just got back from a Disney cruise vacation, along with several days at Disney World in Orlando so we will be staying home this spring break. To be completely honest, I’m vacationed out and need a vacation from the vacation. Who knew how stressful it can be to get back from vacation with your kids?? This was our first BIG trip taking the kids out of the country. My husband and I always do relaxing low key beach vacations in various countries so this was completely out of my realm and I’m still trying to adjust being back at home, with a mountain of laundry and back to the every day norm.

These easy spring break staycation ideas are great if you’re wanting something low key and don’t want to spend a lot of money and don’t want to venture that far from home but still want to keep the kids occupied and have an enjoyable time too.

#1. Spend an afternoon or evening swimming with the kids at some of local pools in our area. Most local hotels offer a punch card or a one time fee to swim. Check the links below for details!

Charlevoix Area Community Pool
Harbor Springs Pool
Petoskey Holiday Inn
Alanson Crooked River Lodge

#2. Take the kids and family bowling at Northern Lights Recreation in Harbor Springs. While you’re there, try out their new play laser tag facility and try your hand at ski ball (my fav!!!) in the arcade. Enjoy pizza, popcorn and other goodies and save yourself the hassle of making dinner.

#3. Looking for a longer break from the kiddos? Check out Crooked Tree Art Center’s spring break offerings. They are hosting spring break for kids this year Monday – Friday, offering various arts, crafts and cooking activities all for kids.

If you don’t want to commit to a full week but would still like your child to be involved, check out Crooked Tree’s ‘Kids Day Off’ on Thursday March 24th. Petoskey children do not have school that day because of parent teacher conferences and it’s the perfect time (and price, only $5!!) for your kiddo to get involved at Crooked Tree. My girls attended Kids Day Off day back in January and loved it and they are already enrolled for March 24th! Drop the kids, run errands, spend some time shopping downtown, enjoy the quiet or have lunch with a friend!

#4. Spend a morning or afternoon at the Petoskey Public Library. Kids can play educational computer games, color, play games or read their favorite books. We love heading to the library on days off. I can get some work done while the kids keep them themselves occupied and we always end up bringing books home to read!

#5. Enjoy a quick overnight getaway at a local hotel. Many local hotels here in Petoskey, including Stafford’s Perry Hotel are offering Spring Break packages and prices. Perfect for just getting a night away with or without the kids! Call around and see what local hotels are offering, you’d be surprised!

#6. Make a short day trip over to Raven Hill Discovery Center in East Jordan. Open year round, this interactive science center is open to the public and offers hands on activities for kids as well as adults.

#7. Day trip it to a Northern Michigan natural landmark such as Sleeping Bear Dunes or Tahquamenon Falls. It’s too cold to swim but still lots of fun to take in the gorgeous views of some of our well known Michigan parks. Plus, hiking around outside for a few hours will exhaust the kids. You’re welcome.