MARCH 22, 2016 By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
It doesn’t quite feel like spring in Philly yet, but children all over the area are being released from their regular school schedules for spring break. While some families may be able to head out of town, we know the majority of parents are looking for local activities to keep the kids busy.
We’ve got nine fun, cheap and kid-friendly ideas.
- Jump in the wagon Spring break is a great time to take the kids out to Linvilla Orchards to see the animals, get a treat and take a hayride to Bunnyland.
- Find a new park/playground We all get in the rut of visiting our neighborhood playground. Pack a picnic and explore a new park or playground in the city or in the suburbs.
- Hit the trails This is a wonderful week to dust and clean off your bikes, fill flat tires and hit the trails together. Whether your kids have training wheels or are experienced biker, there are so many great trails to explore in our area.
- Go swimming Get everyone nice and tired at an indoor pool. The Greater Plymouth Township Community Center has a really fun indoor pool and play area or splurge for an indoor water park with slides, lazy rivers and more.
- Build sandcastles It’s not swimming-in-the-ocean weather yet, but the Jersey Shore is close enough for a day trip to take walks on the beach and build sandcastles.
- Volunteer Spend a day doing service. Organizations like Cradles to Crayonswelcome families and can find jobs for kids of all ages.
- Celebrate Women’s History Month Since March is Women’s History Month, take your kids to the library or do some research online about a woman who has made history. Or download and print the Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book and color with your kids.
- Take yourself on a tour For many of us Philly parents, it’s easy to forget the wealth of living history right in our backyard. Depending on your kid(s) age(s), you can visit as much or little of historic Philadelphia at a time as makes sense — just the Liberty Bell may be plenty for little ones. With older children, take a self-guided tour and let them tell you about the history they’re learning in school.
- Check out some art Philadelphia not only has amazing museums with programs for children, but also has wonderful galleries. The Center for Art in Wood in Old City has a current exhibit that will delight the little ones — sculpted elephant heads that reach 8 to 12 feet in height.