How to Make the Most of Family Vacations During School Breaks

Whether you work outside your house or you’re a stay-at-home parent, you need ideas to keep your kids busy during school breaks. This will prevent them from getting too much screen time, which might not be good for their mental and physical health. Being creative about the things your kids can do during school breaks can fight off boredom and could help them develop important skills. You can join in on the fun to make things more engaging.

Check out these fun ideas for kids that you can do every week during school breaks, presented below by Anya Willis of Fit Kids.

Enjoy Nature

Take advantage of the school break to explore the natural world. First, you can go bird watching, which offers you the opportunity to take great photos and keep track of sightings. You can use a guidebook or an app to identify your feathered friends. The kids will love this. The beautiful photos can be a conversation starter later in the day.

You could also explore growing fresh herbs in containers. For this, you need milk jugs, old coffee cans, plastic cups, mason jars, or anything you have in your house that you can use to plant. Keep the herb garden on a windowsill or a patio.

Another idea for outdoor fun includes picking your own plants. Find a farm with strawberries, blueberries, veggies, raspberries, and flowers, and then get picking. If you have birds, you can make a bird feeder, or offer one for birds that visit your yard, which adds to your list of bird sightings.

For play, you can make fairy houses using moss, leaves, and bark, which help you create a dwelling ideal for Thumbelina. Alternatively, you can introduce the kids to wildlife conservation by creating a hummingbird or butterfly garden, which offers a good habitat.

Make the Most of Rainy Days

Sometimes, the weather will prevent you from enjoying outdoor activities. You need to be creative and find indoor activities you can enjoy with your kids. When it’s raining, the moment is perfect for games. You can build a fort with pillows in the living room, or you can use cardboard boxes in your yard for the game. Also, the kids will love creating a Lego castle. Just clear off your table and make this a family project, which you can work on all summer.

Another way to keep the kids engaged indoors is through a marble race. For this, you can use an old pool noodle as your track. You can cut it in half to make two tracks. Race the marbles down to see who gets the first spot. Paper airplanes are also an idea that could keep the kids busy for some time.

Explore Local Sites

School breaks also offer opportunities for staycation experiences. If you have friends nearby, you can bring them along to explore local sites. Some ideas to consider include finding a free concert near you, where you can kick back and enjoy great tunes. Also, visit a flea market to see if your kids are good negotiators. You could also take your kids to watch a dramatic performance, which could be a puppet show or a Broadway show.

While away from home, you need to ensure everything is secured. One way to secure the home is having a sturdy fence around it, which you can hire a local contractor to construct. Check reviews to make sure they’re reliable. The cost often depends on the size of the fence, materials, and where you want to install it. Only work with licensed professionals. Oh, and good news: certain upgrades can also dramatically improve your home’s appraisal value!

You have many ways to keep your kids busy during school breaks. These include indoor and outdoor ideas you can explore together. Find ways to integrate play into tasks to make everything fun and interesting. Explore things your kids can keep for the future as memories for the good moments. 

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Sun, spring & C-breeze

Sometimes a spntaneous weekend getaway is all you need to make you feel alive again. 
It was the beginning of October; the air is still chilly with the final remnants of Winter and the Summer sun blooms, steadily growing in warmth as the hot season approaches – more commonly known as the season of Spring. And what better way to enjoy this confusing weather than to go on holiday !?

Well it’s not exactly easy finding last minute accommodation spots for six adults! So, where do you go – Montague? Fully booked. Langebaan? Double booked. Worcester? So fully booked, I can’t even! How about… Paternoster?
Where!? Pater-what-now!?

Exactly, where better to find the perfect accommodation than in a small, unpopular fishing town? It’s simply perfect! And perfect it was.
Perfect-Paternoster housed us in a charming and simply cosy, beachfront cottage – C-breeze.

As the name states, the open-plan kitchen and living room and dining area adds a breezy, beachy feel to everything. An added bonus to the whole theme of the house, is the sound of the rumbling, rolling, crashing waves that can be heard from the beach a few meters away. 

More information on this beautiful place can be found on

But besides how simply gah-mazing this cottage was, can we please talk about how the beach was literally visible from any window (well, not so literally, but you get what I mean!) The beach was so close, I had the urge to file for a restraining order against it. But its close proximity meant bright outdoor breakfasts and breathtaking sunset walks.

Paternoster is a town as big as its name. In about an hour we explored the entire town, which consists of; a few quaint hotales and rental houses, a market and curro shop and a restuarant. So if you’ve ever wanted to opt for an off-the-grid kind of living but you’re too scared to go fully commando, this adorable little fishing town is perfect! 

This place is simply fantastic for kids, if going to the beach everyday is what they’re into. The novelty soon wore off for me and my siblings. We’re an adventurous crew, new sights, sounds and smells are needed everyday and unfortunately, Paternoster is little bit too laid back for our liking.

My parents and gran found it simply enticing and were blown-away by the simplicity and easy-going vibe of the place. In short, it’s not a place for adventure or adrenaline, rather a cosy environment to chillax and reflect.

But not even the lack of spunk and bustle was enough to ruin to overall charm Paternoster offers. Even my beach-hating sister loved the symphony of crashing waves and c-breeze. 
So this summer, please do yourself a favour and book your next holiday in the charming town of Paternoster.