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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#COLLAB : Ultimate Parenting Tips

School concert back in 2010.
Credit: Zahraa Schroeder

Zahraa here! To accompany Fatima’s lovely article I will be including a few photos from my childhood to add to the kid-aspect of this post. I’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to my Canadian writing buddy, Fatima for taking the time out of her busy day to write for my little blog. Okay, Fatima – take it away!

Many times, as parents, we wish there was an instruction manual that we could follow when raising our children. The truth is all children are different and have their own unique needs. The good news is that there are wonderful parenting tools that we can use to make our lives as parents easier. The tools I discovered from a book and website: “Hand in Hand Parenting”.

The company discusses a set of 5 parenting tools that are great to have in a “parenting toolkit” for dealing with various parenting situations. The tools are designed to help you listen and understand the needs of your child effectively.

My cousin looking out to sea.
Credit: Zahraa Schroeder

Here are the 5 transformational parenting tools:
1) Special Time– Setting some time each day to bond with your child. During this time you allow the child to select a safe activity they want to do and you follow their lead. 

2) Listening Partnership– Having someone you can talk to about your patenting struggles and release the tension and the anger you build up each day.

3) Stay-listening– This involves listening to your child when they feel upset and hurt and allowing them to release the negative feelings they have building inside of them.

4) Play-listening– This involves creating humour by allowing them to show and teach you how a simple task is done (i.e. accidentally wearing socks on hands and allowing a child to show you where they are worn).

5) Setting Limits– Creating limits for your child when your child is doing something inappropriate. This involves telling them in a loving, compassionate way that the behaviour needs to stop.

Camping days back in high school
Credit: Zahraa Schroeder

I have found these tools to be a real game changer when it comes to parenting. You can learn more about the tools and see applications of the tools at

Fatima Siddiqa Mohamedali is a passionate elementary Montessori teacher. She loves looking for ways of strengthening both the teacher and child connection and the parent child connection. She is currently pursuing her qualifications to teach yoga to children of all ages and abilities. Her hobbies include yoga, reading and trying new recipes.