10 Tips To Avoid March Break Meltdowns! ~ Giveaway (arv $150)

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March Break is just around the corner.  Thank goodness!   Sometimes the pressures of school, work, extra curricular activities, grocery shopping, household chores….ug, it just all becomes…too much.  Parents are run to the point exhaustion.  Our kids are over scheduled, over worked and they really need a break.  March Break should be a chance to sleep in, unwind, change up that everyday schedule, break out of the mundane and truly recharge.  This vacation time is a true gift allowing our children the rest and break they need to recharge their little heads and get them ready to power through the rest of the school year.  March Break is nirvana for all the people in the family.  Well, everyone …..except the Mama.

Let’s face it, March break can be incredible for kids, but without a solid plan and a little bit of luck, this so called “break” for the Mama’s can be challenging.  A full week at home with your kiddos is a dream until those children expect to be entertained for every hour of every day and you are suddenly faced with the dreaded March Break Meltdown.  Survival requires love, luck and a plan.  Here are my top 10 tips and ideas to help be prepared for March Break at home with your little one’s.

  1. Declare a movie day:  There’s no better way to introduce your kiddos to the classics than an old fashioned movie day.  Turn off the phones, power down the lights, get the snacks ready and dig out your favourites.  Reach into the vault to bring back the Disney Classics from Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast for the younger set, to The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and 16 Candles for the older crew.  Bonding over movies is always a good idea.
  2. Play Together:  Bring on the battery powered toys and bring on the fun. Tablets are great at keeping kids entertained, but often require re-charing and access to a wall outlet and power cord. Instead, try games like Simon Air and Bop IT that get the kids thinking and moving.   Duracell, is also your last line of defense in a world of toddler meltdowns.  Have you seen a toddler when their favourite toy no longer squeaks, walks or talks back to them?  You can trust your Duracell batteries to help make that play time last longer! #TrustIsPower.
  3. Bake Together:  Get your bake on!  Spend an afternoon baking pies and cakes, decorating cupcakes and cookies.  Bonus points if you take a tray of baked goods over to a friendly neighbour.
  4. Play Date: Organize a play date and include some other Moms. Playdates with other kids are great for the children.  Why not include coffee with a girlfriend at the same time?  Winning!
  5. Go Indoor Camping:  Drag out all the extra blankets, sheets and pillows you have around the house and let your little’s create the fort of all forts.  Hours of fun for all ages.
  6. Get Outside:  A walk around the block, an organized scavenger hunt or some time at the local park is a great way to spend an afternoon.
  7. Photo Shoot:  Try some photo fun.  Letting your toddler take pictures with your smartphone may be a great distraction, but having a battery drained smartphone isn’t the safest option for parents.  Give the kids an instant camera like the Fujifilm Instax 300 (available at Walmart) and let them take endless photos to keep your smartphone at 100% life.  Allow your older kids to take those photos and create a scrap book to remember the March Break of 2017.
  8. Craft Time:  Pull out the old magazines and Christmas cards.  Make a trip to the dollar store and grab a basket full of inspiration for less than $10.00.  Pipe cleaners, play dough, paint and glitter, even socks! Then just watch them create.
  9. Family Game Night: Time to have fun with the old fashioned board games and the brand new favourites.  Challenge each other to a game of Hasbro Connect 4, Battle Ship complete with all the noises, or CatchPhrase.
  10. Get Active:  Make a date to go bowling, rock climbing or indoor mini-golf with friends.  Take a day trip to see if the Maple Syrup is running, or find free passes to the local children’s museum where the little one’s can run off some steam.  Don’t forget that camera to capture every sweet moment!

With a little planning, a little bit of luck and truthfully a whole lot of patience you can avoid the March Break Meltdown and have a vacation you will treasure for ever.

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Comments

  1. We love indoor camping. We also combine it with a movie day and watch from inside our “tent” made out of blankets

  2. Amanda Masters says:

    We go to programs at out libraries and the mall. They always have free activities for the kids. They really enjoy them as something different is on every day.

  3. Andrea Bilec says:

    We as a family usually just play a ton of board games. We love it and never seem to get sick of them. Time just flies by.

  4. Florence Cochrane says:

    My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown it organize for indoor activities(games and movies nights) and also plan some outdoor adventures.

  5. Irene Eichler says:

    We always have lots of crafts planned .. they keep my kids busy . busy kids means less meltdowns !

  6. Christeena Caines says:

    Lots of game and lots of Netflix

  7. Anu Chopra says:

    Stay busy – take kids out to movies, watch Netflix, visit friends, family and play games!

  8. My tip for March Break meltdowns would be get outside. Run off that energy and come back when you can barely move 😛

  9. Ameirah Taha says:

    Have activities & hide extra snacks@!!

  10. Tara Betterley says:

    Don’t feel pressured or get stressed if you do game nights or bowling. You don’t have to fly away or travel with your family. Sometimes the best times are when you are together for dinner and enjoy the company of the family. I don’t have the luxury of having the week off with the kids so, we stay local and we don’t break the bank to have fun!

  11. Sarah Gale says:

    I always keep snacks and juice boxes in my bag. Also there are many free printables for scavenger hunts and look and find games that require no crayons or writing which is perfect for in the car.

  12. Amanda faith says:

    Thanks! I’m looking forward to not making school lunches on march break! Haha

  13. Stay organized and bring lots of snacks!

  14. Becky Best says:

    My tip for avoiding a March break meltdown is to do something that burns off energy, like outdoor fun or dancing in the living room! Also, to plan something for them to look forward to every day. Games day, craft day, skating, movie night etc. 🙂

  15. Brad Kinchen says:

    Get outside and get some fresh air.

  16. BlessedTA says:

    Plan ahead

  17. To avoid march break meltdowns we schedule loads of activities!

  18. Check out your local library for all the free activities.
    plus free dvd rentals
    our library also has virtual reality games.

  19. Janice Cournoyer says:

    Have a plan, there are lots of activities in most neighbourhoods to keep everyone busy.

  20. A scavenger hunt is a great idea for March Break, weather permitting. If not, you can always have an indoor version!

  21. Suzanne G says:

    My tip would be lots of board games and Netflix for great movies.

  22. Pick a day with your family & get outside to a nature park and go for a nice walk. Just away from your usual life.

  23. The best tips I have to prevent meltdowns during Spring break are to:
    1. stay busy/active – make sure you get minds/bodies engaged…perhaps with the Despicable Me Operation?!
    2. keep kids hydrated and full with healthy snacks!
    Happy early Spring break!

  24. Lushka Smith says:

    Have a lot of different activities planned.

  25. Jamie hall says:

    Bringing lots of different games and snacks to keep them entertained

  26. We like to go to our local library where they always have something fun set up. We also take the “playground tour” of our area if the weather behaves, and vote on our favourite to invite a friend to play at with us.

  27. Jeannie Lam says:

    I say take them outside rain or shine. My kids loves jumping in puddles and running around at the park.

  28. Make sure you have lots of activities planned!

  29. Judy Cowan says:

    Make sure you have the week planned with something to do each day so you are not struggling to figure out what to do. Baking one day, movie day another, trip to an indoor play center etc.

  30. Krista M says:

    Plan activities that are fun & inexpensive (or even free!) like going ice skating, hiking, outdoor campfire, crafts, and boardgames!

  31. My best tip is to make plans with other families, even if it’s short visits!

  32. Downtime for the kids, they go in their room and chill with a book. Also each kid gets to pick one thing they really want to do for the week.

  33. For us it was always about getting outside and staying active! at least one day trip helped

  34. Stephanie says:

    Plan fun activities ahead of time!

  35. Plan ahead ! If your coming up blank , try google or pinterest for some fun , free or cheap ideas ! Plan activities for high and low energy so you can have down time as well , if you go skating in the morning maybe a movie in the afternoon !

  36. wendy Hutton says:

    to avoid the meltdown have things planned, be organized keep them busy, outdoor activites are the best

  37. Erinn Lishman says:

    Avoiding meltdowns is a tough one but I think getting outside, warm or cold, is key! It may not be my job to stop my kids from being bored, but it is my job to encourage them to stay active and set a good example so a walk or bike ride is always a good idea!

  38. Plan ahead, with input from the kids. But don’t overschedule.

  39. Maryanne says:

    Get outside even if it’s raining!!

  40. Christine Murray says:

    We usually gave the kids a couple of days to sleep in and veg but then planned a few outings or day camp kind of things to keep them busy.

  41. Francine says:

    Have enough activities planned to keep everyone busy!

  42. Marlene J says:

    We always plan ahead so there is no #MarchBreakMeltDowns
    We put everything on the calendar for each day

  43. kathy downey says:

    My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown is keep things simple and plan ahead

  44. Tannis W says:

    Send the kids outside to play, get some new crafting items like stickers and coloring books and rent a movie.

  45. Marla P says:

    I try to have lots of snacks and a movie

  46. Karla Sceviour says:

    Plan some fun activities,pick a favorite show to watch together on Netflix

  47. We plan something new each day and each kid gets to choose the activity for one day. Getting outside is definitely the best way to avoid a melt down. Our school break isn’t until April so the weather is usually great for getting outside.

  48. Amy Heffernan says:

    Its great if you can plan a getaway!! Something for yourself can enjoy along with the kids!

  49. Elaine G says:

    Plan ahead and if weather derails some of those plans have a back-up plan 🙂

  50. tammy ta says:

    We let our kids each choose a friend to invite over for a day. Then they also have a sleepover at their aunt’s house

  51. Spending time outside everyday, and having a variety of new toys and books to enjoy as a family.

  52. ivy pluchinsky says:

    My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown is to plan activities so the kids are not bored! Once they say they are bored it usually doesn’t end well!

  53. kristen visser says:

    Stay at home lol. just kidding. Do something that will interest the kids. Even if one wants to do one thing and another kid wants to do something else , march break allows you to have that time to do different things. also make try out a new art craft?

  54. Carly Williams says:

    We love to do jigsaw puzzles to avoid a March Break Meltdowns. They keep everyone entertained for long periods of time and are always fun.

  55. Prior to any kind of school break I visit a couple of thrift stores ad pick up some craft supplies, anything from yarn to beads and ready to use craft sets if I’m lucky. Cheap and all set for a few days.

  56. We play boardgames. And we also visit friends and family which provides some good company and change of scenery. 🙂

  57. Look for day camps so the kids can try different activities.

  58. Dianne G. says:

    I think the best way to have a good spring break without meltdowns is to sit down as a family and make plans. Get each family member to give a few ideas of things they would like to do. Have activities for sunny days when you would like to go out and also plan for rainy or snowy days when you might like to stay closer to home.

  59. Melissa L. says:

    My best tip is to get time outside. Whether it be walking, riding bikes, etc. It just helps to feel better.

  60. Jenny Major says:

    Lots of games, crafts and lots of Netflix

  61. nicolthepickle says:

    Lots of fun books and trips out to get icecream.

  62. Gillian Morgan says:

    Plan some activities ahead of time. Maybe go to a movie or check out local events.

  63. Give the kids some down time to play own their own and use their imagination. Game night is always fun as well as teaching them how to play tennis.

  64. Lilly Wong says:

    Go mall walking before the stores open, then to the library. It doesn’t cost anything except time. 🇨🇦

  65. christine w says:

    Plan different types of activities but not to the point where you are stressed out going from place to place.

  66. LUZVIMINDA GUNTER-SMITH says:

    GET SOME ART STUFF AND LET THE KIDS DO SOMETHING BEYOND THEIR IMAGINATION.

  67. My tip is to plan ahead and maybe organize a competition of sorts. Growing up, I was very competitive so I found making anything into a game/competition so much more fun.

  68. Shirley S says:

    My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown is to plan ahead and keep things simple.

  69. I used to plan an activity everyday to keep the kids occupied and come evening time they were ready to crash.

  70. Liz Howard says:

    You need to plan activities, but not every day as the kids need some down time!!! A afternoon movie, maybe some bowling, a day at the zoo, science centre or museum. You can also plan a play date. Also, it is great to include the, in the planning.

  71. Carla B says:

    Plan some downtime. Enjoy your time together – but try not to schedule every moment with another great new activity!

  72. loucheryl says:

    Try and find a March Break camp to put your kids in for a day, a half day, a few days or the full week to save your sanity. My oldest son is going to a fitness and fun camp for 3 days and then the other 2 days he is doing rock climbing for 2 hours. My youngest son is 3 years old and too young to go to day camp yet so I will be entertaining him, like I do every day. 🙂

  73. Ashley S says:

    Acknowledging that you are headed for a breakdown is a great way to stop one from happening! Thanks for the tips 😀

  74. Melinda says:

    Visiting family and friends helps break up the daily routine.

  75. Birdie Skolfield says:

    Wine lots and lots of wine

  76. Anna Roszak-Robinson says:

    We will have a family game night every night during March Break, usually we have it once a week.

  77. HEIDI C. says:

    Lots of crafts, sledding, sleepovers and board games!

  78. Anne-Marie Tvete says:

    Have lots of activities planned, like the ones mentioned in this post

  79. Pearl Saban says:

    A variety of activities — some more active, some more house-bound. Keep the kids interested and entertained. And healthy snacks all the time.

  80. My best tip is to visit the grandparents a lot so she can play with the cousins and they can entertain each other.

  81. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I think getting out of the house a great way to avoid stress. We go for hikes and walks at the local parks and local attractions. Having movie night is a really great thing to do too and it’s all on Netflix.

  82. My tip is to take advantage of free events in your community such as skating or swimming.

  83. Plan ahead and get the kids involve in the planning.

  84. Though they take time to organize, I find that scavenger hunts keep kids pretty entertained. When I know that there is a break coming up, I’ll sit down and make up a set clues ahead of time to use for an organized or impromptu scavenger hunt, and I’ll pick up little prizes on the next grocery trip.

  85. I try to plan as much for each day of the break.

  86. plan ahead and look for free events that are happening.

  87. thanx

  88. Anna Roszak-Robinson says:

    Send them off for a few days to visit grandma

  89. I take a road trip with my kids and grandkids every year to visit the resting place of my daughter who died over spring break.

  90. lyn cLayton says:

    be prepared with lots of activities plan fun outings

  91. Andrea Amy says:

    For me I have to try to keep the kids separated, and make sure they each get equal time picking the activities. Melt-downs are an every day thing in my house though and my youngest two boys don’t get along at all really.

  92. Planning ahead but also allowing enough flexibility to allow outdoor time if weather permits. Oh and having lots of snacks ready.

  93. Lee-Ann says:

    We take the kids away for the week so they aren’t bored!

  94. Lisa Bolduc says:

    Get the kids involved in planning the activities that way they can pick what they want

  95. Sarah Smart says:

    Letting the boys take turns picking movie choices and heading over to the parkland to feed the ducks ! It’s one of their favorite past times !

  96. Renee M says:

    I find activity that are free at malls. Taking them out of the house is the best way.

  97. Elizabeth R says:

    Lots of outdoor activities, everyone has fun and helps tire everyone out.

  98. s powell says:

    sleepovers, baking , crafts

  99. Clair Palmer says:

    we always try to plan stuff ahead, but take some things day by day, we also have crafts, baking stuff all ready, and can never go wrong with nature walks (salvage hunt can make it more fun as well, have that list just about ready)

  100. Ernest Martin says:

    Get to bed early every night. You need the extra sleep and rest to deal properly with March Break.

  101. LILLIAN BROWN says:

    We always checked to see what the museums in our nearby city had of interest for my girls and planned several outings

  102. Cady Bisschop says:

    Getting together with my other mommy friends for some play dates! Also, we plan on having some theme days in our house!

  103. there are a lot of programs happening at our local community centre, my 10yr old & I will be checking that out. As well, we will be doing a lot of spending time together, shopping, movies, lunch, and maybe a visit to my sisters place.

  104. Our plan is to have lots of fun activities planned. But also balance it out with a quite movie night and family board game night.

  105. lori butler says:

    keeping the kids active and enrolled in any programs

  106. Start Spring cleaning….get out clothes & the BBQ!
    #MarchBreakMeltDowns

  107. Get outside and have fun

  108. Plan ahead, have at least one interesting activity for each day. Let them play outside as much as possible, they tire out and then are nice and calm

  109. Avoid a spring break meltown by allowing your children to attend sleepovers but not hosting any at your home! Lol. Unfair, I know, so just make sure there are outings and playdates planned so the children get fresh air and are not bored “indoors” with electronics the whole time!

  110. My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown is to let them plan a couple of the activities ahead of time.

  111. Vicki Hill says:

    Best way to avoid March Break Meltdown is to keep their schedule. No staying up late. Meals at the same time. Keep them busy.

  112. Theresa Michalik says:

    Make sure you have activities all the time.

  113. Jenn Beckett jennpup says:

    Keep the bed times the same (or only slightly later) than school nights. Lots of down time, keep the snacks and meals flowing.

  114. make use of march break by keeping busy everyday by going outside to play or visit a museum

  115. My daughters are older now, but when they were little, we use to travel during March break even if it meant paying a premium price.

  116. I actually don’t like to go too far during march break because it’s so busy everywhere! I like to do indoor stuff or just to go to the parks and relax lol!

  117. My best tip is to bring a friend for yourself to cool your stress.

  118. Susan Ovington says:

    My best tip is not to plan too much and go with the flow, it is a great time to read, play, bake and hangout together! Happy March Break!

  119. Juliee Fitze says:

    Best tip is having lots of crafts for them to work on.

  120. Janet M says:

    For me, the best thing is to stay organized and focused on the plans you have made. be ready for changes due to weather, etc, but stay focused on plans.

  121. Jenness M says:

    We have an outing or activity planned every day.

  122. ginette4 says:

    Best way to avoid a meltdown..have a family meeting and see what everyone would love to do..make a list and make it fun

  123. I’m making sure this year by sending my husband and our son to BC! 😉

  124. Melinda Jana says:

    be very flexible with your planning. you never know when events might change

  125. Elizabeth Vlug says:

    To avoid March break meltdown it is important to plan activities but also some down time. Finding the right balance is key. And plan some active time to release all that energy. Today we are lucky that there are so many activities to choose from. Have fun, go with the flow and be flexible. 🙂

  126. I have been scouring all our local places (Museums, Library etc) to find cheap/free activities for March Break! I was shocked at how many places offer affordable day camps and free activities! I signed my oldest up for one day of camp and the rest of our week is filled up with storytimes, free movies and crafts etc…! I live in a small town so I am sure very ton has something to offer… worth looking into!

  127. Marilyn Legault says:

    keep busy with activities that you can plan ahead.

  128. Wendy Pesce says:

    lots of crafts, a family friendly movie, and an indoor picnic!

  129. Julie bolduc says:

    Having a schedule I find works best in our house

  130. Holly MacRitchie says:

    My tip is to have a stay-cation! Stay around the house but have fun activities planned!

  131. BobbiJo Pentney says:

    Get some sleep and other things seem easier

  132. Be PREPARED with lots of different activities that would suit a certain age bracket of child. For the younger ones lots of picture books, some easy to do crafts such as finger painting, indoor softball with a rolled up sock. For the older kids perhaps some activities such as a movie night with friends, a trip to the local museum or have a dress up party theme day.

  133. Carey Hurst says:

    Plan ahead , you know that it comes around every year , so plan for it .

  134. salexis alexis says:

    Well… I usually don’t take time off work for march break, and last year I felt really guilty that my son was stuck at daycare for the entire break. So this year I promised to take a few days off work – so I’m pretty sure that will make for less meltdowns!

  135. Angela September says:

    PLAN, PLAN, PLAN!! we try and keep the kids busy so that boredom doesn’t rear it’s ugly head!

  136. Shelley Hickey says:

    There are usually free activities to do in our city but planning a variety of things is the way to keep your sanity. Don’t forget to plan some time for yourself too!

  137. Karla R. says:

    I have been organizing everything from work and home so everything is set when my child is out of school.

  138. Caroline says:

    My tip would be to organise activities in advance.

  139. My tip to avoid March Break Meltdown is to spend time outdoors with the kids and enjoying nature. Bringing their attention to the plants starting to sprout and seeing the wildlife is so exciting and uplifting

  140. Shane smith says:

    i invite their friends over and they have a ton of fun with nerf fights lol

  141. Rhonda W G. says:

    Plan a couple visits with other family and friends to mix it up…Spend time with grandparents and godparents.

  142. Maritess S says:

    Register for community programs and invite friends for play dates.

  143. Plan ahead for every contingency, weather, sickness, tantrums, too many kids, quarrels,and use all the ideas you listed!

  144. Jackie M says:

    To avoid a meltdown I would suggest plan, plan and backup plan! Make sure to leave time in between and don’t over pack the events

  145. Trisha Pedros says:

    Awesome tips! Thank you!

  146. Sunshine G says:

    Plan a variety of activities and make sure to keep them busy!

  147. send them to day camp (let someone else hear “I’m bored”

  148. Linda g says:

    Take in free activities provided at local community centers, day at the zoo, day at home doing crafts

  149. Wendy Jensen says:

    To avoid a March Break Breakdown, take time to relax in the evenings so you can recharge.

  150. My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown is to get those kids outside everyday to burn off their energy.

  151. Go swimming at the pool. It is a fun activity.

  152. Keep them busy but not too busy 🙂

  153. A glass of wine every night!! LOL

  154. Dawn gordon says:

    I plan one movie day,one bowling day, and one swimming day

    This covers three days and all three are lower cost activities

    The days between are crafts and baking and movies on Netflix and walking our dog !

  155. Stay busy. We do a lot of short outdoor road trips

  156. Linda d. says:

    March break is a great time for the kids to help you “spring clean” their bedroom and play area, sort through toys and take a breather from the usual routine. We are lucky. If we have to work the grandparents enjoy taking the kids for a couple of days. The kids enjoy their special visits with the grandparents too.

  157. Plan ahead and keep a routine!

  158. My best tip to avoid a March Break Meltdown is to bring out the craft kit supplies.We have scissors,crafting paper, crayons, and paints.The kids have vivid imaginations and I give them some suggestions to get them started.I also keep a good variety of movies,bames and books for days that are spent indoors. 🍀

  159. Break out the craft kit to avoid meltdown

  160. Let the kids help with choosing the activities they would like to do

  161. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    Always have a back up plan just in case another activity gets cancelled.

  162. I know I’ll need to keep him busy; get out of the house to somewhere every day.

  163. My family loves to play board games and card games. It’s a great way to get the family all interacting while having fun at the same time!

  164. Take them somewhere every second day at least so they are not as bored. Sometimes we go swimming, that tires them out.

  165. sabina Edwards says:

    Having your kids do things that are routine helps…if they are always asked to make their bed, they should continue to do so. If they have a set bedtime that should be kept. Do they play an instrument? Ask them to put a show on for the family !! Have they learned the basics of feeding themselves? IF so, put one of them in charge of feeding the family cereal for breakfast and make a big production of it!! Every thing we do, is to teach our children how to become responsible adults that can survive on their own.

  166. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    prep the kids on whats happening each day during breakfast

  167. Catherine Robichaud says:

    Get the children involved in planning what you’re going to do. Remember to not overdo it by trying to fit too much into one week and make sure the children go to bed as close to their normal time as possible. Tired children tend to have more meltdowns.

  168. My tip would be to do outside activities as much as possible.

  169. We try to plan a couple of outings over spring break. This year we will be heading to the Human Rights Museum and also an Escape Room! Spring break is going to be fun!

  170. Lindsay T says:

    We made a list of things we all want to do so that we each get our way! We’re doing home depot kids crafts, movies, spa day, etc.

  171. My best tip is to plan ahead, have lots of crafts and activities planned.

  172. Carolsue says:

    Plan ahead with lots of ideas to throw at the kids when the time comes. Let them suggest things they’d like to do, too.

  173. Have plenty of great snacks on hand and get the kids cooking! It’s a great skill plus they will be involved in their food choices! Also have indoor and outdoor plans as you never know when the weather will turn etc.

  174. Movies and swimming keep my little guy entertained.

  175. michelle matta says:

    Make sure everybody gets enough sleep. Excitement and events can wait. You will be glad you did.

  176. Gina Fleury says:

    I love to make homemade playdough and arrange playdates and discourage endless video game playing.

  177. SweetPanda says:

    I have board games and craft supplies at home for those very cold snowy days. There are a number of free activities offered by certain retail stores and I am going to bring them there too so they have different activities each day

  178. We like to have the whole family help to plan our garden during march break, picking out flowers and veggies everyone wants to grow! Also lots of kids activities, games, and books to read!

  179. travelbuds says:

    I send my kids to Gramma’s house. She has 5 acres out in the country. The kids have to take a ferry there and so they feel like they are getting a mini vacation.

  180. We arrange playdates and sleepovers with their friends. We also go to the movies, and local childrens science museum. A little relaxation and free time is good for them too!

  181. Jennifer L. says:

    I like to plan outdoor activities every day because I find it helps us feel better to get fresh air.

  182. Pat Drouillard says:

    Do stuff,like sleep at grandma’s house….

  183. Planning ahead saves a lot of headaches – have back up plans and activities ready

  184. Depending on the weather, have different back up plans. Outdoor activities or indoor crafts etc…

  185. Shelley N says:

    A variety of activities and enough downtime stops any March breat meltdowns

  186. Carole D. says:

    Don’t overload your children with activities and make sure they get lots of rest!

  187. We love movie nights, play dates and board games.

  188. crystal porter says:

    Get the kids out of the house and try to stick to a similar routine.

  189. Sending them to camp is a great way to avoid the meltdowns!! They come home tuckered out and they learn so much while they’re there. Aside from that we like keeping busy with back yard camping, pillow forts and lots of crafts.

  190. Jennifer says:

    We like to play outside and go for walks! Thanks for the chance.

  191. Monique L.S. says:

    Variety as much as possible; get outside…being cooped up is not good for anyone; playdates help a lot.

  192. Alayne Langford says:

    Outdoor activities are affordable if not free and will make you feel good and make the kids nice and tired for bed!

  193. Amanda Fontaine says:

    Send them outside to get fresh air and keep them occupied!

  194. keep schedules the same as much as possible. and don’t forget the rest breaks. thanks

  195. sara rai says:

    We go to the nearest mall. They had March break events for the kids.

  196. Plan ahead! Don’t count on good weather and be sure to have activities ready. Oh, and food. Kids love munching! So have plenty of snacks!

  197. Jeanette Jackson says:

    Do a different thing each day…a board game one day, go to the mall another day and make sure if you play board games more than one day that you play different ones.

  198. Maria McLachlan says:

    Keep them busy with some activities and keep lots of snacks

  199. Crafts…movie days…we also took advantage of free activities around town.

  200. Jennifer C says:

    Even if we have a Staycation. we try and have lots of activities planned. Everyone gets to choose a day of their fave things

  201. Brenda K says:

    The kids love building forts out of boxes,blankets ,and furniture,then have fun eating their snacks in there and simply playing.They spend hours having fun !

  202. Rachel Cryer says:

    Lots of outdoor activities to get the kids fresh air, keep them busy

  203. Tricia Begor says:

    We check the local paper for activities to get us out of the house like maple 🍁festival, church dinners and inside rummage sales.

  204. Since we are not going anywhere for Spring break my daughter and I will camp out in the living room. We make a giant bed with a million blankets and eat and stay up late watching movies.

  205. Netflix and popcorn are always good 🙂

  206. Have local trips planned, and some home activities.

  207. Don’t over hype it. Make sure regular routines are still followed even if on vacation.

  208. I love these tips. To avoid a meltdown I like sending little ones for a day out with their aunt. Change of scenery changes things up and their aunt is super cool. Shopping, food and a movie out. They can’t be happier.

  209. Send them to their aunts house for a day of shopping, food and movie fun. The change of scenery makes for a fun day adventure!

  210. Heather howard says:

    To avoid a march break meltdown, I prep ahead….usually a month in advance. However, things can go wrong, so be prepared and have a back up plan.
    I research camps that are going on and sign my kids up for at least one. I arrange one day to be a play date day and have a friend over. We also let the kids each choose a day and activity that they want to do and we do it as a family.

  211. Caryn Coates says:

    I keep the kids busy by being outside alot and fun activities.

  212. Nicole B says:

    My best tip is to keep them busy. Outings, sometimes I put them in a half day camp just to mix it up.

  213. josephine evans says:

    We went for walks, went to the park and museum and tried to stay busy. It helped even being on a budget.

  214. Stephanie says:

    family game night aeema to do the trip i remember playing board games and card games with my cousins, aunt/uncles and grandparents as a kid best memories

  215. Our best tip was to be organized. We had hockey tournaments and league season banquet so hotels for March Break. We took plenty of games, paper & crayons, snacks, prepared lunches etc to entertain & feed the littlest and stay within budget. If we weren’t prepared — we’d be hearing a lot of “I’m hungry/I’m bored”. 🙂 Be prepared and plan ahead! 🙂

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