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Who Needs Spring Break Ideas on a Budget

Spring Break for my children is less than a month away. And I have NOTHING PLANNED! I know, I know. I usually start planning months in advance for our schedule…even if it’s just staying around town, and me taking a few days off work and doing something.

But guess what, I’ve started no planning. My mind has solely been on our big Summer vacation taking place in July…I told y’all, I love to schedule and plan way ahead for EVERYTHING! It’s just how I function and what gives me the less stress.

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If that’s not your personality, it’s OK. But trust me, as a single mother, as a mother period, having a schedule and a plan makes life easier.

So what are we going to do? I’m sure we’ll stay in town. Hopefully the weather cooperates! We’re so ready for warmer weather.

Staying around town doesn’t have to be a bad thing!

Sometimes money doesn’t allow for an expensive vacation. Or the timing isn’t well. Or you can’t get off work.

If you’re running low on funds, here are some things you can do with your children that is extremely inexpensive

  • Visit the Park
  • DIY Science projects
  • Spring Clean—fun right?
  • Outdoor games
  • Indoor park funds (i.e. Chuck E. Cheese, Dave & Busters, or Hey Day)

Park fun

If the weather is nice, visit a park, and play some basketball, 4 square, or just run around and play.

the majority of children love to be outside. Run around and enjoy the weather if it permits.

I wish us mothers would learn, you don’t have to break the bank having fun and creating memories.

Stop trying to keep up with everyone you see on social media, or your neighbor.

Have fun with your children, no matter what it will cost.

Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is on this list and some probably laugh. But that’s what my children and I do sometimes.

We clean out the garage together. We clean out closets. We put on music and jam away. We knock it out in no time.

It keeps everyone busy and occupied. People are always complaining about the amount of screen time their children get. Or they are complaining about the mess they have. Kill two birds with one stone, and do some much needed spring cleaning.

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My daughter enjoys making slime and making messes honestly. So she enjoys doing science projects

Science Projects

These can be so fun. But I warn you, make sure you put a plastic tablecloth down to make cleanup a breeze. The tablecloths you get from DollarTree work just fine.

Check out some of Eboni’s slime recipes, and create your own. She updates these weekly on her YouTube channel, and on here, so subscribe to either or both, so you can get more ideas.

Her edible chocolate slime recipe is pretty cool. It does require adult supervision, to melt the chocolate. You can make this, and here are the ingredients and instructions

Edible Chocolate Slime:

Ingredients:

  • Cornstarch
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Coco powder
  • Sweetened condensed milk

Please remember, Eboni eyeballs her slime recipes. She doesn’t always measure. If you need numbers…she used one can of sweetened condensed milk, 2-3 tablespoons of chocolate syrup, but then she sprinkled coco powder about 1 1/2 tablespoons in there. The coco powder is mainly for color…to make it look more chocolaty

The cornstarch, she added about 1/4 cup. She used more, but I’ll talk about that in the instructions.

Instructions:

In a small sauce pan, combine the 1/4 cup cornstarch, the sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate syrup, (this is why we suggest adult supervision. If your child is capable to work around the stove, that’s OK too, but please be careful). Cook over medium heat.

Make sure you stir constantly to keep it from burning.

Bring to a boil until it has thickened.

Once it’s thick, remove from heat.

She uses a bowl, but you can use a counter top or another surface dusted with cornstarch. She added additional amounts of cornstarch in the bowl, and then sprinkled about a tablespoon on top.

The additional cornstarch keeps the mixture from sticking to your hands and whatever surface it is on.

Let it cool, so you can handle it. Once it’s cool enough for you to touch, mix it all together with your hands.

Knead the slime for a few minutes. If you like your slime a little thicker, you can add more cornstarch.

Lastly, let it chill in the refrigerator in a Ziploc bag. She uses about a 12 hours to a day.

That’s it!

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Outdoor games

Outdoor games are another way to enjoy spring break. Jump rope, teach your child how to ride a bike if they don’t know how to.

Play with sidewalk chalk…it’s so satisfying as an adult.

Play sports outside.

Play some yard games, like cornhole, or yard yahtzee. There are tons of yard game ideas on Pinterest.

If the weather doesn’t allow you to be outside, indoor theme parks, or the library are always great. Just watch out for germs LOL. But seriously use some hand sanitizer, and Lysol your car and house afterwards. Some people let their children out of the house even when they’re sick and contagious.

Bust out the Cricut (affiliate link) and do all kinds of crafts. Make St. Patrick Day crafts. Or Easter Crafts. Use this coupon (affiliate link) to save on paper for your Cricut (affiliate link).

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Indoor Park Fun

Most towns have places like Chuck E. Cheese where you can take your children to run off some steam, eat tons of pizza, and play games. Of course, playing those games come w/ prizes.

Don’t forget to check Groupon or the parks sites for deals before you go.

In fact, check out these deals I found from another mom’s blog (www.thesoccermomblog.com). She has amazing tips on great deals and ideas when visiting Chuck E. Cheese.

Whatever you decide to do with your children, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Traveling on Spring Break can be expensive. From my personal experience, airfare rates and hotel rooms are more expensive during that time anyway.

Just have fun around town. As some people call it, have a staycation.

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