As the weather vacillates from winter to, well, still winter here in Michigan, one’s thoughts inevitably turn to more exciting times. Something must be on the horizon to break up this monotony, one thinks. And indeed, something is coming. No, not the zombie apocalypse.
At this point in the school year, chances are high that spring break is right around the corner. Many families use this time to travel – vacationing or visiting family elsewhere. Others, however, remain close to home and fill their time hiding from their children doing fun local activities. You may think, “But what can we do? My town is so boring.” Fear not! There is so much out there that this article won’t be sufficient to capture all of the possibilities.
- Museums. The Detroit metro area offers several options that are specifically geared toward kids such as the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum.
- Indoor waterparks. Frankenmuth and Sandusky have a variety of fabulous ones. Live across the border? Adventure Bay Family Water Park is right in the heart of downtown Windsor.
- Aquatic centers. Troy and Warren have indoor facilities.
- Pottery and painting studios.
- Zoos. Detroit and Toledo both boast excellent ones.
- Metroparks and county parks offer hiking, bird watching, and nature centers.
- Local farms. Lots of baby animals arrive during this time of year.
- Libraries. Many have programs for younger kids.
- Gyms. Even if you aren’t a member, many gyms offer day camps for kids whose parents still need to work.
- Indoor climbing and play centers. Jungle Java and Detroit Kid City are popular choices.
- Mini golf and/or the driving range
If transportation, finances or time are factors, then there is always the tried-and-true, time-honored, parent-approved activity that is sure to please all of the children: chore time! Surely there is a room that needs tidying or some dishes to wash. Many hands make light work, as Ye Olde Saying goes. And the kids sure do like those “Olde” sayings. Before they know it, they’ll be asking to go back to school.
– Wendy MacKenzie is a mother of four, Parenting Program volunteer, and former teacher who used to love Spring Break.