7 Last-Minute Spring Vacation Ideas for Families

posted: 03/09/16
by: Courtney Reimer

We know how it is: one minute you're putting away the holiday decorations and the next thing you know it's spring vacation time. If you've found yourself with no solid vacation plans but a strong desire to get some quality time in with the family, you've come to the right place. (You'd be surprised how the world can reward procrastinators!) Take a look at these ideas that span all levels of planning and expenditure.

1. Get closer to nature. Now that you don't have to bundle everyone up so thoroughly, it's time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Resources like Mommy Poppins have hiking guides for kids, so you can be sure you're not setting out for an Everest-like trek your first time out.

2. Escape to the beach. While it's not quite beach season everywhere, it's a short flight (and surprisingly affordable, even last-minute) to the Caribbean. One of the most family-friendly destinations we've found is Beaches in Turks & Caicos, where parents can opt to give their kids a day at Camp Sesame, where they Elmo-cize with their favorite red friend and learn the letter of the day with Abby (there's also a sizeable waterpark and DJ Scratch Academy) all while mom and dad enjoy an adult beverage on the beach.

Mood... Who wants to relax in Paradise with Elmo?? Only at @beachesresorts #turksandcaicos #beachesturksandcaicos

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3. Show your kids your workplace -- then play hooky. Depending on the age of your kids, a trip to your office might actually feel like an adventure. To make it feel like a vacation, take the day off after you show them around and then see the sights in the area, have a special lunch date, or even spoil them with a night in a hotel.

4. Sweep the clouds away with some familiar faces. Another option for the Elmo and friends lover in your family: Sesame Place. An ideal option for people in the upper Eastern Seaboard (the closer to Philly, the better), this theme park has plenty to keep the kids busy for a day (or more) and even has special events like The Magic of Art led by Abby Cadabby.

5. Do a house swap. Don't want to spring for a hotel? Try a house swap with a friend or family member near or far. Even if it's not room-service-equipped, the new surroundings will have virtually the same novelty as a hotel -- and the price can't be beat.

6. Celebrate spring with some furry friends. We love Great Wolf Lodge because even if the weather doesn't cooperate, there's so much to do indoors. And this year they have a Spring-A-Palooza with candy gardens and games like "Hide and Peeps."

7. Invite family over for a staycation. Sometimes it's not the destination but the people who make it feel like a vacation. Bring in a loved one to crash at your place, plan some family game nights and make home feel like a fun destination.

Family game night! #clue Who done it this time?! #familygamenight

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