How to do Spring Break from Home
For most people, Spring means a break from the cold, gray winter months and the promise of warm weather to come. It also means it’s time for Spring Break and a vacation, and probably to somewhere that features sun and sand.
This year, Spring Break will still be the official gateway to Summer. However, with everyone asked to avoid any unnecessary travel and stay at home, Spring Break will also mean a break in tradition.
But, you can still celebrate. It will just take a little creativity this time around.
For families with kids, couples, and individuals alike, West Michigan, Grand Rapids, and Greater Lansing are full of easy ways to enjoy a week or more off by enjoying many of the area’s beautiful natural resources.
There is no shortage of fishing, hiking, and biking opportunities in West Michigan, many of which can be found by visiting the official tourist office websites for the town or area you want to see.
You can find each of the big three listed below –
- Check out the beaches and hiking trails in Holland and along the Lakeshore
- Grand Rapids is surrounded by beautiful countryside and woodsy walking trails
- If you haven’t seen Lansing’s parks lately, you haven’t seen Lansing’s parks
Although this isn’t the time for shopping, there are still some fun reasons to visit many of the beautiful cities and towns in West Michigan. For example, Tulip Time may have been put on hold, but Holland’s world-renowned tulip bloom will not be held back.
If you want to get out of the house, take a walking tour of downtown Holland with your dog in tow and watch as nature comes back to life. Just be sure to observe social distancing rules.
If you’re not up for walking or would rather see the sights from the comfort or your car, take a drive around the city and check out the architecture, statues, nature, and all of the little details you probably pass each day.
Many attractions both indoor and out are offering “virtual vacations” or video walk-throughs to make their resources available for public viewing. You can find lists like this one to customize your own personal virtual adventure during the Spring Break Staycation.
If your plans are more focused on staying safe at home, you can still “travel the world” and make this Spring Break one to remember by virtually visiting some of the most beautiful destinations and attractions across the globe.
Many of the biggest museums and art galleries can be explored right from your living room by taking a tour online. Some even provide guided walkthroughs for their virtual visitors with educational opportunities too.
Here are a few dreamy virtual destinations –
- New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Art Institute of Chicago
- Rijks Museum in Amsterdam
- La Casa Azul – the Frieda Kahlo Museum in Mexico City
- The Louvre in France
- The Vatican in Rome
A simple search for “virtual museum tour” online will return a list big enough to keep almost anyone occupied for months.
For an even more memorable experience, stream your virtual tours from the Internet right to your biggest TV. Most of today’s smart TV’s have the ability to become an extension of your laptop or tablet, but if you don’t have that option, you can gain the ability by adding an Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, or Roku.
Devices like the Roku even have channels available for incredible destinations like Yellowstone or Yosemite National Parks. With the addition of these channels, viewers can virtually visit the most stunning scenic hotspots right from their living room.
For a more kid-focused Spring Break, it’s a great time to explore new adventures in hobbies, crafts, and even cooking with your children. There is no shortage of information available online to find easy – or challenging if you prefer – arts and crafts adventures that can be completed without leaving home.
Here are just a few –
While you are home with your family, it’s a great time to teach some simple skills while making them fun, and of course – delicious. By creating some simple meals with your children, you can teach them to enjoy the process and to really love the end result.
Here are some great resources –
- Food Network’s Cooking With Kids page
- The Kitchn – 15 Easy Dinner Recipes You can Cook with your Kids
- International Recipes for Kids from Easy Kids Recipes
Whether you want to keep your family occupied with indoor activities or outside adventures this Spring Break, a few minutes online will reward you with an endless supply of great ideas, distractions, and educational opportunities.
Visit your local resources online or spend a day hiking through one of your nearby state parks. Visit incredible natural wonders and man-made masterpieces online. No matter how you spend your time, this year’s Spring Break can still be memorable and fun.
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