Spring Break is coming up! Our oldest, India, is coming home from college this Friday, and the little one will soon be on her break. I’m getting prepared, so this week’s 52 Checklist Project prompt is “10 Things to Do With My Family on Spring Break.”
- Road Trip! Visit a National Park: This year is the 100th anniversary of National Parks and there are some amazing parks in easy driving distance of us here in Los Angeles including Joshua Tree, Channel Island, Sequoia, and Yosemite. I’ve yet to visit Yosemite, so that one is top of my list.
- Staycate – visit spots in LA we’ve never been: Though I’ve lived in Los Angeles for 15 years there are still plenty of places – new and old – I’d love to discover and bring my kids. Top of my list are the new Broad Museum and the going to see a Kiddie Matinee at the Beverly Theater (the movie theater owned and programmed by Quentin Tarantino).
- Go Camping: This one could be coupled with the first idea. There are definitely campgrounds in Yosemite, though they tend to book up so fast I’m not sure if I’ll still find spots at this late stage. Still, no harm in trying. 🙂
- Volunteer: Volunteering is always a wonderful activity to do as a family. If you’d like some help to find kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, you can check out the blog post I wrote around MLK Day on How to Find Kid Friendly Volunteer Opportunities.
- Plant a Vegetable Garden: I’m going to be honest, I’m not much of a green thumb. When I say I’ll do this I mean, I’ll pick which vegetables I want in the garden and I’ll probably send my husband and kids to do it. 🙂 According to this post early spring is good for planting hardy and semi-hardy vegetables. So I’m picking spinach, kale, carrots, beets, broccoli and leeks.
- Spring Cleaning – KonMari: Back in November, December and January, I was very gung ho about decluttering using the KonMari method. You can read about the KonMari Method and KonMari with kids here. I lost my initial enthusiasm (though I must say my closet still looks pretty great). Now that spring is here, I’m ready to start again and get my kids to finish their spaces once and for all.
- Get crafty: I want to pull out my craft supplies, surf Pinterest for ideas, and get crafty with the kids.
- Go Spring Skiing: we are lucky here in LA to live very close to some slopes (we can be in the mountains within 90 minutes). The mountains have just had a good dumping and more snow is forecast for this coming weekend. The slopes will be perfect for spring skiing.
- Hit the Beach: One of the nice things about LA is that you can “drive to your season.” At the same time of year we can ski and surf in the same day. In 10 minutes we are at the beach, and the weather is generally always nice for enjoying the sand and sun. The water can still be pretty dang cold. It’s nevertheless lovely to be out there, and we definitely plan on hitting the shores this spring break.
- Pajama Days – spend the whole day in PJs watching movies and reading: There are few things I love more than this. After the frantic pace of our usual lives, one of the greatest luxuries is to do nothing at all.
That’s my list. I’ve love to see what you’d like to do with your family during Spring Break. Share your checklist on instagram or twitter and tag #52checklistsproject.
Monick Paul Halm is the Chief Creative Officer at the Checklist Mom, and has made it her mission to empower women and moms to thrive in their lives, families, and career choices. She’s a busy mom of 3, certified life and career coach, yoga teacher and practitioner, and real estate investor. She’s a wearer of many hats, and juggler of many duties and loves connecting with our moms. You can connect with her on the Checklist Mom Facebook Page and on twitter as @thereikicoach.