Spring Break East Texas Style | East Texas Moms


Spring Break East Texas Style

Maybe spring break does not look like a ski trip or a week in the Caribbean. Maybe spring break is staying home, resting and enjoying what you have near you. Here are some great ways to have a spring break stay-cation here in east Texas.
  1. Build a Fort in Your Living Room.

Gather all those comfy pillows and blankets into a giant pile. Find the perfect base blanket and spread it out across the floor. Then, gather towel clips, books (to use for anchors), and rubber bands. All you have to do is find a way to secure the sheets together and throw some string lights in there and BOOM, you have a fort. Play board games, read stories or just have a fun sleepover in there!

2.Bake Something Together.

I will admit that baking something with my kids makes my hands sweat a little. I am working on giving up some control. As hard as it is, letting your kids get creative is a way for them to let out some stress and have fun. I think Dirt Cups might be the way to go! Check out this recipe adapted from High Heels and Grills.

  • 2 cups milk (cold)
  • 1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate pudding
  • 8 ounces whipped topping (frozen, such as Cool Whip, thawed)
  • 1 1/2 cups sandwich cookies (such as Oreos, crushed)
  • 20 gummy worms


    1. Whisk together pudding and milk in a medium bowl for 2 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

    2. Fold in whipped topping and add 1/2 cup cookie crumbs.

    3. Spoon into 10 {6 oz} plastic cups.

    4. Top with the remaining cookie crumbs.
    5. Refrigerate 1 hour.
    6. Top with 2 gummy worms each just before serving.

3. Scavenger Hunt.

Watching my older kiddo help my younger ones figure out clues is my favorite thing to do. Over spring break, I plan to do a St. Patrick’s Day-themed scavenger hunt. The prize at the end could be some gold wrapped candy or something rainbow colored. Kids love anything new and if we hype it up, they will be excited to try it!

4. Outside movie night.

I have been wanting to try one of these for so long! I think it would be awesome to incorporate in spring and use all summer! I recently saw a post where a mom made a DIY outside movie screen from dollar store materials. Gorilla tape, a shower curtain and some square, spray-painted scrubbing pads as the border. That means all you would need is the projection instrument.

5. Check Out a Museum.

The last thing I hope we do for our Staycation is to visit a museum nearby. My boys are into dinosaurs, so they really like to go to Naranjo Museum in Lufkin. I just checked their website and they have all kinds of activities set up for kids during spring break! There will be slime time, bottle rockets, 3-D crafts, story-time, and of course, the guided tours. These are all great ways to entertain kids!

Spring break is a good time to get away, it is also a good time to stay put! Let us know how you plan to spend your spring break!

Be on the lookout for our Ultimate Summer Guide coming your way this week AND check out several of our other guides like our Celebration & Party Guide AND our Field Trip Guide. These will have some great Spring Break ideas.

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“Y’all” and “Fixin” were things this born and raised Ohioan never thought would become part of her daily vocabulary. After graduating from Muskingum University with a degree in journalism, Merrideth found herself a true-blooded East Texan and followed him down here. Nine years and many cultural lessons later, Merrideth is learning to balance life as a teacher, wife to a busy entrepreneur, and mother to three kids. She has a mild obsession with reading books before they become movies, Mexican food, and any song by George Strait. Since becoming a Texas transplant, she has committed to living a more active and healthy lifestyle. Travel is her love language! Before she turns the big 4-0, she plans to learn how to Texas two-step, visit Italy with her husband, and publish a novel. You can get to know her better by visiting her blog at pipelinewife.wordpress.com.