Spring Break – that lovely part of the school year that gives moms and teachers alike a look into the near future.
Teachers are patiently awaiting a much deserved rest over the summer and moms are soaking up what little time they have left in their kid-free daytime environment.
I’ve compiled a list of activities to help you out. Although there will still be kids around, you may find a bit of sanity if you get them out of the house.
So you’re either:
- A teacher like me and are figuring out the best way to spend your well deserved week.
- A stay at home parent, and therefore are figuring out how in the heck you will keep your sanity for a week with the kids at home… let’s say a precursor to the fun you will have this summer! (wink, wink)
- Or, a working parent, whom will be off for the week with your child, and therefore need a plan of action.
Regardless of your situation, we all need options.
And I’m here to tell you that there are activities galore in the East Texas sector, that – pending the weather – will keep you and the troops happy!
Longview World of Wonders – The children’s museum downtown is not just open for your enjoyment the entire week of Spring Break, but they are also offering a mini camp on March 12 for ages 5 and up. The cost is $35.
Sonic Drive-In – Sonic on Hawkins in Longview has a wonderful sanded play area. Whether or not you decide to eat lunch, playing is always a win for my family. A few tips: If you are scared of the sand being all over your car, pack a jug of water so you can rinse off sandy feet. Or, throw a towel in your mom – purse and you’ll be good to go!
Chick-Fil-A – You know you won’t make it through the week without a trip to the delicious destination. Want to beat the crowds? Go at a time when people are transitioning from breakfast to lunch or lunch to dinner – that way you are more likely to grab a table and not have to deal with the chaos of the crowds. Invite some mom friends to meet you there so that you can have a chat while the kids play! Win-Win.
Oil Bowl Longview – Bowling is a great option, especially if the weather decides to get yucky. Plus, they have an awesome concession stand with your traditional bowling alley grub. Be sure to ask for a lane with bumpers if needed and pack your patience for those littles that are new to the sport!
Wet Pets and Critters – Perfectly free! If you are needing a quick activity that just gets you out of the house, then head over to the pet store to pet the bunnies, lizards, kitties, and all other wild critters they have. The only problem here… the kids never want to leave! So, you be the judge on that one.
The Mud Hut – Have some artists on your hands? Well, regardless, what kid doesn’t love to paint? Get ahead of the game for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other event you’d need a cute painted piece for and let the kids go to town!
Movies – Tried and true – you can’t beat a movie. If the weather is not cooperating with the Spring Break vibe, look up your local theater schedule and cozy up with a bowl of popcorn!
A few other options in Longview:
Air U Trampoline Park
Kidzville @ Lear Field
If you are feeling up for a short trip, load the kids up and head over to Tyler or Shreveport – they’ve got some great activities as well.
Spring Break Activities for Tyler:
Caldwell Zoo – Depending on the weather, a trip to the zoo may be well worth the drive. Load up the wagon and some snacks and make a day of it. Pack some extra cash so you can feed the birds; it’s my family’s favorite part!
Science Discovery Place – Another great indoor option that rivals the atmosphere of the children’s museum in Longview. Tickets are reasonable and the learning is endless.
Urban Air – If you have yet to dabble your toes in the world of Urban Air, you are missing out! The place is huge and has something for everyone. Zip-lining, wall climbing, gladiator style foam pit battles, dodgeball, and much much more. I would say this activity is best for ages 6 and up, depending on your child’s height and ability level. They also have an awesome snack bar — which you may find is much needed because the kids will not want to ever leave. (Not kidding – good luck!)
Cherokee Trace – Load up in the car and head over to Jacksonville to get face to face with their collection of wild animals. In the comfort of your own car, you can explore the grounds and feed the animals for an out of this world experience the kiddos are sure to love. Although open most days, be sure to call in advance in case of inclement weather closings.
Spring Break Activities for Shreveport:
Gators and Friends
Now, I know what you are thinking, “All of this will cost a fortune!”
Don’t do it all! Pick and choose a couple of activities and plan out your week. If you are anything like me, having a plan always makes the week go smoother – and a routine is ideal for little brains anyway.
You don’t have to get out everyday, better yet – a PJ day may be what you schedule for one of your activities!
Watch movies, build forts, play games, order a pizza and have a picnic on the living room floor… maybe you are even able to sneak in some loads of laundry and side projects you want to get accomplished as well.
Or, get out and visit your local park. Load up the bikes and a picnic to make a day of it. If there are ducks around (because who doesn’t love ducks?) pack some old bread so that the ducks feel the love too!
The possibilities are endless, moms. Get out there and make the most of it!
***Be sure to keep checking the Blog for our Ultimate Guide to Summer coming SOON! Lots of great ideas for Spring AND Summer Break!