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Spring Break on a Budget

March 7, 2018

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With Spring break looming around the corner, there’s no better time to start figuring out how you’re going to keep your kids entertained during their days off. If you’re reading this, you’re in luck! We’ve done some of the work for you.

Kid on Spring Break

Our skilled team of money-saving experts took to Google to find the best Spring break activities in BC. After all, this is a very exciting and well-deserved break for the kids that should be spent doing fun and fulfilling things! We were interested to see that most of the suggestions for Spring break activities included going to the movies, going on vacation, visiting the local aquarium, Science World, indoor theme parks or laser tag.

Although many families may be able to afford the costs associated with these activities, there are plenty of families who can’t. As a result, we’ve compiled our OWN list of Spring break activities to do with your children that won’t break the bank.

When the sun won’t shine

Because we live on the “wet coast” of Canada, the weather can oftentimes be unpredictable. It’s not unusual for us to go days on end without seeing a spot of sunshine. In the case of those instances, here are some fun things to do indoors that are easy on the pocketbook:

  • Build blanket forts and play board games inside of them
  • Get out your favourite recipes and do some baking
  • Visit the library and read, read, read!
  • Conduct an indoor scavenger hunt with miscellaneous household items
  • Family movie night
  • Google “How to Draw” pictures and draw/colour them
  • Make comic books and watch as your characters come to life
  • Have an indoor picnic – you’re eating lunch anyways, it may as well be on a blanket in the living room!
  • Make sock puppets out of those holey, unmatched socks you’ve been hanging onto
  • Do science experiments (the Internet is a sensational resource for these)
  • Put glowsticks inside balloons and play “keep it up” with the lights off
  • Create a time capsule to bury in your favourite outdoor spot once the sun comes out again
  • Make that slime that all the kids are talking about it, and then laugh about how bizarre it is
  • Create a racecar track out of masking tape around the house and let those hot wheels fly
  • Make some groovy tie dye t-shirts – kits can be found at the dollar store
  • See how many origami things you can make and then put them on a string and hang them

When the weather is just right

When it’s not pouring rain and miserable out, our natural instincts are to get outside and breathe in that fresh air. Many of us, however, equate leaving the house with spending a fortune. Lucky for you, we’re here to show you this doesn’t always have to be the case. Here is a list of budget-friendly activities for when the weather is cooperative:

  • Go to the pond and feed the ducks *note: bread is actually bad for ducks, try feeding them cooked rice instead
  • Head out on a photography adventure around your city/town and later create a photo collage
  • Have an outdoor picnic at your favourite park
  • Get some inexpensive herbs and flowers from your local nursery and create a garden bed in the yard
  • Go bug hunting! Bring a pencil and paper and document your findings. Later, you can research what type of bug it is and learn everything about it!
  • Hit the beach and dig your toes in the sand
  • If it’s really warm, run through the sprinkler and make a trash bag slip n’ slide
  • Ride your bike/scooter around the neighbourhood
  • Roll pine cones in margarine, dunk them in birdseed and hang them on the trees by a string. Stand back and wait for the birds to come and have their snack!
  • If it’s warm enough, go camping in the backyard! Pitch a tent, tell scary stories and make s’mores around the fire
  • Conduct an outdoor scavenger hunt with items found in nature
  • Fly a kite (pending cooperation from the wind)! The beach is usually a wonderfully windy spot
  • Hike one of BC’s many beautiful trails, taking in all the scenery along the way
  • Grab a basketball and shoot some hoops at the park
  • Hit up the skate-bowl with your skateboard, scooter or bike
  • Fill a squirt gun with acrylic paint and create a masterpiece on paper/canvas

If all else fails, there’s always Pinterest! In addition to the number of activities listed above, they have an abundance of budget-friendly ideas for you and your family to take part in over your Spring break.

Don’t forget that just because you can’t afford to take your family to Miami this Spring break doesn’t mean that you can’t have loads of fun at home together.

If you are struggling to live life on a budget, Smythe Insolvency can help! Our qualified insolvency counsellors will assist you in improving your financial-management skills and provide you with effective budgeting strategies to help you achieve your monetary goals. We will address money-management issues, spending and shopping habits, and the warning signs of financial problems.

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you get on the path to financial freedom.

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