Spring break is a great time to let your hair down and have some fun with your kids. It can also somewhat alleviate the spring itch we all get. It allows us to be outdoors when it starts getting nice rather than being stuck inside looking longingly out the window.

kids playing soccer

Some people also use spring break to take a short vacation. However, not everyone can afford that luxury. If you’re on a tight budget, don’t fret. You can still have plenty of fun during spring break with these inexpensive entertainment ideas for you and your kids.

1. Pillow Wars

Everybody loves a good pillow fight. It’s a great way to burn off a little energy without hurting anybody. Plus, it’s also free!

First, move fragile items to a safe area. Then give each person an equal number of fluffy pillows and have them stand at opposite sides of a large room.

Make a points system for different body areas that are hit and have a third person act as judge. Assign 5 points when contenders hit their mark between shoulders and knees. Below the knees gets 10 points. No aiming for the head or a hit will subtract 5 points.

pillow fight

For a fun twist, turn the lights off and play it in the dark. To ensure accuracy in aiming, give everyone glow necklaces to wear around their necks.

Use a timer and see who has the most points at the end. Dole out a small prize to the winner if you choose.

Or, to up the ante, turn it into a week-long tournament with an ice cream party at the end. Whoever wins gets to choose the ice cream flavor.

2. Hide and Seek

Hide and seek is another free thing kids could do for fun during spring break. Set it up similar to pillow wars by using a timer to keep things fair.

Hide and seek

If the weather is nice, take it outdoors to enjoy some sunshine and soak up extra vitamin D.

3. Duck, Duck, Goose

You probably already know the rules to this game. Just make sure to give smaller children a chance to win too.

kids running

4. Build Pillow and Blanket Forts

Besides playing those classic games, there are other ideas that will add inexpensive fun to the week, too. One idea is to build pillow and blanket forts. This is a good idea to save for a rainy day or whenever the weather isn’t so nice to be outside.

reading in a fort

To add some more fun, have a contest for the best built fort. Or, have story time and s’mores while sitting in one large fort everyone built together.

You could also use heavy blankets, turn out the lights and use a flashlight to tell spooky stories.

5. Set Up a Treasure Hunt

Young children dream of finding treasure. Fuel their imaginations by making your own map and treasure hunt.  Or, print a list of items and take kids on a walk or drive to find everything on the list. Let them decide where to go to find each thing listed.

little girl with binoculars

Another high-tech treasure hunt option is to try Geocaching. Older children may get into this one if you let them use the GPS to find the coordinates for the treasure.

6. Have a Movie Marathon

Another indoor activity to try on spring break is having a movie marathon. Before settling down to watch your favorite series, do a little prep work.

kids watching a movie on an ipad

Make more than one flavor of popcorn using your favorite recipes. Or, try some new ones out you searched and found on the internet. Then, grab sodas or make milkshakes and settle down for movie time.

To make things more interesting, take a short break between each movie. Ask watchers questions about the movie to see if they were really paying attention to the details.

7. Plan a Garden

Get your green thumb on by planning a garden. Even though it may be too early to plant outside yet, involve eager kids in the planning process.

little girl helping plant a garden

Research what grows best for your climate and consider time constraints. Teach kids responsibility by letting them choose two or three things to grow and tend. Then mark your calendars for planting time.

Spring break can be a fun time to relieve some stress and unwind. Use these spring break savings ideas to do it and still stay within your budget.

What fun activities have you done during spring break to save money?


About Kayla Sloan

Kayla Sloan is a freelance writer who covers business and personal finance. She has been featured in The Huffington Post, Time, Entrepreneur Magazine, and more. Kayla is passionate about helping people improve their finances so they can pursue their dreams.

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