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5 Spring Break Trips to Take With Kids



When spring break rolls around, both you and your child are likely ready for a getaway. In most parts of the country, warm weather still hasn’t arrived, though many of us are craving sunshine. Before you hop a plane to Florida, consider all of the other families that will be doing the same during this peak season. So where can you go when you've only got a week to travel? Here are 5 spring break trips to take with kids.


1. Have a Crayola Experience. If you'd rather make it a short getaway (but not short on fun), this adventure is for you. There are three destinations in the U.S. (located in Minnesota, Florida and Pennsylvania), so you can choose which is most convenient and cost-effective for your family's budget. This colorful wonderland has over 25 attractions, meaning most guests spend 3 to 4 hours creating and playing! There’s something for kids of all ages, and best of all? Tickets are under $20 each! They also offer a military discount for military families.

2. Book a Disney cruise. A better way to get the Disney experience is to go this route. Not only will your family get the magic (and high quality service) of Disney, but you’ll have plenty of opportunities for child-free time, thanks to great childcare onboard the ship. Avoid the crowds of the theme parks and enjoy resort-style amenities, possibly at a lower rate than splurging on a trip to Disney World or Land.


3. Visit Hershey's Chocolate World. What kid wouldn’t love to explore a chocolate factory? Watch the classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and then hop a plane to Pennsylvania! Aside from the tour and tastings, kids can make their own candy bars, watch a 4D movie and take a trolley ride.

4. Explore a National Park. Channel your inner Clark Griswold and take a trip to one of the 58 National Parks our country has to offer! Check out the Giant Forest at Sequoia National Park, see breathtaking rock formations at Arches National Park, or go sledding over sand in White Sands, New Mexico! Feeling really adventurous? You can even get up close and personal with the volcanoes of Hawaii! With such a wide variety and with locations across the nation, you’ll have no shortage of options for family vacations for years to come.


5. Take an alternative spring break. If your child is old enough, take him or her on a mission trip of sorts, to volunteer services to people and communities in need. Popularized by the United Way, these alternative spring breaks started as a way to use college students' time wisely (instead of, say, partying on a beach in Cancun). Students have the opportunity to participate in service projects both domestically and abroad. You can use the same model to give back to a cause that's important to your family. By purposely planning a "vacation" to help the less fortunate, you'll not only set a great example for your child, but you'll both return home with a renewed sense of gratitude.

What trip will you be taking with your kids this Spring Break? 



Annmarie John
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  1. I have done all of these things and love them, but not for spring break when they are super crowded. I will hold off till summer when the crowds die down :)

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    1. Summer? Isn't that EVEN MORE crowded? Most people tend to stay at home during spring break and travel a lot more during the summer. All schools are out, including those around the world so I couldn't even imagine how it could be less crowded.

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  2. I love all these tips. National parks are the best with kids. There's so much natural beauty to explore.

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  3. Crayola Experience has been on my list since they opened. For some reason every time we go to Orlando I completely forget about it. There's so much to do there as is that it seems to slip my mind.I love that they have different events going on throughout the year though. Seems like a really fun place that you could spend the whole day at.

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  4. All great suggestions, especially Hersey. And of course you know how much I love Disney still though, too :)

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  5. It's funny because we did want to go to Florida to visit my MIL, but now she's coming up here! That said, my parents live near the NJ/PA border and both Crayola Experience and Hershey World have been on our radar. As for National Parks, we live somewhat close to Acadia.
    You're making me excited!

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  6. A Crayola experience sounds something that adults would really enjoy, too! What a great idea - I never heard of this but can imagine the creativity of it would be amazing!

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  7. I've never heard of the Crayola Experience! The price is right :) We don't live near any of those locations but we might be able to add to an upcoming trip! Thanks!

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  8. We used to take family trips on spring break all the time but then it started to get too crowded at the popular destinations. So the last couple years on spring break we just kind of hang out at home and relax.

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  9. I have always wanted to go to Hershey's Chocolate World. These are great ideas for families on spring break.

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  10. These look like fun. We're going to compare local Disney outlets and see who has the best deals.

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  11. Ooh I keep for getting spring break is coming up. What fun suggestion for kids. xx

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  12. Those all sound like really fun ways to spend Spring break! I'm not sure what we're doing this year.

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  13. I love the idea of exploring our national parks they are our hidden treasures so that would be my first choice. I will definitely encourage an alternative trip for my daughter when she gets a little older

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  14. These are great ways to spend the holiday. We didn't do much this year - just explored around our local area.

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  15. I like the sound of visiting Hershey's world, I mean who wouldn't, especially kids. The alternative spring break is a great way of fostering community spirit x

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  16. My kid is all grown but my favorite Spring Break trip was to Miami Beach (stopping at Disney World first) and doing a 3 day cruise to the Bahamas!

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  17. We have done Disney and National Parks for ours before. I would love to go to Hershey Park some day too. That would be sweet!

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  18. We're ditching family fun and going to vegas in May! We're also looking at a disney cruise maybe next year!

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  19. We've never done any of these things and would love to! Talk about fun. Especially a Disney cruise! That would be incredible! - Jeanine

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  20. I have no kiddos and no plans to either, I want to actively avoid where they are for my Spring Break LOL ;-)

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  21. No plans here but if the weather ever gets better we are big park fans :) My little guy has a lot of energy so we do a lot of hiking. Definitely need to get back to the Crayola Factory! The one in PA has the beeeest frozen yogurt place right next to it for lunch :)

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  22. Spring break is a great time to get away with the kids. We are planning a Disney Cruise for next year.

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  23. I have always wanted to take a Disney cruise! One day lol! Spring break is next week for us. My daughter and I will be doing some local sight seeing around Nashville!

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  24. We won't be doing much this year, but I would love to go on a disney cruise with the kids! They are a biy young now, but when they get older it is game on!

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  25. These are some great ideas! I would love to take our kids to Hershey World and on a cruise as well!

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  26. These are all phenominal ideas. I really like the last one of the mission type trip. Very cool idea. I also of course love the Disney cruise idea. I cannot wait until my youngest one is old enough to go into the kids club!

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  27. I cant wait until I can take a trip. My infant is a terrible sleep so we plan on waiting a bit before taking any overnight trips

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  28. The Crayola trip sounds like so much fun!! I've never been to any of these, but Disney World has been a frequent trip

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  29. I would love to take a Disney cruise. I would rather do that than go to Disney Land. Would be so much fun.

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  30. These are awesome idea. This spring break, we are just having a staycation and relaxing at home.

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  31. I can't WAIT to take my kids to Hershey when they are a little older. I think I will have my mother tag along too because she has always wanted to go there but for some reason, we never got the chance to go.

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  32. I love that my kids are getting old enough to start taking fun trips! There's so many trips I want to take with them! Disney is at the top of my list.

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  33. I am loving all of your suggestions! My kids are off in two weeks and we are still deciding where to go!

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  34. These are pretty good suggestions. I'm happy I don't have children as yet, but when I do, Ill be sure to keep these in mind.

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