Spring Break is just around the corner and I know most of you will be traveling with your adorable families, but, if you have decided that you’re staying home this year, I wanted to round up a few of my favorite places for your spring break staycation.
Since this time of year is beautiful, we have to include some of our favorite outdoor activities and places to visit. Kids are always at their best outdoors, in nature, with lots of open space. Reed Creek Nature Park and Interpretive Center is the spot to spend hours in nature. The wooden boardwalk trail gives you an up and close view of the gorgeous wetlands. And after your long walk (that hopefully tired out your kids for at least a few minutes), they will love the Interpretive Center where they can meet the animals on exhibit.
Another great place your kids can make a splash (pun intended) is Gateway Park. A mini water park in Columbia County, minus all the long lines. Gateway Park features an 18-foot-tall mega-splasher with a dozen other water elements for kids to enjoy. On hot days, it’s a fun and completely free way to cool off and enjoy the fresh air. Once they’re dried off, and still full of energy, your kids can also play in the 150,000 square feet of open meadow, playground and run along the paved walking path.
Looking for a family camping adventure? Mistletoe State Park is your place and not too far from home. This park is nestled on Clarks Hill Lake which is best known as one of the best bass fishing spots in the country. So don’t forget your fishing rods! Bass isn’t the only thing the park has going for it. There are miles of shaded nature trails, access to three boat ramps with no motor limitations and kayak rentals for overnight guests. The park also offers many different overnight options; from cabins to cottages to backcountry campsites, they have something perfect for you and your family to enjoy!
On those less than stellar weather days that will inevitably happen, there are many indoor activities in our area too! Defy is an indoor park (for lack of a better term) that is massive and thrilling! The activities they offer are endless. A few to mention, that I’d like to try myself and would probably need a chiropractor after, are the wall ramp, zipline, stunt fall and ninja course. These physically challenging activities always encourage my kids to be courageous, never give up and feel confident with themselves. And not to mention, it’s just fun!
A classic family fun activity; bowling. But let’s kick it up a notch with Bowlero. They have elevated the game of bowling at Bowlero with comfortable, clean seating, black lights and huge HD video walls that play everything from live sports and music videos to classic family films. An arcade also features state-of-the-art video games and tons of old-school classics. And if you’re into snacks and drinks, they got you and your kids covered as well.
For a some indoor, outdoor activities in a one stop shop, make a family trip to Putt-Putt Fun Center. The name is a bit deceiving because mini golf is only one of the many activities that you can do at this fun center. And while I love a good game of mini golf (even though I never win), there are some other experiences I’d sign up for too! There’s an arcade, laser tag, bumper cars, bumper boats and batting cages. You and your family will have a fun filled day in this clean, safe and affordable fun center.
I hope these ideas help you and your family spend some quality, fun time together. Make memories with your children because we all know how fast they grow! And who knows, you might even get the title as best mom ever after visiting a few of these places. And we all know how hard that title is to come by!