Spring break can be so much more than your child being glued to a screen for seven days. It’s the perfect opportunity to create memories with the family. Take advantage of this break from homework, after-school programs, and tests to show your child what’s outside of what can be viewed on a 5-inch screen.
Visit Joshua Tree National Park
It’s easy to forget that a gorgeous national park is just a two-hour drive away. Many people show up to Joshua Tree and are in awe of the beauty of the high desert. There is also a huge opportunity for education when traveling to the desert. You can teach your children how to be prepared for an unforgiving climate by equipping them with the 10 essentials when visiting the outdoors. Educate your children on what it takes to thrive in an unrelenting environment. It may even be the perfect place to take a child who’s struggling in a class, showing him or her that, even in the most extreme circumstances, you can find a way to be successful.
Venture to Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Just before the “hustle and bustle” of Palm Springs is the Aerial Tramway. The tram takes you up to an unmatched view of Palm Springs, where you can decide if you want to be adventurous and take on a short beginner hike to the ranger’s station or grab a permit for the difficult hike to the San Jacinto Peak (remember your 10 essentials!). Or, if you’re not feeling adventurous at all, you can take your family out to dinner at Peaks Restaurant while enjoying the view.
Spend a Day at a Local Beach
Would we be Southern Californians if we didn’t take advantage of our proximity to so many glorious beaches? There are so many to choose from: Laguna, Huntington, Crystal Cove, Newport, Dana Point — the list goes on and on. It’s such an easy way to spend quality time with the family. It seems like sand can endlessly entertain children, and you can enjoy a good book that you’ve been meaning to dive into.
Enjoy Amusement Parks
Disneyland is practically our neighbor, and who doesn’t love Disneyland? Knotts Berry Farm is a great alternative for older kids, and Six Flags is perfect for older teens who seek more thrilling roller coasters.
Visit a Museum
If roller coasters make your stomach churn, then how about a more educational and relaxed outing? Los Angeles is practically littered with amazing museums, such as Getty Villa, LACMA, Huntington Library, Natural History Museum, The Broad, Griffith Observatory, Annenberg Space for Photography — and the list certainly doesn’t stop there.
So when you get in that funk of finding something new and exciting to do this spring break, just remember that there are endless amounts of options that suit the needs of every family. And any new experience is a huge learning opportunity for child and adult.