Spring Break Fun that Won’t Break the Bank


It seems a lot of people around us have lavish plans to travel this Spring Break with their families. Many Arizonans head to California, to Disneyland, Sea World, Legoland, or the beach for some R&R. Others choose Mexico or Hawaii, a cruise, or go up North. When others post about their travels, we might wish we could be a stowaway in our friends’ suitcases so that we, too, can have the time of our lives as well.

For those of us who might feel “left behind,” do not fret! We have enjoyable weather, creativity, and a desire to have fun right here in the good ‘ol “Valley of the Sun.” For little to no money, here are some ideas for outings the whole family can enjoy:

1. Local libraries: Have you looked into your local library lately? There are always free activities that range from babies to adults, crafts, etc. Ask about a Culture Pass. This allows admission for two people to check out local museums and gardens. Consider Boyce Thompson Arboretum or the Mesa Historical Museum.

2. Playground carousel and picnic in the park: Look up different parks in surrounding cities. Some have cool themes, train rides, and beautiful ponds. After playing on the cool playground equipment, why not enjoy a nice picnic lunch at the park? Consider alternating parks each day of the week.

3. Hike a local trail. Check out Lake Pleasant’s trail and see wild donkeys and beautiful flowers in bloom. Check out Thumb Butte, Thunderbird, White Tanks, Camelback, or South Mountain, paved or unpaved trails, and enjoy nature in all its glory.

4. Check out meetup.com or go to your neighborhood community’s page and find like-minded people to buddy up with for a playdate. Plan a scavenger hunt and find little trinkets and treasures to give out as prizes.

5. Volunteer at Feed My Starving Children. Age 5 and up can spend under two hours working together to pack food for those in need all around the world.

Some other fun spring break ideas:


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