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Spring Break "Stay-cation" vs. "Vacation"

I've never been fond of taking the kids on a vacation during Spring Break. Almost every family I know usually plans some sort of trip when the kids are off from school for an extended period of time, so vacationing through crowds has never seemed relaxing to me. 

Spring Break is the perfect time of year to spend some quality time with your family. If you prefer braving the crowds for that dose of quality time, good for you. But if you are more like me, and are looking to stay local, check out a few ideas that I have personally tried with my kids and prove to be a great option to get that vacation-fix.  

I'm not suggesting having one meal out, I'm suggesting having an entire days worth of meals out. One year, I took the kids to the beach with bagels for breakfast, went to the boardwalk for lunch and an afternoon treat, and then out to their favorite restaurant for dinner. It was such a treat for them to eat out at so many places, and was a great break from cooking--and cleaning--for me!  

Find other families who are staying local for Spring Break and swap sleepovers for a few nights in a row. One better? Everyone can meet at the house the kids are sleeping at for dinner, and each family can take turns cooking their favorite meal for the others.  

If you want to brave those crowds for just a day, fortunately we live in an area that has so many great day trips within a stones throw. My family's favorites? Liberty Science Center, the Wax Museum in NYC, and an overnight camp trip at Otter Lake in the Poconos.  

If you had family come visit you for just one day, where would you take them? Plan a day being a tourist in your own town. 

What does your family do for Spring Break? Have you ever tried Stay-cationing?  

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