Plan a Spring Break Staycation for Teens and Tweens

Spring break is just around the corner, and while traveling might not be an option, there are still plenty of ways to make the most of the time off here at home. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or something in between, here’s a list of ten fun things for teens and tweens to do during spring break.

  • Explore the Map of the Movies: A self-guided tour through the Redwood Coast’s film locations including Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, and E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. To help you with your tour, you will find a marker at or near the actual filming location. Download the app here: https://hdnfc.org/mapofthemovies
  • Challenge yourself with the Let’s Roam scavenger hunts in Eureka: It’s a tour, it’s a game, it’s a great way to connect. Let’s Roam offers 2 hunts in Eureka that take you through historical landmarks and allows you to earn point through challenges. The app is free but you have to buy tickets to access the hunt. https://www.letsroam.com/scavenger_hunt/downtown-eureka-california-scavenger-hunt
  • Digital Detox Challenge: Challenge your teen to disconnect from social media for 24 hours. Encourage alternative forms of connection and hobbies while offering a small reward for completing the challenge.
  • Hike to a picnic: Take advantage of the warmer weather by planning a picnic in a remote location, a local park or your backyard. Pack some sandwiches, snacks, and drinks, and enjoy a relaxing day outside with friends and family.
  • Explore New Culinary Delights: Bond with your teen over the stove by experimenting with new recipes. Cooking together not only strengthens your relationship but also instills a sense of accomplishment. Try whipping up some delicious treats that you rarely make.
  • Start a Creative Project: Whether it’s painting, writing, photography, or crafting, spring break is the perfect time to unleash your creativity. Start that novel you’ve been meaning to write or pick up a camera and capture the beauty of spring in your neighborhood.
  • Explore College Life: Wander around the Cal Poly or CR campuses to ignite discussions about future aspirations. Engage in meaningful conversations over pizza and inspire your teen to envision the next chapter of their life journey.
  • Movie Night In or Out: Treat your teen to a movie night either at the cinema or at home. Let her choose the film, even if it’s not your cup of tea, to show that you value her preferences and enjoy spending time together.
  • Green Thumb Time: Spring is great time to get your hands dirty and bond over gardening. Research different plants together and design your garden oasis. Planting seeds and watching them grow is not only rewarding but also teaches valuable lessons about patience and nurturing.
  • Friendship Time: Facilitate opportunities for your teen to spend time with friends, whether it’s a movie outing or a sleepover. Show support for their friendships and engage positively with their social circle.

With a little creativity and a sense of adventure you can help your teens and tweens make the most of their time off. Activities like this can serve as a springboard for a week filled with intentional connection. Encourage conversation to think of other activities to maximize this break from daily stressors.