Our Spring Break Activities
It's Spring Break here in Miami and I have had a week full of activities with the kids. Spring Break is not over and there is still more fun to be had, but we have been off to a good start. There's been a lot of time spent outdoors being active and experiencing new things. Here's a breakdown of the activities we've participated in.
The Big Bounce America was going on and I purchased tickets because I knew my son would go bonkers over it. Sure enough, he spent the day bouncing like a lunatic. The Big Bounce is basically one giant bounce house with attached "rooms" of bounce houses that are either a ball pit or a slide. They had a DJ in the middle of the bounce house playing age-appropriate music for the kids, and every so often he would shoot off foam, so the kids had a blast! They had a "how high can you bounce" competition and really went out of their way to make it a lot of fun for the kids.
I also really love how they planned the bounce. Instead of it being a giant free for all with kids of all ages bouncing at the same time, they had sessions. Basically, the tickets you buy are for an hour session for kids in their age range or adult only sessions, and from what I saw, all activities they had inside the bounce house was age-appropriate and very interactive.
Beyond the giant bounce house, they also had a bounce village with smaller bounce houses for the kids to jump in. You also have to pay for this, but it's a much cheaper rate than the giant bounce house, and although they are fun, they're not as fun as the big bounce house.
I decided to make it a playdate for Sebastian. We went with my friend and her son that is the same age so the boys could have fun together. They were able to bounce and also played at the playground after their session since the event took place at a public park. We were at the playground for a good hour and then my friend had to go, so we decided to go get some lunch at one of the food vendors that were available and would head off to the village after lunch, but we were evacuated. There was a suspicious package at the nearby police station so they evacuated a good portion of the area for safety concerns.
We decided that it would be a great day to have a water park day. This is one of the things I love about living in South Florida, is all the water activities we have. We went to Grapeland Water Park which is fairly close to my house. It's also one of the smaller ones so I can keep an eye on Sebastian better while I'm also dealing with Madison. There is another water park in Pembroke Pines that I like to go to, Paradise Cove at CB Smith Park. It is nicer but it's also bigger and harder to keep an eye on Sebastian, and since they have bigger water slides, I do need to keep an eye on him. I would basically need to go there when I have someone to help me with the kids.
Either way, the kids had a blast at Grapeland. The water park has Britto figures all over the park, which makes it really nice and they also offer a little something for everyone.
The Lazy River they have is monitored closely. There is an entrance and exit, so you don't have a group of kids just going round and round all day on it. while that's good, in a way, I do wish it was just a loop where you can just relax. That was one of the features of Atlantis Paradise Island's water park that I really enjoyed.
The water was very cold, but not so cold that it was uncomfortable. It was a bit shocking at first, but once you were in for a few seconds, it was actually very refreshing.
And as you can see above, Madison, just tired herself out from all the fun. We actually spent the whole day there and actually closed the place out, which is not something I normally do. I would normally take the kids home for a nap, but I let Sebastian run around and play all day and he fell asleep in the car on the way home. We hadn't even left the parking lot and he was already snoring. When we got home, my husband carried him in and put him to bed. He was done for the day. He actually slept from about 5:30 pm until 8 am the next morning! I'm going to have to remember this for the next time the kids need a day to run around and wear themselves out. I am also going to remember to bring a lot of sunblock because I didn't apply enough and we all came home with sunburns, Mine being the worst.
There is still a few days left of Spring Break and I have more fun scheduled for the kids. Keeping the kids busy during the break is definitely the best way to go. They have are able to have fun and don't spend the entire time cooped up inside the house
driving you crazy with nothing to do
What activities do you have planned with your kids for Spring Break? Are you also starting to think of things for summer break?
Share your ideas with me!