35 Fun Things to do Over Spring Break

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So, ya need fun things to do over Spring break? We’ve got you covered!

Heads up, if you are a college student looking for a good party idea…this isn’t the blog post for you. But, if you’re looking for affordable things to do with your kids or loved ones, keep reading.

Throughout the post, you’ll find Spring Break family fun, backyard fun, and even ideas for those of you who live local – in Western North Carolina.

Fun Family Activities for Spring Break

Spring break stirs up visions of relaxing on a beach, rejuvenation, enjoying life, and spending time with those you care about. If you’re spending spring break with your family, there are tons of ways to pass the time, from picnics to game nights to fun-filled road trip adventures.

Whether you plan to travel or have the ultimate staycation, you’ll find plenty of ideas here. Even if your spring break plans are to hang out at home, there are many fun ways you can celebrate in your own backyard.

Spring Break Family Fun You Can Do Anywhere

Are you hanging around the house during spring break? Many people use this time to catch up on home projects or simply get some much-needed rest. But, you probably would rather your kids don’t spend the whole week hidden away in their room playing video games.

If your family is staying in this spring break, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time together.

Picnics in the Park

Going on a picnic is a classic springtime treat. Pack up the picnic basket with a tasty lunch and goodies, grab a blanket, and go. Head to the nearest park, check out a new park, or set up on your front lawn to enjoy the sunshine and each other’s company.

Camp in Your Backyard

Do you love the idea of camping but can’t get away to the woods or a campground? No problem. Pitch the family tent in your own backyard and snuggle up for the night.

Roast marshmallows or make s’mores around the fire pit, tell stories, and make dinner on the grill.

Bubble-Blowing Contest

Everyone loves bubbles, but why not take it to the next level? Get some fun bubble wands and have a bubble-blowing contest. Who can make the largest bubble or the one that lasts the longest? Whose bubble will go highest? You can even come up with some fun prizes for the winner, like choosing the movie for movie night or picking out dessert.

Create an Outdoor Library

Do your kids love to read? Gather some of their favorite books (or make a quick trip to the library) and set up some cozy reading spots outside. Place a few blankets on the ground along with some baskets of books. Enjoy reading with each other as you soak up the sun.

Have a Dance Party Outside

Crank up the tunes and dance like nobody’s watching. Let everyone dance together or take turns showing off their best moves.

Plant a Garden

Spring is all about renewal, so what better way to celebrate it than with a new garden? Take a family trip to your local nursery or home improvement store to select some plants and flowers. Then, spend an afternoon creating a beautiful family garden.

Create a Family Art Piece on Rainy Days

Start a family project together on the first rainy day of spring that you can continue whenever the weather keeps you inside. It could be a family mural, a giant jigsaw puzzle that you plan to glue and frame, or any other creative project you can come up with.

Have a Family Game Night (or Several)

Board games are a great way to bring the family together and have some healthy, fun competition. Let everyone choose a game and prepare for a mega game night.

Enjoy an Outdoor Movie Night

Take your movie night outside with a white sheet and a projector.

Lay out some blankets, or fill a kiddie pool with cushions to make the ultimate lounging pad, pop some popcorn, and roll the footage.

Check Out Spring Break Camps

Look in your local area for a list of spring break camps for kids. It might be the perfect way for your kids to have a blast and you to get some time to yourself. You can still do plenty of family activities together after camp or on no-camp days.

Make Spring-Themed Crafts

Gather the pom-poms, pipe cleaners, felt squares, and glue and have the ultimate crafting day.

You can come up with your own imaginative creations or check out my list of creative April craft ideas to get started.

Unplug and Play Pretend

Put down the laptop, the tablet, and the phone, and grab the cardboard swords and pirate hats. It’s time to spend quality time together with the ultimate game of pretend. When you take the time to unplug, you really connect with the people around you.

Visit Museums

Play tourist for the day in your own city. Check out some of your local children’s museums, art galleries, a zoo, or an aquarium.

You might be surprised what you can discover when you look for some new experiences.

Shop at a Farmer’s Market

Why not try out some new recipes together for a spring picnic or dinner? Do your shopping at a local farmer’s market to get some fresh veggies and fruit, homemade bread, and more. Let everyone play a part in preparing the meal.

Crank Up the Sprinkler

Put on the bathing suits, turn on the sprinkler or the splash pad, and have some wet ‘n wild fun in the backyard. Fill some water balloons and play tag, or use colorful water blasters to have an epic battle.

Visit the Local Library

The library isn’t just for younger children. There are often a list of things going on during Spring Break week.

More Fun Ideas

  • Take a Cooking Class
  • Have a Spa Day
  • Visit National Parks: There are many great parks with miles of trails.

Spring Break Fun in Brevard, North Carolina

If you’re staying in Brevard during spring break, take some time to enjoy everything it has to offer. When you’re working and doing life, taking time to enjoy where you live can get lost among the hectic schedules and to-do lists.

Here are a few local favorites to help you plan the ultimate staycation in Brevard, NC.

Visit the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine

Dig for gems in a 58-foot long water flume at the Crystal Mountain Gem Mine and keep anything you find. You can also visit the rock and fossil shop to examine specimens from all over the globe.

When you’re there, say hi to Holden and Liz! They are some of our favorite people in town!

Rent Bikes at Earth Mountain Bicycle

Spring is a great time for bike riding, but you don’t need to worry about having your own bike.

Rent bikes for the whole family at Earth Mountain Bicycle and start pedaling. Why not work some exercise into your family fun?

Hike in Pisgah National Forest

Go on a family hike in the beautiful Pisgah National Forest, making sure to take a tour of the stunning waterfalls. Create a waterfall and nature scavenger hunt for the kids, so they can check off their discoveries during your explorations.

Go Horseback Riding

Check out local parks and stables for horseback riding opportunities.

Visit Dupont State Park or Gorges State Park

Spend a day enjoying one of North Carolina’s fantastic state parks. Dupont State Park offers 86 miles of trailers, breathtaking waterfalls, and great opportunities for mountain biking.

Stay a couple nights in the Dupont Yurts to make the most out of your Dupont visit.

Gorges State Park features incredible scenery, camping opportunities, trout fishing, and more.

Sculpt Pottery at Brevard Clay

Channel your inner artisan at Brevard Clay and create a handpainted piece of pottery. Or check out local artists’ work in the gallery.  

Go Shopping at O.P. Taylor’s

Take the kids on a toy shopper’s dream adventure to O.P Taylor’s original location. Children and adults will love to search and browse through 6,000 square feet of toys, games, and stuffed animals. This popular attraction, in the center of an old town, is a good time for kids of all ages.

In the video below, you can catch a glimpse of OP Taylors when Skyler went to buy her favorite putty!

Check Out Downtown Hendersonville

Enjoy a day trip to historic downtown Hendersonville and get a glimpse into the past. Hendersonville also hosts many festivals throughout the spring, including the Garden Jubilee in May. They also have a small children’s museum great for younger kids.

Go Kayaking

Hit the water with a family kayaking adventure or go tubing. You can rent equipment at many different locations throughout the area.

Go on a Backpacking Adventure

Load up the backpacks with some food and essentials and chart a course for adventure. Check out AllTrails to find some choice backpacking trails in and around Brevard for all experience levels.

Picnic Lunch in the Blue Ridge Parkway

Easy Road Trips from Brevard During Spring Break

If you are local, and are looking for day trips, or want to take a mini-vacation, you’re sure to have a wonderful time with any of the following ideas. From theme parks and shopping to lavish estates, take a short drive to explore a new place.

The Island

Tucked away in Pigeon Forge, The Island is a perfect place for kids and adults to enjoy time together. It’s filled with restaurants, shops, amusement rides, an arcade, and even some moonshine sampling for the grown-ups.

Dollywood

Experience the Smoky Mountains a whole new way with a trip to Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. Kids and adults will love the rides, food, music, and fantastic family atmosphere.

Asheville, NC, and the Biltmore Estate

This historic home in Asheville, NC, is the largest privately-owned home in the country and worth seeing up close. The Biltmore Estate is a 178,926 square-foot property built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895.

Spring Break Vacations Close to Brevard, NC

Do you want to go on a vacation, but you’d rather head somewhere you can drive to within a day?

Here are a couple of options for fun family vacations within a few hours from Brevard. You can get there easily by car within a few hours, so you can spend several days enjoying the sights and sounds before returning home.

Cherokee, NC

Another amazing outdoor playground for families. No, not the kind of playground with swings and equipment. This place is for exploring and appreciating the land.

From trails and fishing to golfing and casinos, there’s something for everyone.

Knoxville, TN

Only 2 hours and 40 minutes away, you can enjoy a trip to beautiful Knoxville, TN. It’s excellent for one or two days or even a few, with tons of attractions, shopping, music, and food. Check out our Knoxville Family Getaway!

Gaylord Opryland Resort

You can enjoy a taste of luxury and fun at this flagship property, featuring pools, an arcade, a water park, a spa, and more.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort is only five hours away in Nashville, TN, where you can hear some of the best music and experience multiple spring festivals.

Carolina Beach

Many people think of the beach when they think of a spring break vacation. But you don’t need to travel super far to hit the surf and sand.

Carolina Beach is about 6 hours away, making it the perfect distance to feel like you’re on vacation without being too far from home.

With this handy list, you won’t have any problems filling your spring break with fun family activities. The only thing left is to decide which one you’ll do first.

What are some of your favorite spring break memories with your family? Share in the comments? Or, if you’re local, and you want to add something to the list, let us know in the comments below.

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