Spring Break Staycations for Tweens

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Let your kids chill out at home for a bit, then get out and enjoy Nashville like you've never done before. It may be Spring Break, but that doesn't mean you've gotta leave town to enjoy it!

Contrary to what your tweener tells you, she is NOT the only one staying home over Spring Break this year! Make the most of her staycation (hey, there’s there’s no homework on the agenda!) and make room for fun. We hope you enjoy these staycation theme ideas for tweens:

Chill Out Day – Homework, sports and family obligations leaves little time for just “chilling.” Have no agenda and let your child sleep in. Encourage a day of pajama lounging. Buy easy self-serve meals and use disposable plates. Watch movies, hang out!

Help Out Day – Your child may prefer a staycation that includes helping others. Plan to help an older neighbor clean out their garage or babysit for a new mom who can use another pair of hands. And don’t overlook: Hands on Nashville holds Hands on Spring Break week, March 23 – 27. Sign your kids ages 11 – 18 for Hands on Nashville’s Spring Break Week.

Try Something New Day – Plan on letting your child do something she’s never done before! Check out a new sport, go rock climbing or take tap dancing lessons. Hey, it’s spring break: get outside to enjoy the wonders of nature! Discover local nature centers and ways to indulge outdoor fun right here.

See the City Day – Decide on a few places you’ve never been before and go see’em. Never been to the Country Music Hall of Fame? Students with an ID get in FREE this month for Spring Break.

Today’s the Day – How many times has your tween asked if they could do something and your answer is “Maybe another time”? Well, today’s the day! Go to the pet store and take out a puppy to play with. Take your teen to the mall to get her ears double pierced. Stop for ice cream before dinner and spoil your appetites. Let your kids have a sleepover and stay up as late as they want. Show your kids that they cannot always predict what their parents’ answer will be.
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Ticket Day – End your week on a good note. Get tickets to an event your tween or teen would love. Whether it is a concert, theatre performance or a sporting event, you can find something to do that your child will always remember. Better yet, they will have something to share at the lunch table when the vacationers ask what he did over spring break. Check out theatre, music, art and dance happenings here.

Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

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