Here are a few ideas:
Visit a local animal farm. Children who love animals will consider a trip to an animal farm a real treat. Many farms have petting zoos, pony rides, and other fun activities that are also educational.
Take a hike or bike ride. Visit a state park and expose your family to nature by hiking on a trail or biking. While you’re there, you can set up a scavenger hunt activity and hunt for rocks, leaves or any objects found in the wilderness.
See a free concert. Many communities offer free concert shows for local bands to perform. All you need is a blanket and some snacks and you’re good to go.
Visit a museum. Hanging out at a museum is a great way to mix education and fun. Many museums offer interactive areas or activities tailored specifically for children.
Help at a community garden. Not only will you teach your child how fruits and vegetables are grown, you can also teach them responsibility. Tending to a garden will show that patience and hard work yields to results.
These activities are healthy alternatives for your kids and prevent them from being cooped up in the house when they’re off from school. If you keep them active when they’re on vacation, it will make the transition into the normal routine much easier later on.