Spring break can be both fun and draining (or both). I usually attempt to plan a vacation (even a short one to somewhere nearby) over the break, but that's not always possible. Instead I do a combination of taking time off and working from home.
There are many choices of things to do over spring break. For working parents, there's the option of putting your child in an all-day childcare program (CLICK HERE to search for referrals from CAPSLO), or find different summer camps to occupy their time (we're doing scooter camp at A-Town Park and maybe a splash camp at Kennedy Club), or find a variety of fun (and often free) things to do around the area (something else we'll do during the week).
Spring Breaks around SLO County:
There are many spring break camps going on around the county April 17-21 here. I'll also share various other things you can do with the kiddos during spring break.
Play dates at local parks
SLO Play Facebook group has member-hosted (anyone who joins on Facebook) playdates. It's a great way to meet other moms with children the same age and to meet up for some play time.
Playgrounds and Beaches
One of my favorite Spring Break activities is to go to the park or beach. Going to park to play is certainly less intensive than going to the beach, but going to the beach is my favorite!
Grab a book, water and some snacks and hang out at the park to get the kids some much-needed energy run off while giving them other children to play with. I love getting stuff done around the house, but there's only so much I can hear "what can I do now, Mom?"
We always plan at least one beach day with friends during the break. Our favorite SLO County beaches are Caycuos and Avila Dog Beach. There's better parking, fewer people and not as far to walk to the water. Avila Beach proper is gorgeous, but the parking, number of people how far you've got to walk through the hot, soft sand is enough to keep me home, but that's just me personally. There's a great playground next to the sand (between the beach and Central Coast Aquarium--another great spot to take the kiddos).
Some other ideas....take the kids to the local school track or ball field to walk, run and play frisbe and more! Go to the library and hang out in the children's library--there are computers with children's games, reading corners, storytimes and other events.
Take a drive to see the wildflowers (I've been wanting to go out to the Carrizo Plain to see the wildflowers and the San Andres Fault). Teach your children wildflower conservation and etiquette:
For rainy days, or days you just need to do something different, go to the movies, bowling or check out our list of indoor activities to do in the county.
Parks in San Luis Obispo County (starting from the North)
San Luis Obispo
Did we miss any parks? Let us know by posting a comment below or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have fun and Go Go!
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