Spring Break is here people! Are you ready for a fun staycation with the kids? If you’re planning on hanging out in St. Louis during the school break I’ve got you covered with a fun activity that will plan out your week and serve as a fun keepsake. Plus, it will keep your kid busy for a little while they put it together–it’s a win/win/win!
I like to sit down with the boys before a school break and talk about where we want to go and what we want to do while they are off school. Without a plan, we could very well spend the whole week playing video games. Which is fun, don’t get me wrong, but who is going to have great memories of that week in March when you played Minecraft all week?
Spring Break is tricky in St. Louis. We could have nice weather for playing in the park, or we might be building snowmen. Remember March 2013?
I don’t know if we have to worry about snow this time, but while I’m typing this out it’s gray and there’s little snow on the ground. We’re still going to need a mix of fun that’s inside and outside. I’m thinking we’ll visit the Magic House if it’s raining and the Zoo when it’s sunny! I’d also like the hit the Science Center, Myseum and the Butterfly House–it’s Morpho Mardi Gras Time! after all!
To help with planning, we’re going to make a St. Louis Passport to Fun. You can make one too! I’m including everything you need in a couple free PDFs you can download and print.
Introducing the St. Louis Staycation Passport to Fun: Spring Break Edition!
You’ll need the following to make your Passport to Fun:
- Blue construction paper (for the cover)
- White computer paper
- Photo of your Passport Holder (a school photo is great!)
- Photos of the fun you had during spring break!
- Glue and/or tape
- Crayons and Markers
You’ll be making a small booklet for the passport.
First, fold the blue paper in half, then cut. (You’ll only need half the sheet.) Fold in half again. Set the cover aside. (Optional: have your child write “Passport” on the cover in white crayon. Feel free to decorate.)
Next, print out these two printable images. (Right click them to get a high res image for better quality.) Cut them in half, then fold. Set aside the “sticker” pages, these do NOT go into the finished book.
Fold one more blank sheet of computer paper and fold again into quarters. Cut in half to make two more blank sheets for your book.
Stack the pages in order. Put the blue cover in place, then staple in the middle–make sure the cover is on the top when you staple so the prongs of the staple are inside the book.
Have your child glue their photo onto the name page and sign their passport.
To use your passport as a planner, label each page with a day of the week and where you plan to go. Or fill it after you go places!
Use the “stamps” to decorate each page: just cut and glue. There are stamps for our favorite St. Louis attractions that are open in March (which is why Grant’s Farm isn’t represented yet) as well as some generic fun stamps. Several blank stamps are also included in case I missed YOUR favorite St. Louis place to play! Make your own!
What if you don’t have a photo printer? Or you forgot to take photos? Or you just don’t feel like printing photos? No problem! Just have your kid DRAW pictures for each page!
Also, if you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that my youngest is quite the creative type. As I was explaining that I wanted his help making a booklet to fill with photos, he said, OH! Like a scrapbook. And promptly got more paper and made his own scrapbook version of the project using our portable label maker and my “stickers”.
Have fun out there!