There’s nothing like lounging on a deck chair while your children play quietly in the backyard without fighting, hurling objects at each other, or throwing their soccer ball over the fence. Oh wait, I was dreaming.
Because children aren't usually this compliant during school breaks, it is important to find activities that will keep them busy. While warm weather can make spring break activities in Texas possible, it can be difficult to find options in your area.
We've compiled a list of spring break camps and activities near you (Waco, Temple, Belton, Killeen) to keep you sane and to help you create some lasting memories.
Spring Break provides children the chance to explore a new or an existing interest without having to commit to a year-long activity. Here are some Central Texas camps you might want to try.
1. Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Spring Break Round UpThe Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Spring Break Round Up will show your family to see a 1870s chuck wagon camp and learn about the Rangers through their almost 200 year history!
2. Skate Waco Skate Camp
Spring Break Skate Camp introduces children to over 20 different skate skills during the week of camp, including how to get up and fall down safely, skate forward, backward, and on one foot.
3. The Little Gym of Waco Spring Break Camp
The Little Gym of Waco Spring Break Camp is a SPACE ADVENTURE-themed camp that will engage your child in imaginative play, get them crafting, and give them the chance to have a snack and play in the gym.
4. Spring Break at the Mayborn Museum (Waco)
2020 Spring Break at the Mayborn gives kids the chance to enjoy hands-on activities in the historic village in the morning and science activities in the afternoon.
5. Engineering Camp (Waco)
Imagine Waco's Spring Break Camp: Engineering the Future is for grades K-6 and includes STEM, engaging activities, hands-on learning and tons of fun.
6. Baylor Baseball Camp (Waco)
Youth Spring Break Baseball Camp gives participants the chance to work on base-running, ground balls, fly balls,hitting,pitching and more with the help of Baylor baseball players.
7. D-Bat Waco Baseball Camp
D-Bat Waco's spring break camp is a great way for young baseball players to practice their skills and keep busy during school breaks.
8. Spring Break at the Bell County Museum (Belton)
Spring Break at the Museum is a week-long series of events that will give your child something to look forward to each day, and help them learning something, too! Each day includes fun crafts and activities with a new theme each day.
9. UMHB Soccer Camp (Belton)
UMHB Soccer Camp at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is a soccer program for children in grades K through eighth grade to practice their skills and meet some college soccer players.
10. Camp Adventure (Temple)
Camp Adventure is an outdoorsy camp that includes activities like: canoeing, archery, rock climbing and more!
11. Spring Break Tennis Camp (Harker Heights)
The CTXAC Tennis Spring Break Camp allows participants to sharpen their tennis skills, enjoy playing with other kids and learn from experts. This camp is for beginners to advanced players.
12. Armed Services YMCA of Killeen Holiday Camp
This spring break camp is a great option for parents who need an all-day solution. This camp promotes diversity and helps kids build self-esteem and confidence through learning, good health practices and physical fitness.
If need a cheaper solution to spring break boredom, then try some of these spring break activities for kids that you can do in any city.
13. Talk a walk around the neighborhood – If your kids aren’t excited about a trek around the block, try playing I Spy or printing out a list of items to find and check off as you go.
14. Take a trip to the Dollar store – This is one of my kids’ favorite activities. They’re allowance money goes much further in this store than a big box store, so it’s almost like a treasure hunt.
15. Visit the library – There’s nothing better than lounging in a big chair at the library with a book in your lap. Check your local library’s events calendar before you go. Sometimes there are special kid-centered activities that would make the visit even more special.
16. Have a picnic at the park – Grab some sandwiches and some juice boxes and head out to a local park. It doesn’t cost anything, and the kids will think it’s a special treat.
17. Start your own porch garden - There's nothing kids love more than getting their hands dirty outside. So, why not indulge this notion and get some fresh veggies out of it. This mini porch garden tutorial will help you start growing your own produce in no time.
18. Use coupons or passes for discounts on local attractions - Search the internet, local boards or use your Pogo Pass to find deals on local attractions.
Jessa is the Editor-in-Chief of Hooray for Family and the mom of three energetic children. She has a BA in Mass Communication/Journalism from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and is a long-time resident of Central Texas. When she isn't writing and editing, she enjoys playing board games with her kids, teaching Sunday school and channeling her creativity into craft projects.