Time for a vacation: Spring break fun is right around the corner

By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Since the kids have had nearly a week of snow days – or more in some cases – over the past three months, the novelty of staying home may have worn a little thin at your house.
That means moms and dads may hear the dreaded phrase, “I’m boooreed,” much earlier during spring week. But resist the urge to over-schedule.
“Don’t feel frantic,” said Sheila Davis of the Family Resource Center of Mississippi. “You don’t have to plan something big every day.”
Whether you are home all day with the kids or just in the evenings after work, enjoy the break from the routine of homework and the rush of evening activities.
“Look around your house,” Davis said. Chances are, if you have kids, you also have a ton of lightly used toys, games and craft options lying around waiting for a chance to shine.
The weather won’t be a repeat of snow days. Forecasters are calling for mostly sunny skies for the six of the next seven days, and temperatures should be in the 60s. So there will be plenty of opportunities for outdoor play.
Get the kids to turn off the TV, computer and video games, Davis said. Get them to read, color or put together a puzzle.
Spring break fun doesn’t have to break the bank, either, Davis said. Blow the dust off the board games. Turn on the CD player and have a karaoke tournament. Create a camp in your backyard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Make the kids chefs for the day and let them plan and execute a meal, with the age-appropriate supervision.
“It doesn’t have to be expensive,” Davis said, but it may mean you have to endure hot dogs or chicken nuggets for dinner.
Parents are definitely looking for spring break deals. As of 5 p.m., nearly 200 people had taken advantage of a Hot Deal coupon on NEMS360.com.
Today through midnight Sunday, Skate Zone will be running a Hot Deal on NEMS360.com offering a $5 deal for $10 worth of skating and skate rental. On Tuesday, the Tupelo Buffalo Park will be offering a $10 deal good for a $20 family admission.
If you are ready to mix up the spring break pace, places like HealthWorks! Children’s Education Center in Tupelo are adding some spring break fun to their regular activities.
Between 10 and 2 p.m., the center at the corner of Robert E. Lee and Industrial drives will host fantastic family challenges Monday through Friday.
“HealthWorks! doesn’t want families to just “talk” activity; we want families to make activity a priority,” said Programming Director Donna Loden, also known as the Imaginator of Awesome Experiences for the center. “We’d love to have kids of all ages in to burn some calories and have some infectiously contaminating fun.”
Don’t tell the kids, but staying physically active can pay off in being more academically motivated, alert and successful, Loden said. Admission to the center is $4 a person.
Contact Michaela Gibson Morris at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@journalinc.com.