Spring Break is upon us and so begins the scramble to find activities that will keep the kids happy and occupied. Since most of us are not taking trips this year due to COVID the idea of a daycation, where you plan fun adventures close to home is definitely the way to go. Here are some of the most fun, kid-approved ideas – some of which are even free! – that you can do to make this a week to remember.

*Be sure to check the website or call for COVID rules and to check hours of operation before heading out.

Hit up a waterpark. Indoor waterparks like Aquatopia at Camelback Resort give you all the excitement of a real vacation but as an easy day trip. The kids will love the different slides, wave pool and lazy river and you’ll feel great knowing they are spending the day being active.

Rent out a movie theater. Make a safe return to the movies by hosting a private theater rental at AMC. Your child and his or her friends can see a new release or a fan favorite in their own movie theater – don’t forget the popcorn!

Get back to Great Adventure. Six Flags Great Adventure will be open for spring operation March 27-April 11. From thrill rides to the more chill ones, this will definitely be an outing they will love. The Wild Safari Drive Thru Adventure boasts 1200 animals from six continents and you can view them all from the safety of your vehicle.

Take a hike. Head to the New Jersey Botanical Garden for a child-friendly hike and to see what’s in bloom.

Bust boredom at the boardwalk. Jenkinson’s Boardwalk Amusement Park opens for the season on Saturday March 27 and kids can enjoy the rides again, weather permitting. Other attractions like mini golf, the arcade and the Sweet Shop are also open.

Ride the rides. Spend the day at Storybook Land, a 20-acre family amusement park which opens March 27 for the season. The park is operating at 50% capacity and is so much fun for the little ones.

Stroll the sculpture garden. Take in some artwork as your meander through the gardens at Grounds for Sculpture. On April 2 & 5 kids can try a Color+Collage ArtBox, perfect for ages 5-12.

See the Cherries. Branch Brook Park in Newark boasts some of the best cherry blossom trees. While there’s no formal festival happening this year, it’s definitely worth stroll or drive to see these beauties!

Discover the ultimate “Dream Daycation.” American Dream in East Rutherford has so much for families to do, all under one roof. From Nickelodeon Universe to the DreamWorks Water Park, two mini golf attractions, Big Snow and the ice-skating rink, there’s truly something for everyone.

Go to the zoo. Whether you spend the day at Turtle Back Zoo or venture further to Philadelphia Zoo, which will be open every day starting March 25, this is a great outdoor activity for a beautiful spring break day.

Try a wilderness adventure. Taking place at Beach Plum Farm in Cape May March 24-April 9, kids can join the Cape Resorts Explorers Club to embark on exciting Wilderness Adventures. They can learn all about the nature through arts and crafts, archery, guided hikes, scavenger hunts and more.

Visit Duke Farms. Explore nature and BYOP (bring your own picnic) to Duke Farms in Hillsborough. They open April 1 with modified hours and admission is free.

Dig it. Diggerland is celebrating spring break March 27- April 11! Let kids ride and drive to their heart’s content at this awesome construction theme park.

See Lady Liberty. The Circle Line reopens April 1! See the Statue of Liberty and other NYC landmarks on this classic cruise around New York Harbor.

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