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The After Hours Staycation (with a giveaway CAN 03/31) - Outside The Box

The After Hours Staycation (with a giveaway CAN 03/31)

The After Hours Staycation (with a giveaway CAN 03/31)

So – spring break is coming. Or so I’ve been told. In all honesty this whole school thing with the various breaks is new to me. And just when you think you maybe have it figure out, you don’t. See spring break here doesn’t start until  – yes that’s right spring! March 28th to be precise. But I’ve just learned that it’s not the same in every province. Quebec already had spring break, back in February, Ontario is on break right now and to keep everyone on their toes in Alberta it depends where you live. In the end its pretty much irrelevant to our family right now. My daughter goes to school in the morning (kindergarten) and daycare in the afternoon. And since my husband and I both work fulltime outside of the home the only thing spring break really means is Molly goes to daycare for the full say instead of just in the afternoon.

But I’m kind of feeling left out. I see so many people posting about all these cool things they are doing or plan to do on Spring break with their families. And I’m just sitting here thinking, well I get to get up and go to work like every other boring day. I think maybe I need to change that. Now I can’t just up and book a week off in March. Well I could but I like to save my vacation time for vacation. But there are lots of cool family things we could do after work to maybe help make it feel like we are actually getting a spring break. So what fun “after hours” things can we do?

See a movie – There’s almost always a good family friendly movie playing at the theatre and we also happen to have an Imax theatre in town too if we really want to step the movie going experience up a notch. Tip: If you have family members who are motion sensitive (and 3D movies can cause that sensation for some), GravolTM Quick Dissolve Chewables (available for kids and adults) are an effective and convenient option to treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness. (Don’t take GravolTM chewables and drive, as GravolTM Quick Dissolve Chewables may cause cause drowsiness).

At-home makeovers – My almost 6 year old loves giving makeovers! Be your own glam squad and grab those nail polishes, make-up powders, sparkle eye shadows, styling tools and last but not least…BatisteTM Dry Shampoo! It’s perfect to use between washes and easy to use.  Applying quick burst revitalizes hair and removes any excess oil, adding body and texture.  With the new limited-edition BatisteTM Ella Henderson Sweet & Seductive Dry Shampoo, you’ll feel like a celebrity, with hair that looks, feels – and smells – great!

Have a family game night – Another favorite on my daughter’s list. She can’t get enough of board and card games. I’m thinking of splurging a bit and ordering in so we have plenty of time for fun!

Have a bake night – I love to cook. And my daughter shares that passion (although licking the bowl is still her priority). One of her favorite thinks to bake is sugar cookies or cupcakes that we can pretty up with colorful icing and, of course, sprinkles. Casseroles are always fun too because she loves coming up with creative flavour combinations. In addition to all the good food you’ll cook up, make sure all family members get the get their daily recommended nutrients by taking VitafusionTM Men’s or Women’s Complete Multivitamin and Lil’CrittersTM Gummy VitesTM for kids.

Put on a show – Although we do enjoy getting out to see a show I happen to have a little drama queen at home that also loves to put on shows. She’s also got some mad singing and dance moves and loves to show them off.

Even though we don’t get a “real” spring break I’m pretty confident that we can inject a little extra fun into our schedule during that week. Yes, sleeping in a bit would be nice but I’ll take what I can get!

Win a Staycation Prize Pack!

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Whether you actually get a spring break or not we all deserve a little treat now and then. And I’ve got a nice one to giveaway to one lucky reader! A Staycation Prize Packs from your family’s most trusted brands:

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Value: Approximately $80

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This article has 77 comments

  1. Debbie White Beattie
    Thursday 17 March 2016, 10:01 pm

    I go for a walk through my local sites and hiking at the Niagara gorge and then I hit up the library for some books then sit back and relax.

  2. I would love to go to Ripley's Aquarium with my boys!

  3. Bundle up some outgrown clothes for the new refugee families! 

  4. My activity would be just to relax and hide myself from everyone and just do what I want to do!!1

  5. Ashleigh Swerdfeger
    Thursday 17 March 2016, 10:39 pm

    We like to bake and have movie marathons. 

  6. I would love to do some Easter crafts with the kids on our spring break!

  7. I like the movie idea!   We will probably hang out in the neighbourhood park & have a BbQ. 

  8. I want to crochet all the things and sleep. And Netflix, with more sleep. 

  9. We're going to have a board game and snack night next week and we're inviting some friends over too.

  10. I'd like to go to the Farmer's Market for Breakfast. 

  11. I would love to take my kids to the ROM during the spring break. 

  12. We like to catch up with friends and family. Hope to hang with our godson today in fact!

  13. I would love to tour some of the local museums.

  14. We went to Disney On Ice last night! 🙂 There are so many fun things to do around the GTA – one of our favourites is Bruce's Mill for the Maple Sugar Festival.

  15. I'd like to go to Black Creek Pioneer Village or the Ontario Science Centre. So many fun things to see and do!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

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  16. Would love to go do some hiking at a local Provincial Park if the weather cooperates.  Baking and Games are great alternative choices.

  17. We like to bake and watch movies and go on walks 

  18. will be going to the Plant nursery to choose seeds and plants for our daughters garden space.

  19. Julie-Lynne McCann
    Friday 18 March 2016, 12:13 pm

    Spending time with my hubby & my Boston Terrier !!! 

  20. I would like to have some family game nights and explore some local shops.


  21. Love to final be able to read out on the deck in the fresh air.

  22. Since I love shopping I would love to shop locally and discover some new stores.

  23. We toured our own city so much fun 

  24. We toured our own city so much fun!!!

  25. We like to go for hikes in our own community. We have tons of trails!

  26. Just stay home and do family movie and game nights

  27. We like to hike and take in local events or visit sites.

  28. I wanted to go to our library, they had some interesting ones, but one kid got sick, so we stuck with crafts only 🙁

  29. Getting outside and going on hikes and tackling some spring cleaning after a bunch of board games with the kids

  30. We are going to local historical sites and museums.

  31. I like to see a movie!

  32. I like to bake and do crafts with my kids.

  33. I am going to craft with my lovies,can't wait!

  34. We are going to the national gallery tomorrow.

  35. We are going to the National Gallery tomorrow

  36. since the weather here has been so great and most of the snow is gone a nice walk through the park trials would be fun

  37. I love the idea of seeing a movie – we also like doing crafts

  38. Our staycation activity we are doing on spring break is going to the cabin and doing some Fishing !

  39. We like to check out the local events in our city. And we love to go out biking if the weather is nice.

  40. The swimming pool and the zoo is nice!

  41. I'd like to check out the new exhibit at our local art gallery.

  42. I hope we can do some Geocaching!

  43. I like to check out local attractions

  44. I would love to have a bake night! I love cooking! 

  45. I would love to go to Ripley's Aquarium

  46. We spent this Break learning how to skate.

  47. we pack all our winter stuff, and take out our spring items but go through it to purge

  48. Go for hikes as a family on outdoor trails.

  49. I would love to sleep in (I have 5 boys, so sleeping in WOULD be fun) but the boys have an internal alarm clock that has them up at 7am on weekends (they only try to sleep in on school days lol). 

  50. We did board games and visited a sugar bush.

  51. We eat out a lot, go to the movies, bake & read.

  52. We like to check out local museums and go exploring in our lovely city parks.

  53. I like to visit museums and local theaters.

  54. We spent a lot of time doing crafts and going to the pool.

  55. The fun staycation activity, well there are more than one, are walks, games, movies, playing cards and jigsaw puzzles.

  56. I would check out the local museum and art gallery!

  57. geo caching has always been a favorite for us.

  58. I would like to visit local sites and restaurants that I haven't been to.

  59. We love getting outside and the weathe ris perfect this spring for going
    to the maple sugar bush to help some friends to make some maple syrup
    and have some maple candy in the snow.

  60. We're going to the waterslide park today – it's indoor, so hopefully it'll tucker them out!

  61. We love walking and so we are going to help some friends this year
    to make some maple syrup.We will make some maple sugar candy too.

  62. I'd like to take my son to the Science Centre, he loves all the activities there and its so fun 

  63. There is a local hotel that has a indoor Waterpark.  We like to treat the  kids to a night there 

  64. We went swimming a few times.

  65. billiondollarprincesss
    Monday 28 March 2016, 1:33 am

    I would like to explore the city and visit places we have never been to.

  66. trying out new Pinterest recipes!

  67. I'd like to go to the museum we have in our city.

  68. I am working so no spring break for me.  On the weekend my kids and I went to feed the ducks at the park.  They went to my mom's for a week in the country which they loved.

  69. We love to spend as much time outside as we can having family fun.  One of our spring break treats is heading to the Maple Syrup Hut to enjoy freshly made syrup (weather permitting for syrup making) and pancakes!

  70. We love to bike ride, visit elderly , play games, watch movies and learn new recipes

  71. We like to cozy up on the couch with snacks and marathon watch movies.

  72. We like to go to the local train station and explore.

  73. To the movies and played board games.

  74. I would love to go fishing with hte family

  75. Have friends over and have a pizza party!

  76. we went to the park, went for walks, played outside, watched movies

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