Spring Break Staycation Ideas

Where are you going for Spring Break? Don’t feel like breaking the bank and taking the whole family on a Disney cruise this year? Can’t get the same time off work that your kids are out of school? Just want to be together as a family? Whatever your reasoning, we’ve got you covered with an abundance of day trips in the great OH and a few suggestions just a short drive away! 

Skip the packing, the flights, the planning, and the cost by enjoying a week in Ohio with your family. It’s a great way to have a family vacation while staying close to home. 

Spring Break Staycation Ideas

Day 1: Visit a New Place in Columbus

Day 2: Take a day trip to a Children’s Museum

  • Buckeye Children’s Museum– Mansfield, Ohio (1 hour) – $8 per person, including adults. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays until Memorial Day) 

    One of the many great areas at Little Buckeye Museum!

  • Mighty Children’s Museum– Chillicothe, Ohio (1 hour, 15 minutes)- $6 and they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • The Works– Newark, Ohio (45 minutes)  – $6 for children and $10 for adults. 
  • Aha Museum Lancaster, Ohio (1 Hour) $6 per child. For lots of others on where to play and eat in Lancaster, check out this post: A Day Trip to LancasterThings to do in Lancaster
  • COSI Columbus, Ohio – $20 for children and $25 for adults. 

Day 3: Get Active

Day 4: Explore your Artistic or Educational Side 

Day 5: Spend the Day at Easton or Polaris

  • American Girl Store: Easton: We could spend hours just playing and looking around in this store, but you can also make a day of it with lunch at the Bistro or head to the doll salon. They have a number of special events as well. 
    Easton Lego Store

    Make new friends at The Lego Store!

  • Lego Store: Easton: You can play, create, and shop in this magical Legoland! 
  • Build A Bear: Easton: Make a new friend for your little one to cuddle with!
  • Sweet and Sassy: Polaris: Need a haircut or a spa day? This is a fun place to be!  
    Spring Break Staycation Ideas

    Get a pedicure with your little ones! A treat for mom too 🙂 

  • Don’t forget lunch at all the delicious dining options too! 

Day 6: Connect with Animals

Day 7: Take a Short Road Trip

Pittsburgh Children's Museum

Lots of interactive activities at The Pittsburgh Museum!

Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh is a 3 hour trip from Columbus and has a wonderful Children’s Museum to explore. While you are there, you may want to visit the Strip District for great food and restaurants. The banana chocolate chip hotcakes at Pamela’s Diner should be on your breakfast list!  If you go to the Strip District, don’t forget to visit Wholey Fish Market and Penn Macaroni. 

Indianapolis: Indianapolis is 2 hours and 45 minutes from Columbus and also has an excellent Children’s Museum to entertain your little ones all day long! 

Cleveland: Pack up the minivan and head 2 hours north to explore the vibrant city of Cleveland. Spots to put on our list: The West Side MarketRock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center, or The Cleveland Zoo.

Cincinnati: Just 1 hour and 30 minutes from Columbus, you can stay the night at Great Wolf Lodge or spend the day at The Cincinnati Zoo.

Spring break Staycation Ideas

                  Swim inside at a Water Park!

Dayton: Do your kids love space and airplanes? Plan a short drive to see the US Airforce Museum. You won’t be disappointed! Be sure to see one of our contributor’s experience at the Museum with lots of tips, here

Yellow Springs: Visit Young’s Dairy Farm or read our article about A Day Trip to Yellow Springs 

Hocking Hills: Go for a family hike and explore the outdoors at Old Man’s Cave or Conkle’s Hollow. Enjoy lunch at Millstone BBQ. 

Mansfield: As we mentioned above, play at Little Buckeye Children’s Museum or visit the Kingwood Center Gardens. There is also a carousel and gift shop in the city center and shops to visit as well. 

You don’t have to go far or pay the big bill for the plane tickets and 5-star resort with your kiddos this year. We hope this inspires you to have a staycation with your family. Let us know in the comments, what places you like to visit or if you and your family have planned a staycation! Have fun and spring is truly around the corner! 

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