Looking for ideas to keep the kids busy during spring break? Here’s a few I found and shared on the KCAL9 morning show. Send me your spring break ideas and you’ll be entered to win a GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine craft kit! I’ll pick a winner at random on Wed. 3/23. Watch the entire CBS2/KCAL9 segment here!
There is so much to love about this company! If you haven’t heard of GoldieBlox they make engineering-based crafts designed for young girls. The company was started to encourage young girls to develop an interest in engineering through play. When I found out about GoldieBlox and the Movie Machine, I was obsessed! What a great way to create something that might spark an interest in engineering and filmmaking for young girls. We need more women filmmakers so anything that encourages girls to get into film is a great idea. They also have a girl action figures-because girls can be action stars too right?
If your kid is the star of your family then why not give him or her a place to put on their own show? I was inspired by this TV craft I found through Pinterest. (No apologies. I love Pinterest.) I made this simple TV out of a large cardboard box, glue, and scissors/box cutter, wrapping paper and stickers. Chan had a lot of fun helping glue the buttons on the TV and put stickers inside the box. For older kids, once the TV is made then the real fun begins. They can write their own scripts, pick out costumes, props, make up and voila! They’re starring in their own TV show and you didn’t even have to find an agent 😉
The Fashion Institute of Design Museum has a special exhibit they do every spring called the Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibit. They feature more than a hundred costumes from 23 films in 2015, including all 5 Academy Award nominees. Your fashionista can see the beautiful work done on costumes for Cinderella, The Danish Girl, The Revenant, Star Wars and more. These are gorgeous pieces of art from some of Hollywood’s top costume designers. And the best part: it’s free!
If you need something that lasts all week, rather than just a day or a few hours of time, then there are some great performance-themed spring break camp options. A really cool one is the Kinetic Theory Circus Theater camp. If you have a child who wants to try something different like acrobatics, aerial arts, miming…then this is the camp for you. It’s Monday through Friday for two different age groups and there’s a show at the end of the week.
Of you have a kid who just wants to dance, don’t we all, then check out the ABC’s of Dance spring break camp in West Hollywood. It’s for the younger kids, ages 4-8 to learn different styles of dance. They also work on crafts and props for the big show they perform at the end of the week. Times are 10am-3pm Mon-Friday. And this spring break week theme is Fairytales. I wish I could go!
For your theater lover, give them a chance to get on stage at the Santa Monica Playhouse! The theater offers workshops during spring break for kids ages 6-14. Kids will create and perform a play in just 5 days. That’s amazing!
To really immerse your child in a classic Hollywood adventure tale, check out the Tom Sawyer Camp based out of Pasadena. Their spring break camps is for kindergartener through 8th grade from 8am to 6pm. Your adventure-seeker will go on field trips each day like horseback riding, hiking, and ropes courses.