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The 7-Year-Old’s Spring Break Staycation: Day 1

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Growing up in Pennsylvania, there was no such thing as Spring Break, at least not until college. In grade and high school the only full week I remember having off was Christmas, and with all the hoopla of the holiday we never did anything out of the ordinary.

Now that I live in Maryland I’m experiencing Spring Break vicariously though my 7-year-old. Of course I still have responsibilities, but having him home is forcing me to change my schedule, and instead of fighting it, I decided to embrace and have a little fun.

Our goal: At least 1 fun thing a day.

Today we kicked off The 7-Year-Old’s Spring Break Staycation with a little laser tag at Red Zone Adventures, but first Mom had to get some work done.

The morning was full of video game playing, a healthy lunch at home and then we were off!

I’m trying to keep money in mind each day. Not only to save (lunch out all week would get pricey!) but to also teach him everything actually does cost money. I’m not quite sure he gets that yet.

This week Red Zone was running a 2-for-1 spring break special: 2 games of laser tag and the laser maze was $12 per person. Add in 2 bottled waters, 2 air hockey games,

Red Zone Air Hockey

Playing air hockey at Red Zone with a friend.

and a few video games for $31.

On our way home we stopped for a cone at McDonald’s putting my total to about $33.

Not bad. My budget for the week is around $150. Pricey but cheaper than taking a 5-day vacation, that’s for sure!

Best thing of all: I get to spend time having fun with this guy before he gets too old to be seen with Mom.

Mom and Son at Red Zone

Waiting for laser tag to start at Red Zone

Note: No pics of us actually playing laser tag. It’s crazy in there! Red Zone runs a great laser tag game with good equipment and a nice arena, but be prepared to go deaf from the 2-3 simultaneous birthday parties happening at once.

Click here to see what we did Day 2!


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    April 2, 2013

    I volunteer every year for my church's VBS (Vacation Bible School)...I call it the "Week of FUN". Every day, I do something fun with the kids (now 8, 5). It is an exhausting week...but I know they'll remember this forever. Your Spring Break Staycation reminded me of this. :o) Reply


    April 2, 2013

    I grew up in Pennsylvania too so yeah, no Spring Break, although I do believe they get one now. I now live in Texas but make my way back to Philadelphia pretty frequently. Do you have any plans to run another marathon?? I'd love to do the Philly Marathon in 2014. Just putting that out there!! LOL!!! Reply


      April 2, 2013

      Actually they don't! At least not in the district my family is in. And I may be into the marathon in 2014! I running events with people all over the country, that seems to me my new niche. lol Reply

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        April 3, 2013

        Really??? Still no spring break? I thought for sure the area where I lived had a Spring Break now!! And if you decide to put a group together for the Philly Marathon 2014, I'm in!! I'm running Marine Corps this year. The race sold out in 2:27 and I was fortunate to be one of the ones who got in!! I'm so excited!! Reply


    April 3, 2013

    Such fun! I'm always amazed at what we can find right in our own backyard. My son is on vacation in a couple of weeks and I'm really looking forward to having some adventures of our own. I really love the photo of you and Ryan. They grow up so quickly don't they. Reply