Spring break is just around the corner (see 2020 dates below). If you live in the Los Angeles area, that means you will have a week, or two, or somewhere in-between, depending on your school district, to vacation with your family.
Spring Break 2020!!
No matter how much time your kids have, it’s a good idea to start planning now, especially if you have tweens & teens.
This can be a tougher crowd to please – harder to keep entertained and off of their devices.
Spring break is a great opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with each other.
One great way to create memories is to see new sights, try new things, or just relax as a family.Looking for unique spring break ideas (and school district dates) near Los Angeles. We've got a great list for you! #springbreak #springbreak2020 Click To Tweet
5 great places within driving distance from Los Angeles
While we’ve got some of our favorites below, I always like to check in with Groupon and see if there’s anything new or interesting I’d like to try. Here’s some great ideas (with discounts!) from Groupon!
Here are a few more spring break ideas off the beaten path near Los Angeles.
Ride the Best Roller Coasters
There are plenty of wild rides, including the Tatsu, “tallest, fastest, and longest flying coaster in the world!” There is also a variety, and the park map sorts the rides by how extreme they are, so everyone can find a ride that suits them, even the little ones too.
The best deals for Six Flags usually come around the end of August when their season passes are most steeply discounted during their flash sale, but discounts are offered throughout the year.
Frolic in the Snow
If you’ve lived in LA for any period of time, you know that snow is a novelty adventure. It’s something we drive to. But how often do you get to see feet of snow without paying an arm and a leg to go to the ski hills?
There’s no downhill skiing, but you can rent cross country skis or snowshoes at the lodge and get out in nature.
Cell phone service is spotty at best, so you’ll be sure to get a break from screen time (although there is WiFi at the lodge).
There’s snow play nearby at Wolverton Meadow, Grant Grove, and Big Stump.
Make sure to pack for the cold and bring chains for your vehicle, as chains are likely to be required on the way.
Camp in a Yurt by the Lake
Lake Cacuchuma is a Santa Barbara County campground with tents, camper hookups, and yurts! You can hang out at the campground, go on a nature cruise or drive out for day-trips to Solvang or Santa Barbara. Either is an easy drive from the campground.
Visit the beautiful ocean-side Santa Barbara zoo or the motorcycle museum in Solvang. Whatever you do definitely venture out to the nearby Cold Spring Tavern. This old stage coach stop started operating in 1868. There’s a restaurant, bar, and live entertainment. Spring is a great time to go, as Lake Cachuma can get unbearably hot in the summer.Spring Break ideas off the beaten path near Los Angeles.#LosAngeles #vacation Click To Tweet
Stay at a Working Farm
Morningsong Farm in Rainbow, CA (near Temecula) is a great escape from LA living. The bed and breakfast working organic farm and orchard has unique activities like jam-making, cheese-making, and playtime with miniature goats.
They also host alpacas & chickens – allowing you gather your own eggs! They have a variety of accommodations. Near the farm you can catch a balloon ride, visit a winery, or hike at the Santa Margarita Preserve.
Just a little further North is a Mulligan Family Fun Center, if you’re into go-karts and mini-golf.
Explore a Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town in Yermo, CA, originally settled in 1880, is just outside of Barstow and part of the San Bernadino County Regional parks system.
You can check out the silver mine, historic train ride, try gold panning, go on an off-road adventure tour, take ghost tours, and visit an optical illusion mystery shack.
Accommodations include cabins, tent-camping, or a stay in a bunkhouse. Head into nearby Barstow to visits museums or see a movie at the Drive-in!
Los Angeles Area School Calendars
To help you gauge crowds & plan ahead, it’s good to know the Spring Break Dates for 2020. Here’s the Spring Break dates for the 3 biggest school districts in the Los Angeles area and a few random others. I used the Saturday before as the “start” date and the Sunday after as the end date.
If you are planning to go to Disneyland or somewhere else in Anaheim, you might think its important to know and navigate their school district calendar.
In my experience, Disney is much more of an issue for LAUSD break times. LAUSD has over 730,000 students. Anaheim has about 33,000. I threw in NSD & Hart because they are most local to Finally Family Homes.
Dates for Spring Break 2020
LAUSD is out April 3-12
LBUSD is out April 11-19
Anaheim March 23-27
NSD is out April 2-10
Hart is out April 4-12
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Some Final Thoughts on Spring Break
Parents, make sure you get in the pictures! I know especially moms can be dodgy about getting the photo (I know I am), but your family will be grateful to have photos of you with them on family vacations. Just strategically pose or hold your beach bag, but get out there!
Also, come up with a specific plan for wherever you choose to go. In order to keep that easy, breezy feeling you might want to just pick one goal per day or you may want to more specifically budget your time. Regardless, having any kind of plan will help ease the decision making when it comes to “what should we do now?”
What has been your most memorable spring break?
One purpose of this blog is to help parents of teens navigate the challenges of preparing their children to be successful independent adults. The mission of Finally Family Homes is to provide the same kind of support for those teens who don’t have a family or home to help them transition into adulthood.