Staycation or Vacation? Let Us Know Your Spring Break Plans and Win!

This Patch contest wants to know what you're doing next week.

Will you stay or will you go? At Patch we're curious about your spring break plans.

(Who are we kidding? We're stuck here and want to live vicariously through you — or at least get some fresh ideas about what to do around town.)

What's more, we want to reward you for the information. Use the comment field below to let us know what you're doing for spring break, where you're going or, if you're staying, what you have planned for fun.

One lucky reader will receive a $25 gift certificate to the store that is ready to provide entertainment and fun, both on the road or at home,  at

Making the car ride bearable at Brilliant Sky

Should your travels include a car journey or a plane ride, Brilliant Sky has travel-friendly activities for the kids. (Because, after all, there are only so many Disney movies your kids can watch.)

Let's start with some fun car activities by Melissa and Doug. Whether it's a Memory Game for the younger ones, Hangman for the older ones or a License Plate game for the whole family, these wooden games are great for travel. Better yet, all the pieces are attached, so you don't have to worry about losing parts under the seats. The Memory Game and Hangman are $13.99 each. The License Plate game and BINGO are $20.99 each.

Brilliant Sky also has magnetic dominoes and backgammon sets for $10.99 each and Landmark cards for $8.99. And for your packing needs, don't forget the adorable suitcase.

Turning your yard into an amusement park

Staying home? Perhaps you can't quite recreate , but Brilliant Sky offers enough  outside toys to give your kids a ton of fresh-air fun (and perhaps even secure an early bedtime). 

Bounce out that energy with a pogo stick (prices range from $48.99 to $249.99) or the HopBall 45 ($30.99). Jump and hone coordination skills with The Skipper ($5.99).

Spur the imagination of your future NASA engineer with the Blast Pad Missle Launch ($30.99). Or divide the neighborhood kids into two teams and send them on a Snip Hunt ($25.99). Winners and losers get popsicles!

And, keep in mind, because moms need to have fun, too, the PlasmaCar holds up to 22o pounds on a smooth surface and goes up to a rip-roaring 6 mph. It's available in a slew of stylish colors for $72.99.

If the weather doesn't cooperate

Because it's Michigan in early April, an indoor back-up plan is always a good idea. Brilliant Sky offers , puzzles and craft activities, like the Flower Power Mosaic craft kit for $17.99.

The contest

Here's how it will work:

  • Post a comment here telling us your spring break plans. You can be as general or specific as you want.
  • Please, only one entry per person.
  • All comments must be posted by midnight Thursday, March 31, to be counted for the contest.
  • One winner will be selected in a random drawing April 1. That winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Brilliant Sky Toys and Books.

The contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and District of Columbia who are 18 and older. You can read the official Patch contest rules .

Good luck!

If you are traveling, I wish you safe journey. If you're staying home, I wish for you that the outdoor temperature breaks 50 degrees!

Rob Ray March 31, 2011 at 04:04 PM
With our little girl due Aug. 13th (our first), the Wife and I are getting what will probably our last real vacation for quite some time -- heading to Puerto Rico! There are some amazing deals especially during April -- can't wait!
Kristin Bull April 01, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Good luck!
Kristin Bull April 01, 2011 at 03:48 AM
Sounds luxurious, Rob. And congrats on the baby girl!
Laura Cassar April 01, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Contest is closed. Stay tuned for the lucky winner!
Laura Cassar April 01, 2011 at 01:00 PM
Hi Jen, Please contact me by clicking on the "email the author" link at the top of the page above the headline. Thanks! Laura


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