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!

Susan M. March 30, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Hmmm....full name....on the internet....telling everyone with access you'll be out of town? This really isn't a wise idea. Is there someway Patch can mask names for this comment section?
Jennifer March 30, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Our 5 year old asked to visit the ocean last November. I booked a state campground 3 bedroom cabin with all amenities of a condo (GREAT DEAL!) We are visiting family on our way to coastal South Carolina and leave Friday on our road trip!
pam zdrojewski March 30, 2011 at 11:36 AM
Recently, my husband and I took our three kids downtown to the Detroit Historical Museum, lunch at Hard Rock Cafe, a visit to Campus Martius Park and a tour on the People Mover. It was such a fun outing we have planned a few more adventures over spring break including a trip to The Detroit Science Center and The Henry Ford! I'm really looking forward to our staycation in the Metro Detroit area - so much to see, do and enjoy, right in our own backyard!
Kristin Bull (Editor) March 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Hi, Susan: We can't mask names, but users can, individually. If you click on your name, under "profile" click "edit name" and you can change it. I get what you're saying; if you feel more comfortable, you can enter the contest by e-mailing the author directly. She will include those entries in the random drawing, too!
Susan M. March 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Thanks Kristin! This "paper" has the small-town feel, but unfortunately people do have to take precautions to protect themselves and their property. Also, the teen's article on student plans over spring break? That is leaving some families vulnerable as well. Maybe edit to just have the initial from the last name? By the way - Patch has become my first "go-to" for information! I LOOVE the way we get updates to stories too! Keep up the great work!
Kristin Bull (Editor) March 30, 2011 at 12:01 PM
Hi, Pam ... Can I ask the age range of your kids? Just wondering about the Detroit Historical Museum and what there is to do there for kids of various ages.
Susan M. March 30, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Folks - I just tried it (very simple!) and it updated my previous posts as well! I would recommend people make those changes!
Michelle M. March 30, 2011 at 12:08 PM
We are staying home.... Well, actually the KIDS are staying home or at daycare while my husband and I work :( We only do one getaway a year -- in the summer when its easier to take off work, and when it's warm!
Michelle Sullivan March 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM
We will be hanging out around town and having playdates. I am really hoping we can at least do a zoo day.
pam zdrojewski March 30, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Hi Kristin ~ I have an eight year old daughter and 3 1/2 year old boy girl twins - all three loved it! Another plus, it was VERY affordable. Kids under four are free - I think we paid $16 for the entire family. We went there on a whim because there was an hour long wait to get into the Science Center (i think because of the dinosaur exhibit) but it was a really fun - I honestly think kids of all ages would enjoy this little Detroit jewel! Pam :)
D. M. March 30, 2011 at 12:22 PM
Hi, Taking off for a Senior Trip...a cruise of Central America!
Vita March 30, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Going to North Carolina's Outer Banks. 15 hour car drive with a 4 and 6 year old. Wish me luck!!!
Kathleen Clark March 30, 2011 at 01:04 PM
We are headed to the sandy beach of Sanibel Island. My kids are excited to search for seashells!! Wish us luck traveling with 2 kids under 4 and a teen.
Jen March 30, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Both of our cars are broke down right now (hubby is borrowing his parent's car)...so the kids and I are stuck at home. We homeschool so we'll probably just push through the week so we can get done sooner in May (when the weather is REALLY nice, LOL). Sure would be nice if the temps warmed up so they can at least let off some steam outside for gym time though! :o)
Heather March 30, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Staying home and unpacking - we moved a month and a half ago and the basement and garage are still full of boxes. BUT we will probably hit up the Zoo and Grandmas house a time or two :-) Although I think unpacking will be a little like Christmas for the kids - they have forgotten about alot of their things :-)
Jaime March 30, 2011 at 01:10 PM
Well, we shall be taking a Stay-vacation :) We are thinking on Exploring Grand Rapids a bit more. Altho the kids want to stay days on end at their Grandmas, which will work too :) so we shall see, i also hope to get in a visit to the Zoo or the Museum tho
Hilary K. March 30, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Looking forward to going to visit the in-laws in New Jersey. My and husband and I are usually able to go into New York City and see a Broadway play which is usually the highlight of the trip:)
Joshua Raymond March 30, 2011 at 02:21 PM
My kids have a full week planned. Monday: Sleep late. Play with toys. Tuesday: Plan to watch TV all day. Denied by mom. Become bored. Resist all suggestions for fun activities. Wednesday: "Mom, I'm bored." Thursday: "Mommmmmmmmmm, I'm borrrrrrrrrred! Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored!" Friday: "What? School on Monday? Oh, man! Vacation is too short!" (Amazing how kids can be bored if there is the shortest amount of time without some form of constant activity.) Meanwhile, I'll be working looking forward to my next day off on Memorial Day.
Susan M. March 30, 2011 at 02:27 PM
LOL!!! Isn't that the truth! You probably described the activities in many homes next week!
Jill March 30, 2011 at 02:38 PM
We plan on having out. The kids will be playing with their cousins, having a sleepover, etc. I also plan on taking them to Jeepers at Great Lakes Crossing and getting tired out one day :)
crystal March 31, 2011 at 06:17 AM
Kidney stone removal surgery! Don't know how to categorize that....LOL!
Rochester Mom March 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM
A nice mixture of "to do" lists - dentist appointments, hopefully painting a bedroom, practicing their instruments, deep cleaning bedroom closets in anticipation of breaking out shorts and capris..with Staycation for a few days - maybe Detroit Science Center (I have a GROUPON about to expire from there), a movie, lunch at CHOMP, getting together with friends and a mini vacation up North for a few days (hoping the weather is decent!).
Laura Cassar March 31, 2011 at 02:11 PM
Is that category an "opercation"? Good luck and be well!
Laura Cassar March 31, 2011 at 02:11 PM
I'm hoping for some decent up north weather too! Just a different set of four walls will be a nice change!!
Laura Cassar March 31, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Funny stuff, Joshua, but too true! When I was telling my 7-year-old our Spring Break plans he asked, "Can't we just have a couple of days of doing nothing!" We'll try it, but I'll have some backup plans in case the "I'm bored" whine begins.
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 (Editor) April 01, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Good luck!
Kristin Bull (Editor) 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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