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The third Monday of February marks Presidents Day in the United States, a day set aside to mark the birthday of the first president, George Washington. Banks, government offices, and public schools are closed in honor of the federal holiday, and many families use the three-day weekend as an opportunity to embark on a quick family getaway.
Not every family is prepared to plan a whole three-day getaway, especially with so little lead time into Presidents Day Weekend. However, it can be a little boring to just go to the mall for the hundredth time. What else is there to do that’s new and exciting, but won’t take a ton of planning?
Check out some local museums. If you live in or near a big city, take the extra time off to visit some local museums to which you haven’t yet taken the family. If you live far but still a drivable distance from a city known for its culture, consider booking a hotel there for the weekend and building a museum-heavy agenda for these few days. Not looking to get to a big city? Your town or county may have a small community historical museum or exhibit to check out.
Find an indoor water park. Although indoor water parks may seem difficult to find, it turns out they’re scattered all over the country. TripSavvy has put together a handy guide on where to find these family-friendly weekend getaways all over the country, no matter the time of year. That’s right — even in the winter, these water parks operate full-speed ahead.
Explore your home town! Is there a park in town you’ve never visited, or a new restaurant you’ve always wanted to try? The holiday weekend is the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Put together an agenda for the family to try out all kinds of local attractions in the span of just a few days, but stay open to surprises — you never know what you might find right in your backyard.
Take some fun classes. We’re not talking classrooms or big lecture halls — what fun would that be for the kids? We’re talking about a weekend of learning by doing. Search the web for nearby classes in cooking, rock climbing, pottery, painting, and all sorts of other hands-on fun. You and the people you love most might just find a new passion you can all keep coming back to time and time again!
Presidents Day is a historically significant event, but it’s also a chance to take the family out for an unforgettable, stress-breaking time. Enjoy the holiday!