Planning Your Spring Break Staycation in Jacksonville

Staying in Jacksonville for spring break doesn’t have to be boring, especially with all the places you can explore! There are always things to do, places to go, and people to see in the Jacksonville area and beyond. With a little planning, you can have a blast during any spring break staycation — or dare we say, YAY-cation?

While my kids are still little at almost 2 years old (Mason) and 4 years old (Audrey), they will not be in preschool for the week — and believe me, I know it can be challenging to find activities for kids when they are of different ages.

I can honestly say I’m looking forward to spring break this year; something about mixing up our routine and making new memories together.

Ready Set Play, based in St. Augustine, offers something for little kids and big kids alike.

Younger Kids

Play Factory and Cafe (Northside): Play Factory and Café is all about children learning through social engagement and using their imaginations! Their play area features a full walk-in market, CedarWorks climbing structure, Montessori Pickler triangle and arch, baby nook, and so much more! The newly added GAME ZONE features multiple TVs with a variety of game systems, an air hockey table, and everyone’s favorite arcade game — PacMan, which is a great way to incorporate the entire family. While the littles are busy in the play area, and Mom and Dad are enjoying coffee, older kids ages 7 to 17 can experience GAME ZONE.

Ready Set Play (St. Augustine): This completely enclosed indoor playground comes complete with a ball bit and very fast slides. Ready Set Play welcomes parents to go in with their kids (especially little ones like my Mason) if you want. They also have an area with smaller foam blocks, a play kitchen, ride-on toys, and other fun toys for kids to play with. Don’t forget socks as everyone needs socks here (they have some available for purchase if you forget).

Sensory Towne (Baymeadows): Sensory Towne is an inclusive sensory gym that provides a variety of sensory-based activities and equipment for babies 6 months and up to 8 years old (this is a loose cut-off age due to the nature of children with special needs). The owner is a mom of a special needs son so naturally, she is passionate about accommodating all children and all abilities. Check them out for open play and attend a class Tuesdays through Fridays. Don’t forget your socks for kids and grownups!

Sunshine Play & Learn (St. Augustine): Sunshine Play & Learn is designed for kids birth to 6 and is a place for kids to explore and enjoy open play, building blocks, a small ball pit, imagination areas, dress-up, and fun classes. Socks are required for everyone and handwashing upon entry.

Sprouts Play & Learn (Middleburg): Sprouts Play & Learn has two custom-made playground structures which feature two slides, hiding nooks, short climbing walls, a ball pit, and a wobbly bridge — plus they have three custom-made playhouses including an animal hospital, barn, and a market. BONUS: They also have a HUGE custom-built LEGO table perfect for little hands ready for them to build, create, and use their imagination! For little ones 2 and under, they have a fenced-off area away from the bigger explorers.

Surge Adventure Park features wall-to-wall trampolines, foam pits, and so much more! Photo courtesy of Surge Adventure Park’s Facebook page.

Big Kids

Surge Adventure Park (Regency): This popular trampoline park is like American Ninja Warrior meets American Gladiator with foam pits. The kids will have a blast and get worn out for sure! There are trampolines for jumping and dodgeball, foam pits for jousting and jumping into off trampolines, a ropes course, rock climbing, and more, plus video games.

Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park (Southside): Urban Air is definitely suitable for big kids. They have a spin zone, virtual reality, ropes, climbing walls, dodgeball, wipeout, battle beam, warrior course, tubes-indoor playground, slam dunk zone, and more.

Adventure Landing’s Shipwreck Island Water Park features a wave pool, splash pad, wading pool, and numerous water slides.

Places Suitable for Little & Big Kids

Adventure Landing (Jacksonville Beach): Adventure Landing is full of fun to explore with a water park, go-kart tracks, miniature golf courses, video game rooms, batting cages, laser tag arenas, and snack bars. Best of all — their water park IS OPEN for Spring Break, March 12–20!

Autobahn Indoor Speedway & Events (Southside): Once known for their go-kart racing and arcade, Autobahn now has a table service restaurant and bar! This could be really fun if you planned a day to meet friends with kids and go as a group. Maybe try something new by taking kids age 13 and up, where they can learn axe throwing and more.

Bowl America (Beach Blvd., Mandarin, Orange Park): Bowl America is great for all ages and also features arcade games, snacks, and drinks.

Bravoz Entertainment Center (Mandarin): Another indoor trampoline park, Bravoz features an open jump trampoline area, climbing walls, Ninja warrior course, arcade, laser/archery tag, mini bowling, and a leap of faith tower obstacle. Food is also available at their cafe.

Get Air (Orange Park): Get Air has a separate jumping area called Little Air, foam pits, basketball, slacklines, fidget ladders, and other one-at-a-time obstacles available for their littlest customers. Big jumpers and little jumpers aren’t allowed to jump together to keep all jumpers safe.

Main Event (Southside): There is something for everyone at Main Event with many choices of arcade games, bowling, karaoke, mini-golf, rock climbing, laser tag, billiards, gravity ropes, virtual reality, and more. The menu features family-friendly American favorites perfect for lunch or dinner.

The Edge Rock Gym (Southside): With about 7–12 paths to climb with harnesses that have the auto-belay function and lots of bouldering to explore, The Edge is an ultimate family day for all ages. Audrey and Mason had a blast climbing recently while their grandparents were visiting. Definitely check out Groupon to get a deal!

Top Golf (St. Johns Town Center): A classic, Top Golf is fun for all ages with its family-friendly driving range golf with a kids menu and a nursing mother’s room. I highly suggest making a reservation in advance.

Skate City (Regency): Opened just a year ago, Skate City has arcade games, a bounce house, bumper cars, and a large skating ring (plus two smaller skate floors perfect for little ones). They have roller skates and inline skates available for rent.

Other Spring Break Staycation Ideas

Check out our fun Spring Break Scavenger Hunt (with printable)!

Coordinate fun with other school friends who don’t plan on traveling — ferry to Amelia Island to ride bikes, eat lunch, and play mini-golf.

Play football on the beach during a beach day.

Embark on a geo-caching adventure (Pokémon Go, Dinosaur Go, or Harry Potter World).

Take a day trip to Kennedy Space Center (cool museum and impressive playground for big kids), Blue Springs to see the manatees and play in the park, hike Ravine Gardens in Palatka, check out the Gainesville Museum of Natural History (free entry), or visit Depot Park or Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.

Plan a downtown day and walk around using the skyway with a stop at Sweet Pete’s for ice cream — they have a nice board game area and a play area for little kids.

Check out Java Game Haus on rainy days or hot days. They offer puzzles, games, light snacks, and coffee, and BONUS, the Hershey’s Ice Cream Store is in the same plaza.

What are your Spring Break plans this year?

Maya is a full-time SAHM who squeezes in part-time work as a Local Childcare Consultant for an au pair agency.  She was born in Ohio but has spent most of her childhood and adult life in Florida. She is André's devoted wife and mother to Audrey, Mason and her fur baby, Egyptian Mau cat named Midnight. Maya earned an A.S. in Culinary Dietetic Technician and a B.A.S in Supervision and Management from Florida State College at Jacksonville. Her professional background is in management and most recently she managed a skilled nursing facility food service department staff of 15.  Maya has a long-time love affair with food and is happiest when she is in the kitchen preparing fresh, homemade meals for her family, utilizing her numerous gadgets and food preparation-specialty items. She also is an aspiring business owner but hasn't figured out what she wants to do 'when she grows up' yet.  In her spare time, she loves painting rocks, coloring using colored pencils,  yoga,  listening to podcasts or audiobooks,  and online shopping. You can follow her at Instagram @5spicechef, and Facebook @5spicechef.



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