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Affordable, fun spring break awaits in French Lick

 

As a kid, checking into a resort for spring break made me absolutely giddy.

There was something†about those perfect white sheets and no pressure to make my bed….

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And no matter what time we would check in ó even if it was†past bedtime†ó I would beg, beg, beg my mom and dad to let me go swimming:

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I thought it was amazing when resorts had special activities for me and my little brother. I said yes to anything artsy:

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Now that I’m a parent, it’s my turn to make these moments happen.

French Lick†in southern Indiana is just the kind of spring break destination†I would have loved as a kid.

And for parents, too, it’s the perfect one-tank getaway: it’s close, it’s affordable, and it’s a guaranteed good time for families year-round.

 

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The town’s twin resorts ó French Lick Springs Hotel†and West Baden Springs Hotel†ó are historic properties†with gorgeous architecture and grounds, and†grand porches lined with rocking chairs.

March 11-April 11 sounds especially fun at French Lick. During these weeks,†the resorts†offer loads of all-ages activities Wednesdays through Sundays that are either free or super affordable.

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The full schedule is below, but picture everything from dodgeball and bowling to karaoke and nightly movies.

My inner 6-year-old is out-of-her-mind excited to put on a fancy dress for Mommy & Me tea time in the gorgeous atrium of West Baden Springs Hotel. And how’s this for a family-friendly nightcap: Evening s’mores at the outdoor pool.

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There are plenty of ways for grown-ups to unwind, too, with top-notch spa treatments, golf at the†Pete Dye course and even a casino.

I love the idea of family trips that become annual traditions, and it’s easy to see a jaunt to French Lick becoming a regular thing each spring.
 

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Photos courtesy of French Lick Resort

French Lick’s spring break activities schedule for March 11-April 11:

WEDNESDAYS:

Mommy & Me Tea:†2-4pm in the atrium of the West Baden Springs Hotel.†$21 for adults, $12 for ages 5-12.

Renegade Bowling: 4-5pm at French Lick Springs Hotel in Plutoís Alley

Game Night for All:†7-8pm at the Event Center in the Habig Room.†Trivia, Name that Song, Video Charades.

Símores:†8-9pm at the outdoor pool at French Lick Springs Hotel.†First símore is free. $2 for each additional símore.

Movie Night: 9pm at the Event Center in the Habig Room. “Brave.”

THURSDAYS:

Karaoke:†2-3pm in the Event Center in the Habig Room

Tricky Golf: 3-4pm at the Valley Links Outdoor Practice Green.†Take a swing through the tricky golf putting course.Dodgeball for All:†4-5pm at the Valley Links & Golf Learning Center. A friendly, fast paced game and a great workout.

Hayride & Símores:†7-8:30pm, starting at the Event Center.†$10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.†Ride to The Stables and enjoy símores by the campfire.

Movie Night:†9pm at the Event Center in the Habig Room. “Wreck-It Ralph.”

FRIDAYS:

Guided Hike:†10-11am starting at KidsFest Lodge.†A family-friendly hike on the resortís trail system.

Pick Up Basketball:†Noon-1pm on the indoor basketball court at the Valley Links & Golf Learning Center.

Duathlon:†2-3pm starting at the KidsFest Lodge.†$5 per person; $15 for a family of four or more.†A combination of biking and running between the resortís two historic hotels. T-shirts will be provided for participants.†Adult bicycles or family surrey carts will be available.

Piano Entertainment:†5-8pm in the lobby of the French Lick Springs Hotel80ís Dance Party:†7:30-8:30pm at the Event Center in the Taggart Room.†$2 per person.†Enjoy the best of the 80s and participate in†dance contests, limbo and more for prizes.

Símores:†8-9pm at the outdoor pool at French Lick Springs Hotel.†First símore is free. $2 for each additional símore.

Movie Night:†9pm at the Event Center in the Habig Room. “Million Dollar Arm”

SATURDAYS:

DJ:†Noon-8pm at the outdoor pool at French Lick Springs Hotel

Obstacle Course:†2-3pm at the Valley Links & Golf Learning Center.†Sack races, inflatable obstacles, giant mazes and more.†Unavailable March 21.

Piano Entertainment: 3-6pm in the lobby of French Lick Springs Hotel

Capture the Flag for All:†4-5pm at the Valley Links & Golf Learning Center.

Acrylic Painting Class:†7-8:30pm at the Event Center in the Hickman Room.†$5 per person.†Create your own design or learn how to create great landscape†images.

Símores:†8-9pm at the outdoor pool at French Lick Springs Hotel.†First símore is free. $2 for each additional símore

Movie Night:†9pm at the Event Center in the Habig Room. “Maleficent”

SUNDAYS:

Movie Night:†9pm at the Event Center in the Habig Room. “The Lego Movie”

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