Last-minute spring break 2021 travel ideas for families

The calendar turn to March not only marks the return of the spring break season, it also means we’ve been dealing with COVID-19 safety protocols and travel restrictions for a year.

In years past, your indecision as to where to go for spring break may have been due to an endless list of possibilities. This year, you might feel pandemic exhaustion as well as confusion as to what you can do while balancing security with your family’s need for a change of scenery.

In the Phoenix subway, most K-12 public schools are on spring break the weeks of March 8 and March 15. Arizona’s three public universities have canceled spring break this year.

Whether you just need to get out of the house safely for a few hours or feel comfortable enough to spend the night out of town, here are some suggestions for a last minute spring break getaway.

Go to a drive-in or organize a private film screening

If the pandemic is causing you to miss the joy of going to the movies and devouring buttery popcorn while enjoying the latest iteration, consider a night out at West Wind Glendale Drive-in.

Or, if you’d rather stay indoors, Harkins Theaters offers private parties where you can hire an auditorium for a movie screening for up to 20 people. The cost is $ 99 to $ 149 depending on the movie you choose.

Details: West Wind Glendale Drive-in show times and ticket information, Harkins Theater Rental,

See an outdoor play

Those who enjoy live theater electricity have a cautious option in the event of a pandemic. Phoenix Theater Company puts on shows on a stage they built outside in the courtyard of the Central United Methodist Church. COVID-19 security protocols include temperature controls at the entrance, keeping 6 feet away between parties, and wearing a mask when not eating and drinking.

The other shows of the spring season are:

  • “Murder for two”, until February 28.
  • “Ring of Fire”, from March 10th to April 4th.
  • “My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra”, April 14-May 23.

Details: The church is located at 1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Spend a day – or more – in Tucson

Just 113 miles down the road from Phoenix, Tucson offers the option of an overnight getaway or a fun day trip, depending on your mood and budget.

Splurge at a chic resort like the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, soak up the history of the Congress hotel or experience the charm of the new Tuxon boutique hotel.

From hiking in Saguaro National Park to a bike tour of the city’s historic sites, go to for suggestions from Roger Naylor, Arizona Republic contributor, on outdoor activities in Tucson. If you’re on a budget, Naylor also has a list of things you can do for free in Tucson. Or check out Tucson’s online tour coupons page for city attractions.


Glamp in an Arizona State Park

If you need a socially remote getaway but don’t have the budget for a posh resort, check out rental cabins at Arizona State Parks. Several are still available in March and prices range from $ 59 to $ 99 a night, depending on the park and the type of cabin you choose. The chalets have electricity, heating and air conditioning. Some have picnic tables and fire pits, and bathrooms are close by. You will need to provide your own bedding (and, of course, food and drink).

Details: Book online at

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Try Zion National Park now to beat the summer crowds

If you’re comfortable venturing away from the city, consider a road trip to southern Utah’s national parks. Even though it gets a bit chilly this time of year and spring break is a popular time to visit, you’ll avoid the overwhelming crowds that overwhelm places like Zion National Park in the summer.

Due to COVID-19, Zion now requires a reservation to take the park shuttle, which gets you to the Zion Canyon trailhead. Do one online before you go. Wearing a mask is mandatory in the shuttle and in the queue.

If you’ve ever checked off Zion and Bryce Canyon near your National Park Bucket List, there are plenty of other adventure opportunities out there, including Kanarraville Falls or Goblin Valley State Park.

Details: Explore Zion and other national parks at

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You can connect with Melissa Yeager, Republic of Arizona consumer travel reporter, by email at [email protected] You can also follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

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