Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Don't sit at home when you could go out

The weather is warmer, flowers are blooming and daylight saving time is this Sunday. What does that mean? It's time for Spring Break.

Next week, students across the state will have an entire week to escape from studying, tests, papers and all things school. Families will head out on road trips or settle down for a relaxing week at home as teenagers enjoy the freedom to do everything or nothing.

For those who plan to travel, we hope you have a safe, fun trip. Always remember to drive safely and buckle up. But for those who plan to stay home, a week is a long time to spend sitting around the house. We encourage our readers to take this opportunity to explore the fun and interesting activities available in the Crossroads.

In Thursday's Get Out entertainment section, we saw a myriad of options available either in the Crossroads or a short drive outside. Adventurous vacationers or those just more willing or able to make the drive can explore the natural wonders of Rockport's Goose Island State Park, the fun in the sun at Kemah Boardwalk or a number of area wineries or breweries to enjoy if over 21.

In addition to these suggestions, Crossroads communities are also full of attractions with a more local flavor and truly Texan atmosphere. If you are interested in history, the Crossroads is inundated with historical sites and displays of our heritage, from the Matagorda Lighthouse in Calhoun County to the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad. Or, if you are interested in a more information-oriented historical trip, the Museum of the Coastal Bend at Victoria College offers exhibits oriented specifically toward this area's heritage.

We hope parents will take advantage of this vacation time to encourage their children to spend more time outdoors enjoying the sunshine and physical activities, rather than sitting in front of a TV or computer screen all week. Every community has options for families or children to spend time enjoying the great outdoors, and we hope parents will make use of those options. In Victoria, there are several parks, from Riverside Park to small neighborhood playgrounds, available for families to play, picnic and have a good time. If you want a more immersed experience, visit one of several camping sites in the area.

In addition, several businesses and organizations are holding spring break camps for area kids. At the Texas Zoo, students from first to sixth grade can attend camps every day. Students from first to third grade attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and fourth- to sixth-graders can attend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be camps at the Victoria Boys & Girls Club, several churches and more.

There are a myriad of options to help vacationers and students spend the week of spring break. We hope everyone enjoys themselves and has a safe spring break.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.