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 Midwest Spring Break Family Vacations Inlcude Sledding, Ziplining, and Waterparks.Stonewater Cove Resort ATV Fun Looking for things to do with the kids? We have a plenty of spring break vacation ideas to fit your quest. Our favorite family getaway spots include places in Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.

How about a sleigh ride? Maybe sledding, ice skating, snow tubing or dunk and slide at a waterpark. We have assembled our favorite discoveries for your review. Have we missed something? Our Family Vacation Ideas Directory has at least 101 more ideas for the perfect spring break.
Missouri: Shell Knob, Stonewater Cove Resort & Spa – A Spring Family Adventure Amid Country Elegance. Located on the James River Arm of Table Rock Lake about an hour from Branson, Stonewater Cove offers oodles of activities for families including kayaking, canoeing, hiking, trail biking, ziplining, ATV touring, clay shooting, and dock fishing plus s'mores, movies, and games. Nestled amid the lush wilderness of the Mark Twain National Forest, the 21-room lodge provides family comforts and unbeatable luxury. Spacious suites provide room to relax and bond. Bonus Points: The resort offers a full range of spa services including hot rock massages, foot soaks, and a deluxe lemongrass foot treatment. Day-trips to Silver Dollar City are available as well as private helicopter tours arranged for guests. Here’s the deal. Their active family getaway rate includes room, all meals and non-guided activities plus one ranger tour for up to five guests, one guided activity per guest per day including ATV, zip lines, boat rides and water sports. (Stonewater Cove Resort & Spa 1257 Sunset Timbers Trail, Shell Knob, MO 65747. Toll-free 1-800-792-3956, (417) 858-2563 or
Nebraska: Ashland, Eugene T. Mahoney - Rock climbing wall, Ice skating, and Live Theater. Located on the shore of the historic Platte River this 700- acre park is a great family vacation spot any season of the year because of the diversity of activities and entertainment. Secluded modern housekeeping cabins complete with linens, tableware and basic cookware are available throughout the year. Each cabin has air conditioning/heat, fireplace, TV, refrigerator, range, microwave, and outdoor deck and grill. Indoor activities include rock climbing wall, crafts programs, greenhouse nature conservatory discoveries, and plays at The Denman and Mary Mallory Kountze Theater. Spring outdoor activities depend on the weather and may include ice skating, tobogganing, fishing, a 70-foot observation tower, miniature golf, and miles of hiking and biking trails plus access to beautiful waterway. Nearby Attractions include Platte River State Park, the Strategic Air and Space Museum, and Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park. Bonus Points: During the summer months the Family Aquatic Center is one of the highlights of the park offering 0-depth swimming, wave pool, and two 200-plus-foot curling water slides. (Located midway between Omaha and Lincoln just off I-80 at exit 426, Eugene T. Mahoney SP 28500 West Park Hwy Ashland, NE  68003. (402) 944-2523 or Mahoney State Park) 

Iowa: Moravia, Honey Creek Resort State Park - Go for the Waterpark and Stay for the Fun. Honey Creek Resort State Park on the shores of Rathbun Lake offers families classic cottages with room to relax.  The new, one to four-bedroom luxury units feature full kitchens, living room area, sofa sleeper, fireplace, plasma televisions, wrap-around deck and walk-out patio with picnic table. Hotel rooms and deluxe lakeside RV campsites are also available. Guests have access to the water park, “Nature’s Toy Box” in the lobby, family movie night, Savannah Ridge Interpretive Trail, guided nature hikes, fireside storytelling time, arts & crafts activities, board games, sleds, and fishing pole check-out. Additional activities include GPS Bingo or geocaching. Honey Creek Resort has a variety of bikes for rent including mountain bikes, tandem bikes, electric bike, kiddie carts, and baby seats if needed. Bonus Points: Hotel and cottage guests receive water park wristbands to be used each day. The resort has designated three of the cottage units as pet friendly. (Honey Creek Resort State Park 12633 Resort Drive Moravia, IA 52571. Toll-free 1-877-677-3344, (641) 724-9100 or

Iowa: Port of Dubuque, Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark – The Place Where the Mississippi Meets the Tropics. Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark combines a sleepover with indoor water fun for the whole family. The park capitalizes on a Mississippi River theme with 25,000 square feet reserved for water. While it doesn't have the water coasters, wave pools of larger parks, it does offer an assortment of attractions and ways to get wet including a 200 foot tube slide and a water play treehouse called "Huck Finn II," with a tipping bucket which dumps a load of water every few minutes. The resort also includes a restaurant, an arcade, and nearly 200 guest rooms, many with fireplaces and family suite configurations. Check out the Watersquirts Kids Club for lots of family friendly activities for the kids. Bonus Points: Nearby the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium offers gallons of fun for all ages and RiverWorks (a museum within a museum) provides oodles of ways for youngsters to participate in hands-on, water-based activities.(Grand Harbor Resort and Waterpark 350 Bell Street Dubuque, 52001. Toll-free 1-866-690-4006, (563) 690-4000 or

Content researched and posted by Nancy Nelson-Duac, Curator of the Good Stuff for the Family Travel Files staff. Images provided by Stonewater Resort and Mahoney State Park. Copyright 2015.
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