No finances for a vacation this year? Well, how about a staycation. What if I told you that you don’t have to leave your home town in order to have a relaxing and fun-filled vacation this summer. There are plenty of things to do in your city or neighborhood.
How about doing something a little bit different this year by planning a staycation. With a little bit of creativity, you and the family can become tourists in your own town.
A staycation will allow you to save money, sleep in your own bed, and spend quality time with your family or friends all while having fun.
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
Find A Local Beach
You don’t have to be in the Caribbean to enjoy the beach. Visit a local beach in your area and become “beach bums” for a day.
Visit a National Park
National parks offer a variety of family friendly activities to choose from. Most park fees are nominal, but you can also check out this page to find free entrance days.
Check your local newspaper or theater website to see what plays, musicals, concerts, or family-friendly comedy shows will be playing during your planned staycation, then book your tickets accordingly.
Visit a Nearby Amusement Park
Enjoy a fun-filled day of rides at a nearby amusement park. Check out this list to find an amusement park in your own state or town.
Take a Virtual Museum Tour
Several museums throughout the country and the world offer “virtual” tours. There are several that you can choose from, including the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, the Boston Children’s Museum, or even visit the Louvre in Paris.
Check out the Local Library
Most libraries have family-friendly events and activities happening every weekend. I got my son his very first library card this summer. Check your local library’s website for details.
Visit a Local Children’s Museum
A Children’s Museum is definitely in order if you have younger kids. Most have a variety of fun and interactive activities that will keep you busy the whole day. Check out the Association of Children’s Museums website to find one in your area.
Visit the Zoo or Aquarium
Are you an animal lover? Why not pack up a lunch and spend the day at the zoo with the fam. Check out the Association of Zoos & Aquariums to find a zoo or aquarium in your area, then be sure to also check what special programs your zoo have available.
Enjoy a game of bowling with your kids. If your kiddos are small, try bumper bowling. Many bowling alleys around the country even participate in a free bowling program that allows kids to bowl free and parents to join them for just a few dollars more.
Camp in Your Own Backyard
Why not enjoy the great outdoors in your own backyard? Set up a tent and sleeping bags, light the fire pit (or use your grill) to cook hot dogs and s’mores, and take turns telling funny or scary stories.
If there is a river or lake near you, chances are pretty good there is also a paddleboard or canoe rental facility nearby as well. Both are a fun way for you to enjoy the water.
Create Your Own Art
Spend an afternoon getting creative at a nearby paint-your-own pottery facility. Not only is it fun, you’ll have your own gorgeous dishes to take home when you’re done.
Play In the Water
This is one of my family favorites. Spend the day at a local pool or waterpark. You can also turn on the sprinklers in the backyard and have a family water day at home.
Make it a Spa Day
Enjoy a day of pampering by going to your local spa for a massage or a mani/pedi.
Fly a kite, take a leisurely walk, go for a bike ride, or how about a nice hike. Head to your local park (most state and national parks have a few walking, hiking, or biking trails to choose from). Be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks for everyone.
Break Out the Board Games
A staycation is a perfect time to play all of those epic boardgames you remember from your childhood! Make your favorite family snacks and spend the afternoon playing your favorite games.
The goal of a staycation is to relax and decompress all while having fun. For a lot of people (moms especially) the hardest part of trying to “relax” at home is letting go of the everyday obligations. Give up the chores for a week, and instead kick back, relax, and enjoy some quality time with your family. Doing so will allow you to create memories that you and your loved ones will cherish for a lifetime.
Have you planned a staycation before? What are some of the things you love to do with your family? Leave me a comment.
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