Plan and enjoy a great family vacation without ever leaving home! How much time do you have: a day, a week maybe, or just a couple of hours? You can plan a stay-cation that is every bit as fantastic as leaving the homestead. Stay-cations are a terrific way to quickly recharge, and plan some alone time mixed with family time.
- Turn off and stow all electronic devices (unless needed for a family activity). Reduce distractions and focus on family time.
- No chores! Relax and soak up summer.
- Plan ahead to get the most out of your time off.
- To avoid burnout include a variety of family centered activities, as well as individual activities.
- Enjoy yourself!
- Games are a great way to spend family time. Visit your local toy store and get a few new board games – try to avoid computer or console games. A game swap is a great idea for those tired of their usual family games without spending money. Find another family and trade board games to add variety to family game time. Another great activity is to have each child make-up their own game that the family then plays together.
- Food: plan ahead and keep the fridge stocked with go-to snacks, quick lunches and easy go-to dinners. Hungry kids aren’t happy kids, so keep those tummies satisfied and the fun going. A fun option one night might be to order in, not having to cook or cleanup is a real treat!
- Plan to do the things you like to do, but don’t usually have the time for. For some enjoyable alone time, the choices are endless and include things such as painting (art not the house), sewing, woodworking, or scrapbooking.
- Put on a play and invite family and friends over for some live entertainment. As a family, write a short script, create costumes, and rehearse a small skit to present. This can be as involved as you want to make it. Make sure to snap some great pictures too! It can even be an activity the kids do on their own and present to the parents.
- Play tourist in your hometown; seek out what makes your town unique. Plan out a day discovering the hottest places to eat, visiting historical monuments, or just people watching. Seek out local events, parades or farmers markets that might be going on during your vacation.
- Cook-up some hotdogs and smores, and set up a tent in your own backyard. Read ghost stories, and stargaze from the comfort of home. This is a great activity for little ones to get used to the idea of sleeping outdoors, and familiarize with what camping is all about.
- Turn on the sprinklers and have a water day playing in your own backyard. Slip-n-slides, water balloons, and squirt guns are always a hit too!
- Catching up on your reading is another great way to enjoy some vacation quiet time. Visit the bookstore or local library for some fresh reading material. A family trip to the local library is a great all-inclusive activity. Library books can engage readers at every age-level, and can result in many hours of future entertainment.
- A family bike ride is a great way to get out and really experience the sites around you. If you family doesn’t have a set of bikes, seek out a local bike store for rentals or borrow from family, friends, or neighbors.
- After a long day of activities, unwind together. Microwave some popcorn, dim the lights and pop in a movie that the whole family can snuggle up and watch together.
A stay-cation is a great way to spend time as a family by creating lasting memories together. Don’t forget to snap pictures of all the fun for the family album!