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Fun, simple, and great staycation ideas to spend with your family. No need to spend a lot of money traveling when you can have fun at home.
Feel on Vacation with these Staycation Ideas for Families
Summer is here and while that often means traveling out of state for a fun family vacation it is not always possible to find enough money for one in the budget.
That’s okay though because there are lots of fun things that you can do without booking an out-of-town vacation. You can feel just like you are on an amazing vacation with these staycation ideas!
You can also find read more about The Best No Spend Weekend Activities for Kids and Families.
Backyard Camp Out
Who says you have to leave the house to go camping?
You can have an awesome staycation camping out right in your backyard. You can have a small campfire in your grill or fire pit where you can grill hotdogs or make s’mores. Set up your tent and you are ready for a night of family fun under the stars.
If it happens to be too hot, or even too rainy to camp out in the backyard you can still have a campout at home. Just set your tent up in the living room or family room instead!
Are there farms with fruit being grown near your location? If so, you can spend an enjoyable day on your staycation picking fruit! There are lots of berry farms with strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and apples where you can go and pay a set amount to pick a bucket or bushel of fruit.
Once you have picked your fruit you can share it with friends and family, freeze it, bake with it, or make your favorite jams, jellies, or preserves.
A Spa Day
One of the highlights of any vacation is often having a day of pampering, but you don’t have to head over to the spa for that. Instead, you can have an amazing spa day right at home!
You can make your own facials, fruit-infused water, and even give each other manicures and pedicures.
Finally, put some relaxing music on. Home spa days are refreshing, relaxing, and a great way to spend an evening by yourself or with a few friends.
Visit a Local Landmark
Oftentimes we get so busy in our everyday lives that we forget about amazing things to see in our own hometowns. If there is a local landmark in your city, make plans to take a day and go check it out. This might be an old fort, Indian mounds, a museum you have never been to, or a state park.
If you aren’t sure what you may have been missing, simply do an internet search on your hometown and pick something to visit you haven’t seen before.
Go to a Pool or Waterpark
If you don’t have a pool at home, consider heading to a local pool or water park for the day. For many families, a day spent at the pool, beach, or waterpark is one of the highlights of their vacation.
Even if you aren’t traveling this year it doesn’t mean that you have to skip a day of fun in the water. If you don’t have a local community pool or water park consider getting a room at a local hotel for a day.
What’s a vacation without some amazing food? Just because you are staying home doesn’t mean that you can’t have some delicious treats.
You could decide as a family to have a themed dinner night such as Mexican or Thai, or you could have a spread of everyone’s favorite finger foods set out to enjoy while watching a movie together or playing games. You could also let each member of the family pick out a new recipe to try.
Whatever you decide your bellies will be full of some delicious vacation-worthy food!
If your kids enjoy arts and crafts and being creative, then they might enjoy spending a day of your staycation making art. You don’t have to spend a fortune on art supplies either, there are plenty to be found at your local dollar store or search up Amazon for art kits.
Grab some paint, brushes, canvas, pipe cleaners, sequins, glitter, and whatever else strikes your fancy, and let your kids go to town.
Themed Movie Night
Whether indoor or out, a movie night can be fun! Especially, if you allow the kids to stay up later than normal.
If heading outside for movie night it would be a great idea to invest in a projector screen and projector to take family movie nights up a notch.
Local Food Tour
Our family loves to eat and I bet yours does too. You don’t need to hop around for dinner options. You can choose something fun, like “let’s see who makes the best dumplings or best slice of pizza.” and set off to your favorite places. Or you can hop from cuisine to cuisine; tackle the mission in a single day or stretch your tour out over several days.
No matter how you plan your food tour, your family is bound to discover some hidden gems—just be sure to have some research under your belt. It would also be fun, to have a family rating system.
These are just a few ideas that you can use to make your staycation feel like an amazing vacation. You can spend a day doing whatever your family truly enjoys whether it’s going for a hike, to a local baseball game, or see a show at a local theater.