How to plan a holiday staycation
The weather outside is frightful. Or not. It’s winter though and the kids are about to be on break for a week or so. Budget isn’t allowing for travels this year or maybe the plan is to just stay home for the vacation. Traveling with kids is expensive and exhausting anyway.
Staying home can sometimes be a little on the boring side, particularly for the kids. It doesn’t have to be a week full of “I’m bored,” or “I have nothing to do,” though. With a little creativity and planning, you can turn your winter break doldrums into a festive “Staycation”.
Some Staycation ideas that are fun for the entire family and aren’t heavy on the wallet are:
• Explore your State or National Parks. Some of the parks charge a nominal per car entrance fee.
• Visit your local museums. Many of them have free admission days.
• Go ice-skating.
• Do some craft projects. Make them specific to the theme of the day. For example, Hawaii day: make leis out of tissue paper or even kleenex. Use paint to decorate and then string them together to create the lei. Michaels and Hobby Lobby have a full selection for all your crafting needs.
• Start a family DIY project. Have an old dresser that needs a facelift? Get everyone involved in its revamping.
• Try out new baking recipes. Kids love baking. The especially love eating the goods when they are done.
• Hit the slopes at a local ski resort. Many of them offer classes for beginners.
• Go sledding or on a winter hike. Look for wildlife tracks and guess which type of animals they belong to.
• Schedule a movie marathon day. Stay in pajamas all day!
• Plant an indoor herb garden.
• Spend a night at a hotel that has a pool or an indoor water park.
Really, the ideas for a fun and memorable staycation are endless. We’d love to hear what sort of activities you have done for your family staycation. Leave us a comment.
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