Family Staycation Tips!

Lots of families are seeking inexpensive ways to enjoy quality time without spending a lot of money.
If you check around your area, you’ll find there are plenty of fun things to do that don’t require an expensive hotel stay or a long drive. Whether your families interests are outdoors or indoors, by seeking out some local resources you are sure to find something that fits your likes and budget. Here are some great staycation ideas!

Staycation Tips

For the families who are searching for outdoor fun, start at your county, city, and state websites. These websites typically have a slew of information about local events, parks, and trails. Perhaps have a picnic at a local state park then enjoy a walk or hike through trails allowing your children to investigate the local wildlife.

If your family enjoys biking, or kayaking, or boating, find a local state park that has trails or a local lake that will allow your boat. Most of the state parks have nominal or no fees to enjoy them and have great wildlife to enjoy. For those of you that enjoy camping and have tents or an R.V., consider camping at a local campground for a couple days. They are most likely inexpensive, and some may offer a discount for local people that are staying. Camping fees are out of budget, why not set up camp right in your own backyard? Younger kids typically find this a lot of fun, and it can be relaxing for mom and dad too. Stay up late and grill out, enjoy outdoor games such as flashlight tag or naming constellations.

Perhaps you live in a city that has many tourist attractions, as we do living in Florida, if this is the case, staycations are convenient because you can scope out local attractions that fit in the budget and visit a different one each day, or visit two or three.

Let each family member to pick one place so that everyone gets to enjoy something they are interested in. If you have many to choose from and are having trouble agreeing, write them down on individual pieces of paper and place in a hat. Allow for someone to pull out of the hat, and that will be the destination. Always call ahead as some of these places might give discounts to local residents.

Your staycation could also be focused on volunteering for others in the community. This is free and a valuable experience, especially if you have teenagers that can actually participate in the activities. Check your local phonebook or do a search on the internet to find local organizations that your family is interested in helping, then call and ask if they need volunteers for the days you are available. Your family could help a different charitable organization every day, and then have a special day to discuss with your children the importance of the week, and what they enjoyed the most. Some places that are great to try are not-for-profit animal shelters, food pantries, habitat for humanity, boys and girls clubs, litter clean-up in local parks, or operation shoebox.

Some indoor activities that can also be free or inexpensive are visiting your local library. Spend an afternoon getting reacquainted with your library and the various free activities that they have to offer for patrons of all ages. Take a tour of a local university; this is especially fun for older children who are going to be off to college in a couple of years. Speak to professors, tour the library, eat lunch in the cafeteria, and talk to college students. Visit local museums, go to the local roller-skating rink, or spend a day at the bowling alley.

However, if you are set on having to stay at home, that can be lots of fun too. Perhaps dig out some old craft books and let your younger children’s imaginations run. Have a movie and pizza day. Let each member of your family choose their favorite movie and watch all of them in a row. Order in everyone’s favorite pizzas and just crash in the living room. Spend the next day cleaning up as a family and discussing all the movies that you watched, why your children liked or disliked certain ones, and what did they learn or enjoy the most about the movie day.

I hope this list of ideas allows your family to spend spring break having fun and getting to know each other a little bit better. Have a happy staycation! You may find it was the best vacation ever.

15 Responses to “Family Staycation Tips!”

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  1. sheila ressel says:

    We haven’t had a vacation in years. It’s always staycations for us. These tips will come in handy.

  2. Maureen says:

    Due to some health issues and a few other issues it seems staycations are what we do best. A good way to be tourist in your own hometown.

  3. RT says:

    Staycations are our norm, as it is hard to coordinate work vacays off. We love to explore the outdoors and things in our own backyard – it has worked well for us so far.

  4. Natalie says:

    We are trying to save money, so staycations are a great idea for my family!

  5. Crystal Walker says:

    These are very helpful tips and can be used all the time considing my family camps and such during the Summer months

  6. Christina G. says:

    These are great tips. I like staycations better than traditional ones. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Ashley Chassereau Parks says:

    Thanks for the tips! We’ve only been on one real vacation in the past 7 years, so we make the most of our staycations every year! Everyday can be a fun adventure! 🙂

  8. Jerry Marquardt says:

    I thank your for the tips and pointers on the Staycation. This really helped, and just ion time for our summer vacation.

  9. Barrie says:

    We don’t do staycations as often as we used to as the kid gets older with less time for us…lol…but it is a great, less expensive way to reconnect and have family fun!

  10. Sandy Klocinski says:

    To make sure the whole family is on the same page, it is good to start with some ground rules that everyone can agree on. Start with deciding exactly when your vacation at home starts and ends, and then set a few guidelines for what your family may and may not do during this time.

  11. Holly Thomas says:

    We live in Florida so that is all we do.

  12. Alicia Hewitt says:

    Thank you for the great tips! I am definitely going to try some!!

  13. Alicia Hewitt says:

    Thank you for the great tips! I am definitely going to try some!!

  14. Terry Poage says:

    Thanks for the good tips. It’s so expensive these days to go anywhere.

  15. Cheryl Everitt says:

    Thanks for the tips. I will sure use them when the grands come over.

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