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Sometimes we’re just not able to get away. It can be due to finances or even work schedules, just because you aren’t able to travel, it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the kids. A staycation can be a great way to save money. However, it doesn’t have to be boring. Whether you’re camping in the backyard or enjoying a movie marathon, there are so many great summer staycation ideas to choose from.
Camping in the Backyard
The key to camping in the backyard is to avoid going back inside except to use the bathroom. You want to truly get the experience of camping. The main benefit to camping at home is that you don’t have to travel or pay for a spot in a campground. One more thing, be sure to turn off the smartphones so that you can enjoy time with your family. Be sure to have marshmallows ready for your campfire, a major must for us when we go camping.
Do you actually know what your city has to offer? A staycation is a wonderful time to explore your hometown. Visit small shops, go to the museum, see a play at the theater, visit the water park at your local park etc. There are so many great things waiting for you in your hometown. And, even if there’s not, there’s usually a city nearby that will have fun things to do.
One of the most relaxing ways to spend a day of your staycation is to have a movie marathon. Choose a theme that everyone likes and allow each person to choose a movie. Serve all your favorite snacks that you get at the theater. You can get popcorn buckets at your local dollar store and boxes of candy like you find in the theater at Walmart or Target. Best of all, you’ll spend a fraction of what you’d spend at the movies.
Food Tour of Local Restaurants
Another fun idea is to visit a different restaurant for each course. For example, get an appetizer from one restaurant, an entree from another, and a dessert from another. This is a great way to explore restaurants you’ve never tried in your own city or one nearby.
Board Game or Video Game Showdown
Last, but not least, break out the board games or video games and have a showdown to see which family member has the best skills. It might be an old-fashioned game of Monopoly or the latest video game. The key is to just have fun. Make sure to have lots of great snacks as well.
A staycation doesn’t have to be boring. Whether you’re doing a food tour of your hometown or having a game showdown, there are activities that will keep the family busy and entertained. Best of all, these options are all very affordable.