With summer here, it’s time to start thinking about what you can do to fill up all the free time with your kids at home. If the logistics of a vacation with kids far away sounds frightening, don’t worry! There’s another way!
Taking your kids on a ‘staycation’ can be just as much of an adventure, without the costs of travel and the worry about what to do when you get there. All you need is a little bit of imagination, and a few days (or weeks) to have fun at home!
What’s a Staycation, Anyway?
A staycation is simple! It’s a vacation spent at home, doing all of the wonderful things your hometown has to offer. Whether it’s relaxing by the pool, going to the zoo, or just hanging out in the back yard, here are a few suggestions that might help you with this fun idea.
Play date at the park. Whether it’s just you and your children, or a group of their friends you choose to bring along, the park can offer endless opportunities for fun. Lead them through on an adventure through the greenery, or just let them run wild for a bit while you sit back and watch. Bring along some snacks and you can make a whole day of it.
Adventure at the museum. Museums are both a wonderful learning opportunity for your children, but also a great way to pretend you’re an adventurer traveling through time. As you go through each new room or exhibit, have your children try to find something new and exciting that can help them on their travels. You can have them write it down like a scavenger hunt, or draw a fun picture you can use to commemorate the day.
Trip to the zoo. The zoo is one of the most exciting and interesting places you can take your children. Take them to the feeding area and let interact with the animals, or just take them around to see their favorite critters. This day is sure to provide endless memories.
At-home competitions. If you want some time spent at home, try holding a family-wide sports competition. You can include anything from an obstacle course, a ball-tossing event, a sack or three-legged race, and an eating contest. Make sure to include anthems for the winners, and create little medals made of aluminum foil and paper clip chains. The kids can go back to school with plenty of new medals for show and tell.
Bring the neighborhood. If you’re close with your neighbors, why not invite the block over for a barbecue? Or better yet, if you live in the right place, ask your neighbors if they’d be okay with a block party during which the children can play together and the adults can catch up on anything new. This can be a great bonding experience for the block, and an exciting thing to look forward to if you decide to stay home for the summer vacation.
If you decide to stay home this summer, there are a lot of things you can do to keep the days interesting. From watching animals to adventures in the museum, these ideas should fend off boredom and give you plenty of family time to spend with your children.