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Summer Staycation – Vacation at Home
Saturday, June 22, 2013 6:22:00 AM
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.