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Ultimate Staycation Planner for Kids

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Summer is a great time to relax, enjoy some downtime, and have a whole lot of fun! Whether you’re going on a vacation or having a staycation at home, there are so many ways to help your family recharge and relax.

 A Staycation? Yep.

With a few hints, your kids will find ways to entertain themselves, especially if they are a little older. It’s important to remember that not every minute has to be filled with an organized craft or activity. Embrace the slower pace and help your children do the same.

Our family loves camping, nature hikes, swimming in the pool, and trips to the beach. You might enjoy these activities too!

Maybe there’s a lake nearby where you can cool off when it gets really hot. Getting outside and enjoying the fresh air is great for everyone. In Florida, it gets quite hot, so our kids enjoy playing outside in the mornings or after an early dinner.

More Staycation Tips

During the middle of the day, when it’s too hot to be outside, you can keep your kids busy with crafts, activities, and indoor adventures. This can help them avoid asking for electronics or watching movies all day long.

If your family allows screen time, you can motivate your kids (especially tweens and teens) by having them complete their chores or a list of activities first. Your list might include:

  • Chores
  • Outdoor time
  • Reading
  • Art or music
  • House or sewing projects
  • Crafts

If your kids complete the items on the list before asking for screen time or if you set a designated time for these activities, it cuts down on them asking you all day long. Even house or sewing projects can bring you closer together as a family.

So, make the most of your summer by balancing fun, relaxation, and a bit of learning. Enjoy the time together and create some wonderful memories! And get those summer memories planned with the Ultimate Staycation Planner for Kids.

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Staycation Planning

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staycation planning podcast with vintage homeschool moms felice gerwitzStaycation Planning Episode 349

If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends.

  1. Be sure to take the time off.
  2. Indulge – reading, events, food.
  3. Make a plan for the day, week-end, or week.
  4. Research

Begin by brainstorming. What are some of the things in your area that you could do with the kids and maybe even with just your husband? In our area, these things revolve around water sports. There is boating, Skiing, Jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, SCUBA diving, and more. We have a shell museum, actually two – we have a hands-on museum for kids and a small zoo nearby.

There are sporting events such as baseball. We have two indoor ice-skating rings and an island nearby. There are also many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, outdoor concerts at the local mall, and more. There are art events, theatre, and music festivals. Once you have a list of ideas, narrow it down to the top ten.

Which of these top ten ideas is feasible? Now it is time to make a plan.

Five Things To Think About In Staycation Planning

Budget

  1. What is the amount of money you will spend on these events?
  2. If you do not have a set budget, think about the max you are willing to spend each day.

Activity or Event or Both

  1. List your event – be sure to figure in the time.
  2. Is this free or is there a cost?
  3. How long will it take to get there?
  4. Will you pack breakfast/ lunch or eat out?

Planning – Schedule

  1. What is your time frame?
  2. Can you take the time off of work?
  3. Do you plan to go out to eat? If so, where?
  4. What will you do during the day – the more planned out the better your vacation will go even if the schedule deviates.

Eating:

  1. Try something new.
  2. Enjoy an appetizer/ or dessert or both
  3. Go to restaurants that are family-owned and not chains.
  4. Think of conversations you can have with your family.
  5. Take your time – there is no hurry! You are on vacation.

Rules:

  1. Relax! Make a decision you will enjoy yourself (think about how much money you are saving!)
  2. Enjoy each other.
  3. No drama – set boundaries for fighting, etc.
  4. Make time to see the little things you would normally overlook.
  5. No work. This is a vacation, so be sure to leave your work behind temporarily.
  6. No electronics during the outing.
  7. OR – your kids can enjoy unlimited electronics if you decide this is their vacation!
  8. Relaxed dress – unless you are going somewhere that requires fancy clothing.
  9. Enjoy the events – look at the little things and enjoy!
  10. Praise God each day, and what are you thankful for?

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Staycation Planning

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Staycation Planning | If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends. #podcast #staycation #homeschoolpodcastStaycation Planning Episode 349

If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends.

  1. Be sure to take the time off.
  2. Indulge – reading, events, food.
  3. Make a plan for the day, week-end or week.
  4. Research

Begin by brainstorming. What are some of the things in your area that you could do with the kids, and maybe even with just your husband? In our area these things revolve around water sports. There is boating, Skiing, Jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, SCUBA diving, and more. We have a shell museum, actually two – we have a hands-on museum for kids, and a small zoo nearby.

There are sporting events such as baseball. We have two indoor ice-skating rings and an island nearby. There are also many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, outdoor concerts at the local mall and more. There are art events, theatre and music festivals. Once you have a list of ideas, narrow it down to the top ten.

Which of these top ten ideas are feasible? Now it is time to make a plan.

Five Things To Think About In Staycation Planning

Budget

  1. What is the amount of money you will spend for these events?
  2. If you do not have a set budget think about a max you are willing to spend each day?

Activity or Event or Both

  1. List your event – be sure to figure in the time.
  2. Is this free or is there a cost?
  3. How long will it take to get there?
  4. Will you pack breakfast/ lunch or eat out?

Planning – Schedule

  1. What is your time frame?
  2. Can you take the time off of work?
  3. Do you plan to go out to eat? If so, where?
  4. What will you do during the day – the more planned out the better your vacation will go even if the schedule deviates.

Eating:

  1. Try something new.
  2. Enjoy an appetizer/ or dessert or both
  3. Go to restaurants that are family owned and not chains.
  4. Think of conversations you can have with your family.
  5. Take your time – there is no hurry! You are on vacation.

Rules:

  1. Relax! Make a decision you will enjoy yourself (think about how much money you are saving!)
  2. Enjoy each other.
  3. No drama – set boundaries for fighting, etc.
  4. Make time to see the little things you would normally overlook.
  5. No work. This is a vacation so be sure to leave your work behind temporarily.
  6. No electronics during the outing.
  7. OR – your kids can enjoy unlimited electronics if you decide this is their vacation!
  8. Relaxed dress – unless you are going somewhere that requires fancy clothing.
  9. Enjoy the events – look at the little things and enjoy!
  10. Praise God each day and what are your thankful for?

 

 

 

 

101 Staycation Ideas

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Staycation Ideas | Staycations are so much fun and this podcast focus is 101 Staycation Ideas that won’t break the bank! In this episode, I'll share some of the best ideas to enjoy around your own town and state. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #staycationideas101 Staycations Ideas – Episode 351

Staycations are so much fun and this podcast focus is 101 Staycation Ideas that won’t break the bank! In this episode, I’ll share some of the best ideas to enjoy around your own town and state.

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There are many staycation ideas that will save you money. Why a staycation instead of a vacation? Listen here to learn more of the pros and cons of staycations. Staycations are a way to save money as well as have a summer (or fall, winter, and spring) vacation! It is a wonderful way to reconnect and spend time with the people you love, namely your family and friends. Here are a few quick tips for planning your staycation (and be sure to check out the previous podcasts on this topic here and here).

Best Staycation Ideas Tips:

  1. Make a plan. The entire vacation can be spent planning if you don’t plan ahead. At least six weeks if possible before your first trip.
  2. Consider going as a group to get cheaper rates or discounts.
  3. Buy tickets to the theatre at retail outlets that offer discounts for example membership stores offer discounts to the movie theatre and local restaurants.
  4. Look for resident discounts. We have a nearby water park that offers discounts to the residents, and there are often Florida Resident discounts at the theme parks.
  5. Buy ahead – if you know you are going somewhere budget or buy the tickets ahead of time. So, when it is time visit you won’t be out of pocket that money too.
  6. Pack lunch. Food is always so expensive at theme parks or the theatre.
  7. Look for sales.

Here is my list for over 101 Staycation Ideas For Your Family!

Arts & Drama

  1. Children’s Theatre
  2. Puppet Shows
  3. Take art classes – Drawing or Painting class
  4. Paint at home – abstract art – cheap paint and water balloons – throw against a canvas or pin to a canvas and throw darts! Use a drop cloth
  5. Paint tile – go to a tile store and ask for samples or buy broken pieces – paint on these.

Classes

  1. SCUBA lessons or become certified
  2. Learn to sail
  3. Take a gardening class
  4. Swimming lessons
  5. Learn how to landscape
  6. Take a mechanic class
  7. Take a self-defense class
  8. Take a martial arts class
  9. Take a baking/ cooking class
  10. Take sports lessons
  11. Learn how to skydiving

Outdoors

  1. Stargazing
  2. Planetarium
  3. Plan a trip to the museum
  4. Nature tails – go hiking
  5. Plan a trip to the nature center
  6. Study Nature: make own binoculars (t-p rolls) or spyglass – out of paper towel roll, paint or wrap with paper.
  7. Nature hunt – use an egg carton – small nature pictures – kids find each item and bring a sample
  8. Fly remote control planes
  9. Play mini golf Play paintball
  10. Play Airsoft
  11. Go to a Farmers Market or Flea Market
  12. Do an obstacle course
  13. Study Birds – binoculars – bird charts, nature walks, bird feeders
  14. Stage several scavenger hunts
  15. GeoCaching
  16. Camping Trip
  17. Horseback camp
  18. Horseback trail riding
  19. Horseback lessons
  20. Groom horses for pay/ trade lessons
  21. Swim for fun – swim in pond, river or ocean, pool – above ground pool
  22. Rent a jet ski
  23. Go parasailing
  24. Go on a hot air balloon
  25. Go snorkeling
  26. Go boating (rent a boat) kayak or canoe
  27. Plant a garden at home
  28. Go to the Zoo
  29. Go fishing
  30. Build an outdoor fort

Events

  1. Visit a museum
  2. Attend an Airshow
  3. Attend a music production or free park event

Activities

  1. Plant a garden at home
  2. Learn how to landscape
  3. Learn to make fancy paper airplanes
  4. Photography using an inexpensive digital camera or phone camera
  5. Become a History buff – interview a War Vet
  6. Teach yourself to play the recorder, harmonica or keyboard
  7. Camp your Backyard or even family room (campfire cooking, tin foil meals, or stick meals – s’mores)
  8. Europe – Google Earth – study culture – eat foods, dress, etc.
  9. Cook exotic foods – snails, calamari, turtles, rabbit, crab, etc.
  10. Take a cooking class – cook or bake
  11. Taste test foods or drinks – apple juice, different juice boxes, orange juice – blindfold, and rate.
  12. Moviethon – watch an entire series
  13. Buy a streaming service Pureflix
  14. Plan a day trip that is 10 miles, 30 miles or 60 miles from home
  15. Pick own fruit or veggies
  16. NO schedule – try to be unstructured
  17. Don’t limit technology – it is a vacation (unless you see it causing problems)
  18. Trips to the books store
  19. Frequent library trips
  20. Attend talks at the library
  21. Trade books with a friend
  22. Start a book club with regular weekly or monthly meetings
  23. Learn a new sport
  24. Join a summer league
  25. Buy a sports package for home – Badmitton set, basketball goal, etc.
  26. Dinner picnic – watch the sunset
  27. Explore new foods – make homemade ice cream
  28. Night tag – glow sticks – etc.
  29. A yes day – instead of a no day
  30. Try a new hairstyle – short hair, etc.
  31. Try a new wardrobe style
  32. Learn a new skill – carpentry, faux painting, mechanics
  33. Learn good health – healthy eating
  34. Learn about homeopathy
  35. Learn about essential oils
  36. Eat only foods you have never eaten
  37. Learn a new skill like writing, blogging
  38. Learn a new skill like podcasting
  39. Stage your own podcast at home or production
  40. Play games / learn to play chess
  41. Create a summer themed party and invite friends
  42. Go biking
  43. Learn a new language
  44. Learn woodworking
  45. Try to listen to new music – classical
  46. Learn to dance
  47. Create an exercise regime
  48. Train for a 5K
  49. Build an indoor fort
  50. Set up an obstacle course
  51. Buy a pet – train! (or better yet rescue)
  52. Learn about pets – domestic an exotic
  53. Learn to shoot a bow and arrow

 

Best Staycations For Kids

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Best Staycations For Kids | What are the best staycations for kids? Well, glad you asked! My twelve-year-old granddaughter wrote an article here about Staycations For Kids! I can’t wait to share with you some of her ideas, her reasons for staycations | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #vacation #staycationBest Staycations Just For Kids Episode 350

What are the best staycations for kids? Well, glad you asked! My twelve-year-old granddaughter wrote an article here about Staycations For Kids! I can’t wait to share with you some of her ideas, her reasons for staycations – and some kid-friendly ideas. If you want to read her blog post it is here.

As I shared in my two other podcasts on this topic, why take a staycation and how to plan for a staycation, it is so much less stressful to plan to vacation around your own zip code. It obviously can be cheaper but you can use that money to buy some play equipment like a trampoline or perhaps a slip and slide. It doesn’t need to be extravagant.

Kids love to have a good time and if we (parents) are in a good frame of mind the vacation will go much better. I remember traveling to Virginia for a trip to DC to see the Smithsonian Museums, Williamsburg and then up to the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We had children five children, four months to nineteen with us. The trip was costly, my husband lost ten days of work (he is self-employed but lost a big contract with another builder because his crew messed up something in his absence), and I was exhausted when I got home. We did have a good time and the sights were amazing, but for use, it was a once-in-a-lifetime-with-all-the-kids visit.

The great thing is you don’t have to do this all at once – you staycations can happen all year long, so be sure to take out the calendar an plan it!

So, what are some of my favorite summer staycations for kids? My grandaughter’s list included:

  • The Zoo with some fun ideas such as play games.
  • Visits to the Museum – with a game such as a treasure hunt looking for specific things
  • Camp-In complete with camping “foods” and games.
  • The beach or park
  • Family Sports Team – weekly

Our family has hosted staycations for years. Best Staycations For Kids Include:

  1. Theme parks state resident passes
  2. Camping – we were able to camp near home on a waterway that was inexpensive
  3. Parks
  4. Night events (it’s cooler)
  5. Marathon movies at home w/ snacks and popcorn
  6. Canoe/kayak
  7. Guided boat trips – backwater to see water life, manatees, dolphins, etc.

Best Staycations For Kids – Day Trips.

What is nearby that you can visit in a day and come back home? Around my area there is:

  • Theme parks
  • Historical Museums
  • Thomas Edison’s Winter Home
  • Henry Ford’s Winter Home
  • Native People (Indians) Mounds and Digs
  • Shell Museum (2)
  • An Island – (2)
  • Baseball Stadiums (2)
  • Beaches
  • Jet skis
  • Parasailing
  • Ice Skating
  • Alligator Farm
  • Airboat Rides
  • Nature trails
  • Nature Museums
  • Ding Darling Nature Preserve
  • Planetarium
  • Campground

What is in your area? Have you really thought about it and planned out a vacation? If we wanted to do all of the things on my list we would not have enough weekend time.

Have you looked at online resources? Did you know you can find the following online?

Helpful Advice For The Best Staycations For Kids:

  • Budget your time. Be sure to have snacks on hand, plenty of water, and time out for lunch.
  • Naptimes – consider this when planning a staycation.
  • These are the best and you can go back home at night.
  • Kids love to touch things so for little ones be sure the exhibits are things they can touch
  • Let the kids take pictures.
  • Have a plan. Whether it is time for a packed lunch or time allotted for the visit.
  • Check the weather a few days ahead and make alternative plans if the weather is bad.
  • Create memory books of the places you visited or things you did.

Staycation Planning

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Staycation Planning | If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends. #podcast #staycation #homeschoolpodcastStaycation Planning Episode 349

If you are not sure how to plan a staycation, stay tuned – this episode is just for you! We will learn how to plan your staycation and enjoy the time with family and friends.

  1. Be sure to take the time off.
  2. Indulge – reading, events, food.
  3. Make a plan for the day, week-end or week.
  4. Research

Begin by brainstorming. What are some of the things in your area that you could do with the kids, and maybe even with just your husband? In our area these things revolve around water sports. There is boating, Skiing, Jet skiing, parasailing, fishing, SCUBA diving, and more. We have a shell museum, actually two – we have a hands-on museum for kids, and a small zoo nearby.

There are sporting events such as baseball. We have two indoor ice-skating rings and an island nearby. There are also many outdoor activities such as biking, hiking, outdoor concerts at the local mall and more. There are art events, theatre and music festivals. Once you have a list of ideas, narrow it down to the top ten.

Which of these top ten ideas are feasible? Now it is time to make a plan.

Five Things To Think About In Staycation Planning

Budget

  1. What is the amount of money you will spend for these events?
  2. If you do not have a set budget think about a max you are willing to spend each day?

Activity or Event or Both

  1. List your event – be sure to figure in the time.
  2. Is this free or is there a cost?
  3. How long will it take to get there?
  4. Will you pack breakfast/ lunch or eat out?

Planning – Schedule

  1. What is your time frame?
  2. Can you take the time off of work?
  3. Do you plan to go out to eat? If so, where?
  4. What will you do during the day – the more planned out the better your vacation will go even if the schedule deviates.

Eating:

  1. Try something new.
  2. Enjoy an appetizer/ or dessert or both
  3. Go to restaurants that are family owned and not chains.
  4. Think of conversations you can have with your family.
  5. Take your time – there is no hurry! You are on vacation.

Rules:

  1. Relax! Make a decision you will enjoy yourself (think about how much money you are saving!)
  2. Enjoy each other.
  3. No drama – set boundaries for fighting, etc.
  4. Make time to see the little things you would normally overlook.
  5. No work. This is a vacation so be sure to leave your work behind temporarily.
  6. No electronics during the outing.
  7. OR – your kids can enjoy unlimited electronics if you decide this is their vacation!
  8. Relaxed dress – unless you are going somewhere that requires fancy clothing.
  9. Enjoy the events – look at the little things and enjoy!
  10. Praise God each day and what are your thankful for?

 

 

 

 

FREE Summer Staycation Guide and Printables

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Summer is here and for many of us that means you are ready to start planning some type of summer vacation. A vacation is a great way to take a break from the long school year, to relax with your family without having to teach.

This month's FREE subscriber bonus is just what you need to plan an amazing memory filled staycation for your family with our FREE Summer Staycation Guide and Printables. #summerfunathome #staycation #staycationguide

Summer vacations can be costly though, and unless you have been financially planning for one for a very long time, they can be hard to do last minute. They are even harder to do when you have a large family and are a one income family on a budget. If you have been wanting to plan a vacation with your family, but are nervous of the cost, you should consider taking a staycation instead! This month’s FREE subscriber bonus is just what you need to plan a fun, memory filled staycation for your family with our FREE Summer Staycation Guide and Printables.

You don’t have to leave home or spend money on an expensive vacation for your family to have a good time together. Some of the best memories can be created in your own hometown, supporting local business, exploring the city you live in, and relaxing right in your back yard. Summertime is great for making memories with your family and this guide will help you with your planning. There are over 50 pages of planning helps, crafts, activities and projects to help you create some amazing memories with your family this summer.

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • 100’s of Staycation ideas
  • A Staycation planner
  • Printable staycation brainstorming idea list
  • Fun Activity Sheets
  • Summer Activities that kids will love
  • Backyard Events
  • Party Planning Printables and Ideas
  • Encouraging words of wisdom and advice and so much more!

We hope that this guide is helpful to planning a frugal staycation with your family and creating some wonderful memories this summer. Please let us know in the comments which ideas you liked the best, and what your favorite staycations are.

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Staycations

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Staycations | Sometimes the best vacations are staycations! These fun times are so close to you that you never see them or make the time to enjoy these places. In this episode, we will discuss why staycations can be the best vacation your family ever takes. #podcast #homeschoolpodcastStaycations – The Pro’s and Con’s Episode 348

Sometimes the best vacations are staycations! These fun times are so close to you that you never see them or make the time to enjoy these places. In this episode, we will discuss why staycations can be the best vacation your family ever takes.

Thanks to our sponsor

So, what is a staycation? It is a vacation at home.

Let’s look at why people take vacations.

  1. Spend time with family
  2. Relax and unwind.
  3. “Get away.”
  4. Experience new things.
  5. Avoid work.
  6. Visit different places.
  7. Try different foods.
  8. Learn something new.
  9. Enjoy local culture
  10. For the mystery, uncertainty, and excitement

Staycations ~ Best Vacations at Home

Often we overlook the wonderful things happening right in our own town in order to travel to another destination, live out of a suitcase and spend lots of money. Don’t get me wrong, vacations are wonderful and sometimes just getting away can bring so much enjoyment it makes it worth the time to plan and the money spent. But what if you decide to do something different this year?

If you are like me, you might live in a city that is a vacation destination. There are so many things to do, however, most would be considered off the beaten path. We don’t have a theme park in my town, but we do have gorgeous beaches, two baseball stadiums, a hockey stadium and not one but two indoor skating rinks. People fly to southwest Florida from all over the world to enjoy our white sand beaches, local seafood, and glorious and endless sunshine. Even the days it rains you can count on the fact that the showers are typically localized and short, with the sun peeking out of the clouds soon afterward.

Truthfully my area is a tourist hub anytime from October to the week or so before Easter. The traffic becomes congested with tourism and all those who come to see the two major league baseball teams that play in my area. And, the locals pay money to leave.

How do you make a staycation a vacation? In the next episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms I’ll go into details on how to plan one to make the most of your time, but just let me explain the basics here.

  1. Create categories of what you would like to do if you were on a typical vacation. These may include accommodations, site seeing, attending events, or an experience like parasailing
  2. Think about the foods you would eat or restaurants you would frequent.
  3. What activities would you do? Adventure, active or passive?
  4. Length of time.

What are the pros and cons of a staycation vs. a vacation?

Staycation Vacation
Pro’s Con’s
Save money Costs More
No packing Packing clothes for different events
Less stress Stressful – unknown hard to plan for
Less planning More planning
No time off from work Time off from work
No travel Plan travel time
Can be done on a whim Need time to make arrangements
No need for house sitter – care for pets House sitter – pets, etc.
Con’s Pro’s
Harder to relax and unwind Easier to relax and unwind
Staying home “Get away”
Same surroundings Different surroundings
Harder to experience new things Easier to experience new things
Harder to try new foods/ events Easier to try new foods and events
Harder to sightsee Easier to see new sights

 

Ultimately the choice is yours – but recently when I was looking at a vacation in nearby Georgia for my family I found the average house that would fit my size family, close to nature walks, the rapids, and other local events would cost six thousand dollars for one week. That is not including food, although since it was a house we could save money and cook. However, we decided that while it would be fun to see the mountain views the cost was more than we wanted to spend.

So, instead we plan on visiting the local beaches, trying local cuisine on nearby Sanibel/ Captiva Island, and take nature walks along our beaches. The kids will fish, again locally and perhaps take SCUBA diving lessons. This is a fraction of the cost of going away for one week.

And, there is more! I have some fun podcasts upcoming. Stay tuned for more ideas and a way to plan out your staycation so that you’ll wonder why you ever vacation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Staycations For Kids

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Summer Staycations For Kids | Living in a family with two sisters, five brothers, and a dog my family and I are summer staycation for kids experts! We are a big family and sometimes it is hard for us to either afford or actually take a vacation. | #staycations #summerstaycationsforkidsSummer Staycations For Kids

By: Samantha Anne Moss ~ Age 12  

Living in a family with two sisters, five brothers, and a dog my family and I are summer staycation for kids experts! We are a big family and sometimes it is hard for us to either afford or actually take a vacation. If you are anything like me then you are probably quite disappointed. Never fear there is a simple solution. A staycation!

There are many perks to a staycation. They are not as stressful as going to a hotel and theme park while trying to get all the little kids out of the gift shop (and sometimes the older kids too)! Staycations are so simple and fun, you can do them on a moments notice, and make them last the entire summer. Best of all (or some moms and dads think so) it can save you lots of money!

 Reasons to go on a staycation instead of a vacation:

  • Less stressful for, you, parents.
  • Staycations are closer to you and include a lot less gas.
  • A great alternative for a vacation especially if you do not have the funds or the time to take off of work.
  • It is more convenient being close to your house.

My Favorite Summer Staycations For Kids:

Zoo

  • The zoo is always a fun and educational place to go. Often times zoo’s run specials or Groupon deals to make them more affordable for large families.
  • Try some games:
    • Guess the animals – take turns wearing a blindfold and visit different enclosures. Using only your senses (smell, hearing, and touch–be careful touching!) try to guess what animal is in the enclosure.
    • Play Twenty Questions: Still using blindfolds try to guess what animal is in the enclosure you are near.

There are so many other things that you can do at the zoo, like just walking around and visiting the exhibits. However, part of the fun is thinking of your own things to play.

Museums

  • Museums may seem boring to some kids but if you have the right attitude when going then it can be a lot of fun! I recently went to the Ringling Museum (a museum near my house) and I had a really good time. It was one of the coolest places that I have ever visited.
  • Games: When going to a museum you can play a game. 
    • Time Periods: One game is to look at all the exhibits and try to find out the time period of the exhibit.
    • Treasure Hunt: hunt for a specific color, shape, or even a specific feature like a person in the exhibit with a hat. This keeps the little ones entertained (and even us older kids) especially if someone in the group comes up with random things to look for.

There are hundreds of different thing that you could do in a museum and most are so large you can’t see everything in one day. It is nice to revisit and look for new exhibits.

Camp-In

  • A  camp-in is so much fun! (I have been on a lot of camp-outs and this was just as much fun, and did I mention that it is so much less stressful than having to worry about if you packed calamine lotion for that awful poison ivy!)
  • It is a great thing to do during the weekend.
  • Kids especially love when parents camp out or “in” too!  

Here are some things that will make a “camp in” feel like a real camp-out!

  • We ate hot dogs and mac n cheese (so it felt like we were eating real camping food).
  • We had a “camp-in” in our living room instead of outside. Although camping in the back yard is fun too.
  • We told camping stories. These are short stories that one person can start and the other pick up and continue. “One night while walking in the woods, I heard a sound…”
  • We used an app that plays outside noises like crickets and frogs. If I had to go to the bathroom at night I would have believed we were really outside!
  • If you have a star (constellation projector) use that to put stars on the ceiling and identify the constellations.
  • Use an app or a book to look at constellations near you.

Beach or Park

  • The beach or park is always fun, but you can get more out of a trip and a different experience with a tour!
  • This is a very educational and fun thing to do.
  • Invite some of your friends!
  • Take pictures and learn too!
  • We had a tour guide at the beach one time. We learned all about the different plants and animals that live in and near the water, it was so amazing and cool to have someone to explain the different habitats and many things you might not have noticed before.  
  • Pack a picnic lunch.

Family Sports Team

Many people have come up to my parents and said “you have an entire basketball team, and a few subs”! So one day my parents took them seriously. Now we have a family sports team.

  • A family sports team is unique, and if you like sports then this is the one for you.
  • My parents have scheduled a night every week that we go to a park and practice basketball, soccer, baseball, or any sport that we can think of!
  • It is so much fun and it is such an amazing way to spend a warm Florida night!
  • Using our cleats and other sportswear we have already bought (mostly used). This makes us feel like we are on a real “family” sports team!
  • The hardest thing is getting all the sports stuff in the car! Helpful tip: keep a box full of fun things to take to the park. Ours contains balls, frisbees, cleats, and even our baseball gloves, and tennis rackets.

It pays off having a big family to play games with and if you want to play a specific sport, chances are that at least one person will side with you! And, having a big family means never being bored! 

I hope this gives you a different perspective on staycations. Many people think that the definition of a vacation is having to leave your home town to have fun by going to places. But I have learned you can do all of that stuff without even picking up your passport! So before you book a vacation please think of this article and say “Do we really need to go somewhere?” The thing that really makes a vacation fun is being with your family and doing things together! I hope your staycation is the best ever!    

About the author:

Samantha Anne Moss is a twelve-year-old homeschooler, who lives in southwest Florida with her family. She enjoys reading, photography and playing the piano. Samantha is the second oldest in a family of eight children.

Copyright 2019 – All Rights Reserved Samantha Anne Moss

Photo Credit: Christina N. Moss Copyright 2019.

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It’s Summer time!! In this podcast, we look at ways to take a vacation without leaving home! Take a STAYCATION. There are many great ways to enjoy your time off while not leaving home. A staycation is friendly on the family budget too! Explore your area and get to know your state better. You don’t need to go far to relax and have a fun time with family. Florida is possibly one of the best places to take a family staycation. We have so many parks, springs, historical sites and of course, the beach. Florida is blessed with many bodies of water, to get out in the summer time. Florida also has a very rich history, and many locations across the state have places to explore Florida’s past.

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