So you’ve checked your finances and you can’t really afford to take your family out on a week-long vacation this summer. Instead you’re thinking about doing a ghastly “staycation” which to your children translates to: we’ll be stuck in the house all day. But that doesn’t have to be the case. Staycations can actually be a lot of fun, and extremely cost effective, if you do it the right way. To learn a few ways that you can entertain you children this season —even those that are home from college—continue reading below.
Be a Tourist of Your Own City
Sometimes we are so focused on traveling to other cities and states that we often forget what makes our own city so special. If a visitor were to flip through a tourist pamphlet or ask a concierge at a local hotel what he should see/ do, what do you think what be recommended? Has your family done/visited all of those things yet? There are actual residents in New York City who have never visited the Statue of Liberty. If there is an interesting exhibit, museum, historical site, or even a zoo that your family hasn’t had a chance to visit yet, taking them to see those things over the course of a weekend is a great way to occupy your time. The best part is a lot of these tourist attractions are really cheap or even free to attend. Pack a picnic for an inexpensive meal. If you want to feel even more like a tourist, then read our next tip—
Splurge on a Hotel Room
Ever since I was a child, staying at a hotel always made me feel like I’m in a foreign city even if I’m staying in a room just a few blocks from my house—my best friend loved to host hotel suite slumber parties for her birthday when we young younger. If you want to extend your tourist-feeling even further, try renting a hotel room for you and your family downtown or in some other neat part of your city. You can order room service, take a dip in the hotel pool, and enjoy the spa amenities. It can cost a pretty penny, but not nearly as much as it would driving or flying across state lines.
Last but not least, if you rather stick closer to home, then hosting a field day like when you were in school is also another fun way to enjoy your staycation—rediscovering red rover, potato sack races, and freeze tag at the park or your very own back yard is sure to please anyone at any age. Create obstacle courses with hula-hoops to make it more challenging and add in some water balloons for a refreshing finish.
Of course these are only a few suggestions on how you can spend you staycation. Does anyone have any others?
Samantha Gray freelances by day and tutors high school and college students in her spare time. Samantha enjoys giving readers advice about the ins and outs of getting your bachelor’s degree online. She welcomes questions and feedback at [email protected]