The Best Staycation Ideas for Families
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Host Your Next Adventure at Home
This is going to be a very different summer for all of us. As we navigate through all of the changes and closures, you may be wondering if a vacation or short getaway with your family can even happen. While this may not be the summer you originally planned, it can still be packed with family fun and sweet moments. With a little creativity and extra planning, you can have a staycation that will keep your family entertained, leave everyone feeling relaxed and make some of your best summer memories yet.
Camp in the Backyard
Enjoy the great outdoors and sleeping under the stars without leaving your house with a backyard campout. Put up a tent, roast delicious s’ mores, and, when the sun sets, it’s time for games, songs and a few ghost stories. With backyard camping you don’t need all the gear that you would need for traditional camping and, if your campers don’t want to sleep in the tent, you can always head inside at bedtime.
When the sun is shining and the weather warms up, it’s time for inflatable pools and water toys for hours of outdoor water play. From splash pads and water tables to water balloon battles, kids and adults can’t resist fun in the sun with water toys. Even if you don’t have a large backyard, your family can still enjoy plenty of outdoor water play. So grab your bathing suits and a towel because it’s time to play.
See the Stars
Get the Grill Out
Watch the Sun Rise
Find a scenic place near your home and catch a sunrise or sunset together. For an early morning, have everyone stay in their pajamas and pack breakfast to go. For watching the sunset, a few snacks or treats are a great addition to Mother Nature’s show.
Hack a Drive-In Movie
Upgrade movie night by taking it outdoors. Hack an outdoor movie with your phone, a shoebox and bed sheets. Here’s how to create your own outdoor movie so that you can watch the big screen in your own backyard. Don’t forget the popcorn and snacks!
Host a Slumber Party
If your kids have been begging for a slumber party, an at-home staycation is the perfect time for a living room sleepover with the entire family. Break out the sleeping bags and have a slumber party with your kids that they will absolutely love. Here’s how to set the mood by creating a pup tent and glow-in-the-dark lanterns.
Go on a Picnic
Just changing up where you eat can feel like a fun adventure. So take your family on a picnic. Even if it’s in your own backyard, a picnic is a sweet way to spend some quality time with your family. Here’s a few ways to plan the perfect family picnic.
Get Active with Activities
Get creative with your family walks and hikes by adding scavenger hunts, taking out bikes and scooters, or trying out different trails. Everyone gets fresh air and exercise all while having some family fun. A walk outside is a great boredom buster and it’s perfect early in the morning or right before bedtime.