Spring break is coming soon, and you may not be able to take your family anywhere. So how can you keep your sanity for a week, give your children an amazing vacation full of memories without breaking the bank?
Try a staycation! A staycation is a vacation that you stay at home. Staycations are great because they give you a chance to explore the city or state you live in, on your budget.
Here are the top 10 ideas for having an amazing staycation:
1. Use Groupon to find local deals
Groupon is great for discounts on restaraunts, shows, museums, you name it. Have your children been wanting to visit a certain place but you haven’t had the time? Go on Groupon and see what you can find.
2. Visit a National Park
Find a national park near you by going HERE to see what is close by. National Parks charge a very small entrance fee and are a fun and unique family outing.
3. Choose a Family Project to Complete
Never finished making those baby scrapbooks? Take the time to go through the pictures and let each child complete their books. Costco and Walgreens have very cheap printing services. Or go digital and let your child make their own photobook on Shutterfly. Use a deal site to get a great coupon.
4. Make a New Meal at home
Have each child choose a dish or side and go grocery shopping to make the new meal. Create a simple menu to make it even more fancy!
5. Connect with family
if you have family in the area, have a picnic or barbecue at the park. The more the merrier, go to the dollar tree and bring party games to make it more fun. Invite everyone to bring a dish and it'll be a mini-family reunion.
6. Movie Night
go to the movies as a family or choose a movie on Netflix. Make different popcorn recipes to try like this and this
7. Community Activities
Visit your city’s website (google city of --) to see the community events happening during your time off. Usually city events are free or very cheap, and cater to the entire family.
Visit an elderly home, pass out food, help clean up the park- look for a volunteer event in your area to give your children a new experience.
9. Spend the night in a hotel
Use a deal website to get a cheap night in a hotel. Usually the weekdays are the cheapest, and it will be a nice break from being at home.
10. Have a Theme Night
Each child can choose a theme for example “Taco Tuesdays” but also decorate the house with (dollar store) decorations to give it a more festive feel. Play theme music as well.
11. Game Night
Buy a few games that everyone can enjoy and have a family game night. Order pizza or your favorite fast food and just have fun playing games and enjoying the moment.
12. Go Fruit Picking
Find a farm near you and go pick fresh fruit in season. Fresh air, exercise, and a new experience for your children to remember.
13. Doughnut Breakfast
Pick up a dozen (or two) donuts for your family and treat your children to something different. They'll enjoy the special treat (and you don't have to cook).
Find a deal for doughnuts in your area and surprise your children from the normal and get specialty doughnuts- or take them with you and let them pick.
14. Just Dessert
Go to a restaurant just for desserts. Look for specials
15. Give your Kids a new room (sort of)-
Get your children excited about spring cleaning by letting them redesign their room. Even if it’s just a new blanket or wall art, they will love their new space.
Your children will remember more about the time you spend with them than the places you’ll go. Make the most of your time off together by creating memories.