Many families take advantage of winter to get out of the cold and take a vacation to visit somewhere warmer. Unfortunately, for some families, taking a vacation, especially around the holidays just isn’t in the budget. Though staying home during the cold winter months may not seem like much of a vacation, there are many benefits to a staycation:
- You save money
- You get the opportunity to learn more about your area
- There’s no packing and unpacking
- The money you spend stays local, which helps support the local economy
- Strengthen bonds and connections with each other
You don’t need to spend a lot of money or travel far to enjoy fun activities and create memories as a family. Though you may be tempted to get done some of your projects or chores you’ve been putting off, instead use the time to really enjoy each other.
Here are some fun staycation ideas:
- Explore your community – See if there are any events happening right in your own town.
- Visit a local museum or aquarium – Use this as an opportunity for your family to learn about something new, or learn more about something your passionate about.
- Enjoy the outdoors – Explore the parks and trails in your area. Go for a walk as a family. Has it snowed recently? Play in the snow, have a snowman building contest or go sledding.
- Learn something new – Take a class or learn a new skill together as a family.
- If you’d rather stay warm, find a fun indoor activity. Visit an indoor play gym, go bowling or go see a movie the whole family will enjoy!
- Keeping things on a budget? Turn your living room or play room into your own personal movie theater or bowling alley!
- Get crafty. From painting, coloring and drawing to creating presents for family members and friends, the options for an arts and crafts play date are endless! For the older children, you can incorporate reading and writing in their arts and crafts projects while still making sure everyone is having fun.
- Enjoy a meal as a family – Not only can you sit down and have dinner together, consider preparing your meal together as well. Things may get messy, but get the children involved and head into the kitchen for some cooking fun! Create some special treats by baking and decorating cookies or enjoy homemade pizzas and have the children help make the dough and put on the different toppings they want.
Staycations can be a fun and unique time to bond as a family, so use these little day trips to your advantage. Take the time to plan what you’ll be doing on your staycation so you aren’t sitting around staring at each other instead of having fun!
What are some of your family’s favorite staycation activities?