Just because a big vacation isn't in the budget this summer, doesn't mean you and your family can't have fun. Set some time aside and plan a staycation. You'll stay right at home and have tons of fun that will fit any budget. There are so many different fun staycation ideas and we have loads of activities you can do with your kids!
Fun Staycation Ideas
Have a picnic in the park - Pack up some finger foods and drinks, grab the kids and head to a park. Many parks have playgrounds for children as well as open grassy areas. Bring some balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, anything you can think of to create an action-packed day out!
Make tin can stilts - It only takes a few basic items to make these fun stilts. Make a pair of everyone in the family so you can all silly walk around the yard!
Plan a board game night - Gather up all the family favorites and play until you can't play anymore. Instead of a big dinner, try having finger food, fruits, veggies, or healthy appetizers as a fun way to make the night special. Here are a few games we really love:
- Catan Junior
- Trekking the National Parks
- Ticket to Ride
Have an at-home drive-in movie night - Surprise the kiddos with some rented movies like these way cool cardboard cars! Transform your living room into the coolest theater ever. With cars this awesome, you know they'll get plenty of use even after the movies are over!
Make scented edible ice cream play dough - Yes you read that correct! Play dough made from ice cream! It's completely safe for kids, so if the yummy smells lead to curious nibbles, you won't have to worry about it.
Create a scavenger hunt in the backyard - Make up clues for the kids to follow. Place objects around the yard for the kids to find. They'll have a blast trying to find everything on their lists. Have fun little prizes for everyone when they've finished.
Plan for a rainy day - Just because everyone's stuck inside, doesn't mean it can't be fun! There are many ideas on ways to entertain your kids in this post of rainy day kid activities.
Play with bubbles - Bubbles can be a ton of fun and there's way more to do with them than you think. Help the kids make their very own special bubble wands. Create rainbow bubble snakes. You can even do bubble painting! And be sure to skip the store-bought stuff. I have a round-up full of recipes for homemade bubbles and bubble tools!
Go Camping in Your Backyard - Backyard Camping is a really fun family experience. From roasting s'mores to decorating your 'campsite' with DIY Tin Can Luminaries, there are tons of things to keep everyone having a good time!
Paint smooth rocks - gather some smooth rocks (or find them in your local craft store) and make fun designs on the rocks. You can even make them like puzzles or create a tic-tac-toe game!
Staycation BINGO Printable
Here are some of my tips for printables
- Use cardstock for durability
- Under your printer settings, select the highest print quality
- Be sure your printer is not running low on ink
- Use a paper trimmer to cut the print down to 8×10 size