So maybe you just don’t have the money or time to getaway with the family this summer. What is the alternative? A staycation! There are lots of fun family activities you can do the with kids in your own neck of the woods. The obvious advantages of course are no travel stress – no planes to catch and luggage to get lost. Not much need to plan and prepare – you can just go!
You can be a tourist in your own town or one close by. Splurge by going out for a nice lunch or dinner. Explore all the areas a tourist would – there are most likely many options that are even free and you may find places that you did not even know that existed. If there is a visitor center – start there to start exploring.
Other options for fun activities include not even having to leave home. You can just relax – catch up on a good book you have been planning to read or movies, especially if the weather is not good. Make popcorn and camp out in the living room – I promise the kids will love it.
Otherwise get out and about in your own yard. Wondering how to keep the kids from getting bored? Check out these ideas from www.parents.com. They have put together some great ideas for keeping your kids amused. Keep them busy and they just might think that this is the best family vacation ever!
Some of the suggestions for Fun Family Activities from parents.com are:
Children old enough to handle a crayon can make angel faces. Lay a leaf on paper and rub outward with side of crayon, creating a silhouette and making different halo and hairdo effects. Remove the leaf and draw in a chin, a face, and an outline for the hair.
You’ll need four players and a large rubber ball. Draw a 12″ x 12″ square on your driveway. Divide into four squares, A, B, C, and D. One player stands in each square. The player in A starts by bouncing the ball in his square, then batting it with open hands into another square. That player must hit the ball into another square. When one player misses or hits the ball out of bounds, he moves to D, the players behind him advance, and you begin again.
Secure your picnic tablecloth with these colorful weights. To make, wash and dry rocks and cover each with a coat of decoupage glue, like Mod Podge. Before the glue dries, decorate the rocks using colored or patterned papers cut in a variety of shapes. To finish, paint a second coat of glue over the rock and let dry.
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