For many families, summer and school breaks have gone from being time for a vacation to time for a staycation with kids. Even if you are hitting the road a bit, with summer camps and school programs canceled, parents are finding weeks that they need to fill.
While families would normally find themselves on weekend jaunts in the fall or over school breaks, staycations with kids are more likely this year and for the foreseeable future. So how can you give your kids an EPIC staycation?
Not to worry, I've got you covered! Here are 11 awesome staycation ideas for families.
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Staycation Ideas For Families
Though you may not be able to travel to the beach or abroad, there are many ways to make a staycation feel like a vacation. You can even travel the world from home!
Here are some of our family's favorite staycation ideas.
1. Multicultural Activities
You may not be able to travel the world, but you can bring the world to your kids. For rainy days, outdoor breaks, or just an alternative from too much screen time, you can teach your kids about other cultures with multicultural educational activities. Check out these amazing multicultural activities to inspire your kids' wanderlust and invite them to travel from home.
2. Travel Subscription Boxes
Another way to travel from home and to make a staycation with kids fun is to surprise them with a travel subscription box. Whether you buy a one time box or keep an ongoing subscription, these boxes definitely inspire kids' wanderlust.
You can get them to remind them of a favorite place, like Disney, or you can get a world travel box-like Little Passports. The best part is they keep them busy, teach them about other cultures, and are great staycation ideas for families.
3. Embark On A Culinary Adventure
One of the best parts of traveling to other countries is to discover the delicious cuisines and treats of other cultures. In fact, food plays a significant role in most cultures.
During your staycation with kids, why not take a culinary adventure around the world and learn about a new country while you are at it. In my post 101 Kid-Friendly Recipes From Around The World, you will find many recipes and ideas to inspire your kids' wanderlust during your family staycation.
4. Explore Your City Like A Tourist
Often times we are so busy living in our towns or cities, we forget to learn about where we live. During a staycation with kids, you can become a local tourist for your town or city! Most towns and regions have a fascinating history that could be very interesting to kids!
Last summer, during “mom camp” a.k.a. our family staycation, I took my kids into the city of Boston where we learned all about the history of the American Revolution on The Freedom Trail walking tour. It was a great way to discover more about our area and is one of my favorite staycation ideas for families.
If historic activities aren't open, take a day trip to a nearby beach, lake, or go on a family bike ride!
5. Visit A Local Amusement Park
If you are having a staycation with kids, and live semi-near an amusement park, it is a great way to entertain your kids. This was another family staycation idea we took advantage of last summer, and our kids had a blast. It is a wonderful way for them to feel the joys of summer a great staycation idea for families!
6. Play Outside Games
“Go play outside” is the catch-phrase for most parents during the summer, but how can you make it different during a staycation? By introducing some unique outdoor games kids' play around the world, you can introduce your kids to another culture AND keep them entertained.
With these new games, they will be connected to kids around the world and the novelty will keep them busy for longer. This is one of my favorite staycation ideas for families.
7. Water Fun
During the hot days of summer, if pools are not accessible, there has to be a way to cool down. From water balloons, to slip and slides, sprinklers, and the good old fashioned hose, it is a great way to cool the kids down during your staycation with kids.
But, did you know that you can also rent water-slide bouncy houses from local companies? Of course, you will want to check on the company's safety and sanitation practices. And you can buy your own.
But, we recently did this for our twins' birthday and it was a HUGE hit. For the cost of a birthday party at the local kids' entertainment center, it kept my kids busy for hours.
8. Camp At Home
During your staycation with kids, why not spend a night camping in your backyard? It is a great way for the kids to get the camping experience but within the comfort of home. It is also a great way to introduce them to the idea of camping and practice, so you will be ready for when the real thing comes. It is a great family staycation idea.
9. Travel Movie Time
From outdoors to indoors, you could spend a night or even a week focused on a new family movie during your staycation with kids. You could even project one outside, under the stars, during your camping at-home adventure. Each child could pick a travel-themed family movie like Moana, Coco, or Ratatouille to name a few. Pair it with your culinary adventure above, in addition to your popcorn, and you have a very unique staycation idea!
If you have a local drive-in movie theater, add that to your list of staycation ideas for families. Kids would LOVE the unique experience of seeing a movie in this way.
10. Play Travel Games
Another way to inspire your kids' wanderlust is to play travel-themed games during your staycation. From Disney to Hogwarts, and all around the world, there are so many travel-themed games to entertain your kids during your staycation. Plus games are a great way to spend family time together. My complete list of travel games will help you find some of the best ideas for your family staycation.
11. Read Travel Books
During most vacations, our family uses it as an opportunity to find quiet and unwind. We are often found reading on a vacation, and during your staycation with kids, you could do the same! But rather than reading any old book, why not read travel books that inspire your kids' wanderlust. My list of the best travel books for kids gives you options from tots to teens. It is another great staycation idea for families.
Looking for more ideas?
Why not try an at-home scavenger hunt! Whether you use your house, yard or neighborhood, it's a great way to infuse fun and turn the staycation into a real adventure!
Another favorite idea is to take a family bike ride! Kids love to ride bikes, and getting them outside and getting some exercise is a great staycation activity.
Final Thoughts On Staycations With Kids
Staycations can be a wonderful way for families to connect and spend time together at home. But they don't have to be boring. There are so many ways you can travel from home with kids, and continue to inspire their wanderlust. Staycations with kids can be full of fun, family memories, just like vacations.