Jul 05 2010

Staycation Ideas

You don't have to have lots of money or time or even go far to have a great vacation.  This summer, maybe try a "staycation".  Here are some fun staycation ideas, courtesy of imom.com.  Got a great staycation idea?  Let us know ...

1) Visit a nature center, or wildlife rescue or refuge center.

2) Camp out – you can do this at a campsite in your own area, or you can even have a camp out in your backyard. 

3) Sign up for a workshop or activity you can do as a family.  Look into cooking lessons, tennis lessons, or walking tours.

4) Let your kids choose their dream destination and then go there – without leaving home.  Decorate a room in the style of that country or city.  Watch a movie shot on location.  Eat the food of that locale.  Try to learn a bit of the language.

5) If you have friends who are also taking staycations, see about trading houses with them for the weekend.

6) Enlist the help of grandparents and other relatives.  Let your children spend a few days away from home, and see if you can join them on the weekend.

7) Join a country club or community pool.  Some clubs in smaller cities offer membership for as little as $50 a month.   Consider it an investment in keeping your kids active, this summer.  Call around to see if you can find "summer only" specials.

8) Take the train.  Many railway carriers offer short trips of an hour or two.  Pack a lunch and enjoy the scenery with your kids.

9) If you have a beach, lake or river nearby, check the paper or internet for bargains on rentals.   Since fewer people are traveling this summer, you might be able to get a great deal. 

10) Visit a local art museum with your kids. Once they've seen the paintings, sculpture, photography and other creative works, give them some drawing paper, some modeling clay or a camera and let them recreate their own favorites at home. Then create a gallery in your family room, featuring their finished works of art.

Comments (3) -

7/5/2010 4:00:40 AM
GARY United States
GARY
OK, THIS IS FREE!!! IF YOU ARE IN THE SOUTHERN CAL AREA, ON A SUNDAY MORNING, (GO TO CHURCH ON SATURDAY), GO DOWN TO TRAVEL TOWN, WHICH IS LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF GRIFFITH PARK, RIGHT OFF OF THE 101 @ FOREST LAWN EXIT) THEN GO TO THE "L.A. LIVE STEAMERS". JUST EAST OF TRAVEL TOWN. THESE ARE MINITURE LIVE STEAM TRAINS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND FREE ON SUNDAYS 10 AM-2 PM, (CHECK ONLINE FOR CURRENT TIMES). BE SURE AND PACK A LUNCH, (YOUR GOING TO EAT ANYWAY), AND GO TO TRAVEL TOWN AFTERWARDS FOR A PICNIC LUNCH. ENTRANCE TO TRAVEL TOWN IS FREE AS WELL. THEN LET THE KIDS EXPLORE ALL OF THE RETIRED LOCOMOTIVES.

TOTAL INVESTMENT . . . THE GAS TO GET THERE AND BACK . . . . LUNCH YOU WOULD'VE EATEN ANYWAY.

LATER YOU CAN GO TO YOUR LOCAL PARK FOR A FREE EVENING CONCERT IN THE PARK, MOST CITY PARKS OFFER

THESE. HEY WHO SAYS YOU NEED MONEY TO HAVE FUN??
7/5/2010 5:17:36 AM
Paula United States
Paula
*Contact your local library. Many have special Summer activities and programs for all ages.
*Choose a theme or destination, recreate it at home. Campout in the back yard. Beach party complete with sand, pool, games, decorations, etc.
*Join a local Geocaching (hidden treasure) group. http://www.geocaching.com/
*Contact our Community College; many offer short summer courses; pottery, bird watching, cake decorating, etc.
3/1/2011 7:45:27 PM
Bleach costumes United States
Bleach costumes
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