If you’re short on time or money this summer, don’t forget about your staycation options. There are plenty of new, fun, and interesting adventures you can plan without spending a ton of money or traveling too far from home.
Here are some ideas for a fun staycation:
- Water Party! Whether it’s just your family, or you included extended family, neighbors, and friends, host a water party with sprinklers, water guns or balloons, and kiddie pools. Try placing the sprinkler under the trampoline or swings for added fun. Check out Pinterest for more water games. Stock up on Popsicles and other cool treats.
- Movie Marathon: Rain in the forecast? Finally watch (or rewatch) a movie series with your kids and their friends. Make some popcorn, play some movie trivia, and then enjoy all the “Back to the Future”, “Star Wars”, or “Harry Potter” movies.
- Pinterest Party: Pick a fun craft and an interesting treat to try. Invite some family friends you haven’t seen in a while, but have been meaning to plan something! The kids will love crafting and making yummy treats.
- Throw a Tea Party: Invite grandma and aunts over and break out those “fancy” plates, pickle dishes, and tea cups and have a grand time. Bake cookies and make finger sandwiches. Plan some fun questions/conversation starters to spend time just talking and reconnecting. You could make it a garden party to “dine in the vines” by setting up your tea party in the yard or flower garden.
- City Scavenger Hunt: Make a list of interesting places to explore that incorporates learning fun for the kids; Public Library, Hutchinson Center for the Arts Gallery, City Art Sculpture Stroll, Little Free Libraries (5 in town), McLeod County Museum, or City Parks system.
- Children’s Museum: Spend time at Wheel & Cog Children’s Museum or check out one in an area town.
- Explore Minnesota: You don’t have to leave the state to find lots of wonders that work well for a day trip. Visit the Explore Minnesota website for tons of ideas.
- Host a DD (Different Dinner) Party: Let the kids select new foods from the grocery store that are unfamiliar and then figure out a way to make/try them. Choose a new vegetable, new fruit, interesting bread, fish or cut of meat that, maybe a unique spice or sauce. Part of the experience is shopping, part is in researching recipes, part in preparing the food, and of course, trying them.
- Rearrange Bedrooms: With a little extra time and plenty of energy, clean and organize the kids’ bedroom, while making it fun! You can go all out and give it a fresh coat of paint, or keep it simple and rearrange furniture to give a fresh, new look.
- Grandma’s Attic: Maybe grandma and grandpa don’t have an attic, but they may have a storage closet or some treasure trunks. Spend time looking at old photographs and telling/listening to stories. Have grandma pick a snack or lunch and serve things she loved as a child.
What ideas do you have?