Thursday, May 5, 2011

Summer Survival Guide- Top 7 Inexpensive Staycation Ideas!

Top 7 Inexpensive “Staycation” Ideas

By: Jenna from Homemaking Pilgrim

Instead of going on an expensive vacation this summer, why not spend some quality family time “staycationing” at home? Let’s face it; going away for a holiday with children can be a lot of work and cost a lot of money. Vacationing at home can save you a lot of money and stress, and you don’t have to sacrifice fun! Sometimes the simple, inexpensive activities are the ones that will create the best memories. Many of these ideas are summertime activities I enjoyed doing with my family growing up. Here are 7 of my favorite staycation ideas.

  1. Make a Homemade Waterslide:

Take an old tarp or some plastic garbage bags and create a slide on your lawn or down a small hill. Pour a few squirts of dish soap on the “slide,” wet the slide down with a hose and away you go! This one was a big hit at the camp I worked at as a teenager and is great for a hot summer day.

  1. Camp Out at Home

Set up your tent in the backyard or in the basement. Have a campfire in your backyard if you have a fire pit, make s’mores, sing campfire songs, and enjoy a night under the stars. Alternately, if you have a trampoline, you can camp out on it instead. I used to do this all the time in summer on my parents’ farm.

  1. Go on a Picnic

Pack an old fashioned picnic basket and take a trip to a nice park, or get adventurous and discover your own picnic spot in the great outdoors! If there is a lake or river nearby, take your fishing rods along. Even if you don’t catch anything, you will have enjoyed some quality family time just hanging out in the great outdoors.

  1. Host a Yard Sale

Get organized and earn a few bucks by hosting your very own yard sale. Get the whole family involved by allowing each child to keep the money he or she makes, or pool your money together to put toward a special family activity or outing. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about resourcefulness & organization and have fun at the same time. While you’re having a yard sale, why not let your kids set up a lemonade stand while you’re at it? Let them get creative by decorating signs and advertising their stand. Older children will be able to organize an entire yard sale with minimal help.

  1. Plant a Personalized Flower Garden

Allow each child to choose his or her own seeds to plant, and then let each one design his or her own flower bed. When I was a child, I enjoyed trying to spell my name out with flowers and creating geometric patterns. Hardly ever did my flowers turn out like I had planned, but it was always fun trying it and having my own personal little garden section.

  1. Organize a Treasure Hunt

This activity is great for sunny or rainy days since it can be done outdoors or indoors. Create clues or a map and have a nice surprise at the end of the treasure hunt. Who doesn’t like surprise gifts and the anticipation of finding a treasure!? This can be adapted to suit any age, and if you have older ones, they can plan the treasure hunt for the younger ones.

  1. Create Your Own Ice Cream Buffet

Everyone knows it can be pretty expensive to take the whole family out for ice cream. Why not save a few bucks and create your own ice cream buffet? Ideas for the buffet include a few different flavors of ice cream, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, whipped topping, sprinkles, nuts, chopped fruit, chopped candy bars, and brownie/cookie chunks.

I hope this list gives you some inexpensive and fun activities you can use at home as you survive this summer while having fun and making memories!

This post was written by Guest Blogger, Jenna who blogs at Jenna is a Christian stay at home mom who loves to blog about family, homemaking, decorating, cooking, and more! Visit her at her blog and say hello.

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