Everyone loves vacation, and most people imagine tropical locales, metropolitan hubs, or retreats to a cabin in the woods for their getaways. But what if, for some reason, you want some time away from work to relax, but you can’t. Maybe you don’t have the budget, or maybe you only have a couple of days left in your vacation package at work. Whether it’s financial resources or just not enough vacation time to use at work, you can still have a staycation that will be fun for the whole family. Here are five ideas to get you started.
Board Game Night
That’s right. It’s time to dust off the Monopoly box that’s been stored in the garage or attic for the last five years. If you haven’t played any board games in several years, you’ll nostalgically remember all of the fun that classic games like Clue and Parcheesi provided you with in the past. And if you have children, you can pass that fun onto them, as well. If your children are younger, there are even kids versions of many classic games, so have fun with it.
Family Pool Party
It’s a staycation, so hosting a block pool party might not be the relaxing good time that you’re thinking of, but there are plenty of fun things that you and your spouse or family can do. When you’re on a staycation, you want to do a few things that are out of the norm to make the event feel special. So if you and your family are in the habit of spending time in the pool, do something out of the ordinary. Buy a few new pool toys for the kids or teach them a new water game.
If you have a hot tub, once the kids have been put to bed, make some relaxing time for you and your spouse. Put on some of the music that you both liked best when you first met, and drink that bottle of wine that you’ve been saving for a special occasion. Moreover, pool builders in San Diego can add special features, such as waterfalls and slides, to a pool. So if you plan on taking a lot of staycations, then upgrading your existing pool, or adding a new one if you don’t already have one, could be a good investment.
Yes, it’s a staycation, but that doesn’t mean that you’re confined to your house. Getting out of your normal routine is one of the things that will make your staycation memorable. If you don’t normally go bowling, it’s a great activity for the family because bumper bowling makes it easier for the kids. They’ll also love the lights and music that many bowling alleys have at night.
Museums and Libraries
A twenty-minute drive to your local downtown area is enough to make a staycation feel like you’re worlds away. The recession might be over, but you could still be on a budget. Thankfully there are many things that you can do that will be at a low cost to you. Go to your local museum to see and experience history, science, and art.
You don’t need to have an itinerary, but if you’ve had a particular exhibit in the back of your mind for a while, a staycation is a perfect time to indulge. Libraries are also great places to enjoy reading, but they offer many other activities as well. Your local library will provide activities for children and adults that work in tandem with the materials that they have in their library system, and most of the time the activities and events are free to attend.
Both children and adults love watching animals, so if you haven’t gone in a couple of years, you’ll likely enjoy your nearest zoo. Petting zoos can be a lot of fun for younger children, although even your toddler can appreciate viewing some of their favorite animals from their picture books.