Like so many others, you want to stay close to home this summer and skip the family vacation to the beach. The idea of a staycation is growing in popularity as people try to avoid crowds. The trick is to have fun while staying at home. You don't want to spend your staycation cleaning and cooking. With a little thought and planning, you can make this staycation the most fun that you've had in a long time. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Themed Dinner Nights
Who says cooking can't be fun? Sit down with your family and plan a dinner theme for each night. You can have an Italian night with pizza, garlic bread, and gelato. A Mexican night might include chicken tacos, Mexican street corn, and churros with chocolate sauce.
With a themed dinner night, you're only limited by your imagination. You can also have your family members dress in costume for the meals. Your kids will enjoy helping you create the themes and paired menus along with creating their dinner outfits.
Photographic Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn't love a good scavenger hunt? However, you don't want your kids going door to door looking for items. You can create a list of scavenger items that are found in nature or every neighborhood. A possible list might include:
- Red truck
- Pink flower
- Sleeping cat
- Green mailbox
- Flamingo yard decoration
- and so much more.
You can split your family into groups and arm each team with a cellphone to take photos of each item. It's a good idea to set a time limit. At the end of the hunt, everyone meets back at the house to see who found the most items. You can play for bragging rights or come up with a prize.
Water Battle Royale
The best thing about summer vacation is playing in the water. Since you aren't going to the beach this year, you need another way to splash in the water and cool off. Split your family into two teams and split up all the water guns and balloons in the house.
Give both teams a half-hour prep time to fill up the water guns and balloons with water. You can use buckets and sprinklers on the other team if you have them. After 30 minutes, move to the yard for a water battle to the death or at least until all clothing is drenched.
More than likely, everyone in your family has a different favorite dessert. During your staycation, create a long list of ingredients to prepare everyone's favorite dessert. After grocery shopping, enlist your kids to help you cook and bake a dessert for everyone in the family.
You can choose to present one dessert a night. Your other option is to make up all the desserts at once. If you do this, each family member can have their favorite dessert every night of your staycation.
Does everyone in your family have a different favorite game? Pull out everyone's favorite game, including board games and video games, for an all-day game tournament. Some games the entire family can play together, while others may require several rounds to crown a winner. When only two players can play, the remaining family members can cheer for their favorite. Whoever wins the most games at the end of the tournament gets bragging rights. Make sure to set out everyone's favorite snacks to keep their energy up.
You don't have to go somewhere far away and fight the crowds to have a good time this summer. With a little planning and imagination, you can have just as much fun on a staycation