Summer is a great time to make new family memories. As summer comes to a close, it’s a great time to get out there and make some last minute memories! Here are some great ideas for help you create a fun, memorable staycation for your family.


The Rules

First things first, set the ground rules of your fabulous staycation on a dime.
No technology
No working from home
No worrying
No fighting

Plan to Have Fun!

Just like a real vacation, the more planning done, the more fun and relaxing the staycation will be. You should begin by setting a reasonable budget for your week of fun at home. Set some money aside for restaurants, activities, and perhaps paying for someone to come clean your house while you are getting a massage or pedicure.

Get Imaginative

Try doing some activities like geo-caching, going to a local museum, paintballing, visit a nearby National, catching a movie, just to give you a start. One of our editor’s mentioned that her and her children used to have a sandcastle building contest in the sandbox when they couldn’t get out to the lake.

Get Outdoors

Get wet! Go to the local splash park, do outdoor art, go canoeing, check out a local tourist spot and see what kind of history your city has to offer, go camping in your backyard. Just get outside and enjoy the last warm days of summer!

Rent a Motel/Hotel Room

Is there a local hotel/motel you have always wanted to try? Go try it! If you get one with a pool, it will be double fun for the kids and you get to relax in the hot tub as well.

Set up a Family Scavenger Hunt

You can either do it in your own backyard or you could try to do it around your town. You might find a new street you have never been on before. Who knows where the fun will lead! Just make sure to take lots of pictures.

Have a Family Feast Cook Off

Do you ever wonder how your husband can get that special burger sauce just right? Or do you ever wonder how your wife knows just when to take that souffle out of the oven without it burning or falling? Why not have a cook off? You could do teams and maybe have an ingredient that you need to work with and just cook your heart out and see which team has the better food.


Written by Cleo Neufeld

Cleo Neufeld

Before meeting the love of her life, Cleo was a single mother to a beautiful little girl for many years. She shares her expertise in single parenting, building a relationship, living on a budget and more.