4 Family Staycation Ideas You Need to Try

Are you tired, overworked, exhausted, and in need of a vacation? Everyone loves them. They’re refreshing and energizing, but unfortunately, they can be expensive. That’s why you need a staycation! Cut out all the major expenses of a vacation while still reaping all the benefits!

Here are 4 staycation ideas that’ll rejuvenate you and your whole family, while creating fun memories that’ll last a lifetime: 

  1. Learn a New Hobby
    • Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill or hobby but have never gotten around to it? Why not do it now with your kids?! Discovering a new hobby is a great way to invest in yourself and your child. You can explore new things together while creating fun memories. Developing these new skills can give you and your child something to look forward to doing together. It can energize your weekly schedule from the boring grind. Learning a new hobby or skill together can spark fun conversations that strengthen your bond. 



  2. Family Cooking Night
    • As parents, we desire to see our kids succeed in life and have fun while doing it. Teaching valuable life skills doesn’t have to be boring! Host a family cooking night where your kids can be the chef. Guide them in all the basics of cooking from washing vegetables to dinner clean-up. A family cooking night not only teaches your child important life skills, but it can also help them discover a new skill that they’d like to explore more. 
    • Additional Note: This idea may require some prep time from you. Pick a meal(s) beforehand that your family will love and have age-appropriate skills. If your recipe or evening doesn’t turn out as planned, it’ll be ok. Some of the best memories arise from the unexpected. A kitchen mishap might become your next family inside joke. 



  3. Water Tag Day
    • Grab your super soaker and prepare for battle! Beat the heat in a fun game of water tag. Invite friends and family over to witness this great battle. As a contestant, you’ll love getting to show the kiddos who’s boss with your expert tag skills. If you’re a spectator, enjoy the laughs, cheer your heart out, or enjoy the personal space. It’s up to you! Either way, your family will love beating the heat with WaterTag. 
    • Additional Idea: Set up objects for kids to hide and take cover behind. Create special matches such as boys vs girls, capture the flag, parents vs. kids, and others. OR click here to see if your local GameTruck franchise will come out and run a WaterTag event for you! (yes, many of our franchises do WaterTag events!)



  4. Retro Game Night
    1. Whether you were a master detective with Clue or a Mario fanatic, give your kids a glimpse into your childhood with this staycation idea. Pick a board, card, or video game that you played as a child and introduce it to your family. Your children will get to discover a cool, new-to-them game, while you relive your childhood memories with your favorite people. Who knows, maybe you’ll start your next family tradition. 

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Staycations are a great alternative or addition to vacation. They can spark new conversations, create new memories, develop life skills, and deepen your bonds as a family.