When you have some time off and you are unable to travel, plan a family staycation! Aside from the usual hustle and bustle of daily life, take a few days off and plan a staycation with the family. There is no need to pack a suitcase, stress about loading the car, and sit in traffic for hours. Staycations have been become quite popular over time and are a great excuse to spend quality time with your family this summer!
Kids adore changes in their routines that feel special. Let them sleep in and instead of worrying about getting the kids to their next activity on time, plan fun activities nearby during the summer. Use this time to have fun and create special memories with your family.
Here are some tips to make your family staycation a great one:
Family Movie Night
Watching movies together is a family favorite and family movie nights are special mostly because everyone takes a break from their daily responsibilities to relax, laugh and cry together for two hours straight. Watch a classic family movie from your childhood and watch your kids enjoy it just as much as you do.
Make sure you grab drinks, candy, and popcorn ahead of time. Put your jammies on, and it's movie time!
A Family Picnic
Picnics are great venues to enjoy some quality time with the family outdoors. Kids love the idea of not having to eat at the dining table! However, it can get messy and we recommend bringing a spare set of clothes. Huxbaby makes ideal lightweight and packable clothes. Good locations to have a picnic are state parks. A quick search online will show you the ones close to you. If you prefer to stay closer to home, city parks are a great alternative. Your own backyard is also a great place for a picnic and you can even camp out with tents and sleeping bags. In any case, you will want to make sure you have hats like the Tiny Whales Grow Trucker that comes in bright summer colors, to protect your children from the sun.
A Day Swimming at the Pool or Beach
Swimming is a great option for your entire family to cool down from the summer heat. Swimming is a relatively accessible activity the whole family can enjoy. For girls, the Snapper Rock Sunset Stripe Long Sleeve Swimsuit made of UPF 50+ Sun Protection fabric is a great option. For boys, we recommend looking at the options offered by Snapper Rock. If you feel adventurous, you can look for water parks nearby and this is a great way to get out of the house! The Roxy Finn Girls Sandals and the Suns Out Bucket Hat from Feather 4 Arrow make a cute outfit for a day at the water park. Or if you feel like incorporating mother nature, you can search for a lake or waterfall near you.
When it's time to play outside or to go for a walk with your family, you'll want your kids to dress in active apparel made of quality fabrics that won’t tear easily and can support plenty of wear. Durable shorts are the ideal option and you can find them in a variety of styles and colors.
We all know how kids can get their clothes dirty the second they step out of the house. You can find some great t-shirts and colors such as dark gray, olive, navy, or black are must-haves. Munster Kids, RVCA, and Nununu kids have a wide variety of boy's t-shirts. For girls, classic tanks with fun graphics are essential. Roxy, Tiny Whales, and Peek Kids are great options.When planning for a staycation, make sure to leave some free time for impromptu playdates and relaxing on the porch. Consider planning themed nights and special meals to change up the usual routine. You can also ask your kiddos plan the menu. Get creative, and don't forget to enjoy the time with your family!