One of the best things of living abroad, at least for us, is that life often feels like a permanent vacation. Not that we don’t go to work or school because we obviously do. But I don’t think I explored my own hometown as much as I have explored Monza or Stockholm and their surroundings. We have learned that there are many ways to live on a permanent state of vacation even at home. You should definitely do the same! Here are some simple ideas to have a fun staycation with your kids. 

Visit your local museum 

Of course this will vary depending on where you live, if you live in Rome or Berlin, then it is not fair because there’s plenty of museums. But honestly speaking, kids need very little to be really happy and feel wowed. Most cities have some kind of museum that you can visit and learn something new together. For extra points plan in advance and check whether there are any days where the museum plans activities geared towards children. This happens often especially during the summer when school is out. 

Have a picnic in your local park

 Spend more time in your local park, plan a picnic together and let your kids participate in preparing what you’ll eat. Make it an actual outing and talk about it since the night before. A child can likely spend hours and hours on end in a park, make that the agenda for the day. Your kids will love it! 

fun staycation with your kids

Find a new park that you haven’t been to 

If you are like us that you go to your local park really often it can be really fun to shake things up a bit by finding a new park. You don’t have to go miles away but maybe a few block? or the opposite direction? We once did that and Julia was ecstatic, although the new park had no swings she was amazed by the huge slide and the ice cream kiosk nearby. Who knows what surprises you can find. 

Go to a local pool

Most kids love to play in the water. Pack your towels, sunscreen and swimsuits and head to your nearest local pool. Also plan to stay there the whole day. When we spend a day by the pool we actually feel like we are on holiday somewhere, it doesn’t feel like home. If you have a pool at home, or leave close to a beach or lake, then that is also not fair but that could also be a super easy fun staycation with your kids. 

No pool? Bring water pistols to the park! 

This is obviously assuming there is no restriction on it, but playing with water is fun! If it is not possible to get to a pool, beach or lake bring toys that kids can get wet with! Some of the most fun days for Julia are when she can unexpectedly get wet somewhere. I don’t know kids and water definitely make up for a fun time

fun staycation with your kids

Research cities nearby and plan a one day roadtrip 

Every city has a neighboring city, and even if they are plain, normal cities with not much to see, they are still someplace new. Take your kids there! Maybe there is a festival, a farmers market, a fair or simply to go and play in a new park. Family road trips are fun! and they don’t have to be long or overnight. Just leave early and come home by the end of the day, discovering new places is always fun. 

Go to your local summer festival 

During summer there are tons of festivals and activities everywhere! Check out your cities activities and plans for the summer. Are there public concerts planned? or maybe outdoor movie nights? No matter what it is, new experiences can be an exciting way to stay at home and have a fun staycation with your kids. 

Of course this list is not exhaustive. The whole point of having a staycation is simply to do things that are out of the ordinary and take the whole family out of the normal weekend routines. It doesn’t have to be during the summer because you could try to have a fun staycation with your kids every single weekend. It is also a great opportunity to connect as a family, spend some quality time together and get to know each other a bit more. 

In this Huffpost article you find a few more ideas of free things you can do in the summer. What other staycation ideas do you have? Share them in the comments  

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We are a family living abroad since 2012. We love to travel with our toddler and want to share with you that traveling with kids doesn't have to be complicated no matter where you go.


Paul O · 07/08/2019 at 5:54 pm

Love reading your guys’ stuff. Although I am not a parent yet, I’ll be taking this advice for my own summer plans! Thanks for sharing and keep up the amazing work!

    familymeetsworld · 12/08/2019 at 4:30 pm

    Haha I guess staycation applies to whomever has time at home.. even without kids included lol

Nicole · 05/08/2019 at 12:31 am

Fantastic ideas! We love a good water balloon fight in the Summer! 🙂 We have some great parks where we live and they have free Summer concerts that we enjoy attending.

    familymeetsworld · 05/08/2019 at 9:52 am

    That is so cool! Summer concerts sound like fun. We’ve also just discovered that the shopping mall across the street has outdoor movie nights once a week. So fun with the little ones

Savannah · 03/08/2019 at 12:16 am

These are all great ideas! Growing up, water play was definitely my favorite, whether it was at a park, in the neighborhood, or just in my own yard. Water balloons are super fun, especially when parents are involved. Thanks for sharing!

    familymeetsworld · 03/08/2019 at 7:12 pm

    True! We also played lots of water games in our backyard when we were little

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