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!
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
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