I normally prebook holidays well in advance but having had both my daughters ill last year over different periods of time and one still not fully recovered, booking a holiday wasn’t high on my list of priorities.
As a result, the cost to book for this year is now just too high. That’s fine with me. There are plenty of fun things that we can do locally and on a budget that will be fun for all the family. People talk about having had a staycation and getting to know their local area better. It’s a great way to discover what’s on your doorstep and to do this on a budget.
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Camp in the Garden
Kids love to go camping, but, why subject the family to a 3 hour drive when you can simply step out into your garden and camp there! Yes, you guessed it. I’m all for the more luxurious side of holidaying with all my home amenities readily available. This also avoids the need for enduring the continuous chimes of “Are we there yet?” So, it’s a win win situation.
Now, of course, we don’t want to be sleeping on top of each other so a spacious form of accommodation is just what is needed. Some tents are a little cramped for my liking but being ever the resourceful individual I’ve come up with a solution. Many of us have a gazebo at home. I didn’t realise how many until I joined the PFA and they asked to borrow some. The sheer numbers of parents offering theirs was astonishing.
A gazebo is technically a large tent so this would work really well. You can get some that pop up making set up easy. Simply cover the ground with blankets. Pop some duvets on top and then add a few more blankets/sheets and bingo you have a giant bed. By all means, use sleeping bags if you have them but if you don’t you can do without easily. Fairy lights are great for lighting or any battery operated lights that can be turned on and off at will. Don’t have a gazebo but want to give this a go yourself? I typed in garden camping on a search engine and funny enough I got the perfect hit Garden Camping.
Once you’ve sorted out the accommodation the next thing to decide on is what sort of trips to plan.
Discover a New Local Park
The ultimate in low-cost days out. Visiting free parks is a great way to let the kids off a little steam. Each has its own play area meaning that kids don’t get bored if you visit a different park each day for a week. Extend the day by taking a picnic. Not only will you make a massive saving compared to if you dined in a restaurant but it also means you can stay out longer as you’ve already sorted the dining arrangements.
Visit a Splash Park/ Splash Pad
We’ve had some wonderfully warm summers and this is something we can really take advantage of. When you go on holiday, quite often you’ll have use of a pool. There are quite a few Splash Parks and Splash Pads in the country that have either free or low-cost entry to visit for the day. Again, keep costs down by taking your own food.
Explore YOUR City / Go Sightseeing
We tend not to explore the area in which we live. This can be such a shame as you never know what could be found locally unless you look. I hadn’t seen much or London until a few years ago and my children have yet to say many tourist attractions. This is such a shame and something I plan to rectify asap.
Movie nights are great fun. There are various options such as buying a movie to watch from a store, borrow one from the local library or rent one from Netflix or alternatively go to the local cinema and watch one of the latest releases.
Get on Your Bike
The kids had the most amazing time on our last trip to Centre Parcs. Since then they’ve wanted to use their bikes more but due to time constraints and poor weather conditions this hasn’t happened much. Your staycation will be whilst the children are home so provided the weather conditions are favourable this is a great way to have fun and get exercise at the same time.
Go to the Theatre
My children haven’t been to the theatre often but when they have been they’ve had a great time. I took them to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which was fantastic. I’m sure they’d love to go see Wicked too which I went to see with a friend and enjoyed.
Children love to cook and cookery classes are becoming more and more popular. You can choose to do your own class for the kiddies or let someone else take over and book one via sites like Buyagift.
Don’t Forget it’s More Fun with Friends
The likelihood is that many don’t go away with friends or at least not often. The beauty of being based from home means you can arrange one of your day trips to include one or more of the children’s friends too. This adds to the fun for the children and also helps keep them entertained on the way to and from the intended location.
There are so many activities that would work well for staycations. Others include bowling, crazy golf, even a spa day if you have girls with a local beauty therapist.
Have you/would you consider a staycation and if so what sort of activity would you enjoy the most with or without children?
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