Over the last 12 months, the United States has changed in various ways. The coronavirus pandemic has been at the forefront of the nation’s attention, changing the way we live our lives forever. If you have a young family, you may love nothing more than to jet overseas on a family vacation. However, with government restrictions in place on where we can and cannot travel to, a staycation may be on the cards this year.
No matter where you live in the country, there are lots of fun things you can do without having to jump on a plane. To give you inspiration, here is how you can survive a staycation with kids in tow.
Camp at Home
If you’re lucky enough to have a large back yard, why not transform it into your very own campsite? While you may not be able to travel to other states or across the pond, you can elevate your home into something magical that your kids are sure to love. Whether you build a pillow fort or set up a tent outside, your kids will have endless hours of fun. When the sun goes down, having an open fire that you can use to toast marshmallows on will ensure you make everlasting memories with your loved ones.
Explore the Outdoors
While there are restrictions on what we can and cannot do at the minute due to COVID-19, you’re still able to get outdoors and go for a walk. If you have young kids, bringing them along and exploring the outdoors is a great way to reduce stress and do something different. Being at home within the same four walls, day in, day out can take its toll, so to make your staycation fun, allocating plenty of time to get outside is critical for the whole family.
Set Aside Time for Yourself
Your staycation should be something to look forward to, rather than dread. While you may not be going to your usual destinations, that’s not to say you can’t have tons of fun at home. To ensure you’re in the best frame of mind possible, make sure you set aside plenty of time for yourself. Being around your kids 24/7 can soon wear thin, and if your stress levels are beginning to rise, having some time to relax and unwind is important. Whether you run a hot bath, read a book, or get an early night, shutting yourself away for a bit may be what it takes to keep you happy and sane.
Talk to Your Kids
Above anything else, you must choose activities that you and your kids will enjoy. There’s no point planning an itinerary of activities that your kids roll their eyes at. There are lots of sports that you can incorporate into your staycation that your children will love. If you’re a family of golf fanatics, for example, your local golf course may be open which can serve as a much-needed break from the mundane routine at home. If you have your own golf cart and it has been in the garage for a while, you will need to give it a once over and check that you have the right parts for it. There are many to choose from that your golf cart will need, meaning you have a vehicle that you and your kids can use to get around the course.
Regardless of your budget or where you live, there are lots of fun things you can do with your kids close to home, or without even having to leave the front door. All the tips above will help you get the most out of your staycation and ensure your kids are kept happy throughout.