7 Staycation Ideas for Summer Break

Summer break is in full swing and even though we have passed the halfway point there is still plenty of time left for lots of summer fun! While many people head out of town to “get away from it all” that isn’t always possible when you are struggling with debt or trying to regain your financial freedom. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have lots of fun in your own hometown. Here are a few staycation ideas my family uses to have summertime adventures without blowing our budget!

As I am gearing up for the big move, and winding down on my time at my job, I asked a few talented freelancing friends to help me out. Today is the first of those posts, written by Tennille, from Two Kids and a Budget. If you aren’t already familiar with her site, you are missing out. Tennille has really great ideas for keeping a family on budget, while still having fun. Today’s post exemplifies the great advice she has to offer. Outdoor Family Game Day. Spend the day playing your favorite outdoor games. Or try some new ones like marshmallow slingshots. Take it a step farther with some friendly competition and create a game day 


7 Staycation Ideas For Summer Break

1. Outdoor Family Game Day

Spend the day playing your favorite outdoor games. Or try some new ones like marshmallow slingshots. Take it a step farther with some friendly competition and create a game day 

2. Movie Marathon

Rainy summer days are perfect for the occasional movie marathon. Rent a couple of movies, pop some popcorn, hang out on the couch and enjoy spending time together as a family.

3. Attend Local Festivals

Many towns, including small ones like mine, have a spring or summer festival. Spend a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon to explore all your local event has to offer. They are typically free to attend and have lots of great things to see.

4. Go Geocaching.

This free, fun, and educational activity has become very popular over the past few years. This activity is an adventure in itself!

5. Backyard Camping

Pitch a tent in your back yard. This way you can have a campout without leaving the comfort of home. Build a back yard campfire, roast hotdogs and make s’mores for an authentic camping experience.

6. Be A Tourist In Your Hometown

There are lot of things to see and learn about your own hometown. Visit the local library or historical society to get started in the right direction. All you have to do is go out and look. You may be surprised at what you find!

7. A Trip To The Zoo

Spending the day at the zoo is a great way to get away without having to take an overnight trip. Last year my family bought a family zoo membership which gave us free access to the zoo for 12 months and discounts at other zoos in our state as well. This was a great deal and we have since visited the zoo a second time for free and plan to go again. Spending a little extra for the pass saved our family quite a bit over the course of the year and we have happily taken advantage of all it has to offer.


Final Thoughts

No matter how big or how small your budget is, there is always a way to make your own summer fun. With a little creativity you can have a summer to remember without leaving home or going further into debt.

Which of these ideas are you most likely to try?

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