Monday, June 22, 2015

How to Plan An Awesome {Extraordinary!} Staycation

We just got back in town last night, and although I want to tell you all about our trip, I'm still playing catch-up on the blog. First things first. The winner of the Dad is Fat Giveaway was:
Woohoo! Because you're awesome, I'm also going to throw in a good-smelling candle, and some amazing-smelling lotion. Just email me with your address, and I will get those in the mail for you! See my about page for more info if you're confused about email.

And now I wanted to tell you all a little bit about our Staycation, since it was a highlight from this Summer, and I didn't want to let time go by without telling you all about it!;)

Here's what we did-

-A Children’s Museum
-A Splash Pad
-Scooters + Going for Ice-cream
-A Nature Center + Nachos + Sprite from taco smell (my hub's words, never mine) on the way home don't.judge.;)
-A Park with a Creek + Chik-fil-a and Ice-cream (again!;)

Here's why we did it-

-to celebrate my daughter's completion of her school year and First Grade! A huge accomplishment!
-to kick off summer
-to stay break up the apathy and the boredom of the no-routine-feeling
-to help Mama and the rest of the gang remain patient for our "real" vacation! ;)

Here’s how we planned it:

1.  Be Amazingly Frugal.

I planned an awesome Staycation for my kiddos, and I was able to pull it off on a dime. No need to spend a bunch of money on a lot of fancy museums or a bunch of trips to restaurants! I know we’re lucky where we live, but there are bound to be some things in your town that don’t cost a lot of money.

{PRO tip: Use your closest ATM to get cash out at the beginning of the week, so that you don’t go over your planned budget.}

2. Have Extraordinary Fun.

Do some things you normally don’t do.  Do some special “Summer” things.  We skipped playgrounds, shopping the Dollar Store, and the Library, because those things are generally part of our “usual” routine. It isn’t fun unless you’re doing something different and out of the ordinary!

{PRO tip: Bring a book for Mama Bear;}

3. Get Really, Really Wet.

We visited a Splash Pad with fountains for the kids to play in one day. I realized right before we left that we had forgotten to buy swim diapers, so I ran to Walmart with the kids right before the Splash Pad. That worked out, because I was able to let them pick out a special snack to take with us to the park, and they ate before playing. The timing worked out perfectly- it wasn’t crowded, and we played right until lunchtime. And yeah, they got really, really wet! The weather was nice and hot and the clouds moved over, so that we could enjoy some sunshine. Another day, they splashed and played in a creek, and Anders threw rocks in the water with a big grin on his face!

{PRO tip: bring lots of sunscreen and a hat or visor, Mama! ;}

4. Get Some Fresh Air and Exercise.

Four out of five days, we were outside.  After the fountains, we spent a day hiking at a nearby Nature Center (for free! ;) and we played in a creek at the park, and then one day, they did scooters across a Pedestrian Bridge. Only one day we were inside at a Museum.

{PRO tip: Make some hot tea to bring for yourself in a thermos- if something crazy happens, at least you’ll have your hot tea!}

5. Eat Out, But Only Minimally.

Just like a real vacation, we wanted to eat out some, but not a bunch for the sake of saving money.  We ate lunch at home all except for one day.  However, we went out for snacks one day, and we went for ice-cream one day.  So it turned out to be affordable, but also really fun!

{PRO tip: Nachos-and-Sprite is the perfect “eating out” snack!}

6. Finish it Off With a Big Bang

We closed out the week with lunch at Chik-fil-a, going into the restaurant, and playing on the playground, and then ordering ice-cream cones (and a WARM cookie, just for me, the selfless one. ha;). It made the whole thing seem like a celebration. And it was! Happy Summer (Break) to us!

All in all, remember to have fun, relax, and enjoy yourself- and TALK IT UP with the kiddos! For us,  there was great fun in ,putting the agenda for the week on a white board up on our fridge. Monday thru Friday, we talked about what we did that day, and what was on the docket for the next day. It truly seemed like a real vacation. My kids' excitement made it way more fun! They were constantly talking about what we did and what we were going to do!

Our week would have been even better if my hubby hadn’t been working! But it was a great way to spend a week and it helped with the anxiousness of waiting for a real vacation. I hope this helps you plan an Amazing Staycation yourself!


Karen B said...

Yay, so excited I won the giveaway!

Great ideas for staycation - we definitely need to do a weekend staycation before school starts back, and after we start to miss the July beach vacation. :)

Tacy said...

I'm glad you won! :-) You should definitely try it!

Therese said...

This is a great idea! Especially with my fiance and I preparing for our wedding money is tight but it doesn't mean we can't recreate. I think it'll be great to maybe do a weekend staycation and just do some simple fun things together right where we're at!

Tacy said...

Good! Staycations are a lot of fun.;)

Laura {a spoonful of joy} said...

Love your tips - I always pack my tea in a thermos when I know we will be out for the afternoon!
Talking it up with the kids makes SUCH a difference! It's amazing how much influence we mothers have in that area!
Glad you had a nice week! Enjoy your 'real' vacation!