The $500 Staycation Itinerary
By Greta Jenkins –
Staying in you hometown this year for vacation? These family fun activities make it the perfect family staycation and should apply to most communities.
Day 1: Zoo
Go Early and stay late, take a picnic lunch. End the day back at home by watching a Dr. Doolittle movie or We Bought a Zoo (DVD, Netflix or OnDemand). About $20 per person or $80 – for family of four.
Day 2: Museum (or save for a rainy day)
Children’s Museums are located through out the USA and are perfect for the school age or younger crowd. ‘Tweens and Teens will enjoy Science or Art Museums. If your brood is a multi age range, I recommend science museums, which usually have a section for younger children too. Other fun museums are car, train and local interests. List of Children Museums. Eat lunch out or pack a lunch. About $10 per person – $40 or $80 if you eat lunch out. End the day at home by building a volcano.
Day 3 – Canoe or Kayaking
Find a local canoe livery to rent canoes or kayaks. Do some research ahead of time about the wildlife and plant life you can expect to see. Even very small children can go on a canoe trip if you have one adult per child, although you might want to make sure it is a short trip. Or find a location that rents paddle boats and just go for a short ride. Be sure to take along sunscreen, water and snacks. Stop at the library and checkout some books about local wildlife, end the day by reading about wildlife you saw. About $15 per canoe – $30.
Day 4 – Pool or Lake
Head out to the pool or nearest lake with a public access beach. Plan some pool games. If you are lucky you might get some time to relax in sun! Have a cookout for breakfast, lunch or dinner. End the day with campfire- roast marshmallows or make s’mores. Look for fireflies. About $10 per person admission.
Day 5 – Golfing
Depending on the ages of your children and your golf experience decide on which is best: a public golf course (9 holes), driving range or miniature golf course. Many pubic golf courses have rates for families/children. Or find a disc golf course and give it a try (Frisbee golf). Take snacks and drinks along. $80
Day 6 – Camping
KOA or other campgrounds usually have small cabins you can rent. Most campgrounds have activities for kids, playgrounds, pools, movies, etc. You will need to take sleeping bags and food. Usually you can buy firewood at the campground to make a campfire. Tell ghost stories while enjoying your s’mores. $75
Day 7 – Countryside Drive
Hang out at the campground in the AM. Stop to pick berries, apples etc. on the way home or visit a farm market.
End the day by watch DVD’s and rest up so you can head back to work tomorrow.
The cost of this staycation is about $500 plus food which maybe a little more expensive than your usual week’s groceries. But packing sacks, cooking out and having picnics will be much more affordable than eating out.