Over the past 24 months, it seemed as if the travel rules have changed daily. Although we seem to have past the pandemic, there is still some uncertainty around travel. These events, amongst others, have encouraged a recent trend amongst families looking to travel; the staycation.
Staycations are great because they allow us to feel like we’re on holiday whilst enjoying all of the comforts of our home and the attractions of your local area. The question remains, however, how do you plan the perfect staycation with children? Keep reading to find out.
Shut-ins or explorers
First things first, you need to decide whether you’re going to stay in, explore your local area, or do a mix of both. This may seem like a simple decision, but it will actually determine the course of your weekend.
For example, if you plan on venturing to see some local attractions, you need to ensure they’re kid-friendly. There aren’t many children that will enjoy being quiet in an art gallery for a few hours. This doesn’t mean it has to be all about them though. For example, tenpin bowling or mini-golf is a great activity that the whole family can enjoy. If you are exploring, make it an event so it doesn’t feel like any other weekend. Perhaps a hotel in town can help to create that feeling?
If you plan on staying in, then you need to make it special. Think blanket forts in the lounge room, camping in the back garden, or anything else that you can do to make the weekend feel a little different.
Choose a theme
Speaking of making the weekend special, why not choose a theme? Everyone loves a themed party, so why not apply this same thinking to your staycation? Perhaps it could be treasure related or themed to a family favourite movie – it’s up to you. Don’t be afraid to be creative and get input from the whole family.
Plan your entertainment
No matter the style of staycation that you choose, you’ll need to plan the entertainment for your children. The idea of a staycation is to relax, and what better way is there for your kids to relax with some great free kids cartoons? Not only are these cartoons very entertaining, but they will teach your kids some important life lessons too. You can’t go wrong when your kids are laughing and learning.
Don’t forget that it’s your holiday too – so make sure that you take a break as parents. This could be time to read, have a bath, actually exercise or do anything that you need to in order to take a break and switch off.
Forget your chores
This is the most important thing – no shores. This means no cleaning, no washing, no errands – a staycation needs to be a vacation after all.
There you have it, everything that you need to have the perfect staycation with the whole family!