Don't exhaust everyone by packing too much into a short amount of time. If your schedule permits, space out your staycation activities over a few weeks or better yet, the entire summer. Before summer officially arrives, look at your workload and vacation time and plan out when you'll be able to take time off for family fun. From there, create a summer staycation itinerary so everyone can start getting excited about all the fun to come!
As much as it's important the kids have a good time, you shouldn't choose a bunch of events and activities you're going to dread. There may be a few things you aren't overly thrilled about but the majority of your staycation schedule should please the whole family – including Mom and Dad. If the grownups are miserable and merely counting the minutes until dinner, the kids will know, so make sure to pick activities you'll enjoy, too.
So many of us get so used to a familiar routine – the same restaurants, shops and activities – that we don't ever explore what's beyond what's close by. Use your summer staycation to really get to know your town or city. Are there neighborhoods you rarely visit? Museums or galleries you've never been to? Make a list of all the things you have yet to see and do where you live and plan a day of exploring. Create a route – including stops for cold beverages and lunch – and get going. You might be surprised at what you discover.
Once you've created a list of several staycation activities you think the family would enjoy, let the kids have a say in what makes the final cut. Getting them involved will help make the whole process more enjoyable for everyone, and they'll get excited knowing they had a hand in the planning. You can always veto something that isn't doable, but letting the kids choose is a great way to make your staycation a true family affair.
Here's to a safe, fun and happy summer!