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What is a staycation you ask?
A staycation is like a vacation, only a vacation where you don’t go anywhere: you and your family simply stay in your house, city, or maybe even your backyard (camping anyone?).
Why would anyone want to stay at home? The benefit of a staycation is that it relieves you from the stress of organizing and planning a traditional vacation. While vacations are supposed to be fun, once you see the debt acquired through the purchasing of hotels, airfare, gas, and anything else required for your travels, your vacation might leave you feeling deflated and depressed.
So why leave? Stay at home!
Staying at home allows for more spending on other activities (like ordering pizza), and really, fun family outings don’t require travels to far-away lands.
Remember how much fun you had as a kid playing in your front lawn, going to the movies with your parents, and simply taking it easy with nothing but time on your hands? This is what Staycationing is all about!
So, today, we’re going to show you how to plan a great family “Staycation” in the Miami area!
Step 1: Lay down some ground rules
The kids might hate this, and you might too. You especially might hate it when you start getting the social media itch and want to check Instagram to find out what all your friends are eating for lunch. This is family time; you’ll have time to make all your friends jealous later.
Try these simple rules to maximize your family experience while Staycationing:
• No cell phones (Dig that digital camera out of your junk drawer and dust it off. This will be your best friend now! Let the kids hold on to it for an hour every day, you never know what they see that maybe you miss)
• No emails (we know this is a tough one but you’re on Staycation now, it’s time to disconnect)
• No computer
• No social media
• No iPads
• No video games
Step 2: Use all your resources before the technology cut off
By that, we mean plan, plan, plan. What do your little ones like to do? What do they love learning about? Are there any new exhibits in town that you know they might be interested in?
Here are some ideas for your family to help plan a day out with the kids:
Hands on learners:
Visit the local children’s museum- Miami Children's Museum Will allow the kids to let loose and take in all the activities available to them, the museum offers interactive exhibits, programs, and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication.
Adventurers: Visit a national park- Do you kids like adventures? Biscayne National Park can be the perfect fit. Kids can enjoy snorkeling in the bay or on the coral reef, poking along the rocky shoreline at Convoy Point, and canoeing along the park's mangrove coast. The Dante Fascell Visitor Center has great exhibits to help kids learn about Biscayne's watery world, and their touch table provides lots of opportunities for one-on-one learning with a park ranger.
Camp in your own backyard - Have a day that you don’t really want to leave the house? Pull out that old tent and bring out all the blankets and have a family campout under the stars. Stop by the library and check out a book on constellations and see if your kids can spot any.
Visit an aquarium - Are your kids interested in marine life? Do they like being all up in the action? If so, Miami Seaquarium would be great for them. Miami Seaquarium offers several different shows as well as hands-on experiences for learning about marine animals. They even have a sting ray touch pool that kids can put their hands in and touch and feed stingrays!
Earth Friendly activities:
Family beach clean-up- Lucky for you, in Miami, one is never too far from a beach. Pack the family into the car and take a trip to the beach. Bring some recycled grocery bags and gloves and get ready to save the planet! As a reward for all your hard work, everyone can jump in the ocean for a refreshing swim.
What to pack:
• Recycled grocery bags
• Sun block
• Sunglasses for everyone
• Swim suits
Tourist in your own city: Take this outing as a day to be goofy with your family. Challenge everyone to remain in character no matter how hard it might be; you’re going to be bursting at the seams with laughter (This one makes everyone giggle). On this day, bring out those tall white socks and bright white tennis shoes and dress up in your wackiest tourist attire. You can search your house for dress up materials or take a quick trip to a thrift store and find some funky pieces to complete your outfit.
Once you’re all dressed, go ahead and take a double decker tour through the city and enjoy!
What you’ll need:
• Hawaiian/ Tropical shirts
• Lots of sunblock
• Tennis shoes
• Mickey Mouse ears
• Tall white socks
Step 3: Enjoy!
We hoped you enjoyed these staycation ideas, and remember, no matter what you do with your family, make sure to take it all in and laugh as much as possible. Your kids will always remember their Staycations and the fun times they had staying at home.
And remember when you handed off the camera? Now you’ll have so many memories from their eyes to add to your family albums!