Family Spring Break: You Don’t Have to Leave Town for a Vacation

Family Spring Break: You Don’t Have to Leave Town for a Vacation

Take a break from your normal routine and plan a family vacation close to home.


By: Stacie Haight Connerty

With the seemingly eternal school year, sometimes planning a big vacation is just too much. If that is the case, then consider the staycation.

There are so many things that your family can do on staycation, including spending the weekend in a hotel or staying with a friend. Get creative — a staycation could mean hours of fun plus amazing memories for everyone. There are countless ideas to consider for a vacation without leaving town. Here are just a few.

  1. Backyard or Indoor Camping
    You don’t always need to pitch a tent (if you are indoors) or travel to a campground to camp. Pick a flat spot in your yard to pitch a tent, or camp out on the floor in the living room. You can have the luxury of having your own bathroom, and the kids will end up having a fabulous time in their very own yard or house. Watch movies and have a picnic right on the floor of your living room. Make it authentic and make s’mores over the fire (or fireplace).

  1. Local Hotel
    Consider subscribing to local hotel newsletters, and, when good deals come up, you can snag them for the perfect in-town vacay. Look for hotel deals that include breakfast and dinner daily, plus tickets to a local attraction for the entire family. These kinds of deals are wonderful, especially when it takes just minutes to get to your vacation destination.

  1. In-Town Attractions
    Check out the historical attractions that your city has to offer. Try finding deals that allow you to visit various attractions in your city for one price. You can even make it into something of a game and see how many places your family can visit in one weekend.

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  1. Stay With a Friend
    This one is both cheap and fun. If you have a friend who lives in town, ask them if you can stay over for a night or two. See movies. Explore restaurants and shops in their neighborhood.

  1. Visit the “Best Ofs”
    Your city or local area probably has some amazing restaurants. Does your family like burgers? Find the highest-rated burger places by visiting rating websites, and check them out with your family. Get creative and look for the best donut or milkshake or, better yet, ask your kids for their favorite foods to find places to dine.

Vacations are really just about trying new things, getting out of your routine and having fun — sometimes all it takes is a few blocks in any direction to get it all!

An Atlanta resident and lifelong writer, Stacie is the mother of three children and married to the love of her life. She carpools, is a Girl Scout leader and a PTA member. She is always planning the next epic travel adventure for her family, but, in the meantime, you can find her at her blog, The Divine Miss Mommy.

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samlam

samlam

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thx a lot for the article

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Gibbs1

Gibbs1

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Vacations are really just about trying new things, getting out of your routine and having fun

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An Atlanta resident and lifelong writer, Stacie is the mother of three children and married to the love of her life. She carpools, is a Girl Scout leader and a PTA member. She is always planning the next epic travel adventure for her family, but, in the meantime, you can find her at her blog, The Divine Miss Mommy.

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Nancy4

Nancy4

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We also like doing theme days with our children. Each child gets to pick a theme for one of the days and we plan out activities and meals around that theme starting with breakfast. It's a lot of fun for the whole family, especially with each child having picked their favorite theme anything from princesses, pirates, animals, colors, boats etc. I would suggest making a list of some of your children's favorite things for them to choose. The younger they are the shorter the list. :)

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Keller

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It is cheap but fun guaranteed.

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