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Staycation Dreaming

Posted: October 10, 2018 at 8:17 pm

It’s fall break season in our neck of the woods, and while many of our friends and family are using the opportunity to get out of town for a few days before the crazy holiday season strikes, we’re thinking a respite at home is exactly what the doctor ordered. As such, we’re planning a staycation fall break for families, and as we brainstorm and research ideas for how to make the most of it, we though we’d share a few of our favorite ideas in case they can inspire your own staycation.

Family Potluck Night

We love to cook and spend time in our kitchens, but the reality is that life happens, and we aren’t in there nearly enough. The times when we’re in their cooking WITH our kids is practically non-existent, and this is a great time to change that. Plan and prepare a family “pot luck,” where each member of the family is responsible for a part of the meal. Supervise and assist of course, but use the time to simultaneously teach basic kitchen skills AND spend time together. Then eat it together by candlelight or outside around a fire pit to enjoy the fall weather.

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Fall is a fabulous time to read outside. Plan a trip to the local library or bookstore and have everyone find a fun, exciting new read. Then, pack the books and a picnic lunch and head to a nearby park or forest, find a good spot, and spend a few hours under the trees reading. If your crew includes some especially little ones, pick books that will be fun to read aloud.

Take a hike

Literally. Choose a new-to-you trail, pack some trail mix and lace up your hiking boots. Fall is our favorite time to go hiking, for the same reason it’s a great time to be outside generally. The weather is often some of the best of the year, the leaves are changing color, and with the days getting shorter, we should all enjoy the sunshine while we can. It’s also a fun way to spend time as a family while also getting a little (or a lot) of exercise.

Throw a party

While this may not be our preferred way to unwind, it is a lot of fun. And when you have a few extra days to prep for the festivities, it can cut down on a lot of that party planning stress. This is a great time to throw a party, especially if you are planning on traveling during the holidays and may miss out on some hometown fetes this year. Between Halloween, football season and homecoming, there’s no shortage of occasions (and personally, we think autumn is an occasion on its own). Make it family friendly, and loop the whole family into the party preparations. Kids can create fun decorations or even help you out in the kitchen (see above).

Family volunteer day

Get the whole family together (include the cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents in the neighborhood too), and do a service project together. It can be whatever you and your family enjoy doing, from landscaping or doing trail clean-up at a park, sorting books at a library, helping to build a house with Habitat for Humanity…really, the sky is the limit here. Choose something that you’re passionate about improving, and then bond as a family while you lend a hand. Family service projects are an amazing way to both spend time together while making a difference in your greater community.

Other ideas for fun, fall staycation projects include a family game night, creating a scavenger hunt, building a bonfire and roasting marshmallows, or even…starting your holiday shopping. Get creative, and make the days off together as fun as you can, even if a big trip isn’t on the agenda this season. Have other ideas to share with us? Drop them in the comments!


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