My family and I recently had the week off together and made the decision to stay put at home. With children, it’s often times easier to enjoy things at home when you have time off rather than to stress about packing everyone up for a long trip. I am very much a homebody and love to be at home so this is always my favorite option. I put together five ideas that you can do this spring and summer for a fun, easy-breezy staycation!
Make Breakfast Together and Enjoy The Morning
How often do you take the time to make breakfast as a family and sit down all together without having to rush to get to school, work, or other planned activities? For so many families, the answer is hardly ever! This is the time to whip up a batch of pancakes together and sit down to enjoy each other’s company. While at the table, you can go around and ask each family member to share what they’d like to do for the rest of your staycation! We used this yummy pancake mix and this syrup for our family pancake breakfast.
Doodle, Craft and Read Books
There are so many different coloring books for kids at World Market (and coloring books for adults, too!). I never knew this until a few months ago when I searched the kids’ section for the holidays and was pleasantly surprised! I just love these doodling rolls and these little pocket coloring books! Olivia’s favorite was this coloring book and these markers! Both of our girls love books and we read to them before naptime and bedtime every day. Olivia loves reading in her teepee and these three books are her new favorites: A Day at the Fire Station, Frederick, and The Animals Vacation.
Have Fun at the Beach
We are very blessed to have a beach just five minutes from our home, but for those who aren’t as lucky, pack up a picnic and go to your nearest lake or park! We packed up our snacks and drinks and headed to the beach for the afternoon (and well into the night). This picnic basket is great for fitting in all the food and drinks, and Olivia even had her own basket, which she absolutely loved. The best part of the night was definitely the kite flying. All the kids on the beach wanted a turn!
Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to get gardening! I think it’s great to get the kids out there, albeit supervised. Olivia loved using her kid-friendly wheel barrel to transfer dirt around the yard and these watering cans to water her flowers. This kneeling pad came in handy when we were putting together our herb garden and these chalkboard garden stakes were perfect for the herb garden! You can even get these grow your own veggie kits; although Olivia is just under the age requirement, I was there to help.
Get Your Game Face On
Since our kids are a bit too small to participate in actual board games just yet, we chose to do puzzles instead for our game night. Olivia’s favorite puzzle is this double-sided one. I love that you can flip it over for a completely different design! We’re never too far from snacks, and these snap pea crisps are a favorite of ours, especially when we’re trying to put together different puzzles.