Category Archives: Fun

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #4

Ice cream sundae with strawberries
Ice cream sundae with strawberries (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Make your own homemade ice cream and have a sundae party.  Don’t forget to invite me.

Homemade ice cream is a vacation in a bowl!  Making your own gives you control over what goes in it.

Make ice cream and set out healthy toppings such as fresh berries and nuts and a few fun ones like mini chocolate chips.  Let everyone make their own sundae and DIG IN!

Top 10 Staycation Ideas #5

The Sunway Lagoon water theme park as view fro...
The Sunway Lagoon water theme park as view from above. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Become a tourist in your own town. 

*  Visit the zoo, aquarium, museums or art galleries.

*  Get tickets for a concert, theater production or sporting event.

*  Take a walking tour of your city.

*  Splurge and spend a day at a theme park or water park.

*  Don’t forget quirky local attractions.

*  Check for discounts and special days.

*  Don’t forget the camera!

Top Ten Staycation Ideas #6

Picnic shelter overlooking Platte River
Image copyright 2011 by R.O & R.A. Robbins

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Discover your State Parks and Recreation Areas. 

In my state an annual $25 park permit gets everyone in your vehicle into the state parks.   We have a wonderful variety of state parks including parks that cater to campers, fishing enthusiasts, nature lovers, hikers, history and archeology buffs, and even vacationers who want a few amenities.

One of our favorite brief escapes is a hike followed by dinner with a view at the picnic area in a State Park.

Get acquainted with your state parks.  You may be missing wonderful recreational opportunities.

Top Ten Staycation Ideas #9

Red Carpet
Red Carpet (Photo credit: Alan Light)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Have you own film festival at home in the family room. 

*  Rent or check out DVD’s from your local library and watch movies together.

*  Provide healthy snacks and drinks and allow time for family interaction and discussion between movies.

*  If you really want to have fun with this set up a red carpet and take turns “interviewing” each other.  The kids will love it.

Top Ten Staycation Ideas #10

Hiking
Hiking (Photo credit: d.boyd)

Think you can’t afford a vacation this year? This is one of my top ten ideas for fun and relaxation close to home.

Hike or Bike on local trails. 

*  Get a good trail map of your area and start exploring.

*  If hiking in an unfamiliar area, start with a beginner’s trail, whether you think you are a beginner or not.

*  Take along water, appropriate food and sunscreen.

*  Be sure you allow plenty of time to finish your hike or ride and get off the trail by sunset.