On Monday, my best friend and I took our families to the beach. Kinda.
We spent the afternoon on Lake Michigan, right here in Indiana — complete with sand, sun, and seagulls. The girls’ minds were completely blown that we were going to the beach but not spending the night. Lorelai kept asking why no one packed her pajamas.
We picnicked on the beach for lunch and grilled burgers for dinner. The girls swam, played in the sand, and rolled down the sand dunes.
Oh, the sand! (“There is beach sand here, Mommy!”)
We had it everywhere — in our shoes, in our bags, and all over everyone. The amount of sand I scrubbed out of the kids’ hair that night could have built a sandcastle. But, they had so. much. fun.
The girls’ “Best Day EVER” was as simple as a tank of gas, a grocery trip, and a $5 parking fee.
Even if you don’t live hours from a beach, think about other local road trips where you can have a lot of fun on a little money. State parks, zoos, museums — right around the corner, just waiting for a day of family fun and rejuvenation.
It’s the perfect, budget alternative to an actual vacation. Where would you road trip?
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