9 Inexpensive Ways to Vacation at Home

We are just one week from spring break. I’d love to be counting down to an exciting trip, packing my bags for a week at the beach, or mapping out our trip to a fun destination. It’s just not in the budget this year.

That doesn’t mean we won’t have a great time!

We’ve actually never taken a spring break vacation, but I always try to give the girls fun experiences at home. I just want them to have stories to share when everyone gets back to school. We’ll try new things, have fun at home, visit a few of our favorite Indy attractions, and create fun memories without spending a lot of money.

Here are 9 fun things to do on a staycation:

  • Backyard Campout 1 of 9
    There's something fun & exciting to kids about sleeping outside. Throw up a tent, grab the sleeping bags, and enjoy an evening under the stars. (Don't forget the s'mores!) Camping is already a frugal family outing, but it's a little more palatable with running water and electricity right inside the door.
  • Hometown Tourist 2 of 9
    Step a little outside of your comfort zone and experience the fun in your city. Check out museums, zoos, and other local attractions that you might not ordinarily get the chance to visit while you play hometown tourist.
  • Bounce, Bowl, Golf 3 of 9
    We always try to throw in one fun attraction to give the girls something a little different to do. Watch daily deal sites for bargains on bounce houses, bowling alleys, miniature golf, and more. Our favorite last year was rock climbing!
  • Celebrations 4 of 9
    For every school vacation, we pick one silly holiday to recognize. We've enjoyed breakfast for dinner on Pancake Day, pedicures on Barefoot Day, and trick foods on April Fool's Day. April 3rd is National Chocolate Mousse month. I think we'll be celebrating that one for spring break!
    Find more bizarre holidays at Think Quest
  • Pintspiration 5 of 9
    I've been pinning fun things to do for months, but my "I Did It" board is a little bare. A school break is the perfect time to tackle a few simple projects to entertain the kids. I'm thinking marshmallow poppers will be a huge hit!
    Photo and tutorial via Come Together Kids
  • Local Hotels 6 of 9
    You don't need a fancy destination for kids to enjoy a hotel stay. As long as it has an indoor pool and an elevator, they're going to be thrilled! Find an inexpensive hotel for a simple overnight stay with swimming, room service, and a little family time.
  • Pack a Picnic 7 of 9
    On the living room floor or in the backyard, kids love a picnic! As we've pulled our warm weather things out of the garage, my youngest latched onto the tiny table & chair set. She's had lunch under the umbrella every day this week.
  • Plant a Garden 8 of 9
    Even if the weather isn't right for planting just yet, there is plenty you can do to prep a garden. Give the kids a hoe, start seedlings indoors or work on another garden project to get ready for a better garden.
    Photo Credit: Moosh in Indy, used with permission
  • Tournament Time 9 of 9
    Turn an ordinary game night into something special with a family bracket. From dance offs to board games to video games, a family tournament will provide hours of fun. Be sure to include a 2nd chance round to keep the whole family involved all night!
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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