As a busy momista, it’s not always easy to carve a whole week out of my schedule. So when I can’t swing a full getaway, my favorite things is to round up the fam for a “daycation.” Spending the whole day doing a fun activity gets the kiddos excited and gives everyone a little slice of paradise! No need to take time off work, stress over the vacation budget, or spend too much time in trip-planning mode. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the perks of a vacation without even leaving your neighborhood (or sometimes, your own backyard). From visiting a nearby national park to a beach or pool day to going to an outdoor movie, you can probably think of plenty of fun ways to spend the day. But today I’m sharing five outside of the box ideas to add to your summer bucket list.

Here are my top five ideas for a creative and fun daycation the whole family can enjoy:

  1. Backyard Campout. Camping is about being together in the great outdoors. Create a “real” campsite in your very own backyard with a BBQ, s’mores, and maybe even your own homemade marshmallows. Play outdoor games and try to minimize any need to go back in the house (except bathroom breaks, of course). This type of camping offers the best of both worlds, in my opinion!
  2. Photo Scavenger Hunt. I love giving my four babes a chance to be active and creative. Make a list of items to search for at a local park and arm each of them with a disposable camera to document their finds. Bring along a picnic and games. Later on, compare pics as a family or create a vacation scrapbook.
  3. At-home Spa. You know I am a fan of a good, relaxing staycation. With just a few tweaks, you can turn this into a family event. You could make DIY sleep masks and turn on some relaxing tunes.
  4. Farmers’ Market or Farm Stand. Why not make a day of exploring a local farm and bring home produce and flowers? This activity is fun and productive. Make it a goal to have your mini foodies try at least one new flavor or exotic fruit. And when you get home, you can cook together using your farm fresh ingredients.
  5. Play tourist for a day. Make a list of the five biggest tourist attractions in your city and try to knock them off in one day. Or, you can go on a day trip to the nearest town that you haven’t yet explored. Bring along cameras, maps, see the sights, and visit shops.

I hope these ideas give you inspiration for your very own daycation. Of course, no matter what you do, the best part is having the fam all together for the whole day.

Which of these daycation activities would your little ones love the most?

Tell me in the comments!


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