It’s no shock that millions of families have decided to forgo their vacation plans in favor of staying home. But, whether it’s current events that have kept you home, financial concerns, or frustrations with travel, a vacation doesn’t have to be a nightmare — especially if it’s a staycation.
Even if you aren’t going somewhere warm, you can bring the warmth home with the perfect winter staycation.
Family Cooking Time
Of course, there will be food at this staycation, but why cook and bake it all by yourself? Instead, get your kids in on the action by letting them have their turn at the kitchen counter!
Have one child take care of the baking, and another the stove-top stuff, or any combination that works. Delegating responsibilities like this is an effective way of making sure they feel important to the process while not overloading them with information. If you want to kick it up a notch, throw on some music and make it a cooking party.
These are fantastic skills for children to learn and if they fall in love with cooking, you might have to cook fewer meals!
Vacation Themed Movie Night
It’s not exactly hard to find movies for vacations, but there are tons of classics your kids may not have heard of, so why not share this king’s bounty of cinematic delight? With the surge of streaming services and, respectively, movies being streamed, it’s a simple task of getting everyone into a room and pressing a few buttons to get right into the thick of it!
What’s better than enjoying a classic like National Lampoon’s Vacation with the family?
Say, while you’re at it, why not combine the two ideas and make some movie night snacks together? For example, sprinkle some food coloring on a bowl of popcorn, throw in some M&Ms, or make homemade pizza?
Vacation Themed Game Night
But perhaps a classic National Lampoon film is a little mature for your kids. That’s okay because other mediums exist outside of cinema!
Sure, you can play charades, Pictionary, and Apples to Apples, but why not take a vacation from tradition and break into something new and exciting? Of course, if you’ve watched the famous Stranger Things, you’ve seen the charm of Dungeons and Dragons, but there are tabletop role-playing games for people of all ages.
Break out your creativity and try a different kind of tabletop role-playing game like The Witch is Dead (woodland creatures try to solve a murder mystery) or Crash Pandas (a bunch of raccoons trying to drive a car). Encourage your kids to get out of their bubble and learn something new yourself.
All those meals and treats you’ve made together aren’t going to go to waste, are they? Of course not! But why do it in the same regular kitchen, when the whole point of the staycation is to do different things?
Do you know what else shouldn’t go to waste? The crisp, cold air outside! Treat you and your family to a real winter meal by taking it all outside and drinking hot cocoa to warm the body—nothing quite like watching the snowfall while the steam of hot beverage brushes by your nose.
A winter picnic can be fun, but if there’s too much snow or it’s too cold to eat outside, you can still have fun. Take the picnic into the living room and eat on a blanket, or build a fort in the basement and have your picnic in there! The possibilities are endless.
If it’s not unbearably cold outside, how about some good-old backyard camping? Get out the tent gear that’s probably been collecting dust in the garage and pitch a tent in your backyard. The idea is to make it as close to a real camping trip as possible without relying on the convenience of the house just a few yards away.
Make a fire pit, roast some smores, cook some hot dogs over an open fire. Do all the great stuff you should do when you’re out camping. Then, after the fire dies down, you can sit together in the tent and tell stories or play word games. There is nothing like the quiet and close quarters of camping to bring the family together.
And that might just do it for us! Hopefully, you’ve got a few ideas of your own rattling around in your head, even aside from the ones posited here. Just remember to keep it simple, keep it fresh, and keep it fun!