Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you have to feel cooped up. It’s time to rule out the routine that has filled your four walls. If you want to step it up with a staycation you’ll never forget, you’ve come to the right place. You can break up the boredom with family-friendly ideas you can also do solo.
1. Keep Calm & Camp On
If you can’t get to your favorite campground, you avid campers are still in luck. Grab your tent and pitch a mini campsite in your own backyard. A break from the confines of your house gives your family time together in the fresh air. Roasting hotdogs and making s’mores are guaranteed to help make lasting memories.
2. Master of the Kitchen
Show off your cooking skills and spice up stir-crazy days with a family-friendly cooking contest. Turn your kitchen international with inspiration from a different country for each course. Or channel popular cooking shows by challenging each contestant with a surprise secret ingredient.
3. It’s Showtime
An at-home film festival with movies chosen by each member of the household makes those summer days inside pass by a little quicker. Whether it’s comedies, crime dramas or cartoons, hop on the couch, fill up your popcorn bowl and play your favorite flicks.
4. It’s a Jungle Out There
From mammals to manatees, seeing furry and finned animals can offer an escape when you’ve been staying indoors. There are dozens of live feeds out there, but we suggest taking a peek at the penguins and otters at the Tennessee Aquarium or the vibrant flamingos at the Houston Zoo. Find your favorites with a simple search.
5. Take It to the Catwalk
Throw an unforgettable fashion show. Get the whole family involved as an entertaining way to discover forgotten clothes in your closet. Everything from PJs to formal wear is up for grabs — and is a good way to find some pieces you can retire to the donation pile. Set the lighting and prepare to walk the catwalk in your living room.
6. Indulge, Relax, Rejuvenate
Up the ambiance by transforming your house into a home-spun spa with self-care essentials. A quick internet search will give you a plethora of at-home ways to make luxurious scrubs and face masks with ingredients from your own pantry. Slip into your robe and slippers with calming music in the background for a five-star experience that will help you unwind with a little TLC.
7. Destination: Sightseeing
When jumping on a plane for a weekend getaway isn’t an option, adding virtual sightseeing to your itinerary is a must. Roam the halls of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, wander around the Great Wall of China, or take in Hawaii’s most popular destinations from your own couch. Endless virtual tours timelessly transport you to educational, relaxing and one-of-a-kind places all over the world.
Hone in on these at-home ideas for the perfect staycation. You’ll have a good time getting creative and enjoying the things you can do from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you’ll live a little greener with these low-energy ideas that don’t break the bank.