Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Boredom Busters: Summer Staycation Ideas

Even though we moved here eight months ago, we are still feeling like there is so much to discover in our town.  So when I saw the cruise title Summer Staycationing, I knew it would be a great way to add a few fun ideas to our Summer Bucket List while we explore the area a little better.  We're not really backyard campers, so I am taking the "tour your own hometown" angle with this!

The first thing I did was to check the visitor's bureau website for our city and a couple of the surrounding cities.  Most information is online now, but I still request a visitor's guide because sometimes they include pamphlets with coupons for dining and attractions. Plus, my kids love looking at pamphlets and maps on the way to a new attraction.  I also signed up for the e-newsletters, so that I'd actually remember upcoming special events.

So with that in mind, here are some Staycation ideas I came up with for our family this summer!

Park/Playground Trips
The boys love playgrounds, so I want to try to visit a few new-to-us parks.  Plus, if I can manage, I would like to plan them for when the local homeschool group is doing Park Day.  They meet up through the summer once a week at different parks, so it would be a nice chance to meet some other homeschoolers and find some favorite parks.

Wildlife Refuge Center 
While looking up parks online, I discovered there is a Wildlife Refuge Center relatively close to us that is managed by the department of parks and recreation.  This is a FREE activity that allows  us to get out of the house for a few hours, walk some nature trails and study native plants and wildlife.  Most cities have some form of nature center or animal rehabilitation area, so these make for great nature study opportunities!

Aquatic Center
There is a water park right down the road from us.  We moved here after it closed for the season, but this one ranks high on the boys' to-do list this summer!  Splash pads also make for a fun way to cool off and still enjoy being outside!

I've mentioned the Kids Bowl Free before.  I'm not much of a bowler, but it'll be a nice way to get the kids out of the house and still stay cool!

Art Center
There is an art center not too far from our house that I want to visit.  They have free admission once a week, but even without it their admission is so inexpensive ($2 adults, kids are free) that it would make a great "starter" museum to get the kids acquainted with the etiquette of museums, because even if we start slow and only stay for a short time, we're not out much money.

Birding Trails
We're studying ornithology in science this year and have started bird watching, so I was pretty excited when I fond driving maps for birding trails on our city's website.  That's the geeky homeschool mom in me.

Fairs & Festivals
We love visiting Fairs, Festivals and Fests of all kinds!  I've already penciled in the Multicultural Fair later in June!  It is FREE and loaded with children's activities, music, arts and other activities representing cultures and countries from around the world. 

Library Fun
The local libraries have all kinds of programs for children, especially during the summer.  Story time, reading clubs, arts & crafts, and special theme days are just a few things I've noticed on the calendar so far.  My boys will love the upcoming Pirate Day!

I'm sure I could come up with more ideas, but this is plenty to get us started!  What are your summer plans?

This post is part of the Schoolhouse Review Crew's blog cruise, so be sure to check out what my crew mates have planned for this summer!

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1 comment:

  1. I love local museums where you can just pop in for a short time.