You may think I’m boring. However, I’m not a huge fan of driving in traffic on Memorial Day so that I can go to the beach with thousands of other people. Perhaps it’s because I live in Los Angeles and don’t like rude drivers, crowded parking lots and inflated gas prices. I suppose I would rather just go to the beach the weekend before or after Memorial Day Weekend. Yet, that doesn’t mean I don’t want to enjoy the three-day weekend with my family. A staycation is a great way to enjoy vacation time without having to travel far. Here are some ideas on how to beat the Memorial Day crowds with a fun, staycation.
Campout at Home
Our family likes to camp at the beach. However, sometimes, camping in your backyard or even in your living room can be a lot of fun. Bring out the flashlights and make shadow puppets. Card games, sleeping bags and, of course, s’mores are a must. You can make indoor s’mores. I personally think the easiest way to do this is to put a marshmallow on top of a chocolate-covered graham cracker. Next, place the chocolate cracker on a microwave safe plate and nuke it for about 10 seconds (the time really depends on your microwave). Take the dessert out and cover with the other chocolate covered graham. Warning, these can get messy!
Fun with Water
I recently bought 300 water balloons. On Memorial Day, you can go swimming or break out your inflatable pool and sprinkler toys. Afterwards, have a water balloon toss or fight. Just make sure to pick up all the balloon bits afterwards.
It’s likely there is a farmer’s market every weekend in or near your area. Go with the kids to pick out some beautiful produce, farm fresh eggs or local bread. Then, make a delicious meal. You could also go on a picnic!
Our town isn’t that exciting. However, we have an amusement park, water park, nature center and barnyard zoo within about 15 minutes from our home. For your staycation, find a local museum, theater or other attraction to visit. You just might surprise your family with an engaging activity that they never knew existed. You can also check your community calendar for local Memorial Day parades and events.
Memorial weekend is a great time to watch some new releases, classic movies or family favorites. If you sign up for Redbox texts, you just may get a code for a free movie. You can also go to the movie theater. In 2013, I know “Epic 3D” (rated PG) is coming out on May 24.
Ice Cream Social
Have an ice cream social at your house. Purchase at least three types of ice cream, various toppings and whipped cream. Then, have everyone line up with their bowls and serve them whatever they want (within reason).
Hike or Bike
At first glance, you might not think my suburban community has places to hike. However, if you travel to the outskirts, there is a nature center and several hiking trails. It’s likely your community has a pretty place to hike too. If it’s hot, go early in the morning, bring plenty of water, and watch out for rattle snakes. If you’re not up for a hike, try a family bike ride.
Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend staycation!
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