3 Summer Staycation Ideas

If I could board a plane for vacation tomorrow or today, actually, I would. But I can’t. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about booking a plane ticket to Hawaii (I used to live there and miss it every single day). A few weeks ago, as I was daydreaming about my escape to paradise the idea hit me to plan a staycation.

Why couldn’t I just bring a little bit of Hawaii here? 

3 Summer Staycation Ideas

So, I enlisted my sister and very soon we will be taking a Hawaiian vacation staycation (of course, I will be blogging about it). Though, this staycation was inspired by my “home”sickness for Hawaii, it got me thinking about other ideas for staycations. It really is a great option for for families that can’t make the expense or perhaps schedules don’t allow. Or for those of us itching to go anywhere but here!

Here are 3 Summer Staycation Ideas based on popular family vacations but you could easily use your favorite vacation spot or even somewhere you’ve never been but would like to, as inspiration.

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Go Camping  – When I was a kid, camping was a family favorite. It would be fairly easy to replicate a great camping trip, right in your own backyard! Gather all of the camping essentials that you would on a regular camping trip, including a fire pit (or a grill will do if you don’t have one or live in a place that doesn’t permit them). If you don’t have a pool, you can set up a kiddie pool as a “lake”. Go for a hike or nature walk either in your neighborhood or at a nearby park or trail. Do other activities that you would do on a camping trip such as: play outdoor games, sing campfire songs, tell stories and don’t forget the s’mores! If you don’t have a fire pit, you could make a campfire dessert like these campfire cones from Hip2Save.

Campfire Cones. Backyard Camping. Staycation. Camping. Family Fun. Summer Activities. Summer Desserts.
These campfire cones by Hip2Save would be a great addition to your camping styacation.

Go to a Beach House – Turn your house into a beach house! Have everyone sleep in the living or family room, set up a pool (or two) in the back yard, bring in some sand, blow up some beach balls, put up a volleyball net, play games with pool noodles, pull out umbrellas and chairs and just lay out in the sun.

Check out Baby Gizmo for "10 Games You can Play with a Beach Ball".
Check out Baby Gizmo for “10 Games You can Play with a Beach Ball”.

Go to Disneyy – Crank up the Disney music and bring the happiest place on earth home! Get some balloons, rent or borrow a popcorn machine, make some candy or caramel apples (or checkout these Disney copycat recipes), get some Mickey ears, make your own Neverland, Tiki Room, Pirates of the Caribbean or Jedi School. Chances are you have some sort of Disney costumes laying around or you could easily find some. There is so much you can do with this idea!

Don't forget the photos! Check out these photo props from C'mon Get Happy.
Don’t forget the photos! Check out these photo props from C’mon Get Happy.

Where do you think you might like to staycation this summer?


This post is part of a blog hop with a few of my mom blogger friends from the Mom Blog Social Media Share group on Facebook. Here are their post titles and sites, if you’d like to “hop around”:

Tassels and Tunics: A Time Saving Summer Fashion Guide for Moms // Living That Mom Life

Baby’s First Summer; How to Make A Family-Friendly Bucket List // So(Lace) in a Small Town

8 Outdoor Party Tips & Tricks // The Cool Mom


13 thoughts on “3 Summer Staycation Ideas

  1. Kristen June 8, 2016 / 11:18 am

    These sound great! I love the idea of turning the house into a beach house (though after my week I’d much rather be at the beach :p ). It sounds easy enough though so I’ll have to give it a whirl this weekend! Thanks for the ideas!

    • inezbayardo June 8, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Yeah, I think the beach one is definitely the easiest. Let me know how it goes!

  2. Sahvana Stapleton June 8, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    Thank you for these ideas! I always thought a staycation was finding somewhere close to home to “visit” (like a tourist). This is even easier! Now I want to bring Disney home because I have been wanting to go to DisneyLand, but the kiddos are too small still.

    • Inez June 8, 2016 / 3:55 pm

      So, initially I had planned for number 3 to include things like a nearby amusement park, water park, etc. but since the other two really didn’t require going anywhere I changed it. I think Disney at home would be so fun!

  3. Raquel June 8, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    We are going camping this summer! We never miss a chance for smores so I’m going to try out for campfire cones this year..they look so yummy! These are great ideas, can’t wait to see your pictures from your staycation!

  4. Tara @ The Shop Gal June 12, 2016 / 12:01 pm

    We say that we’ll go camping every summer, but we never make it! This year!!

  5. jennifer June 12, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I thought staycation was to go somewhere nearby too, but this works if you just want to relax. thanks for sharing @#mommatime

    • inezbayardo June 14, 2016 / 9:36 pm

      I had initially planned on making the third option almost entirely day trips but since the other two involved staying home, I decided to stick with that. 🙂

  6. Becky July 7, 2016 / 5:58 am

    How fun!!! Cute ideas. Those campfire cones look AMAZING!

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