Sometimes leaving the homestead is tough. When I planned my chicken coop I added some vacation ready coop features, but when that is not enough it is time to think outside the box. These backyard vacation ideas can be a lot of fun for a family (especially the kids) and you can plan one, of course, in your own backyard.
Spring break is coming up for many people and vacation is on our mind! These backyard vacation ideas are fun for the kids, frugal for the family, and does not cause stress if you have a busy homestead. Here are some tips for having a great backyard vacation.
Backyard Vacation Ideas: Forget (or Plan Ahead) Your Chores
Think of your backyard vacation as a regular spring break. Forget the chores that you can and plan ahead for the ones you can't. A backyard vacation can happen in as little as a day so you should be able to plan your chores around that.
On that note, if you are able to then leave your electronics behind too! Since this is a short vacation there is a higher likelihood that you can leave your electronics behind.
Backyard Vacation Ideas: Find Something Local
Pretend this is your first time where you live and go to a local spot (or two) during the day. You can find backyard vacation ideas using a special local festival time if you want or you can visit a place that is always there, but you might not get to go that often. Some examples are a zoo, museum, festival, or even a local park that you do not visit that often.
If you want (and since you are in the area), you can find backyard vacation ideas during a time that there are free or frugal events in your local area. With that in mind, if you can afford it then paying a museum or zoo fee can sometimes be worth it! Free days are generally busy and crazy. If this is something that is not your cup of tea then you may not want to start your vacation out on that note. You can always use coupons on a normal day. Coupons can generally be found in hotel lobbies and your local AAA.
If you are planning your backyard vacation here in Arizona then I definitely recommend the International Wildlife Museum. It is a lot of fun.
When we were in San Diego we went to Legoland and it was also a lot of fun. If you are close to a legoland or lego activity center then that might be a great place to spend the day.
Backyard Vacation Ideas: Sleeping Arrangements
If you have a tent then you can set it up in your backyard and sleep with your sleeping bags. If you do not have a tent and think you will use it again then consider purchasing one. They are a whole lot cheaper than a hotel stay and a lot of fun for kids. Fun night time activites can include flashlight tag, glow stick searches, shadow puppets, and even ghost stories if your kiddos are old enough.
If you want you can stay at a local hotel. This can be a lot of fun for the kiddos and since you are already in the area you can find the best (cheapest) time to go. Finding one with a pool is always a plus for the kids.
If you do not have a tent and are still looking for a free way to have a backyard vacation then don't rule out having the camp out in your own living room. You can still bring your sleeping bags and pillows, have snacks, and tell tales. You could even play a game (our kids love Fearsome Floors, which we use for our regular family game nights).
Backyard Vacation Ideas: Food
You can have a barbecue, roast hot dogs, and make smores if you have a place for a campfire. If eating out is in your budget, visit a restaurant that you have not gone to before. If you are having a living room camp out then plan your meal ahead of time so you are not actually in the kitchen and dining room to make it. Remember, this is your vacation. Try to make it different than a typical day.
Backyard Vacation Ideas: Final Tips
Take pictures and let your kids take pictures. Pack your clothes for the next day in a suitcase. Do everything you can think of to make sure this is a fun backyard vacation and not just another day in the house.
What other backyard vacation ideas do you have?