Family Fun Staycation Ideas

By Sylvan Learning

Middle School

August is the perfect time for some serious family fun — and it doesn’t have to happen far from home. Stress- and suitcase-free, staycations are a great way to take a breather, create new experiences and enjoy each other’s company before the school year begins. We’ve got plenty of ideas for making your home the ultimate in domestic destinations!

An International Affair: Not having your passport in order shouldn’t stop you from roaming the globe and exploring different cultures with your family. Have your child pick a country and fully immerse the family in its food, music, movies and dress for the day.

Cooking together

The Connoisseur Course: Take your town up on its arts-based offerings by building an itinerary around free summer concerts, community theater groups, gallery and art showings and crafts fairs. Bonus points for recreating some of that art at home.

Treasure Tracking: Leave the sailboat docked because Geocaching is a blast for the whole family. This free real-world outdoor treasure hunt encourages players to use their smartphone or GPS to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, and share their experiences online.

Garden Getaway: We’re with Cicero, who said, “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Taking some time as a family to plot and plant a garden will give everyone something to be proud of and a delicious harvest to look forward to in the fall. Check out HGTV’s list of 15 Vegetables You Can Plant Now for Fall Harvest.

Mother and Son Gardening Together

Spa Where You Are: Longing for a little pampering? Preparing cool drinks and finger food, breaking out the good candles and springing for some home spa beauty products could be just what the doctor ordered.

Backpacker’s Welcome: Locking yourself out of the house is usually a bad thing, but not always! Make a pledge with your family to spend a day roughing it, hiking, biking and camping in and around the yard.

A Summer Safari: Grab your binoculars and don your best khaki; Local aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and nature sanctuaries offer up close access to nature and wildlife.

Mother with kids visiting a huge aquarium

Historical Detective: What is the story behind that haunted-looking house outside town, anyway? Unearth some interesting history by visiting museums, libraries, and tourist attractions —who knows what type of quirky, spooky facts you might dig up?

You don’t have to go far to enjoy new experiences with your family, all you need is a sense of adventure and a good attitude. So set some dates and try some of our family fun staycation ideas this month!