10 March Break Staycation Tips {Contest}

Kinder Surprise 2012

In a matter of days I will be laying on a beach, drinking something with rum in it and watching my daughter having the time of her life.

No, it’s not quite March Break yet but we’ve taken our vacation early because we just couldn’t wait! And because vacation packages tend to be a little cheaper before the hustle and bustle of the spring break sets in.

This will be our first trip south with our little one and it’s a big one. We are spending the week in the Caribbean with 25 friends and family members. It really will be the trip of a lifetime, not only for Little S, but also for us. It’s the perfect combination of adult and family fun.

Like most children, Little S loves the water. I’m so looking forward to playing with her in the huge swimming pool and the salty ocean. This will be her first time setting foot in the ocean and I’m excited to see what she thinks. Something about spending the week at the beach says family fun. From sandcastle making to snorkeling, to water fights, it’s going to be a magical week of priceless family time.

THE STAYCATION

March Break doesn’t necessarily have to be spent away from home. With some planning you can have a lot of fun with your kids on a family ‘Staycation’. Changing up your routine, discovering new things in your own city and planning fun activities at home can make staying home over the holidays a fun and exciting option.

I have a lot of experience with the Staycation so I’m going to share  ten easy tips to make your at-home-adventure the best one yet:

1. Set a budget: a Staycation is definitely more budget-friendly than an extravagant vacation but you should still set a budget and keep in mind what you’re able to spend on local activities and outings.

2. Research: take some time to check out what’s going on in your city or nearby locations. Visit your local tourism site to find out what events are taking place.

3. Have a backup plan: do your plans rely on the weather? Have a plan in place should the weather affect your activities.

4. Trash your routine: one of the most alluring things about leaving home is leaving your schedule and routine behind. Staying local can offer too many temptations to accomplish things like chores and work. Consider a ‘no electronics’ policy and complete your chores before your time off.

5. Do something you’ve never done before: we’re all guilty of not taking advantage of the great things our city or town has to offer. Make a point of visiting that one place you’ve been meaning to visit. Think like a tourist; if an out-of-towner asked you for advice on activities to do in your city, where would you send him or her? The museum? The art gallery? Your favourite restaurant? Add those places to your list.

6. Think outside the box: just because you won’t be staying in a hotel overnight doesn’t mean you have to sleep in your own bed. Consider blowing up an air mattress on the living room floor and having a slumber party.

7. Schedule your days: yes I mentioned you should trash your routine but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to plan ahead. Children can get bored quickly so wake up each morning with an action plan.

8. Go for a walk: we all too often jump in the car to get around town. The most neglected part of your city or town can be what is virtually just beyond your doorstep. Spend a day walking around your neighbourhood; visit local shops; snack at a local bakery; grab a hot chocolate at your neighbourhood cafe.

9. Document it: capture your Staycation on film just as you would at Disneyland! Take your camera and camcorder with you everywhere you go. Consider creating a fun photo book or collage at the end of your Staycation to create lasting memories.

10. Enjoy it: approach your Staycation with enthusiasm and excitement just as you would if you were leaving the country. Build anticipation; involve the kids in planning; check days off your calendar leading up to it.

WIN $500 TOWARDS YOUR OWN STAYCATION WITH KINDER CANADA

This month (February) on the Kinder Canada Facebook page you can enter to win $500 towards planning your own family Staycation. Every time you frame a shared moment of joy you’ll also be entered for a chance to win this month’s contest. And while you’re there check out the new Kinder Surprise 2012 toy collection. Lots of fun to be had! Good luck and enjoy!

Disclosure: I’m part of the Kinder® Mom program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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