Planning a Winter Staycation
Things are kind of tight this year so it looks like we aren’t going anywhere for the holidays. Plus – we just took the kids on an airplane over Thanksgiving and we have vowed not to do that again for at least another 5 years. Let’s just say that flying with them aged me. A LOT.
So what are we going to do for our “staycation’? Here’s what we’ve got so far:
Road Trips: Turns out there are no less than 8 indoor water parks within a few hours of us. And while I’m a bit of a germaphobe, I’m just going to try and go with it. The coupons sites are all offering deals to keep things budget friendly.
The Great Outdoors: We aren’t real outdoorsy types. I hate nature (bugs, dirt, heat, cold etc) and the kids think that walking more than 20 feet is considered a “hike”. But that might have to change this year. There are some outdoor parks that we might try to explore that offer winter sports, walking trails etc.
Faux Birthday Party: Most of the kid-friendly venues near us (gyms, arcades etc.) offer great deals for birthday parties – many of them come with pizza and cake. So we decided to get a group of friends together for a fake birthday party for the kids!
Local Lodgings: There’s something about staying at a hotel, no matter where it is, that’s fun. The kids feel like it’s an adventure and I don’t have to cook! There are some cute bed and breakfasts and even castle type hotels within an hour of us that have weeknight specials.
Train-ing Day: I commute to the city each day and my kids are always begging me to take the train in with me and visit my office. While I have no intention of going to the office during my days off, both my husband and I have monthly passes so we can just grab the kids and go on a ride. Grand Central Station has tons of shops, displays and places to eat, so we won’t even need to go outside and fight the crowds.
Anyone have any other staycation suggestions?