banner ad
banner ad

7 Staycation Tips for a Week of Fun ~ Giveaway CAN 04/10

| March 8, 2016 | 101 Comments

wolves outdoor at the farm


7 Staycation Tips for a Week of Fun


Usually for March Break, our family stays in Ottawa and spends time relaxing at home after a long winter, snowshoeing, visiting local museums, or going to my favourite malls for spring shopping; however this year, I was invited with my daughter to a media trip in Toronto and will be taking part in some amazing sightseeing attractions!

If you plan on a staycation for March Break, it does not have to be daunting. Think of it as being a tourist in your very own city or to a nearby municipality. You can stay indoors, cozy and warm, or get outside and enjoy an adventure.

Here are seven tips on how to fully enjoy a staycation, one activity per day, without the stress and exhaustion that national or international travel can cause on your family.


C&D Product_MarchBreak (Small)


1.       Plan an indoor excursion. Take a trip to a museum, gallery or science centre (to name a few). Whatever your interest may be, from antiques and art to science and nature, there is an exhibit for you.  

2.       Visit a local ski resort. Take a day, or two, to hit the slopes with your family; you can ski, snowboard, snow tube or hike, the options are endless.

·         Tip: If you have family members who are motion sensitive like my son, GravolTM Quick Dissolve Chewables (available for kids and adults) are an effective and convenient option to treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness, so you can get there more comfortably and with less worry. (Don’t take GravolTM chewables and drive, as GravolTM Quick Dissolve Chewables may cause cause drowsiness).

3.       Unwind with a good book. With hectic lives and busy schedules, sometimes we don’t have time for the simple things in life, like curling up with a good book. If you have readers in your family, take advantage of some down time and let your mind be captivated by a new story. For younger kids, colouring or picture books might do the trick!

4.       At-home makeovers. Be your own glam squad and grab those nail polishes, make-up powders, sparkle eye shadows, styling tools and last but not least…BatisteTM Dry Shampoo! When you are in a hurry to leave the house and enjoy your day with your family, it’s perfect to use between washes and so easy to use. Applying quick burst revitalizes hair and removes any excess oil, adding body and texture. With the new limited-edition BatisteTM Ella Henderson Sweet & Seductive Dry Shampoo, you’ll feel like a celebrity, with hair that looks, feels and smells great!

5.       Crafts, puzzles and games galore. Now you have time to get into a new project with your kids that could take a few hours or few days, you decide.

6.       Try new recipes. The March break can have us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, inspiring us to tackle that new recipe you or your kids have been wanting to try. Whether it’s a batch of cookies or a yummy stew take advantage of your time. It might end up being something you love!

·         In addition to all the good food you’ll cook up, make sure all family members get the get their daily recommended nutrients by taking vitamins such as the VitafusionTM Men’s or Women’s Complete Multivitamin and Lil’CrittersTM Gummy VitesTM for kids.

7.       Get outside. Go for a walk, a skate at a local rink and maybe pop into a coffee shop to escape from the cold and warm up with a delicious drink.

  What are your favourite staycation ideas?


Staycation Giveaway


IMG_5699 (Small)


To help ensure you’re ready for your next staycation, Church and Dwight would like for one of the Ottawa Mommy Club readers to win these spring essentials:

  • Vitafusion™ Women’s Complete Multivitamin
  • Vitafusion™ Men’s Complete Multivitamin
  • L’il Critters™ Gummy Vites™
  • Ella Henderson for Batiste™ Dry Shampoo
  • OxiClean™ Versatile Stain Remover 
  • Arm & Hammer™ Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Paste 
  • Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Truly Radiant™ Clean & Fresh Battery Brush 
  • Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Paw Patrol Battery Brush 
  • Arm & Hammer™ Spinbrush™ Disney Descendants Battery Brush 
  • Nair™ Wax Ready-Strips Legs & Body 

 Value: Approximately $80 

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and ends at 11:59 EDT on April 10th, 2016.

Good Luck!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here

Click here to view this promotion.


Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Category: Giveaways Archived, Living, Themes, Tips, Travel, Weekly Themes, Winter

About the Author ()

Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 16 year old son and a 20 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She is also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award. Author's website.

Comments (101)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Heidi c. says:

    We read, do lots of arts and crafts, play games and have fun outdoors.

  2. KELLY E says:

    Unwinding with a good book and watching movies is my idea of a staycation

  3. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

    my favorite was #3 – we love staying home and reading

  4. joanne frank says:

    Renting a cottage by a lake. Skate, bon fire, cook out with the kids . Then cuddle up on coach and play board games and have lots of laughs .

  5. Luzviminda Gunter-Smith says:

    I Ike spending tme with family and have a great time on stay cation

  6. maria says:

    Being a tourist in your own city and visiting places you never have before.

  7. Dana says:

    We like to go 4 wheeling and take a lunch with us 🙂

  8. Julie bolduc says:

    We are staying at a hotel for 1 night with the kids

  9. Amber Y says:

    My favourite way to spend a staycation is at the beach and at our favourite restaurants.

  10. Juliee Fitze says:

    I like to do crafts with the grandkids and go to the pool to swim .

  11. cheryl says:

    crafts, puzzles, games with my kids

  12. dawn gordon says:

    arts and crafts, movies in but movies out, local libraries and local playgrounds, the local YMCA

    lots to do in your local areas if you look around, that are either free or low cost but fulfilling for the kids

  13. Karry Knisley says:

    I like taking the kids to baking and cooking classes as well as visit local restaurants

  14. laura feist says:

    ilove going to the cabin

  15. andrea amy says:

    playing at the park, movie and games nights, baking cookies or cupcakes, craft projects

  16. missbobloblaw says:

    I love doing something as simple as renting a local hotel room just to get out of the house for the night!

  17. Liberty says:

    I like taking time to enjoy the outdoors. Just to see what nature offers.

  18. Sandy Gliddon says:

    we just stay in the area. Hope to get out on our motorcycles at least once. It’s a tradition. Try to get outdoors and enjoy the breath of spring.

  19. Sarah says:

    I like the idea of getting outside as much as possible. The weather is getting so nice, I hope it lasts for spring break.

  20. Nicky says:

    making forts, swimming, playing in the park, reading, cooking, dominos!

  21. Christina says:

    We’re going to the Natural History museum 😉

  22. Wanda Tracey says:

    My favorite stacation ideas are to visit my new grandson.We also love going out to the maple sugar bush to help to make syrup by collecting all the sap from the trees.It’s alot of fun and a great way to do fun job together.

  23. Suzie B says:

    I really like the tip to GET OUTSIDE!

  24. Sandra S says:

    Go for hikes and enjoy the outdoors

  25. andie says:

    I find if I leave a large puzzle out on the family room table, people just come together and stay still for awhile. Not so easy these days.

  26. Jennifer L. says:

    I like to visit local museums and theaters.

  27. Travelbuds says:

    Weather permitting I like to plan as many things outdoors as I can. Going to the park, the beach, hiking.

  28. KD says:

    I like visiting the local library to check out new books to read at home. The science centre is fun to visit. Depending on weather, a walk is good too.

  29. lori b says:

    geo caching is one of our fav things to get out and do

  30. Rachelle Marois says:

    My favourite stay-cation is to go to local museums (on free thursday nights) with the kids.

  31. Treen Goodwin says:

    Coloring , watching movies and baking with my Grand kids is my idea of Staycation ideas 🙂 thanks for the chance !

  32. Doris H says:

    We like to check out local events, and we attend movies.

  33. Cassie Fancy says:

    WE love doing crafts and flying kites

  34. Loretta says:

    love staying home and reading

  35. Joyce says:

    Splurging on Food since we’re not spending on lodging 🙂

  36. Monique L.S. says:

    We do the usual – walking around the neighbourhood, going to the park, driving to new areas of the city to see what we can discover.

  37. Jennifer Lo says:

    We read, go to the parks, do arts and crafts, play games and have fun outdoors.

  38. Aarone mawdsley says:

    Going camping somewhere close

  39. Dianne G. says:

    Some of my favourites are trips to the zoo, going to the park for picnics, and going to the bird sanctuary.

  40. Yuen C says:

    Going on a hike at a nearby trail

  41. We love going for walks down to the lake together

  42. Sara Rai says:

    Love spending time with family at home:)

  43. Darwin says:

    My favourite staycation idea is going on a double decker tour bus in your own city.

  44. yvonne says:

    The best staycation idea is to actually pretend to be a tourist in your city. It’s amazing just how much we can take for granted.

  45. tammy ta says:

    I like to camp in our back yard-very, Very, VERY! convenient.

  46. Wanda Tracey says:

    My favorite way to staycation is to help our friends make maple syrup in the maple sugar bush.It’s fun,,,great team work,,,and lots of fresh air and exercise.We love making maple sugar candy in the snow for the kids.

  47. Laurie W. says:

    My favourite staycation is a movie marathon.

  48. Teri Lawler says:

    Crafts, cuddles, and family time ❤

  49. Yuen C says:

    I like to go to local events

  50. Leigh Wood says:

    Inviting our friends and families to our cottage for the weekend…hiking, sipping cocktails, games, hikes, swimming, play structures, snacking, bbqing ETC ETC ETC = Good times !!

Leave a Reply