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9 Fun Summer Staycation Ideas


Everyone needs a vacation from time to time. If you don’t feel like travelling this summer, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy yourself and create lifelong family memories! Here are some fun summer staycation ideas!

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9 Fun Summer Staycation Ideas

1. Splash around

There are plenty of great ways to enjoy water activities when you’re on a staycation. Visit a local beach or lake, make fun DIY water play areas in your backyard, or splash with water balloons to help cool off during the summer season.

2. Go camping

Whether you go camping in your backyard or at a state or national park, camping can make for a great staycation. Unplug from social media and enjoy the great outdoors. You can go fishing, hiking, tell ghost stories, and make s’mores.

3. Go to a drive-in movie theatre

A drive-in movie can make for a fun summer activity, no matter how old you are!

4. Explore your own city and nearby areas

If you’re on a really low budget, try to plan your staycation around your own city and visit nearby areas. If ferries are available nearby, pack a lunch, hop on a ferry and go exploring. Near Ottawa, you can take the Cumberland Ferry and head out to visit an amazing destination for the whole family, Parc Omega. While in Montebello, you can visit these family attractions!

5. Try geocachin

If you and your family love scavenger hunts, you’ll be bound to enjoy geocaching, which requires GPS navigation. It can make for a fun adventure!

6. Experience something new together

If you’ve never been kayaking, canoeing or golfing try it out together as a family! It’s peaceful, provides good exercise, and it’s fun.

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7. Make your own dinner night

Have family members pick their favourite food and make it by putting all the ingredients on the table. Suggestions could be pizzas, tacos, burritos, and for dessert, a great choice would be an ice cream sundae bar.

8. Theme Nights

Each family member can decide on a theme night idea starting with the youngest child to the oldest family member. Food, entertainment and even costumes or dress up will be part of the theme. 

9. Explore a new park or trail

Bring your picnic basket, blankets, and sports balls and head out to your city’s local park or trail. 

These are just some fun summer staycation ideas to take into consideration!

Do you have any suggestions for summer staycation ideas?

Comment below!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. 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 City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Staycations are just as fun and sometimes it’s the only way to vacation, we have had lots of staycations and have had no complaints!!

  2. Love these ideas and so will kids. I am going camping in August with my daughter and family – first time in nearly 50 yrs! I don’t believe that we have a drive-in movie theatre anywhere around here.

  3. Great ideas! There’s so much to explore nearby and we sometimes take for granted how close we live to so many tourist destinations.


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