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

| March 8, 2016 | 101 Comments

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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.


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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.

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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


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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

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Lyne 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 loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. 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 City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Michelle ofarrell says:

    This looks great. A little something for all of us!

  2. ivy pluchinsky says:

    Getting a hotel in the city and spending the day/evening swimming and going shopping

  3. Judy Cowan says:

    We love doing crafts and baking for staycations. Good time to try some new things out!

  4. Gillian Morgan says:

    Going to the local museum and historical sites.

  5. jan says:

    we love going for hikes and camping in our parks

  6. Cheryl says:

    I love taking walks weather dependent, baking with my kids, watching movies

  7. Amy M says:

    I like the staycation idea of have different themed days like a craft day, baking day, movie day etc.

  8. Elaine G says:

    Going for walks, baking, watching movies and reading.

  9. Lynda Cook says:

    Mine is having the fire in the backyard and using it to cook on too!! and just relaxing!

  10. Jonnie says:

    We love to hit up West Edmonton Mall for some staycation fun. There’s so much to do there!

  11. Brenda Penton says:

    I like going on short road trips and discovering little restaurants along the way.

  12. Kim K says:

    Getting outside and enjoying nature, local festivals and other local attractions that I’ve never experienced before.

  13. Josie says:

    love to go to parks, hiking, swimming, bike rides

  14. Jana L. says:

    reading and hiking ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Athena says:

    I love doing touristy things you otherwise may not do in your own town.

  16. Florence C says:

    I like to take in community events during a staycation.

  17. Robyn Bellefleur says:

    I like having the fire in the backyard. I will also decorate my back deck in a theme like Hawaiian for added fun.

  18. SweetPanda says:

    Doing games, puzzles at home, going to museums and aquarium

  19. lori b says:

    I like to do geocaching

  20. angela eagle says:

    crafts, baking, indoor swimming, maple syrup festival, board games, hiking

  21. kathy downey says:

    Going to the cottage,relaxing and do some fishing

  22. Erinn Lishman says:

    I love the at home makeover staycation idea! I have three little girls who would love their makeup and nails done, and adding a bit of dry shampoo would be a treat for them too!

  23. Belinda says:

    I like finding new recipes to try out

  24. Tammy Dalley says:

    Baking , watching movies or playing board games

  25. Anu Chopra says:

    My favorite idea is Crafts, puzzles and games galore

  26. Tina L. says:

    Visiting local attractions and playing tourist

  27. heather sibley says:

    I like going to see a movie and playing board games.

  28. Daniela Plume says:

    my fave staycation is curling up with a good book

  29. Sandi Tymchuk says:

    I like the indoor excursion idea, in case the weather is less than ideal.

  30. Holly OGorman says:

    We love board games, crafting and baking.

  31. Linda Svarovsky says:

    Going for walks exploring library and museum

  32. joanne darrell says:

    My best Staycation tip is taking advantage of Canada Day activities in Ottawa.

  33. eric says:

    My Favourite idea is to stay home and try new recipes

  34. books and movies, that is the way to go

  35. Caelin Webber says:

    Our local library has some great (and free) activities for kids!

  36. Melissa Marie says:

    Great idea to do an at home makeover, I might do my daughters nails.

  37. Mary Jaglowitz says:

    A trip to the cottage in Conestoga.

  38. Edmond says:

    Great Scout , Marty, my fave: walk on beach exploring nature. Thank you for the awesomeness, the contest, and generosity. ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. NicoleEmma says:

    I love reading books and doing puzzles.

  40. Cahley Tod-Tims says:

    I like to go downtown and window shop!

  41. Anne Derkat says:

    I’d spend a weekend at West Edmonton Mall.

  42. Karla Sceviour says:

    Go out for a nice scenic drive!

  43. Carole D. says:

    We love to go to the Calgary zoo.

  44. Sandra S says:

    Love to go out for hikes and enjoy the outdoors

  45. nicolthepickle (Nicole Graham) says:

    We like to have a nice candlelit dinner in the evening. My kids think it is so special.

  46. Tracy D says:

    Our library has some great activities for match break, magicians, movies, science activities.

  47. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I like to check out the local museums and the zoo.

  48. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I like relaxing when it’s staycation time. I sleep longer, read a lot, drink lots of coffee and generally am just lazy ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. We like to have marshmellows on the fire and go out for dinner. Nothing like a staycation!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  50. Laurie B says:

    My favourite staycation ideas are getting outside and enjoying the warmer weather and playing games with the kids

  51. Heidi c. says:

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

  52. KELLY E says:

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

  53. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard says:

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

  54. 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 .

  55. Luzviminda Gunter-Smith says:

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

  56. maria says:

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

  57. Dana says:

    We like to go 4 wheeling and take a lunch with us ๐Ÿ™‚

  58. Julie bolduc says:

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

  59. Amber Y says:

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

  60. Juliee Fitze says:

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

  61. cheryl says:

    crafts, puzzles, games with my kids

  62. 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

  63. Karry Knisley says:

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

  64. laura feist says:

    ilove going to the cabin

  65. andrea amy says:

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

  66. missbobloblaw says:

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

  67. Liberty says:

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

  68. 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.

  69. 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.

  70. Nicky says:

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

  71. Christina says:

    We’re going to the Natural History museum ๐Ÿ˜‰

  72. 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.

  73. Suzie B says:

    I really like the tip to GET OUTSIDE!

  74. Sandra S says:

    Go for hikes and enjoy the outdoors

  75. 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.

  76. Jennifer L. says:

    I like to visit local museums and theaters.

  77. Travelbuds says:

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

  78. 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.

  79. lori b says:

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

  80. Rachelle Marois says:

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

  81. Treen Goodwin says:

    Coloring , watching movies and baking with my Grand kids is my idea of Staycation ideas ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the chance !

  82. Doris H says:

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

  83. Cassie Fancy says:

    WE love doing crafts and flying kites

  84. Loretta says:

    love staying home and reading

  85. Joyce says:

    Splurging on Food since we’re not spending on lodging ๐Ÿ™‚

  86. 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.

  87. Jennifer Lo says:

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

  88. Aarone mawdsley says:

    Going camping somewhere close

  89. Dianne G. says:

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

  90. Yuen C says:

    Going on a hike at a nearby trail

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

  92. Sara Rai says:

    Love spending time with family at home:)

  93. Darwin says:

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

  94. 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.

  95. tammy ta says:

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

  96. 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.

  97. Laurie W. says:

    My favourite staycation is a movie marathon.

  98. Teri Lawler says:

    Crafts, cuddles, and family time โค

  99. Yuen C says:

    I like to go to local events

  100. 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 !!

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