Lots of fun can be had right in your own community. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in trying to go on the expensive vacation but we can have a low-cost or free staycation in our own backyards! Here are some ideas to start your adventure close to home!
Do you have a local donut shop you frequent or florist you order flowers from? Ask them if you can bring the kiddos in for a tour behind the scenes. Seeing how their favorite treat is made or how those pretty flowers arrive at grandma's house could be lots of fun. Local Fire Stations and Police Stations can be a great adventure as well. We have stopped by one of ours several times to check out the "big trucks". ;)
Picnic at the Park
Gather a list of all the parks in your town and check them all out. Pack a picnic lunch (or dinner) once a week and head out to a new park. You never know, you might find one that you love and had no idea it had so much to offer.
Almost every town has landmarks. Whether it is a home someone notable grew up in or a statue symbolic meaning. Make a list of all the landmarks in your area and hit each throughout the summer. Snap pictures at each one and create a scrapbook of memories too look back on.
Party in the Street
Some cities may let you hold block parties and this can be a great way to get to know all the neighbors. Contact your city hall to see about blocking your street off for a day and get everyone together for a cookout, games, and a fun time in the street. We lined our street with tables and everyone brought a dish. Fill up a pool for the kiddos and you are ready to relax and make new friends.
Last year we held our First Annual Fourth of July Parade. It was so much fun and we are already getting ready for the second annual parade. We got friends and family together and decorated bikes and a trailer as well as cut a CD of Patriotic music. We all dressed up in our red, white, and blue and drove around the neighborhoods singing and chanting to get everyone in the spirit.