Disney Travel Tip: Save On Drinks

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With a family of 5, we tend to drink a lot! Especially when we are not at home, our girls think that they need to have something to drink every 5 minutes! So there are a few things we do to keep the cost of drinks to a minimal while vacationing in Disney.

  • Bring A Cooler- Disney allows you to bring a soft sided cooler. This is great to keep it full of bottles of water, bottled drinks, juice boxes, etc. Keep an ice pack in the bottom and you know have drinks that you were able to pick up at the Dollar Store, Target or your local grocery store at a better price than at the park! Just keep this in mind, Disney does not allow glass containers at any of the parks and no straws at Animal Kingdom due to safety of the animals.
  • Ask For A Cup Of Ice Water- This is probably my favorite part! Stop by any counter service restaurant and ask for a FREE cup of ice water (it is tap water). This is a great way to keep your family hydrated without the cost. Disney’s tap water does have a little bit of a funny taste and since my family is very picky when it comes to their water taste buds, I have another trick. Before you head to the park, fill your bag with drink mix packets (Kool Aid, Lemonade, Tea, etc) to add to the FREE cup of ice water! This will help satisfy their taste buds, keep them hydrated and keep money in your pocket! (EXTRA TIP: Buy a couple Filtered Water Bottles to make the tap water from Disney taste better!)
  • FREE Samples from Epcot Club Cool- There is a this great shop in Epcot that sells Coke Merchandise and gives you FREE Samples of Coke products from around the world! This is a great way to not only try out some great drinks from other countries but can quench your thirst with some sweet drinks!
  • Refillable Cups- Not all the parks offer this but both water parks at Disney offers a refillable cup for around $10 for unlimited drinks all day! This can be a great way to help spend less if you plan on getting several drinks throughout the day! Hot days at the park would make this deal worth every penny!

Check out other ways our family plans to save while on vacation in Disney!

What ways do you save while vacationing to Disney?

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Get The Sillies Out- Best Concert Yet!

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If you have little ones that watch Nick Jr, then you most likely know who Yo Gabba Gabba is! Well they are not only entertaining your little ones on the tv screen, they are hitting the road and visiting cities across the map to get your little ones up and moving!

028-Lance and PlexYo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. The television show, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! marks the third tour for the successful Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! concert series. The first tour, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: There’s a Party in My City!, launched with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a performance at the White House in 2010.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 2010 tour played to sold out venues in 60 cities. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! enjoyed repeat success in 2011, energizing audiences across North America at over 120 shows.

yo gabba gabba crewFeaturing the one and only DJ Lance Rock, plus Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, and Plex, and of course, hip hop legend Biz Markie- this show is packed with fun and get up and dance music!

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I love that they introduce all the characters- this was a big help for the hubby to know who was who when our girls started yelling and getting excited for certain ones!! This show keeps you moving and dancing for the entire 80 minutes, just enough time to let the little ones have a great time, but not too long to allow them to get bored!

         yo gabba gabba sillies out           yo gabba gabba party in my tummy 2

You get to hear all your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba hits like:

  • yo gabba gabba bubblesThere’s A Party In My Tummy, So Yummy
  • Get The Sillies Out
  • Biz’s Beat of the Day
  • Don’t Be Afraid
  • Bubbles
  • Good Bye Song

 

 

You can head on over to Nick Jr and print your very own sing alongs for your favorite Yo Gabba Gabba song to know all the words!

good bye, good bye yo gabba gabba

The Good Bye Song was extremely difficult for our youngest! She immediately began to cry and say she wanted to stay with Yo Gabba Gabba! Just goes to show just how much she loves them and how much fun she really had- as well as the others who packed the house (see picture below)!!

yo gabba gabba full house

For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is a state-of-the-art production and an interactive experience that offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life when DJ Lance Rock and fans say the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie will join the cast on stage for Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! with Biz’s Beat of the Day. The show will also feature Super Music Friends and Dancey Dance guest performances. Past Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! guest performances have included Devenda Banhart, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, Kid Koala, Moby, DMC (Run DMC), Shaggy, Snoop Dogg, Dave Grohl, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Nicole Richie, Kid Sister, Keri Russell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Reitman, Zac Brown and the Drive By Truckers and more, while Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Jason Bateman, Travis Barker, Brendan Fraser, Heidi Klum, Chris Noth, Gwen Stefani, Brooke Shields, Dennis Quaid and others attended with their families.

About Yo Gabba Gabba!: Yo Gabba Gabba! premiered in the U.S. on Nickelodeon in August, 2007 and currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television with broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults. The award-winning series is created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz. The live tour is produced with DHX Media by S2BN Entertainment. Yo Gabba Gabba! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons. The series and the live show stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and a cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink flower bubble, Muno, the red Cyclops, Toodee, the blue cat-dragon and Plex, the yellow robot. Today’s most popular names in movies, television, music and sports flock to the groundbreaking series, including series regulars Biz Markie and Mark Mothersbaugh, and guest stars such as Fred Armisen, Erykah Badu, Jack Black, Anthony Bourdain, Devo, Flaming Lips, Meta World Peace (Ron Artest), Tony Hawk, The Killers, Jack McBrayer, MGMT, Mos Def, The Roots, Andy Samberg, The Shins, Sarah Silverman, Amare Stoudemire, The Ting Tings, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. Yo Gabba Gabba! apparel, CDs, DVDs, books and other merchandise are sold online and in mass and specialty retail stores nationwide in the U.S. The series, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr. and in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K.  Visit www.yogabbagabba.com.

SPECIAL CODE WORDS: YUMMY IN MY TUMMY

I received tickets to one of the above mentioned shows in order to conduct this review. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own!

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live! Get The Sillies Out- 50 Cities See Tour Dates

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YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE! GET THE SILLIES OUT! TOUR

Tickets and Gabba Party Packages Now on sale

(November 20, 2012)- The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!. The Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get The Sillies Out! will visit more than 50 cities across the U.S. in 2013.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is touring in support of their first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear and a DVD/ CD collectors edition.

For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, visit www.yogabbagabbalive.com

Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. The television show, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! marks the third tour for the successful Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! concert series. The first tour, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: There’s a Party in My City!, launched with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a performance at the White House in 2010.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 2010 tour played to sold out venues in 60 cities. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! enjoyed repeat success in 2011, energizing audiences across North America at over 120 shows.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is a state-of-the-art production and an interactive experience that offers audiences of all ages the opportunity to witness their favorite characters come to life when DJ Lance Rock and fans say the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”. Hip-hop legend Biz Markie will join the cast on stage for Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! with Biz’s Beat of the Day. The show will also feature Super Music Friends and Dancey Dance guest performances. Past Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! guest performances have included Devenda Banhart, Cold War Kids, Matt Costa, Kid Koala, Moby, DMC (Run DMC), Shaggy, Snoop Dogg, Dave Grohl, Jon Heder, Talib Kweli, Mix Master Mike, Nicole Richie, Kid Sister, Keri Russell, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jason Reitman, Zac Brown and the Drive By Truckers and more, while Christina Aguilera, Jessica Alba, Jason Bateman, Travis Barker, Brendan Fraser, Heidi Klum, Chris Noth, Gwen Stefani, Brooke Shields, Dennis Quaid and others attended with their families.

About Yo Gabba Gabba!

Yo Gabba Gabba! premiered in the U.S. on Nickelodeon in August, 2007 and currently ranks as one of the most popular series on television with broad appeal among preschoolers, parents, teens and adults. The award-winning series is created by Christian Jacobs and Scott Schultz. The live tour is produced with DHX Media by S2BN Entertainment. Yo Gabba Gabba! infuses retro-style and beat-driven music to teach simple life lessons. The series and the live show stars DJ Lance Rock (Lance Robertson) and a cast of colorful characters, including: Brobee, the little green one, Foofa, the pink flower bubble, Muno, the red Cyclops, Toodee, the blue cat-dragon and Plex, the yellow robot. Today’s most popular names in movies, television, music and sports flock to the groundbreaking series, including series regulars Biz Markie and Mark Mothersbaugh, and guest stars such as Fred Armisen, Erykah Badu, Jack Black, Anthony Bourdain, Devo, Flaming Lips, Meta World Peace (Ron Artest), Tony Hawk, The Killers, Jack McBrayer, MGMT, Mos Def, The Roots, Andy Samberg, The Shins, Sarah Silverman, Amare Stoudemire, The Ting Tings, Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Elijah Wood and Weird Al Yankovic, among others. Yo Gabba Gabba! apparel, CDs, DVDs, books and other merchandise are sold online and in mass and specialty retail stores nationwide in the U.S. The series, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr. and in several major international territories, including Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Latin America, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.K.  Visit www.yogabbagabba.com.

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Have You Met Someone On A Flight? #ConnectingFlights

I have heard of canceled flights or delays lead to on flight romance and who knows it could happen! But it is even funnier when it happens to be 2 bloggers in an airport! See what all they happen to “bump” into in this super cute, must see video!

Have you ever met someone while flying? I have only flown two times and both were with my hubby and one time with our 2 oldest daughters! The only person I met was the flight attendant that was trying to help me maintain my cool! Turbulence was not my friend, and staying calm in front of my kiddos was all I needed to accomplish that day!

Not having a lot of flying experience I do recall a friend of ours grabbing a flight to Florida to only learn that the lady next to them was their long lost relative, an great aunt I believe. After about an hours of talking about where they grew up, our friend mentioned their grandmother’s family nick name and it clicked for the lady that they were related! It amazes me as to how large this world is and yet how small it can be! You never know who you could met on your next flight!!

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Family Fun Halloween Weekend at Cedar Point

I have passed Cedar Point several times in my life while playing on a traveling softball team growing up, but we never had time to stop and visit! So when my family and I got the opportunity to check out Cedar Point, I was more than excited! We live 4 hours away from Sandusky Ohio, so I knew I would need to be prepared for just about anything.

We packed our rental car and headed out at 7am sharp on Saturday! Our girls were so excited that we were getting to go to Cedar Point, they couldn’t keep still most of the way! My hubby was unable to come, so it was a girls day out, just myself, our 3 girls and my mom! But we are already making plans to head back next year so that he can go- since we loved it so much! Once we arrived our girls mouths just dropped! I honestly could not believe how big this place was! We visit Kings Island all the time, a Cincinnati local amusement park, but Cedar Point is so much larger!

I was so excited to see all the Halloween decorations, every spot of the park was decorated in some way! There were tons of tombstones, ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons and zombies! But I have to say my favorite was the Micheal Jackson and zombie display.

 

With more than 70 rides, not including the water park, you will need more than 1 day to visit! We did get to ride a few rides before the down pour came and then several more after it stopped. We were warned by friends and family that it can get windy and cold since it is right off the water, but we were not really prepared for the 4 hours of rain! But it was nice to get to see all the shops and food places that Cedar Point has to offer while we waited for the rain to stop. We got to taste their very delicious pumpkin cookies, caramel apples and hot apple cider, which I had never tried until then and now love it! Yummy!!

 

 

We checked out all the family friendly Halloween fun that Cedar Point has to offer like:

  • Charlie Brown’s Funtime Frolics
  • Sideshow – A Carnival of Magic
  • Gypsy FortuneTellers
  • The GoodTime Ghouls – A Halloween Hubaloo!
  • Monster Midway Invasion Celebration
  • Peanuts™ Halloween Show & Costume Contest
  • Monster Under My Bed
  • Skeleton Crew

You can stay until dark and check out their scary Halloween Weekend that is more for the older kids and adults rather than the youngsters! We left before it all started but I heard it is a great scare!!

I was the only one that wanted to ride the Top Thrill Dragster, even after seeing it in person I still wanted to ride! Going 0 to 120 mph in just a few seconds, blasting 420 feet in the air and arriving back in just 17 seconds seemed like something I could handle!! Although I did not get to ride it due to the rain, it is first on my list when we head back in the spring! We rode MaxAir, Skyhawk, Antique cars, and the Ferris Wheel just to mention a few!

There is even a mobile app that you can use to navigate through the park! Our 4 year old is a pro at the Kings Island app so we just handed the phone to her and let her navigate us through the park! She can tell you where every ride is and how tall you have to be to ride each ride. It actually has been a great addition to our trips!

Parking is $15-$25

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If you are looking to stay for the weekend or even the week, there are many places to stay near Cedar Point! They have their own hotel, cabins and even campgrounds to stay at while visiting! Plus grab a discount ticket when you stay at any of these locations! Hope you can make it up to visit Cedar Point some time soon to check out this great family fun park!

I received admission tickets for myself and my family from Cedar Fair to visit. This post in 100% my own opinion!

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48 Hour Special at Great Wolf Lodge, $159 a Night- HURRY!!!

Great Wolf Lodge just released a HOT deal that you won’t want to miss! Now through October 5 at 11am, you can book overnight stays for just $159! Select rooms and nights are available, book now as they are filling up very quickly!

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Kings Island- Our Summer Vacation Spot!

For Christmas last year our girls received passes to our local amusement park Kings Island. Located in Mason Ohio, about 25 minutes north of Cincinnati. We have visited a few times here and there over that past 10+ years, but with small children, we just never felt that we could go. With a now 11, 8 and 4 year old we thought this would be a great time to grab our Gold passes and spend the summer riding rides, eating junk food and getting wet at the new water park! We did just that and more!

My hubby had 2 weeks of vacation this year, one in February and one again in October, so a summer vacation was out of the question! So we planned our summer with FREE movies at the theater, FREE bowling days, park visits, swimming at grandma’s and craft activities at home. We threw in a few days that we thought we would head to Kings Island, but by summer ends we realized that we had visited Kings Island 21 times! So needless to say our girls had fun!

With more than 50 rides and attractions in the main park and more than 30 water rides, it’s hard not to have a good time! There is something for everyone! My new favorite has to be Wind Seeker and Diamond Back. Our 2 oldest girls love Diamond Back now that they are both tall enough to ride it! Our 4 year old loves Boo Blasters and my hubby loves anything that doesn’t make him sick!!!

Our family favorite Soak City water ride is the Zoom Flume. The line was always really long for this so until a couple weeks ago we had not rode it. But we just happened to snag a day that rain was heading in and the lines started dwindling so we jumped in and rode it right as it started to sprinkle. It was great! Everyone in our family was tall enough to ride it, which make it even better, but it was like riding a raft down a twisting river! This weekend is the last weekend that Soak City will be open for this season!

Planet Snoopy is of course our 4 years old favorite part of the park, even if our big kids won’t admit they love it as well! She not only gets to ride most every ride, she gets to see all the fun characters from the Peanuts Gang!

With rides like Surf Dog, Woodstock Express, The Great Pumpkin Coaster, Linus Launcher and many more, any little one will have fun riding these larger than life attractions!

The only attraction so far that we have not had a chance to visit is the Dinosaurs Alive! It has more that 60 life like dinosaurs on 12+ acres of forest, you get a up close picture of how dinosaurs move, eat and interacted! It is an additional $5 per person to visit this attraction!

There is even a mobile app that you can use to navigate through the park! Our 4 year old is a pro at this app! She can tell you where every ride is and how tall you have to be to ride each ride. It actually has been a great addition to our trips! With our 4 year old only being 43 inches, there are a lot of rides she can not ride just yet. So she gets to man the navigation through the park to keep her busy when our older girls are riding something she is too small for. She even tells people standing next to us all about the ride we are waiting in line for from this app! She thinks she is their spokes person apparently!

Don’t forget to Register your Kings Island pass to earn great FREEbies and deals at Fun Perks. Just for registering our Gold Passes we received FREE drink wrist bracelets- we were able to get FREE drinks the entire day. The more you shop at Kings Island the more perks you receive and it is FREE to register! Do remember to use all of your perks for this season since they do not roll over season to season!

Tips To Know When Visiting:

  • Grab a Cup of Water- Kings Island offers guests a FREE cup of ice water at any food service location during your visit.
  • You Can Leave & Come Back- If you prefer to visit Kings Island and then head out for lunch or back to your hotel or home for a nap (we did this a few times with little ones) then you are more than welcome to! Be sure to get your hand stamped when you leave for re-admittance for the same day!
  • Don’t Bring Your Own Food- You are not permitted to bring food and drinks into the park. There are several great places to eat at the park but with a family of 5, it was a little expensive. But remember they offer FREE water and allow you to leave if you need to, to go out to eat.
  • Bring Your Dog- Don’t want to leave Fido at home while at the park? Stop by the Pet Care Center at the front gate entrance and pay $20. Enjoy the park while Kings Island Pet Care Center tends to your dog!
  • Want to Smoke- There are designated area’s throughout the park to allow you to take a smoke break if you want. This also allows those of us that don’t smoke to have a smoke free experience.
  • Child Safety- There are several services that Kings Island offers to help those parents with small children. Parent Swap- allows only 1 parent to have to stand in line for themselves and a small child. Keeping the little ones happy with the other parent without everyone having to stand in long lines. You will need to stop by the Guest Service Center to get a Parent Swap Pass.  They also have Kid Track- a service to help reconnect a lost child with their parent quickly! Stop by the Guest Service Center for full detail.
  • Get Your Child Measured- There are several height measurement stations through out the park. This Kings Island employee will measure your child and place a bracelet on their wrist announcing their height. This is great for those little ones that are just above the next level of height requirements. This bracelet will get them through the line quicker. It allows the employee running that attraction to quickly know how tall the child is without having to stop loading others and measure your child!
  • Rain Rain Go Away- If you visit Kings Island and it begins to rain, find shelter until it passes. Kings Island does not offer refunds or another ticket for bad weather!
  • Lockers Are Available- If you are heading to the Soak City especially you will most likely have a bag full of items with you that you may not want to tote around all day. They have several size lockers to accommodate your belongs. Soak City lockers do offer a discount if you use the lockers after 5pm!
  • In A Hurry, Grab A Fast Lane Pass- Kings Island does offer a Fast Lane pass for select attractions for an additional fee. We have never purchased one, so I honestly have no idea how expensive they are. But if you are short on time and want to by pass long lines then it may be worth the extra cash!
  • Stay Near By- There are several hotels to stay at that are literally walking distance from the park. Great Wolf Lodge has it’s very own walking path directly to Kings Island.
  • Enjoy Your Visit- Even though we have been 21 times already this year, we still have a great time each visit. There are always things that we just don’t get to and plan to accomplish it on our next visit. These trips with your family will be memories your little ones will remember their whole lives if you make it a fun trip! So head to Kings Island for some old fashion family fun!

This post was not sponsored by Kings Island or Cedar Fair in any way. This post in 100% my own opinion to help inform you of a local attraction that my family loves!

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Hit The Bowling Alley During Your Staycation

Our girls love to go bowling and what better way to go than for FREE! Check out how Katie at Cincinnati Cents used FREE bowling to keep their summer staycation on budget!

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Melissa & Doug Trunki Just $30 each

We are planning our vacation for October and I came across these super cute Melissa & Doug Trunki for around $30! How cute are these things! They have several designs to choose from, so this way no fighting over who has which one!

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Frugal Travel Tips: Create a Kids Travel Kit

Kids’ Travel Kit- Guest Post from Emily at Peppy Socks!

It is summer! YAY! Summer means fun road trip adventures for many of us. If your toddler is like mine, the iPad and movies last ten minutes if we are lucky. So it takes a little extra preparation to make sure he is entertained in the car (switching out toys what seems like every two minutes). Before running to the store to buy new toys, I decided to find all the possible “toys” I could around the house to add to the car travel kit. Below is a list of some items….FYI: the straws were a HUGE hit!

WARNING – your backseat might be a bit messy when you arrive and it is possible you may have a child covered in band-aids with straws coming out their ears, BUT I bet they will be well entertained and a happy little traveler!

•Straws

•Band-Aids

•Cookie sheet and magnets

•Plastic cup(s) and small ball(s)

•Post-its

•Stickers with wax paper or empty plastic drink container

•Sock puppets

•Pipe cleaners

•Plastic Easter Eggs

•Sunglasses

•Old set of keys

•Any small toy still in package

•SNACKS, SNACKS, and more SNACKS!

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Staycation Idea: Hit Your Local Parks

Even though we are taking vacation in October this year, we still are planning a staycation in August to help break up the summer a little. Check out how Cincinnati Cents is Hitting the Parks for her latest staycation!

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7 Staycation Ideas: Travel on a Budget


When planning a staycation make sure that you treat that week just as if you were really on vacation and not at home to do your everyday tasks. Bills should be paid the week before, don’t answer the house phone, stop the mail at the post office, etc. This way you and your family will feel as if you are really on a vacation, even if you are staying home. Camp in the back yard if you have to, just make sure that they daily grind does not interfere with your staycation. Also charge your camera and make sure to take plenty of pictures and videos.

Here are a few ideas that our family will use this summer during our staycations!!

Take a Tour- Contact your local fire department, police department, post office or even a local large company to see if they offer tours of their facilities. This is a great way for your family to see the inside of local government offices or business’ and see how they run things. The added plus, most of these are FREE, but you will need to plan in advance. Most of these places only have tours certain times of the month, so you will need to call or visit their website to find out dates and times of their tours.

Night In- Plan one night of your staycation as a night in. You can make it a movie night, family cooking night, play board games, craft night, any themed night will be fun for the whole family. Just make sure that you make that night jammed packed with activities. You are staying home but you want the family to stay interested in that evenings activities, so plan for food, decorations and many activities. Craft nights can be alot of fun as well and you can use items that you already have laying around the house. We have made toothbrush bracelets, scrapbook pages, herb can planters and so much more. Be creative or even check websites to get ideas. The kids will love whatever you decide to make, they will enjoy spending time together making fun stuff!!

Field Day- Plan a day of obstacle courses, water balloon tosses, pie eating contests or anything that your whole family can do outside as if they were in a field day event. You can do as much or as little as you want. Ask your kids what type of games they want to play at your field day. Hit up your local dollar store and get all the items you need for your event. You can even invite neighbors to join in on the fun and split the cost on supplies. Make sure to have a few prizes or ribbons so the little ones can have a souvenir from the day.

Use Your Passes- Do you have passes to your local YMCA, amusement parks or zoo? Spend the day at each of them. Our local YMCA has a indoor pool but if we drive to the YMCA that is about 15 minutes away they have a huge outdoor pool with slides. We are going to take one day and go to the “beach”. We do not go to this YMCA that much so they love using the slides and being outside. Bring a lunch and plan to spend the whole day.

Eat Out- Plan a few nights to eat out at your favorite local restaurants, just as if you would if you were on vacation. I know this can get expensive, especially if you have more than 1 child. So make sure you go out to eat the nights that restaurants offer Kids Eat FREE nights. Also check out places like Restaurant.com, Groupons.com or just do a search online for B1G1 coupons for local restaurants. We are a family of 5 and without coupons or Kids Eat FREE nights, our budget would not allow us to eat out as much as we get to. So plan ahead and find the deals before your leave the house.

Catch a Movie at the Theater- As a family of 5, we do not get to see too many movies at the theater. Not just because of the cost for all of us to go but we still have one that is almost 2. So sitting still and being quiet are not things that she quite gets just yet. So we normally just rent movies. But one of our local movie theaters offers FREE family movies every Tuesday and Wednesday morning during the summer. With the theater being filled with other families that most likely have 2 year old that scream as well, I won’t feel as bad if she starts talking during the middle of the movie. Plus it is FREE, so if we have to get up and leave a little early, we are not out anything.

Tour Your City for FREE- There are so many things to do in your local city that are FREE. If you live in a smaller city and have a larger city near you, take a trip and visit all the great things they have to offer. We live near Cincinnati which has just about everything. We can stop by the Eden Park and check out the great scenery of Cincinnati. We can check out Fountain Square, The Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohns Conservatory and much more. There are a few other things that may cost a few dollars per person to get in but are so worth it. Things like the Reds Hall of Fame ($5-$8 per person), SummerFair at Coney Island ($10 adults, kids 12 and under FREE) or The Cincinnati Museum Center ($6-$12 per person). Learn about your city and site see!!

So there are a few ideas of things to do for your staycation. I can go on and on forever with ideas to make your staycation a big hit. Don’t forget to check when your local fairs and carnivals as well. They are something that the whole family can do and they are usually pretty inexpensive. The best thing to do when planning your staycation is to find things that you know your family will enjoy and have fun with. Keeping them interested the whole week and making them feel as if they are on a real vacation is the key to having a successful staycation. Whether you visit your local sports team, library, your local farm or your local parks; just have fun and spend time with your family!!

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