Travel: Ways to Save During Spring Break Vacation

Each year families spend thousands of dollars on vacations, keeping us all stressing over our budget or just skipping vacations all together! Average per night hotels cost in the range of $150-$300 and during holidays or peak travel times, such as Spring Break, you may pay more than double for your daily stay! With a family of 6, this is just not in our budget! Finding new ways to save is a must have for us and with these tips I know you will save hundreds of dollars on your next vacation too!

Pick Different Destinations– Each year for spring break families and college students want to hit the beach to get in the sun and have a good time! The problem with this is, everyone wants to do this, creating a busier atmosphere but also allowing hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities the ability to increase their prices due to the demand! So look at other great destination locations such as Gatlingburg for instance, that are great for you and your family! Check Groupon for super hot deals on lodging, places like the Gatlinburg Rocky Waters Motor Inns have deals for just $32 a night. Check local restaurants and rest areas for savings books as well! We found hundreds of places that had great coupons that helped my family save big! There are plenty of places to visit such as Dollywood, Ripley’s Believe it or Not and Dixie Stampede just to name a few that offer great savings in these coupon books! These are places that are sure to entertain your whole family and since your saving so much on your hotel stay you’ll be able to enjoy more activities and entertainment without breaking the bank!

Take a Road Trip- Air fare can get quite expensive, especially for a larger family. So skip the flight, fill up the tank and hit the road! Road trips are very low cost for the fact that gas is less expensive than multiple plane tickets but it allows you a little more freedom for your destinations. Yes it will take you longer to get there, but find places along the way that you would like to visit to make the most of your trip! You get the flexibility to visit several places, see more and spend less than flying!

Go Camping– Camping is one of my kiddos favorite things to do. We load up the car with our favorite camping gear; tent, sleeping bags, coolers, food, drinks, flashlights, first aid kit and so on! Find a campsite within a hour or so from our home, which on average cost about $25 a night to rent and pitch our tent! We can have a camp fire, tell ghost stories, go hiking, fishing or just enjoy nature! This will be a great experience for your whole family and be extremely easy on your pocket book!

Plan a Stay-cation– This is one of the best ways to save money if that is what you are looking to do this spring vacation! You can spend very little to no money if you want or you can save big on hotel and travel costs by staying home but visit all the great places in your hometown! There are so many places to visit in your own town that you may have never even seen or visited! I have lived in Cincinnati for my entire life and just visited places recently that I had no idea were here! We have several parks that are great to visit such as Eden Park, Sawyer Point, and Winton Woods just to name a few! We also have great places such as The Web Entertainment, Get Air and Newport Aquarium that the whole family will enjoy! Plan a day to take family pictures, host a scavenger hunt or an obstacle course in your backyard! Make the most of your time with your family whether  it is Disney vacation or a backyard camp out, your kiddos will only remember what you did, how much fun you had and the time you spent with them, not how much it cost!

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Laser Tag, Calzones and Games Galore! Who Couldn’t Ask for a Better Birthday Party! #TheWeb

the web birthday roomBirthday parties in my house are kind of a big deal! It’s the one time each year that one of my girls get the whole day to themselves, all the attention and of course plenty of presents! So each year planning a party for each of my girls becomes a daunting task. Start by making my lists of who to invite, what food to make, what goody bag ideas to make, and the biggest problem is who’s going to clean the house!!!

the web go kartsWell I have learned over the years a few things about planning birthday parties and my best tip, having a party outside your house will cause less stress! No cleaning before the party and then again after the party. No worries about the kiddos breaking something. No worries about anyone noticing that you completely forgot to clean the toothpaste out of the sink from your kiddos this morning! A party outside your home allows you to focus on a few simple things; invite, have fun, take pictures and leave somewhere else to go home with some new gifts and a ton of great memories!

We chose to have our latest birthday party at The Web Entertainment Center in West Chester Ohio. We planned out the web laser tagour guest list and then picked a date and time! The Web gave options for food, games and activities for our party. We got to choose 2 different attractions which my girls just can’t get enough of Laser Tag so we opted to play it twice! Chose the calzones and all the unlimited drinks we could ask for to eat, bring a cake and that’s all you have to plan! We received a call a few days before our party to verify our schedule and choices and I have to tell you out of all the parties I have ever planned outside of my home, this is the first time someone called me to discuss our plans! I love this and you will too! What a great way to make you feel special!

When we arrived our hosts were standing outside the door to help us bring in anything that we had brought for the party and to direct us to where we needed to go! As we headed to the party room, they showed us where the games, attractions and bathrooms were. Once we arrived in our room, they shared with us the drawer that is each room containing all the necessities you need for your party! Candles, plates, napkins and so on. I do over prepare and had an entire bag full of things just in case, but this is great for others who are not crazy like me!!

the web prize roomOur schedule was great! Broken down minute by minute to let us know when we were heading to our Laser Tag adventure, eating our yummy calzones, heading back to Laser Tag, opening gifts and having cake! While opening gifts our host also took down note as to who brought what gifts for our birthday girl so we could send thank you cards to the appropriate people with the correct gifts later! One less thing I had to do, allowing me more time to take more pictures!

Once we were done with all our planned attractions and activities, each child got a game card to enjoy time at the arcade games! Playing game after game allowed us to win many, many tickets to redeem at the ticket booth to receive a ticket with our ticket totals on it to take to the redemption room for some great prizes!

All of Birthday Packages at The Web include:the web games
• A dedicated party host who will organize all of your party activities and serve the needs of your guests
• Your choice of 2 attractions—choose from our Inside Track Go-Karts, Laser Web Laser Tag, Jurassic Par Blacklight Mini-Golf, or Hang Ten Mini-Bowling
• 40 games credits for the guest of honor and 20 game credits for each guest
• A private party room for 2 hours
• A commemorative The Web t-shirt and 250 tickets for the guest of honor Birthday Party Packages!

After 2 hours of pure entertainment, we packed up and headed home! No cleaning up, no messing with dishes, trash, broken vases, dirty floors and so on! I got to go home and relax! The staff at The Web Entertainment Center was amazing, helpful and made our event extremely unforgettable and entertaining! We will be heading back to The Web for future events as well as days just to go have fun!

the web logoThe Web Entertainment Center the Tri-States most exciting Family Entertainment Facility! Full of Inside Go Karts, Laser Tag, Bowling, Mini Golf and tons of fun with all the arcade games to keep you and your family entertained for hours. You can find them on Facebook and YouTube

You can visit The Web for a fun trip:

  • Inside Track Go-Kart $8.00, Additional rider in double kart $1.00 (Laser Web Laser Tag – Ages 6 and older
    Inside Track Go-Karts – Ages 10 and older AND 56″ tall to drive. Minimum 32″ tall for rider with licensed driver in double kart.)
  • Laser Web Laser Tag $8.00
  • Hang Ten Mini Bowling $4.00
  • Jurassic Par Mini Golf $4.00

Weekly Specials:

  • BOGO Mondays: buy any attraction and get a second one 50% off
  • Token Tuesdays: get $5 in game credits (free tokens) for every $10 game credits purchased
  • Combo Wednesdays: bundle your fun with two attractions, 10 tokens, a calzone, and a fountain drink—all for just $17
  • Laser Web Thursdays: play laser tag all day for only $18
  • Friday Night P.O.P.: Pay One Price on Friday night and get unlimited play on all the attractions from 9 PM until Midnight. Only $20
  • Family Fun Package: $55 Every day (up to $74 value), Share 8 attractions AND 40 game credits!
  • Family Frenzy Package: $99 Every day (up to $144 value), Share 16 attractions AND 80 game credits!
  • Add a meal to either package above for only $10, (includes four single topping calzones and a pitcher of soda)

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I received a birthday party package in exchange for sharing my experience with you, my readers. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own.

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