Try Paintballing or Laser Tag-Invite a few other families to join yours and battle it out for the title of Most Awesome Family. There are paintball or laser tag facilities almost everywhere?use Google to find one nearby.
Visit a Nearby National Park-National parks truly are one of our country's greatest treasures, and most NPs have a variety of awesome family friendly activities to choose from. Afterfinding a park in your area, first visit the Ranger Station to pick up a Junior Ranger kit, then complete the required number of activities to receive a badge. You can also purchase a Passport to National Parks at any NP gift shop, then collect passport stamps at every park you visit. Most park fees are nominal, but you can also check outthis pageto find free entrance days.
Enjoy Your Local Theater-Check the local newspaper or theater website to see what plays, musicals, concerts, or family-friendly comedy shows will be playing during your planned Staycation time, then book tickets and plan for an evening at the theater.
Visit a Nearby Amusement Park-While Disney World may not be in the cards this year, that doesn't mean you can't still have a blast at a nearby theme park. Check outthis listto find an amusement park in your own state or town.
Visit a Local Children's Museum-If you've got younger kids it can sometimes be hard to find activities that the whole family can enjoy, but a great Children's Museum can definitely fit the bill! Most have a variety of fun and interactive activities that can keep you busy the whole day. Check out theAssociation of Children's Museums websiteto find one in your area, and consider purchasing a Family pass?you can usually get your money back in just two visits.
Visit the Zoo or Aquarium-Who doesn't love seeing animals? Check out the Association of Zoos & Aquariums tofind an AZA accredited zoo or aquarium in your area, then be sure to also check what special programs your zoo has available. Some offer Junior zookeeper programs or opportunities to feed the animals, while some others even allow you to spend the night in the zoo! Be sure to pack a lunch to save on pricey zoo fare!
Check out the Local Library-Most libraries have family-friendly events and activities happening every weekend, and sometimes even daily during spring break and summer vacations. Check your local library website for details.
Major or Minor League Sporting Event-While major league events are a lot of fun, they can get pricey quickly, especially for a family. Luckily almost every city has a minor league team these days, which can give you (almost) the same experience for a fraction of the price! Be sure to check out which days include special events, such as free caps or fireworks for added fun!
Go Bowling-If your kids are small, try bumper bowling; for older kids go at night during "glow bowling" times! Many bowling alleys around the country even participate in a free bowling program thatallows kids to bowl freeand parents to join them for just a few dollars more.