The purpose of this book is to give families creative ideas of how to spend quality time together without having to take a big, fancy vacation. Even though sitting on a white beach, or taking in the mountains on a ski trip can be amazing, we found a solution for those (like our family) who have a difficult time planning a vacation far enough in advance to not pay last minute prices. No hotels. No airplanes. No jet lag. Less stress. More spontaneity. No keeping two young children occupied for twelve plus hours of travel, while giving your spouse the death look that says, “We are NEVER doing this again!
The Staycation Jar is filled with 200 Family Fun Ideas in these categories (50 each):
Creative Meals – This idea came from a long-standing family tradition of doing Crazy Dinners. The ideas range from Ice Cream Sundaes for breakfast to eating Candy Apples and watching Snow White, or eating “Dirt in a Cup” while watching Tangled, with some special recipes also linked.
Main Events – The main events will be the major activity for the day. The ideas range from Theme Parks to Cultural Centers, renting a boat/canoe/kayak, museums, aquariums, and Behind the Scene Tours for your favorite Dinner Shows.
Silliness – This category was our attempt to add some laughter and spontaneity to our days. Our ideas ranged from water fights (ours started inside our house – whoops!), finger painting a portrait as a family, writing a story together with each person contributing one line at a time, to sending secret messages with homemade invisible ink.
The Love Projects were my husband’s idea and truly became our favorite category each day. Every day of our Staycations we find fun ways to meet the needs of others, or find someone to help. Some of the ideas range from baking brownies for the Fire or Police Dept, to bringing food and supplies to a local Food Bank, going through a drive thru just to buy lunch for the person behind you, or leaving an extra large tip for a waitress.
All proceeds from The Staycation Jar will continue to go directly to Faith Like A Child, Inc. to help Jordyn with her mission and Love Projects. Will you consider purchasing a copy today and help us spread the word?