One of the best ways to build family togetherness and lasting memories is to go on a family vacation. But what if you just don't have the funds or time available to go on an all out family vacation? Not a problem. Why not try a mini vacation instead?
A mini family vacation is just what it sounds like. It is a time away from your everyday responsibilities and a time to foster and build family relationships. But instead of being a week or two in length, it could just be an overnight trip or even just an afternoon.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
Family Camp Out
You could do a quick overnight camping trip to your favorite camping spot. This is a fun way to get away from it all and it really isn't expensive. You'll build lots of memories and it is probably something you could do more than once this summer.
If that is not an option, then why not throw a tent up in your back yard? If you have a fire pit in your back yard, you can still create the campfire experience and roast marshmallows around the fire pit. If you don't have a fire pit, not to worry. You can still have a great time camping out and it didn't cost you anything more than an evening with your family.
No backyard? You can still do this activity. Why not bring sleeping bags or homemade bedrolls into your front family room? It will be a family pajama party as you camp out in your home.
Play tourist with your family one afternoon. Visit any of the local spots that might be interesting and try to look at them through the eyes of someone who is just visiting.
If you have a local museum, visit it with your family. Not only will you have a family experience, but an educational one as well.
Why not head out for an afternoon on a family picnic? It doesn't need to be fancy. You can just throw together some sandwiches and head to the local park or even your backyard. Plan some outdoor games for extra fun.
Check to see if there is a local fishing day. Many places offer a free day to fish or a free day for the kids to fish. This can be a fun experience for all.
Why not have a day where the whole family stays in their pajamas? You can gather together and watch videos or read stories. Play some board games. Anything fun is allowed as long as you stay in your pajamas.
Be sure to hang a sign on the door that says you are gone on vacation for the day, please see you when you are back. Make it even more fun and have the kids write it in crayon. Unplug your phones and turn off the computers and internet for the day. Life can wait for 24 hours while you have some quality family time.
Be creative and think outside of the box. A family vacation is what you make it and whatever you want it to be. The important thing is that you are teaching your family to build relationships that last and that they are important.