7 Fun Staycation Ideas For Winter Break

It's almost Christmas break and you know what that means — all kids, all the time. 

I love having a break from the hustle and bustle of getting kids to school every day, packing lunches, and dealing with homework, but let's be real. Having your kids at home with you all day isn't much of a break either. And if you're working outside of the home and taking time off during the break, it's not exactly a relaxing vacation either. 

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I've been watching a lot of people go on fun tropical vacations this time of year, but that's not a realistic option for our family at the moment. So, instead of being the same ol' boring mom I've always been over break (naps for all, anyone?), I've been brainstorming some ways we could have fun with a staycation over winter break. 

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Spend a night in a local hotel. Waterparks are a popular getaway for families this time of year, but can you say holy packed and holy expensive? Yeah. To save your sanity and some money, consider booking a cheaper night in a local hotel to give your kids the excitement of “getting away” — but with a lot fewer crowds. You could stay in the smaller hotel and even get a day pass for the bigger waterpark. Genius. 

Do a holiday lights drive. Soon the holidays may be over, but the lights are not. Take advantage of less crowded roads and pile in the car for a snowy night light show, complete with hot chocolate, of course. 

Hit up your library for free passes. I've said it before and I'll say it again — libraries rule. Not only does your library probably have some free (drop-off, ahem) activities going on for kids over the holiday break, but many of them offer free passes for local activities. Some passes include everything from ski passes to day passes to local parks. Ask your library what they have and take advantage of the goods!

Go on a nature hike. Did you know that you can actually rent snowshoes for a day? I know it's lame, but I've always wanted to try snowshoeing around town. I think I picture myself as Anne of Green Gables when she goes home for Christmas, but nonetheless, I think it would be so fun. And what better way to get the kids moving than a fun and invigorating nature hike in the snow? 

Puzzle/game day. Bust out the pajamas, pile on the blankets, and have your kids haul out every single forgotten game and puzzle from the closet for the world's most epic game day. You won't regret it. 

Museum day. Make like a tourist and tour your own town — are there museums you haven't explored nearby? Hit them up! And again, check with your local library for what free passes they offer. 

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Vacation” day. I don't know about you, but when we are on vacation, I'm a completely different person. I don't look at my phone, I let myself do crazy stuff like read a book for no reason, I look for the fun in every situation, etc. So what if you took that same mentality and just applied it to your life at home? It's harder than it sounds, but I can guarantee you you'll have more fun that you thought, right at home. 

What plans do you have for winter break? 

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7 Fun Staycation Ideas For Winter Break

Chaunie Brusie is a coffee mug addict, a labor and delivery nurse turned freelance writer, and a young(ish) mom of four. She is the author of "Tiny Blue Lines: Preparing For Your Baby, Moving Forward In Faith, & Reclaiming Your Life In An Unplanned Pregnancy" and "The Moments That Made You A Mother". She also runs Passion Meets Practicality, a community of tips + inspiration for work-at-home mothers. ... More

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