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Five staycation activities on a budget

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Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2019

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If your friends are going on holiday and you’re going on staycation, you might be having some serious fomo right about now.


We’re here to tell you that staying home for the holidays can be just as fun, or even better than taking a trip somewhere. You’re not spending money that will disappoint your future January-self. Depending on where you live, the roads are quiet and peaceful. Plus, keeping the family happy and occupied is easy-peasy and budget-breezy when you know how.


Get excited for your staycation this year with our entertainment ideas on a budget.


1. Visit the great outdoors


From picnics to Park Runs, there are recreational areas in every corner of our country with loads of activities to entertain the whole family. With lots of space to kick a ball or play hide and seek, the kids will love the opportunity to have a little summer fun at your local park. Make sandwiches at home, pack some cold drinks, grab a blanket, and find a shady spot to chill for the day. 


2. Host a games night



Games nights are an excellent way to stay home and have the best time during the holidays. Whatever games night looks like in your home – Xbox, 30 Seconds, or dusting off the old Rummikub set – you can be sure you’ll have a budget night at home that will create wonderful memories for your children.


3. Volunteer at an animal shelter


The only thing that volunteering costs is time, which you’ll have plenty of during the holidays! If you’re looking for a feel-good way to keep the kids occupied, volunteer as a family at your local animal shelter. Whether it’s helping to clean cages for older kids or having supervised playtime with puppies and kittens for the little ones, there is something for every member of the family to help out with. Plus, who really needs an excuse to spend time with our four-legged friends, anyway?


4. Visit a market


Neighbourhood markets have been a firm favourite for fun family outings for years, offering a curated selection of delicious food and homemade wares. Especially during this time of the year, you’ll find loads of holiday-themed markets selling festive knick-knacks. Many of them also provide free or budget-friendly activities for the young ones, from play areas to projector movies to keep them busy for hours.


5. Get geocaching


The modern-day treasure hunt, geocaching is the ideal staycation holiday activity. It gives you the opportunity to explore your city, gets your brain and your legs working, is fun for kids and adults alike, and best of all – it’s free! All you need is a GPS-enabled device and a geocaching app. You’ll then set out on a quest to find a ‘cache’ of goodies someone else has secretly placed somewhere nearby.


See? There’s no need to feel down because you’re staying home these holidays. Make the most of your break and use it to spend some quality time with your loved ones the Budget way.