Family weekend breaks can provide a much needed break from the hustle and bustle of the everyday grind. Family units are becoming more and more strained due to demands of school, jobs, and extra activities. A quality family weekend getaway can help bring the family closer to one another while having a great time.
What are some good ideas for a family weekend getaway?
One of the main goals for many people who take weekend breaks with their family is to bond and connect. The advent of technology such as cell phones and laptops often leaves people interacting with their device more than with their parents or siblings. A great idea for children weekend breaks is to do some camping and leave the cell phones and computers at home. By leaving the technology out, people bring back real communication by connecting on a deeper level with their family members. People are too much into being entertained by their gadgets that some families do not know how to act without them.
Even if the family is not into roughing it in the woods there are plenty of activities that can be done while leaving the gadgets back home. Kids weekend breaks to theme parks are also a great idea for short weekend jaunts. The theme parks are usually surrounded by places to stay and plenty of dining options so the family does not have to go too far once they leave the theme park. Also, the theme parks appeal to both children and adults so everyone can have fun no matter their age.
Another one of the most popular children weekend breaks is a trip to the beach. Children can enjoy the outdoor weather and explore nature. There’s something about a trip to the beach that is relaxing, stress relieving, and fun for the whole family.
What are some inexpensive ways to take family weekend breaks?
During these difficult economic times many families simply cannot afford to take even a weekend getaway due to financial issues. One popular trend that is becoming more widespread is the “staycation.” A staycation is simply an at-home vacation. The key to a great staycation is to not get caught up in day to day duties at the house and to pretend the family is not even there. Some great staycation ideas include:
- Building a makeshift beach – this entails buying a small pool and setting up some lawn chairs in the back yard. Kids love to make believe and these types of activities engage their imagination.
- Camping out in the back yard – most kids love to camp. The idea of getting to sleep outdoors, even in their own backyard, gets most kids excited. Parents can set up the tent in the back and even roast marshmallows before bed time.
- Movie theme – Whatever the child’s favorite movie is can be made into a great staycation. Parents can engage the children by telling them that their home is the newest location for their favorite movie and they have to make up the story. Parents and children can go room to room and set up the movie, making for a great weekend