Sound Off! How Can You Plan the Perfect Staycation?

03/10/2009 at 09:00 AM ET

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Spring Break is just around the corner, and with the economy in a slump, more and more families are planning fun stay-at-home activities as opposed to major trips. “Staycations” have gained popularity in recent years, allowing families to take a mini-vacation together without spending the big bucks. Whether it involves booking a local hotel or staying in your very own home, a staycation can be made fun with a little creativity: a backyard camp-out, visits to local museums and cultural centers, family bonding time and even creative cooking. Spicing up your normal routine can help keep everyone excited — and prevent any cabin fever.

So here’s your chance to Sound Off! Tell us what your spring break plans are, and how you’re creating your ideal staycation.

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Jodie on

My family just spent a weekend at a local indoor waterpark to beat the winter blues and to celebrate my sons third birthday. We didn’t have to take an expensive vacation to have a “mini spring break” and my son had his own special weekend. We let him choose where he wanted to go for dinner and we ordered one movie to watch at the hotel after dinner, all snuggled up together in the big bed. It was a perfect family weekend.

HeatherR on

We live on the west coast of Florida (about a half hour from the beach). So we rented a beach condo for spring break. I was able to find an amazing deal online at a “vacation rental” website. This saves us from spending money on airfare, gas, etc. And since we are renting a condo, we can prepare all of our meals ourseleves to save money as well. Before we head down to the beach, we will stock up on books and magazines at the public library. I am also borrowing some beach chairs and toys from a neighbor…where as in the past, I would have just gone to Target and bought new stuff.

In addition, we purchased passes to Busch Gardens online (using their monthly payment program). We pay about $7 a month per person for our passes and have already used them a few times. The kids never get tired of going there!

amber on

I have 6 kids so finding something for everyone is hard. We are taking the older 3 to sixflags, then the whole family to a zoo and a nearby wildlife park. As well as camping nearby. Instead of buying all the expensive camping supplies we will eat ready made food from the store. The whole vacation came to about 300 for a whole week of activities for 8 people! Not bad.

Blackrose on

isnt the mother in the pic actress Evangeline Lilly?.. who plays Kate on Lost?..

eva on

My daughter and I have “themed days” for spring break and winter break.She picks a book or a historic figure she’s interested on and then we send out invitations to friends and family to come to our home dressed up according to the time period or the story.Through the year I collect thrift store and garage sell trinkets and we decorate the house, cook something related to the theme, download music for the day and have lots of fun for almost nothing.We have had Victorian era days, Circus days, Woodstock days, Hawaiian days. It’s like traveling but not quite.

l on

Blackrose, in my eyes this woman looks nothing like Evangeline Lilly.
As for staying at home during holidays, imagine you’re a tourist in your own city and go and explore it. There’s usually so much to discover, because people tend to go to the same places or don’t go that much out at all.

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