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  • You do not need a fancy vacation to make your kids happy. I would just do little things but fun things. I would go stargazing or camping in your own backyard. Buy s'mores supplies and sit around the campfire and just talk or tell stories like the old days. You could run to the dollar store and buy some cheap balloons and have a water balloon fight, play hot potato only with a giant balloon filled with water. Buy some chalk and have a drawing contest. You could buy some cheap kites or go fishing to a state park, have a picnic, do some crafts. I could go on and on you just have to think of things that your kids would like.

  • Play some games, go to the park, build a fort, watch some movies on TV. There are many fun things you can do without the needed of money involved.

  • Both parents take the same week off from work, as if on vacation, but have pre-planned activities with the family, such as renting canoes at Moraine state park or hiking at McConnel's or renting bikes and doing the bike trails at Moraine if you normally don't do these things. I know it doesn't sound like much but you can pack a week with so many outdoor adventures out here if you normally don't go to the parks and such. Also Ohio as a ton of campgrounds you can rent small cabins at and such so still putting some money out but not as much as airfares and ruises and amusement parks and such. Can do the same at Knobels which is more middle PA, it's a small little amusement park where you can ride by tickets or do wristbands

  • You may not be abled to go on a vacation but if you can always go on day trips. My family has the same problem, we go on a big trip every two-four years. The years in between we usually save up enough money for season passes to six flags. That definitely improves my summer. There are many other places as well that you can just visit for a day. Sometimes day trips are more fun then vacations, believe it or not.

  • You can go to the beach have picnics maybe do a waterpark or a kids field day do an outdoor camping maybe in your back yard get tents have movie nights , talent shows in your home have the kids come up with a play

  • You can do the same things at home as you did away from home with your own twist on things and just enjoy each others company.

  • Spend a day or two looking online on pintrest or just google websites. Then plan a day/week, where all you do is activities. Maybe camp out in the back yard one night. Something simple, but a lot of fun.

  • Make a list of different things to do and play games outside .

  • Invited the family over and have a big cookout

  • It is important to establish bathtub rules from the beginning. Kids can look but not touch. It is important that children learn about body boundaries early on, not just for bath time but for all around safety. Generally siblings of opposite genders should start bathing separately around the age of seven or whenever they start grabbing at each other, becoming preoccupied with each others genitals during bath time, or one asks for privacy.

  • Local day trips. personal projects (redo a closet, build a garden, volunteer for a project). I've never had a real vacation in my whole life. Look at my smile :D

  • Have you ever gone camping in your backyard? It is so much fun! Or built a pillow/sheet fort in the house? There are so many things to do at home. Maybe make a list of all of the restaurants you've never tried in your hometown and spend the summer sampling them. Maybe write out a movie list of films you've always wanted to see and go down the list; whoever picked the movie is responsible for themed snacks. Map out a route and go on a day-long family bike ride, planning stops along the way. Whatever you decide to do, it is all about the attitude behind it. If you're into it, everyone will be more inclined to respond positively as well!

  • Your kids value time with you not a nice vacation. Taking them to the zoo the park for picnics, the lake for a barbecue, the beach exploring will create lasting memories for them and you will grow closer as a family.

  • I do the same thing. Have to go away once in a while, but if we can't go because of finances I go to a closer place.Instead of Houston, TX I take the kids to Lake Paran, or Shaftsbury Lake, about twenty miles away

  • I think in life we should always fine time with or kids and family but if you don't see your self being able to afford to take your kids out the country etc. This country have 50 state .. So maybe you can to a take them to a state or a city that you guys haven't been before. Remember it's all about the memories with the people you love . So don't stress and do what you can . Am not a mother but I now the will be happy just to spend that quality time that's all that matters. Stay bless

  • always go to parks and fun places that are locally.

  • How about getting season tickets to Great America, if you cant afford the full payment up front they have easy installment payment plan.

  • You can always go on drives to the beach, have a barbeque, water balloon fights, roast smores, make a list on a poster board of things you want to do that you haven't in years or ever(i.e. go on a walk in the forest somewhere, climb a tree, etc.). You can make forts and have backyard camping. The possibilities are endless! :)

  • You can do local activities as a family. Movie night, bowling, skating, board games.

  • have a stay vacation. take your time off and just go swimming, get ice cream, go see the sites you haven't seen that are just out your door.

  • There are tons of unknown free or inexpensive things to do. You just have to look them up. You can even make up some fun at home, family game night, movie night, bowling day, water day (water balloon fights etc). Fun is everywhere! :)

  • Do a staycation! You could plan a week of fun activities in the area where you live. Every day you could do a different activity: waterparks, the beach, an amusement park, a road trip, hiking, exploring a city, camping, etc. Take this opportunity to explore the state you life in! Hope this helps!

  • We can do outdoor activities right here close to home. walk on the beach, barbecue , listen to good music and dance!

  • The same thing has been true of my family. What I suggest is that your family pick a timeframe for this summer. Then everyone brainstorm what they would love to do that is close by. Then make decisions about what to actually do. Perhaps you can find discounted experiences or no-cost experiences. Pack a picnic so that you don't spend too much on meals. Kate

  • live a happy life and count blessings daily. Set asside vacation time and plan during that time to do interesting and fun things together. Take advantage of the local activities that are free. Summer in the park, downtown touring shops and maybe lunch in the park. Visit historical sites of the city, go to the public library and connect with the museum. Free events are offered there at various times. Go to the library together, Barnes and Nobles and shop Friendly Center. As long as you make the time together that you have meaningful and special the vacation can wait. Good time to teach young ones the value of money. Set up a bank account with them. begin saving as a family for the vacation to come. Enjoy each other and all will be just fine. We all could benefit from caring and sharing our love for others. Never too early to learn the true value of life. ENJOY !

  • Not all families can afford to take vacations every year, and you are teaching your children a valuable lesson in economics by showing them that you do not make purchases that you cannot afford. You can always take a vacation at home, as I am sure that they are many affordable or even free activities that are available close to home. Does your community have a pool? Does your family like parks or museums? Have you thought about taking a craft class or a cooking class, or even volunteering at a retirement community? Sometimes giving back to others is the best way to stop feeling sorry for yourself.

  • Can you do weekly or bi-weekly family outings? Maybe everyone in the family could decorate a jar together, and then put in a minimally priced (set a budget) or free activity that they want to do. You could then have someone different draw every week (or whatever your time frame is) and then do that activity on the weekend!

  • Theres many ways to have an awesome summer without going anywhere! You could buy a pool or tons of games. Or just take them to a local park! You can have a lot of fun just in your home. You could create good cooling treats for the days its fun and easy.

  • Try to do some family days at the beach, do some summer camps

  • There are amazing things to do here in southeast Virginia! And there are also great places you can make in a day trip. I would suggest getting a AAA tour book of your region, and make your own adventure!

  • Plan lots of fun activities that don't take a lot of money like going to the zoo or museum. Going to a library, or go swimming.

  • Find cheap, exciting things to do with the kids. Spending time with means more than taking them somewhere or spending money.

  • Family vacations are fun, but not necessary! There are many things you can find to do around your town. A picnic at the park, spending a couple nights camping at a close campground, going to the zoo, purchasing a small pool or a slip-n-slide and imagining you're at the beach or a waterpark! Summer doesn't have to include a vacation to be fun.

  • All depends on how long your vacation is...but have something planned everyday. That way you and your family will be anticipating it the night before. Try discovering new parts of your town, or drive an hour out of town (I realize that gas prices might come into play) but see what other places near you, an hour away from you have to offer.

  • Have a stay-cation! Stay somewhere nearby and doing something touristy.

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  • There are so many things you can do in the summer without having to go on vacation! A day trip to the beach, a visit to a children's museum, a "camping" trip in your backyard - strawberry picking - the options are endless! If you are excited about it, your children will be excited about it! Go do something you have never done before as a family.

  • go on a camping trip!

  • Dependent on where you live, you can look up free or low-cost events in your or neighboring towns and cities! I'm a teenager and my friends and I use Free Events in Philly very often. It's a great way to get out of our town and have fun without spending so much money! Try searching for free events in your own city/town.

  • The Stay-Cation Idea Sounds Wonderful. Plan 1 Day Ideas From Home On A Consistent Daily Basis A Make You Guys Stay-Cation Better Than Any Vacation You Ever Been On. A Few Ideas Are Taking A Trip To The Beach With A Few Blankets, A Few Snacks And Have Some Fun In The Sun. Or Go To Your Local Neighborhood Pool And Enjoy Yourselves. You Go Also Spend Some Type At Your Neighborhood Park And Throw A Frisbee, Play A Friendly Game Of Soccer, Possibly A Game Of Jump Rope For Girls. You Could Go Out For Ice Cream And Burgers Or Frozen Drinks And Hot Dogs. They're Are Multiple Fun Things You Can Do On A Low Budget And Still Have A Amazing Time With Your Family.

  • Spend a lot of time doing fun things like going to the Park, movies and maybe going to see a Broadway Show and the beach.

  • One of my favorite things my parents used to do was "go camping". In our backyard or even the living room we'd make huge forts and tents, watch movies, play board games, tell ghost stories, and of course have smores. It was awesome, especially because we got to spend time together even if it was just for a night. Hope that helps!

  • I would suggest using the weekends to explore the free options around your town. There are plenty of things to do for free. I'm quite partial to exploring the family friendly areas of a downtown area or visiting local museums. There are also plenty of active things to explore as well. Local parks and camp sites are also very enjoyable during the summer. Try going for a hike and just enjoying nature. If you are close to a body of water, try planning a day trip on the weekends (or any days that you are off of work) for a fun day of swimming. If traveling is out of the question, try visiting a local pool or coming up with fun and active games to play in your backyard or a local park. I'm sure your children will just appreciate having fun with you regardless of where it is.

  • Take a few daycations that are free or less expensive. Google your hometown or another close by and see what there will be to do in your area that would be fun, but not break the bank. I am from Louisiana, and there is always something to see and do here. Check it out. You may be surprised.

  • Summer camp and church activities.

  • Find a local pool or water park for the kids. Maybe there is even an annual pass. Take advantage of special events in your town. For example there may be music festivals or cultural festivals.

  • Water parks and barbecues are fun activities in the summer! If you don't have a water park around your area, you could turn your backyard into one. You can buy slip n' slides at walmart / target. You can even rent giant water slides that kids love! Of course, kids love to run through sprinklers. One thing I used to love doing with my siblings was filling up water balloons and throwing them at eachother. Also, playing with water guns. Having a barbecue is a great way to bring the family , neighborhood, and friends together! If you are unable to cook barbecue , most bbq restaurants cater to large or small parties. Have a wonderful summer!

  • Try to find places within a reasonable driving distance and go on a day trip or a few! Depending on where you live, there's a lot of options, including beaches, picnics, hiking, etc. There might also be free events in your area; if you're near a city, go on Facebook and look them up. They should also be advertised in the newspaper.

  • I didn't have a vacation until I was able to pay for it myself. Maybe it is time for the family to learn a few lessons about life. You can't always get what you want, be thankful that you have food on the table and a roof over your head, we shouldn't have to spend money to enjoy being a family. There are so many more but the bottom line is use this as an opportunity for both yourself and your family to learn to appreciate what you have and not be sad because of what you don't

  • As one of seven kids, we had a week together every year. It wasn't fancy, it wasn't expensive. What mattered most was spending time together. We did everything from camping, to driving and visiting/staying with family in other states. We sometimes just had inexpensive day trips...a day at the beach, where each person packs their favorite food item (it made for some unusual picnics!). Back yard "staycation", complete with pool party and BBQ and invite neighbors or family. (If you don't have a pool, a sprinkler will do, along with water balloons!). Drives to no where was another favorite. When we moved to a new town, my Aunt lived close by. We piled all the kids in the car with beverages and snacks, and explored our new town. Sometimes we ended up at a local farm for berry picking, or Apple picking, or where we could buy fresh eggs, milk a cow, etc. Sometimes we had movie marathon day. We popped pop corn, and added a few favorite candies into the mix, and we each picked a movie to watch. We had pajama day, where we camped out in the family room all day in our pins and played board and card games. Have each person write down an idea. If it's feasible, put it into a jar. Each day, draw one out and do that!

  • Most cities have entire websites dedicated to lists of free activities! Museums, parks, interesting monuments, festivals, etc. are all possibilities! You can also make fun at home -- build a fort, have a picnic, build a movie theatre in your living room (set up concessions, "sell" tickets, prepare seating, etc.), teach the kids to make a new fun recipe... Good luck and try to stay cool!!

  • Seems my Dad always had to take his vacation to go on Reserves training. What special vacations we had were memorable. I think if maybe you cannot GO: then bring the world to you. Find a country/place you would like to have gone on vacation. Get the travel brochures. Go to the library, browse the internet: make it a unit study. Try cooking the food, even dressing in traditional dress (if you can think outside the box and improvise). Get some of the music, play some of their games: incorporate whatever you learn. Go to the beach area or sand box and shape the topography of the place. [In our case I would encourage Legos to build Mount St-Michael] It is said that is how Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller geography. Show how this impacts the country. Talk about what shapes and impacts your lives. Make a scrapbook (remembering journaling is an important part of remembering)- and you can travel back time and again :)

  • If your budget allows, you could always plan more local, much less expensive fun trips. Maybe if you let each child pick out a fun thing to do this summer, i.e. the zoo, your local Botanical Gardens, water parks, etc. that you may not normally get to do, you will still be able to have fun, family bonding experiences outside of the house while not spending all the money you would on your family vacation.

  • spend time togtahter

  • You can still go on outings without a whole vacation.. what do your kids enjoy doing? Beach? Park? Movies? Zoo? Camping? There is always next summer :)

  • Do fun stuff at home. Do a family movie night or a game night. Maybe invite some friends over to do that with you. Take trips to the library, park, zoo, history, science, or art museum. Go walking at nature parks where there's trails. Go see a movie at the cinema. If you have girls, take them shopping. Go play miniature golf if there's a place in your area like that. Take your kids bowling. If they like being in the kitchen, cook a meal together. I hope this helps! Have a fun Summer! :)

  • I always enjoy the summer time on waterfront or Park . We are so lucky that we lived in a natural environment of the city . Whether waterfront or natural forest . We can have a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy every wonderful day . My suggestion idea .... One day plan : Take relaxing a picnic on waterfront park . Or hiking to the forest trail . More exciting plan : Go to Seattle downtown explore more new thing on Pike Market and Seattle Aquarium or Seattle art museum and Pacific Science Center . Over night a trip : Take a ferry to San Juans Island or Whidbey Island explore the spectacular. take a driving trip to the pacific ocean and Kitsap Peninsulas. Lot of thing that you can enjoy and explore many thing how surprised to find the fun more .... I like to share more idea plan to you that you can plan a nice vacation for kids having a good memory on the summer .

  • Summer fun and activities at home are always there. It's a matter of making it as it is. First,we could count the ways as to how we did it before. Outdoor picnic,putting all the gadgets,games and tools needed, inviting close friends and relatives,food needed and many more. Board games with familiar and loving friends is fun too.

  • I like trout and bluegill fishing here locally. That's always fun. You could rent kayaks for relatively cheap. Hiking is fun too.

  • You could spend a few days at home with a different theme each day! Each person in your family could pick a place they want to visit and then they each get their own day of vacationing there but its really at your house. Kids love this because they have a huge imagination so it will be a big success!

  • Happiness is found within the family unit. So, as long as the family is a happy one, the place nor activity will matter as much. There are many great opportunities for the family to enjoy relaxation and family bonding activities. Some inexpensive options are going to a nearby zoo, outdoor activities such as biking through beautiful trails, water parks, BBQ's under beach pavilions, simply going to the beach, and so much more. Its a matter of gathering a family meeting, sharing great ideas, and going out there as a family and having an amazing, wonderful summer after all. Hope this helps!!

  • I am NEW to the Palm Coast area...(Moved here 5/20/15), so I am REALLY CLUELESS on this answer....!!!! BUT! I have found Jungle Hut beach which seems to be a great beach, Flagler beach, (Have not been there yet) Doing things that YOUR family enjoys is # 1/??!!! Only u can decide. Make play dates with their friends, rent special movies that MEAN something to you all...Have a cookout & let the kids plan the meal that they have to go & shop for, teach them a new sport whether it be soccer, baseball, flag football, (you might learn what they actually like?) MOST IMPORTANT....Give them YOUR UNDIVDED ATTETION FOR THE VAVCATION TIME! That is ALL they really need is YOU!!!! Trust me...been there. Happy stacay!

  • When you are use to having your yearly vacations, not being able to do it one year can be very disappointing. Luckily there are so many different things to do close to where you live that you could do on the weekends like bike riding or hiking. Most towns have fairs near by, or parks where you could have a barbacue and play an out door game. Maybe there is a pool near by or lake you could go to for the day. There are so many different things that you may have never even done before that would be fun to try. I am sure you and your family could plan some cheap fun weekends for the summer.

  • Family outings to beach, park, zoo. Even camping in the back yard can be fun. You dont have to go away to have vacation/family time.

  • Why not bring the vacation to you. As a family think of where you would want to go and relax. Stop your mail just like you would if you were on vacation it will also keep you from dealing with This is where Care.com comes in. Bring someone in to make your beds and put a mint on your pillow, or do it yourself. Bring someone in to cook for your family, I would even do that. Do you have an office or room you could hang sheets up and turn it into a oasis, or a spa room with soft lighting and music. Anything can happen if you put your mind into it. Best of luck!

  • Weekend family outings are nice and something that kids also enjoy! Picnics at the park, going to nearby museums and water parks are fun!

  • You can take them to all sorts of museums that catches their attention, trampoline world, the zoo or the zoo/aquarium. You can also try going to the park but try to do a theme. For example if you have a daughter you can make it a princess or Hawaiian theme or if you have a son, you can try super heroes.

  • Sorry for your feelings . But learn how to take life the way it comes. just accept the fact that this summer no vacation taken due to lack of finances and continue to live a happy summer within your own means without financial constraints.

  • Even though it may be a bit disheartening that you can't go on a vacation there are probably a lot of things in your area that you could do as a family. Things like going mini-golfing, swimming at the lake or pool, bowling, having a campfire in the backyard, or taking a family picnic in the park, are all things you could do together. The key is to make it fun and be excited about things so your kids can get excited about them too!

  • Joing up for every holiday would be great. Having a BBQ and playing games would take part in having a great time.

  • There are freebies in every city. There are always free events in the summer. Check out online for them.

  • Have a staycation!!!!! Do everything you would do on regular vacation but in the house. Use your imagination skies the limit. Make every night something new like for the first day just have superhero night. We're you would act out your favorite super movie or make up your own superhero and watch all the superhero movies there is. The next night could be educational take them to Italy, but try not to boring otherwise your kids won't pay attention make it fun with candy or whatever. Good luck.

  • My family has not been able to afford one of those for a very long time...yet I hardly even notice. Its the time together that is the best. If you are able to still take the time off work, yet cant travel, then have a "Stay-cation"! You don't have to be at work plus your not blowing all the savings on overpriced...everything. Try going to a neighboring city's pool, or have a day were everyone gets to pick their own movie. You can pop popcorn on the stove, build your own pizzas and make homemade ice cream in between "showtimes". As long as the energy is in it to have fun, then it will be. Children want parent time not a grand vacation every season or year.

  • Have a standing appointment to take your kids to the beach(or lake) every Sundays, or a couple of days a week, if your schedule allows it The beach on Sunday with my Mom is a great memory I have with my Mom. You cold also take them to your city or YMCA pool a couple times a week. Riding bikes is also a great way for a family to spend time together doing something good for them. Or have an Art day. Also check your community calendar, they usually have inexpensive activities going on each day. You could also see what classes your neighborhood rec center has to offer over the summer. Our rec center has a summer program where they do something new each day.

  • Parents are not here to entertain their kids. First off there are lots of town pools, zoo, and special things to do when you can. Right now, you can explain that things cost money, and you'll have to pick and choose

  • Have a staycation! There are many new websites coming up on activities in your area, Facebook is just one of them besides your local City Visitor's Center. Put together a field day with the kids and their friends that can include a water balloon toss on a hot day!

  • Take advantage of the local parks and sites around Dallas - you can purchase a 5.00 dollar DART pass and ride all day. You can get memberships to some of the main attractions like the Aquarium, museums and zoos - they usually pay for themselves after 2 or 3 visits. You can take advantage of multiple splash parks that are free. I would pick one activity like a water park or six flags for the highlight of the summer and wind down the summer with a bash at the park.

  • I'm going through the exact same thing right now! It gets harder to afford things once there's one kid in the family who's already in college. If you guys are more physical people, gather up a bunch of friends and go to the park, a pool, have a barbeque, a nearby amusement park or something (it'll be cheaper if you get a group of people and you all pitch in a certain amount to get the tickets). There's this water park in News Braunsfels called Schlitterbahn, lots of fun for the whole family and definitely not as expensive as a trip somewhere out of the state/the country. I think it's about a 4 hour drive but there are parks in other locations too, like San Antonio, etc. Meet up with friends here and there for lunch dates just so you won't be moping around at home all day, put together potlucks with a couple of families, etc. Try to get into the habit of going outside and engaging in physical activity more often, even if it's just taking a short walk around the neighborhood. That's what I've been doing while listening to some music and it's not the most exciting thing in the world, but it gets me out of the house and it's actually pretty stress relieving. The weather's finally looking nice and with all the time we get in the summers, it's the perfect time to take advantage of it to get some good physical exercise in. You can sleep in and laze around the next day if you want to. If you're more on the couch potato side, you could try having movie nights often every week. Maybe switch it up by watching some foreign films sometimes just to make sure the interest isn't lost. It really helps with bonding too if both parents are away at work all day or if you have younger kids away at summer camps/activities for most of the day. I've personally tried out a ton of recipes since I've come home from school and it definitely passes some time, not to mention how happy it makes the rest of my family members' stomachs. You could try your hand at decorating your house or just a certain room in the house. It'll definitely keep you busy for a while since it's more of a long term project, and it'll get the creative juices flowing. Definitely a good idea if your budget allows it. But even if it doesn't, there's a lot of affordable DIY ideas out there that could totally transform a space. If you have any kids in college, they could consider taking classes to get ahead and save some money. Yes it's not the most fun, but it keeps one busy and you'll be saving so much money in the end.

  • There are so many things to do during the summer besides a big vacation. Explore state parks, go camping, stay in the dells over night or go there for the day, take the train down to Chicago, Mall of America. There are so many cool things to do that are in driving distance! Also, looking up online dates of things happening in your area can also be helpful.

  • Travel to different places in your area and plan activities! Go to the beach, park, museum, zoo, pool, etc.

  • Take short drive to other towns near by you haven't gone to. That's what my family does we find the towns cute and different from the city. We live in Chicago and we go to towns that are two, three, sometimes four or more hours away for the day. We find it really fun looking at different land scape and seeing different people and such.

  • Check into free or affordable family friendly Events like library events, museums, acquariuks. Zoo excursions, trying new cuisine, scavenger hunts are great and you get to get out and explore areas close by. All good weekend stuff. If you have a backyard, go camping right there.

  • When I was a child, I never went on a single "real" vacation. The most our finances allowed was one year to spend a few days in a cheap hotel at the beach. Every summer we would take a lot of day trips to make up for it. I grew up near Philadelphia, so we would take day trips to the city, the Crayola Factory, historic tours, saw the Liberty Bell. We would also take trips to the zoo, an amusement park, the aquarium, or national parks in the area. These trips were rather inexpenive, and my sister and I never complained and were always happy with our summer day-trips!

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