Plan a staycation during your summer break

If you’re staying close to home this summer break to save money and take extra credits at the community college, you should consider planning a ‘staycation’ celebration with your buds who will also be hangin’ around.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Take some time off from your everyday life and plan a staycation with friends this summer.

Cindy Cesca, writer over here with CengageBrain, posted the “Top 10 staycation ideas for college students in need of R&R” last April 22, 2013. Check out her post for some new ways to enjoy your hometown. For ideas on how to throw a staycation bash that will be one for the books, read on!

First things, first for your staycation

You’ll want to figure out who will be around for summer break, and then you can start planning the bash of the year! Will it just be you and your parents this summer, or do you have some high school friends you can reunite with for the break? If your family is like mine at all, they wouldn’t mind joining in on a staycation celebration but you may want to check with the ‘rents first to see if hosting would be a problem. If your humble abode doesn’t lend itself to being a host too well, check into your local parks and recreation areas. Michigan, for example, has a website for this purpose: Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Individual cities also host websites that list their recreation areas and rules (such as: no glass bottles or open flames).

Once you’ve come up with a guest list of VIPs, you can begin to plan the fun!

Host a potluck and have friends bring over a favorite dish that can be shared. (Credit: ABM College Calgary)

Host a potluck and have friends bring over a favorite dish that can be shared. (Credit: ABM College Calgary)

The grub: host a pot-luck

One way to get involved with everything your hometown has to offer is to select a menu that features hometown products. To keep it cost effective, you can provide the main course and beverages, and ask attendees to each bring their favorite local side dish to share. For specific BBQ dishes to include, check out Alana Joli Abbot’s May 27, 2014, post “How you can throw the best BBQ ever“.

Now onto the games

Once you’ve got the food and location planned, you can choose games to keep your staycation exciting! If the whole reason for having a staycation this summer is to save money, you probably don’t want to spend all of your savings on purchasing games. Instead, you can invite friends with specific board games to bring them along and set up a tournament. A March 4, 2010, blog post on Inivators titled “Guess Who Tournament” described a house party where guests squared off against one another while playing a modified version of Guess Who. It’s not necessary to get creative and alter the game, instead, just invite friends to bring their game boards (old and new) and play against one another.

Human sized Jenga has become a very popular game among college students. (Credit: re:fuel)

Human sized Jenga has become a very popular game among college students. (Credit: re:fuel)

Jenga is another game that can be a fun addition to any party. The Huffington Post describes a new version of giant Jenga as being “the perfect backyard game” in their September 1, 2013, post titled “DIY Giant Jenga Is The Coolest Backyard Game Ever.” To make this game, you’ll need:

  • Paint
  • Enough 2 x 4 boards to make forty-eight 10.5” pieces (local lumber yards and home improvement stores will cut these for you if you’re not skilled in carpentry)

Head on over to A Beautiful Mess for more explicit directions.

Those games we loved as kids

Aching for those backyard games you played as a kid? Why not get some cheap water shooters and have an ol’ fashioned water fight? Or how about a three-legged race? All you’ll need is a bandana or piece of material to tie around the feet of two people and you’re ready to race! If you’ve got those carpentry skills mentioned above, how about trying your hand at designing a cornhole/bean bag toss game? You can even make your own bean bags to toss with this tutorial from Sew Woodsy on July 29, 2011.

A few other ideas from around the web:

  • Two-liter Lawn Bowling (How Stuff Works): Filling up empty two-liters with water or sand and setting 10 pins up to knock down with a volleyball or soccer ball
  • Hopscotch (Yahoo Voices)
  • Kick the Can (Yahoo Voices)

For the really creative types, try setting up an obstacle course like the one seen here posted by Howcast.

Have any other exciting staycation ideas? Post them below!

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