Spring Staycation Tips

Very soon the kids will be on another break from school. March break here in Alberta is also Easter/Spring break, and while some take this opportunity to sneak away for a holiday – this is the time of year in which we are always found close to home. Gruelling cheer schedules for my oldest over the break paired with notoriously high flight prices this time of year – means that we stick close to home and opt for a staycation versus a vacation.

So this time of year I fiercely cross my fingers for beautiful spring-like weather. After a long winter season, we’re all chomping at the bit for some time spent outdoors, preferably without the bulk of winter clothing. I’ll take rain boots over winter boots without hesitation!

Taking a staycation

Are you planning on a staycation this March Break?

Here are seven tips on how to fully enjoy a staycation, without the stress and exhaustion that international travel can cause. My suggestion is to try one a day!

  1. Plan an indoor excursion. Take a trip to a museum, gallery or science centre (to name a few). Whatever your interest may be – from antiques and art to science and nature – there is an exhibit for you.
  2. Visit a local ski resort. Take a day, or two, to hit the slopes with your family; you can ski, snowboard, snow tube or hike, the options are endless. If you have family members who are motion sensitive, Gravol Quick Dissolve Chewables (available for kids and adults) are an effective and convenient option to treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness, so you can get there more comfortably and with less worry. (Don’t take Gravol chewables and drive, as Gravol Quick Dissolve Chewables may cause cause drowsiness).
  3. Unwind with a good book. With hectic lives and busy schedules, sometimes we don’t have time for the simple things in life, like curling up with a good book. If you have readers in your family, take advantage of some down time and let your mind be captivated by a new story. For younger kids, colouring or picture books might do the trick!
  4. At-home makeovers. Be your own glam squad and grab those nail polishes, make-up powders, sparkle eye shadows, styling tools and last but not least…Batiste Dry Shampoo! It’s perfect to use between washes and easy to use. Applying quick burst revitalizes hair and removes any excess oil, adding body and texture. With the new limited-edition Batiste Ella Henderson Sweet & Seductive Dry Shampoo, you’ll feel like a celebrity, with hair that looks, feels – and smells – great!
  5. Crafts, puzzles and games galore. Now you have time to get into a new project with your kids that could take a few hours or few days, you decide.
  6. Try new recipes. The March break can have us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, inspiring us to tackle that new recipe you or your kids have been wanting to try. Whether it’s a batch of cookies – or a yummy stew – take advantage of your time. It might end up being something you love! In addition to all the good food you’ll cook up, make sure all family members get the get their daily recommended nutrients by taking VitafusionTM Men’s or Women’s Complete Multivitamin and Lil’Critters Gummy Vites for kids.
  7. Get outside. Go for a walk, a skate at a local rink and maybe pop into a coffee shop to escape from the cold and warm up with a delicious drink.

What are your favourite staycation ideas?  


Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this post, all opinions are my own.



  1. It would really depend on the weather. If it was nice it would be trips to the beach and to the park. If the weather doesn’t co-operate then a trip to the aquarium, or some activity where the kids could work off some energy (climbing walls, laser tag etc)

  2. Mine would be sleeping in with no babysitting and doing what I want to do through out the day, and then having a fire at night out in the backyard and who knows maybe cooking our supper over the fire, mmmm!! just relaxing and hanging out with hubby is all I need for the perfect staycation!!

  3. We’d get a hotel at Blue Mountain resort and relax at the spa after a day of skiing.

  4. My staycation would include exploring areas of my city that I never get to, trying little cafes and restaurants that I discover on the way.

  5. It would be fun to go to the zoo, hang out at the forks and lunches downtown..maybe stay in a holte down there too

  6. My stay-cation would be walk along Niagara walkways and stay in to watch movies and eat popcorn

  7. I’d love to just go out and explore my own city. Take my kids to a bunch of different parks, go swimming, hiking, bike riding and maybe even take them to get pedi’s. They’d love that!

  8. There are several museums and historical buildings in my own city I’ve never been to, so I would take the staycation to visit those places.

  9. Getting a hotel in the city, and spending the day/evening shopping and swimming is my idea of a great staycation

  10. My ultimate staycation would be “no cooking, no cleaning” just enjoying time with the family

  11. My ultimate staycation would be to have the kids all over and have a barbeque and games.

  12. I love visiting local festivities in and around my region which I’ve never seen before.

  13. I just want to be able to sleep in! My kids wake up at the crack of dawn on non-school days, and on school days I have to fight to get them out of bed. It makes no sense lol

  14. My staycation would include check out local attractions, go to festivals and the beach.

  15. My Stay-Cation would involve a stay at a local hotel with a nice supper, a visit to the spa and a cozy, comfy bed!

  16. My stay-cation would be finding a great deal at a local family friendly hotel with a pool! It would be fun to get away from home for a night.

  17. My ultimate stay cation would look like me sitting back on the wharf and dipping my line in the water while enjoying the quietness

  18. We would visit a lot of museums and restaurants that we haven’t had the chance to see.

  19. If I could, MY staycation would be spend in front of the TV, unless it’s summer outside 🙂

  20. We live near Niagara Falls, so there is always something to do. It’s not often we are tourists for a day, so we look forward to those times.

  21. My ultimate staycation would be do daily short distance day trips to check out things in the area that we never get around to seeing. And maybe a picnic if the weather was nice.

  22. since the mountains are a short drive away taking a day trip there to hike around and see some sites

  23. My staycation would consist of Crafts , baking , make overs and some cuddle time watching family movies

  24. My ultimate staycation is beautiful spring weather, lots of walks, Netflix and baking with my kids

  25. My ultimate staycation would involve sending the kids to their grandparents’ house for half of it, during which time I would do a complete clean out of our house and garage, followed by a day of shopping to replenish our wardrobes (3 out of 4 of us need new clothes!!), then I would enjoy the second half of the staycation with my kids – going to the local sights, hiking etc. I know cleaning probably doesn’t sound like much of a good time, but for me it would be – I love to purge and organize but I never find time with the little ones around.

  26. My ultimate staycation is just staying home and not go anywhere. Just watch movies, read books, play board games.

  27. I would like to visit several historical sites on the opposite side of the province.

  28. If the weather’s freezing then I’d love an open fire to go with a good book and cup of coffee, cozily wrapped in my recliner. 🙂 If the weather’s warm then I can do without the fire 🙂

  29. My ultimate staycation would be having friends and family over for week of fun in the backyard. Fires in the pit, BBQs, etc. That may actually happen this summer when relatives come to visit from away.

  30. My ultimate staycation would be in Tofino relaxing and watching the storms sipping hot chocolate.

  31. My ultimate staycation is spending a week exploring all that West Edmonton Mall has to offer.

  32. Mine would be having the grandkids stay for a couple of nights so we can do crafts and go to the pool .

  33. If the weather was cold, we would spend it toboganning then go inside, put on our jammies and have a movie marathon!

  34. I would have a maid come in and clean my house. Somebody to entertain my kids. I could just sit and relax. That would be my ideal stay cation.

  35. We would hit the bike trail along the river, stop at all the playgrounds to play then stop for lunch at a little restaurant a little ways off the path, then continue on. On the return trip back stop for ice cream, play at the parks again. After getting home have a fire, roast some marshmallows and then have a glass of wine after my daughter goes to bed

  36. It would be a chance to sleep in. Then I would get up and get all nicely dressed. And go to the Farmer’s Market for Croissants and coffee.

  37. My stay-cation would be to sleep in every morning and take my grandson to all the museums we have here in Nova Scotia order pizza (his favorite food) and watch what ever movies he wants ..Maybe play some mario too hehe .

  38. sleeping in, leisurely lazy mornings having breakfast at the local cafe, walks outside, crossword puzzles, magazines, lots and lots of downtime

  39. I would love to spend a day exploring the national gallery of Canada and a day at the movies.

  40. Every summer we take many staycation, our cottage is less than an hour away and right on the ocean so we get to have great BBQs and have an amazing view!

  41. ok so fantasy land LOL, sleeping in and not getting up at all during the night cus I have to use the washroom, because I have to heat up the heating pad , because I need another advil nighttime pill and have NO PAIN and just sleep!! (although if all this happened my husband would prob shake me awake cus he’d fear I was dead)

  42. My ultimate staycation would include a visit to the spa, a nice restaurant, a visit to a museum and reading a few books.

  43. Getting to spend lots of outdoor time and hopefully some fun games with the kids.

  44. My ultimate staycation, would look like….. a butler to answer my door and supervise playdates. A chef preparing spa food. A live in masseuse for those long hard days of relaxing in the yard. A tutor/nanny to entertain and educate my child and/or someone else to get frustrated with the screen time and a daquiri IV 😀

  45. My ultimate staycation would include a night at a nice local hotel, spa day, and eating at a nice restaurant!

  46. My ultimate staycation would be a clean house at all times, and meals delivered to me. Oh and all the chick flicks I can handle.

  47. My ultimate stay-cation would be filled with moving watching, book reading and catching up with old friends!

  48. We are all excited about going to the maple sugar bush to help make some maple syrup .We will have a good hot lunch every day and make some maple candy in the snow too.

  49. My staycation would involve cooking and doing crafts with my grandchildren and maybe a movie and dinner out with them.

  50. our ultimate staycation is home cooked meals, lots of outdoor activities and a couple of movies

  51. my ultimate staycation would include turning off the phone, so no one could reach me; lots of reading and napping; walking and watching movies; cooking and eating good homemade foods!

  52. My favourite stay-cation is spending time in Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake on a beautiful day, strolls through the shops, parks, and along the board walk.

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