Monday, October 29, 2012

7 Tips for a Budget Friendly Staycation

My family and I just finished a wonderful week of staycation (a vacation at home) in the Houston area. Here are a few tips of what to do if you are trying to have fun while staying at home on a budget.
1. Take more photos of your kids. Everyone will be at home so dress the kids up and get some cool shots. Here are 50 poses you can use during your staycation.
2. Visit the Williams Tower. The 64-story building is an amazing piece of architecture. I took my mother there before she went back to Brasil and she really enjoyed the outing. The kids went with me also. No, we were not riding elevators, the area around Williams tower includes The Galleria mall and other fun stuff (see #6).
3. Go Swimming. If you decide to take your Staycation during the summer and you have small children, I suggest you pay a visit to the Noah's Ark Pool. Located in the Quillian Center, this pool is shallow and it allows a lot of splashing and playing. My toddlers absolutely loved it!
4. Go to the Museum. The Houston Museum District has a rich variety of activities for families. We really enjoy the Children's Museum of Houston because of the amazing exhibitions and the endless possibilities of interaction. Pay attention to the various free admission days when planning your staycation.
5. Plan a Seasonal Outing. We visited a pumpkin patch this year. If your staycation happens at Christmas time, you may want to plan to look at the Christmas lights or visit a place holding a gingerbread house contest. Get creative and celebrate the season during your staycation.
6. Visit the Williams Waterwall. If you are visiting the Williams Tower you can't help but see the Waterwall nearby. It is one of the most photographed places in town and it is such a wonderful thing to see. Remember that there is a small fee to park next to the Williams Tower but you can get free parking at The Galleria and walk the the Waterwall. A lot of people pack picnics and enjoy the scenery or take a book to read outside.
7. Update your Family Photo. Children grow quickly so it is important to take advantage of your staycation to update your family photo. We took ours in the pumpkin patch but we also plan on getting more photos closer to Christmas. Photos of the entire family make amazing Christmas gifts as well as memories for many years to come. Pay attention to coupons that may save you a lot when choosing to go to a studio to take family photos.
The most important thing is to enjoy each other while spending quality time as a family. Making memories requires no money because Love is the anchor that holds families together. I hope you are now inspired to have a fun staycation with your family!

Related Series: "Getting to Know You Houston"
Galveston Railroad Museum
Houston Zoo
Houston Ballet
Children's Museum of Houston
Houston Rodeo
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