How to staycation for families

Staycation bucket and shovel on sand

COVID-19 has changed a lot of plans this year – whether it was just wanting to pop to the hairdressers or you had a trip to Disneyland booked. It’s still important that you take a break this year, though. Even if that means that you’re having a staycation!

So how can you take a holiday when your options are limited on where you can go? We’ve got you covered in this guide to taking a staycation.

Why do I need to take a holiday during COVID-19?

While we, or anyone else, can make you, it’s wise to take a break from all the stress of everything going on. Everyone needs time to relax, unwind and destress. There’s plenty of studies to back this up.

It doesn’t have to be a trip to the Maldives or a holiday with friends or family, but taking a holiday during this time is a good idea.

Holiday at home!

Don’t want to go far? Put your feet up and stop at home. If you’re working from home, it’s important to unplug and turn off from your work obligations. It can be difficult to separate your home and work when you’re working from home, if you’re holidaying at home too it’s important to switch off.

Have kids?

Look for positives about staying at home with children – no packing to worry about, all their toys and games are already at home and there’s plenty to keep them occupied. We’ve put together a list of ideas and activities for holidays at home with children to keep them entertained:

  1. Get creative with space

There’s tons of games where all you need is the limit of your imagination and a bit of space to go wild. From duvet forts to dungeons – let go and embrace the silliness!

To get started, we recommend the tried and tested: the floor is lava

Create a mini obstacle course out of whatever you have on hand – pillows or other furniture will do. You’re not allowed to touch the floor, just get around on the obstacles you’ve made. The more descriptive you are with your storytelling, the more fun it can be!

  1. Gardening and getting outside

If the weather is fine and you’ve got the outdoor space, it’s worthwhile getting everyone outdoors. Just 10 minutes of garden playtime is shown to lower blood pressure, calm nerves and improve immunity.

So get everyone out in the garden!

  1. Family playtime

Board games, cards, Cluedo, Monopoly. There’s so many things to choose from you can definitely find the right thing for your family. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a list of 20 family friendly board games to get you started.

This period of time has awarded an opportunity to spend time as a family for many of us. Take this chance to make your staycation family time!

Book a day out

Zoos and theme parks are now open again with strict measures in place to keep everyone safe due to COVID-19. Just because you’re on a staycation doesn’t mean you can’t leave the house!

Here’s some options local to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire if you’re stuck for ideas on where you could go.

Sundown Adventureland, in Retford, is a child friendly theme park with rides and two cafes. The park is 75% accessible to wheelchair users, including the rides (although you will need to be able to transfer onto rides). – read their COVID-19 FAQs

White Post Farm, located in Farnsfield, is a farm where you can get a hands on experience with animals from llamas, to meerkats, to sheep. They also have a reptile house, pet shop and café. The majority of the farm is wheelchair accessible with wide access to buildings. – Find out about their COVID-19 measures

Gulliver’s Kingdom at Matlock, a child friendly theme park that has rides and several dining areas. You can read their accessibility guide here  as some parts of the park may not be suitable for wheelchair users. There’s also the option to stay in themed accommodation at Gulliver’s Kingdom. – Read their Safe Steps guide for COVID-19

We hope these tips help you take a break, even if you’re staying at home, and give you some ideas of where to start.