What is a great but cheap vacation for this summer?

Katie - posted on 03/10/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I have three kids ages 9,5,and 4. My 5 yr old will be 6 in april and my 4 yr old will be 5 in june. I don't work I stay at home so we dont have alot of extra money and I was thinking of somthing fun we could do over the summer or somewhere we could go that wouldn't be too expensive, anyone have any Ideas? thanks :)

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Rebecca - posted on 03/10/2010

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Yeah you could try a "Stay-cation" where you explore the local options around town! You can go to fun restaurants, state parks etc near where you live and one magazine I read even suggested you could stay in a local hotel just for fun

Byra - posted on 03/10/2010

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We got to the local campgrounds and lakes. You can camp and swim or if you like your own bed you just go for the day. We also go to places like Coco Key that will let you swim all day, but you don't have to rent a room. At that age you could also invest in season passes for your local amusement park. It seems like a lot of money, but really if you think about how often you can go even if it is just a few hours it is much less expensive then paying a bunch of different places to go.

Katarina - posted on 03/10/2010

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Day trips are awesome and require less planning. Is there anywhere in town or a good distance away that your children haven't explored yet? Maybe a different lake, park or small town. We go on a lot of little day trips and not many of them are any more then 1.5 hours away.

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Wendy - posted on 07/12/2011

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I have 3 kids. We have been tiki tubing for the past 3 summers.It is very inexpensive. We only pay for the frice of the hotel of our choice and our rafts for tiki tubing. You are allowed to bring an ice chest with your own food and drinks; and they have a flotation device that you can rent for cheap so that your ice chest can float down the river with you. It is a very relaxing yet fun vaca. It is in Denham Springs. A must for any vacation!

Elizabeth - posted on 03/28/2010

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Your back yard. Sound funny I know, one night just camp out, have a little fire, tell stories, cook hot dogs. you know have fun with it, the next day take the kids to a near by lake and have a little cook out there. I know here in Tn most of out lakes have a swimming area so bring a suit just in case...Day 3 why not just go see a move and popcorn. Vacation isn't really about WHERE you go when you are a kids, it's about spending it with family and having a good time. Ask them, tell them what you are planning to do and watch their face, you will know them if it is a good idea or not :)

Lo - posted on 03/28/2010

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OOOOOO where and when is the hot air balloon festival in WA? we would love to go see this. Lo. xxx

Tiffany - posted on 03/13/2010

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Ohhh, if you rent or purchase a GPS you can go geo-caching. It's like a scavanger hunt, and kids LOVE it. It's a great way to explore your city / state. There are tons of websites out there with information on how to get started. It's a great family activity.

Tiffany - posted on 03/13/2010

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Lots of national parks have summer programs. Look online for information on festivals in your state. Like here in WA we have a hot air balloon festival, music festivals of all kinds, etc. If you plan ahead of time you can attend these festivals as day trips - or find an inexpensive motel and stay overnight.

You can look into camp grounds that rent cabins, those can be very reasonable if you can go mid week, and with kids that age just one or two days is enough fun!

Marie - posted on 03/12/2010

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When my son was young, we would go to all the free festivals in the nearby cities. We planted flowers and vegetables. We would have picnics at the local parks. I would let him fish in the nearby river or we would go to the beach. Pack up the bikes and ride the bike trails with a picnic lunch.

Bonnie - posted on 03/12/2010

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you might think about getting some travel magazines and sitting down with the children and show pictures of different things to do to see what they seem to like the most and then find things close to home that are like them.

Melissa - posted on 03/12/2010

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Camping, if thats your thing. The kids will love to explore! If you can find a place near the beach or if they have a lake. Extra fun...

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