It’s that time of year again. The end of summer is looming, and kids are getting ready to head back to school. Some schools are already in session, but the Lansing School District does not start back until September 7. That leaves just enough time for a last-minute family getaway.
With most families feeling the pinch of the current economic downturn and Michigan still holding one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, a more conservative and budget conscious, staycation may be the answer.
Tracy Padot, Vice President of Marketing Communications for the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau (GLCVB), says that there are plenty of local businesses and attractions that are ready to help you entertain your family. “The Greater Lansing area has a ton of fun, family friendly attractions and hotels.” Many local attractions offer free admission, including The State Capitol, Michigan Historical Museum and the Supreme Court Learning Center.
A good way to experience the life of a tourist without traveling too far away from home is festivals and fairs. The Lansing area has several upcoming festivals including Bless Fest and The Caribbean Festival. To add a little more adventure to your local vacation, some local hotels have created some fabulous family packages.
Other opportunities for family fun include Strolling with the Storyteller at Michigan 4-H Children’s Garden on August 17 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. For families with older children, the Moonlight Film Festival held at East Lansing’s Valley Court Park will be showing Twilight (PG-13) on August 19 and Napoleon Dynamite (PG-13) on August 26. Both movies run from 9:00pm -11:30pm.
To make certain your staycation is relaxing, fun, and easy on the family budget, follow these simple tips:
Set a definite date to “leave” and to “return”.
Treat your staycation more like a traditional vacation and it will feel like one.
Ease up on the schedule.
Feel free to stay up later and sleep in a little bit. Have a genuine vacation schedule.
Break out of the norm.
To make your staycation a truly memorable time, just do something you don’t usually do. Have a picnic in your living room or camp out in the backyard.
Try something new.
Eat at a new restaurant; go to a locally owned shop or tour a museum you have never visited before.
The Lansing area has plenty of terrific resources available for a local get-away for you and your family. Start planning your staycation today and begin a new family tradition celebrating the end of summer.
For a full list of local events and festivals, visit the GLCVB website.