“Stay-cation”: 3 Fun Alternatives to Going Out

Some weekends, my husband and I love to go out and do something fun. We’ll go to the zoo, go to the mall, go walk around downtown. But sometimes, we feel more like just staying indoors and doing something at home. We call these days “Stay-cation” days (instead of VA-cation…because we’re staying…)

So, if you find yourself wanting to stay home and not venture out, here are some ideas! You can do these with a friend, with your SO, or with your familiy! They’re adjustable!

1. Take-out and Movie Night

This is our favorite option. ๐Ÿ˜


Go get your favorite take-out, come back home, and veg with your favorite movie/TV show.

Advanced for couples:

For an extra special date night, make it a picnic! Lay out a blanket, break out the sparkling cider, and go all out. You can light a fire or put a fireplace on the tv (Netflix has options for this if you don’t have a fireplace or it’s too warm.) Light some candles. Lay out pillows and blankets. Then, after dinner, snuggle up and watch a movie!

Advanced for family:

Make it a movie theatre experience! Turn out the lights. Everyone puts their pj’s on. Buy the popcorn, the candy, the soda. Make it an all-out stay-cation movie theatre night!

2. Board Games and Finger Foods

This is a great technology-free option!


Pull out the board games and serve up a variety of snacks – wings, chips and dip, veggie tray. Make it a TV-free, fun night in.


Go to full power-out mode. This is extra fun – especially with kids. Build a fort in the living room that is big enough for everyone to fit inside. (Options for this could include an actual camping tent if the room is big enough, or you can get one of those pop-up canopies that are height adjustable and put blankets around it to make the walls. Or you can always do it the traditional way – kitchen chairs, brooms, blankets, hair ties, couch pillows…etc.) Fill your new fort with blankets and pillows. Turn out the lights, turn off the TV, and put the phones in another room. Light candles/lanterns/flashlights. Play games and eat in your fort!

I’m telling you, kids will enjoy this! I remember when I was younger and the power was out in our town due to a storm. We put up a fort of sorts, laid out blankets and pillows, and hung out inside. My dad bought pizza. We listened to a battery-operated radio. It was a power-free night – not of our choosing – but I remember it to this day!

3. Make Dinner/Bake Together

(Full disclosure – as I was looking at pictures for this point I saw a cupcake picture and I could, like, literally taste the frosting. Not even kidding. Has that ever happened to you?? Our minds can do crazy things!)


You can make this relevant and specific for your family! It can be a romantic couple’s dinner…I automatically think Italian food for some reason. It can be fun baking with the kiddos. You can learn a new recipe. Anything that would be fun for you and would allow you to spend time together!

There you go! Three ideas for a stay-cation that you can implement this weekend!

Is there anything you would add to this list? What are some things your family does when you stay in?

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  1. Those are great ideas! I loved camping out in the living room with my family as a child. I may try to encourage my parents to do something like this with my younger siblings and I next time I get home.

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  2. My husband and I love #1, but I remember some fun nights when the kids were young doing the fort thing and they always loved it. We need to try that with the grandkids now ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

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