A staycation is a blend of two words: stay and vacation. A staycation is simply when a family stays at home and yet live as if they are on vacation. Most staycations use the most of your home town – the nature spots and entertainments that as a ‘local’ you often are too busy to enjoy.
Last week our homeschool co-op had a staycation (of sorts). I’d love to show you photos but I was having such a good time with my friends I forget to use the camera! So I’ll just have to explain what we did.
It all started because one of the families wanted to take a mid term break but wanted to use their time intentionally. The mum set the following goals:
- To have a fun break in a long term
- To enjoy each others’ giftedness
- To share our skills and resources
- To learn new physical skills
- To try something new
- To have fellowship with others sharing quality time and experiences.
The idea was that we would have a morning and late afternoon activity, with time to go home for a nap and regroup during the hottest part of the day. Our afternoon activity would include an early dinner together and then we’d go home just after dark (6.00pm-ish).
In collaboration with others in the homeschool community she came up with the following programme.
Morning – a short bushwalk and a swim at a waterhole
Afternoon – a short bike ride and then backyard cricket and a quick dip in the lake, with a picnic dinner
Morning – horse riding for those over 8
Afternoon – Archery, water slide and swim in a pool at on family home. Sausage sizzle for dinner
Morning – Tube riding (behind a boat)
Afternoon – Sports Carnival games in the park, chicken rolls for dinner
Morning – Canoeing on the lake
Afternoon – Campout (the plan was for tents to go up on our back lawn, but it rained so it ended up as a sleepover inside!), hamburgers for dinner
Morning – pack up from Campout, play games together – go home at 11.00am
Every family in the co-op was invited to join in how ever many activities they wanted to, so there was a different mix of participants for each activity depending on what else was going on in people’s lives.
So it was kind of like a staycation – we all stayed in our homes, we did things that we would not normally do, we had time to rest, and we had simple meals. It was a lot of fun and I reckon we’ll do it again another year!