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7 Staycation Ideas to Stay Busy at Home

Escape your ordinary and discover new ways to break away from your everyday routine. Whether you try a new DIY craft, get lost in a book, cultivate your green thumb by gardening, experiment in the kitchen with baking recipes, practice self-care, or plan awesome kids’ activities, here are 7 staycation ideas to inspire fun days at home.

What is a staycation?

Since travelling is off the table, a staycation is a dedicated at-home break. Even though you’re staying at home, embrace time off from work or school, unplug, and discover new hobbies, passions, and more. Plus, don’t forget to pamper yourself with a spa day at home, or whatever self-care activities help you relax and recharge.

1. Learn How to Make Something New

For a fun staycation idea, try a DIY craft or art project—you might just discover a new hobby. Learn how to make a piece of clothing with a knitting or crochet kit. Try your hand at embroidery or cross-stitch and create artwork to gift or hang in your home. For some brushwork, try a step-by-step painting project, like a paint-by-numbers kit. If you love working with your hands, explore paper crafts, colouring books, or calligraphy—put you skills to work and write beautiful letters to your friends and family.

2. Get Lost in a Book

Since we can’t travel far from home, read your way around the world during your staycation. Dive into stories that take place around the globe—no passport required. Head to Italy with Elena Ferrante’s hit Neapolitan novels The Henna Artist, or Mexico with Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic. The only question is, where will you travel first?

3. Discover Your Green Thumb

Add some tropical flair to your staycation by starting an indoor garden. Use grow kits to plant flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seed and watch in amazement as they grow. If you’re more of a houseplant person, find unique planters for your greens and decorate your space with your plant babies. Your staycation is also the perfect time to start planning your outdoor garden. Dream of summer as you dig into gardening books for inspiration.

4. Make Something Delicious

The most delicious staycation idea: spending time in the kitchen just for fun! Whip up tasty baked goods with baking recipes for pastry chefs of all levels. Stock up on essential baking tools and explore cookbooks like Baking Day with Anna Olson, Black Girl Baking by Jerelle Guy, and Claire Saffitz’s Dessert Person if you need inspiration for things to bake. These books have easy baking recipes, plus more complicated dessert ideas for kitchen pros. If you’re more of a chef, leaf through your favourite cookbooks for new cooking ideas and try a few new dinner recipes to make your staycation extra special.

5. Cultivate Self-Care

Here’s an important staycation idea—take care of yourself. Discover self-care activities that help you unwind. From planning an at-home spa day to trying a new online fitness class, to simply spending an hour soaking in the tub with a good book, find what type of wellness or self-care makes you feel good.

6. Play Together

Bring on those childhood memories with games and puzzles this staycation. Plan a family game day at home and have each member of your crew choose a game. Instead of binging a TV show, play game after game together! For a more low-key, or solo activity, do a jigsaw puzzle. Turn on some music, fix yourself a hot chocolate, and unplug as you puzzle.

7. Plan a Fun Day for Your Kids

If your little ones are at home too, find staycation ideas to help keep kids entertained. There are so many fun things to do with kids at home. Spark creativity with crafts, build with blocks, or play outside if the weather allows. You’re only limited this staycation by your imagination.