Staycation: Part 1

Staycation is a word in our vocabulary like hangry or mansplain; we use it in everyday conversations. When asked what we are doing during our summer vacation, we may replay with, “I’m doing a staycation this year, how about you?”. Parish Giving thought we would celebrate those who are participating in the staycation this summer and give you some ideas! Keep reading for more details!


I must admit, I have never heard of this until Jill brought it up! Then I couldn’t stop researching it. It’s completely free, and all you have to do is join the Geocaching app. Once you join, you can find different coordinates in your area to find small treasures. You can then sign a log book and even leave something and/or take something from the object. Some are more challenging to locate than others, and most objects are different too! Check out the Geocaching website for more info!

Family Game Night

This is a fun classic night for the family. Sometimes gathering for a screen-free night is just what you need. Someone can pop some popcorn; you can get some chips and pretzels and just have an enjoyable evening. Here are some of our favorites:

Apples to Apples – who would have thought a MENSA approved game, could be so much fun? It’s educational yet fun for all ages! Using nouns and adjectives to help the judge pick whose words or phrase is the best according to them – it is filled with lots of laughs and antics.

Charades – have another family join you and create two teams so you can play charades! You can act out movies, books or whatever is going on in pop culture! Create fun teams like parents against kids, girls against boys, or let a hat decide what team you should be on! Either way it’s great fun!

Clue – this game is a classic. Guessing which character murdered Mr. Body with which weapon and room. Use your detective skills and intuition with this game! It can go on for hours, or you can play multiple rounds; it’s completely up to you!

Day Trip!

This can be fun and educational. Find a map of your state (I’m sure you can locate one somewhere!) and blindfold someone and have them point to a spot on the map. Find something in that area to visit for the day! Perhaps there is a museum or an old fashioned downtown that you can explore. Maybe there is a restaurant known for their huge portions or chili cheese fries! Either way, get packing for a day of fun!

Camp Out

Who says you can’t go camping in your backyard?! Pitch a tent, roll out the sleeping bags, and enjoy all of the comforts of home under the stars. If you have a fire pit, light it up and roast marshmallows, hot dogs and tell campfire stories. It’s a recipe for a great night!

Don’t worry! We have so many more ideas about staycations! Keep a look out for part 2 next week! Until then, remember Parish Giving for all of your church needs! We have children in parochial school too, and know what it’s like having to search for that extra dollar for tuition. That’s why we do not charge late fees! For more information, check us out at!