This post was sponsored by Wendy’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Summer is on the horizon and I’m sharing Summer Staycation Tips that will keep kids happy and busy! For those families who are opting for a staycation, i.e. basically, rather than packing up the car and kids, I have tips to create vacations right in your very own back yard.
In fact, with a bit of creative planning, you might be able to conjure up a vacation that will help your kids see your neighborhood in a new way. One of the biggest bonuses of all: you won’t have to worry about those loads of laundry you usually muddle through after a long vacation away from home!
Keep reading for some of my Summer Staycation Tips that will keep kids happy and busy! And of course these include a Lemonade Date at Wendy’s and a chance to win tickets to a Yankee game!
Summer Staycation Tips that will keep kids happy and busy
Plan a Lemonade Date at Wendy’s and a chance to win tickets to a Yankee game
There is nothing that says Summer to me more than a refreshing cup of lemonade and the assortment of Dave’s Craft Lemonades at Wendy’s does not disappoint!
We sampled the All natural flavor and the peach and it definitely catered to our summer cravings!
In addition to premium beverages like Dave’s Craft Lemonades, Wendy’s has a variety of delicious menu options to fit your summer cravings.
The best part is that enjoying your favorite Wendy’s foods like their fresh salads and Dave’s Craft Lemonade is easier than ever thanks to DoorDash functionality within the Wendy’s app!
And this summer you can also take part in the Yankees Ticket Sweepstakes!
If you aren’t aware, Wendy’s is the official partner of the New York Yankees, so download the Wendy’s app (and visit your local Wendy’s) for your chance to win tickets to a Yankees game this season!
But there’s more — enter here to be entered into a contest to win one (1) of 12 prize packs, good for four tickets to select Yankees home games this summer.
Each prize pack redeemable for two (2) vouchers equaling four (4) tickets for a regular season home game!! The Fine Print:
I-C will randomly select winners from all program entries and Wendy’s will facilitate fulfillment of the winning prizes of 12 winners.
Camp in the Backyard!
This is perfect for small children as it makes it much easier to deal with rain or nighttime noises when home is only a few steps away. To give it a special twist, include an insect safari.
Explore the great outdoors and set up camp anywhere with the Learning Resources Pretend & Play Camp Set. This realistic pretend camp set includes a lantern, stove, water bottle with cup, compass watch, pan, shovel, first-aid kit, and utensil set.
You can also gather some insect books, a magnifying glass and small jars, and let your kids stake out a small area of their back yard.
Record the various insects in a notebook or even snap digital photos for other projects.
Create your own paper.
This is a perfect outdoor activity because it is wet and messy. You’ll need an outdoor table, lots of water and a papermaking kit like the You can use recycled paper produce cartons and cotton-based stationery paper.
You can make your paper even more decorative with the addition of snippets of thread or a sprinkling of flower petals. The paper you make can be used for other projects such as greeting cards, ornaments or covering tiny trinket boxes.
Have a pet parade with your neighbors followed by an ice cream social!
A bandanna or a bow tied around your pet’s neck is all you need to participate in a pet parade. After marching around the block or through the park, top it off with an ice-cream social.?! Just ask each participant to bring a quart of their favorite sprinkles, sauces and toppings and cones or cups to be shared.
Overall: If you’re spending less money and time on traveling, you’ll have more to spend on the actual adventure.
GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY
Start your summer staycation adventures by logging on to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Web site, www.mta.com. Order its “One-Day Getaways” booklet, which includes a treasure trove of “vacation” ideas that won’t hit you hard at the pump.
Here are just two ideas to whet your appetite for staycation adventure!
The Staten Island Ferry and South Street Seaport
Aboard the ferry, take in the salty air and great views of Lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
Once you make landfall, there’s the South Street Seaport to discover. Hop a quick cab ride or stroll over to the Seaport’s cobblestone streets.
Home to quaint shops, a maritime museum, piers and the country’s largest fleet of private historic vessels.
What kids will go gaga for: Taking a ride on the W.O. Decker tugboat and the Pioneer. This 102-foot schooner from 1885, both of which set sail several times daily.
The Museum’s model ships, children’s center and lots of craft-making.
Parent perks: Unique shopping opportunities like The Bowne & Co. Stationers’ gift shop. It features a working 19th-century press, where you can have personal items printed on an antique press.
Information: 718-876-8441; www.siferry.com. 212-732-8257; www.southstreetseaport.com.