Summer is coming to a close, and for many families, travel isn’t an option when it comes to enjoying the final few weeks. There are still ways to celebrate the end of summer 2020 with your kids without leaving your home state. With some creativity and a little planning, here are five ways to say goodbye to a challenging and trying season.  

Plan an all-day picnic at your local park or take a road trip to the nearest National Park. Pack some outdoor equipment and hit the trails, play games in the grass, and top it off with a family picnic. If you can, turn your phone to silent and be fully present in nature and with your kids.

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If getting out isn’t an option, stay in for an ice cream social. Get the kids excited by going all out with a variety of flavors and toppings for them to make their own decadent creations. If you have time, pick a theme for the party and encourage your kids to play along with costumes, music, and decorations.

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Whether it’s a cabin the woods, an Airbnb pool house or a reservation at a nearby hotel, there are many ways to plan and enjoy a staycation without leaving your state. Treat yourself to spa treatments and room service just like a real out-of-state getaway. It may not be the same as an international trip, but after months at home, everyone will be excited for a change of scenery.

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Gather your “quaran-team” or grab your face masks for a backyard BBQ complete with a full menu of options and games for the kids. Set-up Zoom to connect with other friends and family from out of state to allow them to also participate in the celebration. We may be in challenging times, but that’s only more reason to have some fun. Just make sure you follow any current guidelines or restrictions when it comes to social distancing and face masks in your area.

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Depending on where you live and what’s currently open, spend a day exploring your own city. Be a tourist for the day and research local tours, museums, and attractions the whole family will enjoy. Now more than ever, you will need to plan ahead by making reservations and finding out what restrictions and requirements are in place for each destination.