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By Andrea Updyke, lilkidthings.com

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Ways to Have a Great Staycation with Your Toddler

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acations are a lot of fun, but they can also be expensive. This summer, I am expecting our second child so we decided to forgo the family trip and see what our own city has to offer us and our two-year-old. If you are looking for ways to make family staycation memories with your toddler, here are five suggestions!

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Public Pools and Splash Yards

Part of the fun of taking a vacation is staying in a hotel with a great pool. Why not try out a public pool across town that is new to your kids? Our city pools are all different and it’s fun to visit each one of them. Many even have splash yards that toddlers love!

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Ride the Bus

If you have a child who loves transportation, this can be a fun and inexpensive way to see your town. Most buses are air conditioned and my toddler loves being able to see out the big windows as we ride around downtown.

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Live Shows

My son is two and a half so we have to keep that in mind when making local plans. We heard that Sesame Street Live was coming to our city and decided that it would be perfect for him. They offered a morning showing, which was great because we were still home by naptime! Plus, they let us bring our own snacks so that helped keep the cost down!

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Morning Movies

During the summer, many movie theaters offer free or discounted morning movies for the kiddos. Check with your local theater to see what programs they offer. Our theater will be playing kid-friendly movies all summer on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for only $1.00 starting this month. It’s a great way to beat the heat and do something special.

Go Out to Breakfast

There is something about going out to breakfast that is a simple vacation pleasure. Why not try it at home? Pick a fun restaurant and get the gang all together for a fun meal in the morning!

Whatever you decide for your staycation, spending time together as a family is the key to making fun and long-lasting memories. Do you have a favorite staycation activity? Andrea Updyke is the Founder and Author of Lil-Kid-Things, a blog discussing the joys and challenges of Motherhood, taking care of a home and staying sane in an ever-changing world. She spent her pre-children years working in the Corporate World. These days, she is expecting her 2nd child, taking orders from a two- year-old, and loving (almost) every minute! June 2011 | Tech Valley, NY | KidsFunPlaza 23

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