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By Amanda Mouttaki , marocmama.com

Have a Four-Year-Old?

Kiddo

Vacation at Home!

As a full-time working mom of two, I find that my husband and I often don’t have time to take a family vacation for more than even a weekend. As fun as traveling vacations can be, along with the time required, they also tend to be expensive and exhausting if you’re bringing young children along. But don’t think that you have to leave your hometown to have a great vacation. Here are some of my favorite summer “stay-cation” ideas for preschoolers.

MAKE A WATER PARK IN YOUR YARD In the summer you can find a lot of great deals at garage sales or on freecycle for “water park” elements. A small pool, slip and slide, buckets, and sprinkler have all the makings for a fun afternoon. Mix them up and use them interchangeably throughout the summer for new experiences.

Go sight-seeing

Find a recipe unique to your family or community

Maybe you think there’s nothing interesting to see or to do in your town. For your kids, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Call your local fire station, grocery store, or post office and ask to come in for a tour. What are the local historical sites? What are places that make your community unique? Visit and share these locations with your child.

Spend time reading, grocery shopping and making this recipe with your child

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Plant a garden or container garden Kids love getting dirty and this activity is fun, brightens up your home and will provide long-term enjoyment. Gardening is a great way for kids to learn early science skills and about their natural environment. If you are planting vegetables, it is even more rewarding for kids to eat what they planted.

Take advantage of free activities in your area Make a community scrapbook Take your visit one step further and snap some pictures along the way. Use the pictures to then make a scrapbook of your adventure. If you’re tech-savvy, consider creating a digital scrapbook to share with your friends and family in other areas. 24 KidsFunPlaza | Tech Valley, NY |June 2011

Can you believe one of my kids’ favorite summer activities is to go on a picnic at our weekly outdoor concert series? They love eating out on a blanket and dancing to the music. It’s also very relaxing for mom and dad! Amanda Mouttaki is a curious, world traveling mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan. She blogs at MarocMama.com, a site dedicated to Moroccan cuisine, whole foods, and living in a multicultural family.

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This month's theme is about Staycation! Let's find creative ways to turn the Capital Region - Saratoga a Kids Fun Plaza

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This month's theme is about Staycation! Let's find creative ways to turn the Capital Region - Saratoga a Kids Fun Plaza

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