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Spacer Image Cheap Weekend Vacations For Kids That Won't Ruin Your Budget

Finding a cheap weekend vacation that you and your children will both love may not be an easy feat. While your kids want to go to the latest and greatest attraction their friends were telling them about at school, your ideal vacation may consist of a cool drink, massage, and quiet reading time.
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Make a compromise with your children this weekend and go on a quick vacation that includes some family bonding time along with some opportunities for relaxation, all at a price that won’t make you shudder when you hand over your credit card to a cashier.

Enjoy the wilderness

There’s nothing better, or cheaper, than a weekend spent soaking in the great outdoors. Camping trips are extremely popular among families because they cost virtually nothing and chances are you won’t have to travel for hours to find a decent camping location. Be the cool parent on this cheap weekend vacation and let your kids run out all of their energy, get their pants dirty, and explore the wilderness around them. Take this opportunity to sit back in a hammock and take a nap, read your book, or catch up on some quality time with your spouse.

Take a cruise that goes nowhere

If you are looking for a cheap weekend vacation that your kids will go crazy over, look into taking a short cruise. Many cruise lines are starting to offer quick weekend getaways for people of all ages interested in taking a cruise. You and your family may not have the time, or the funds, to invest in a cruise that sails half-way across the world and back. If you live close to a major port, find out which cruise lines offer this type of service in your area, pack up your bags, and spend a few days on one of these floating hotels. The great thing about cruises is that there are an endless amount of activities going on at all times that will entertain even your youngest traveler.

Tour your own town

When you live somewhere, you can often forget the charm and excitement that exists right underneath your nose. Get your camera out and ready and traipse around your town for a few days with your kids. Your kids will feel like they are doing something fun and exciting and you will save big on travel expenses. Get started exploring the hidden gems of your town by visiting your city’s capitol or getting in touch with your local tourist information office. They may be able to point you in the right direction towards discovering attractions that are worth visiting. At the end of the day, round off this cheap weekend vacation by taking your kids home back to their own beds before venturing off the following morning. You and your children will receive the quick weekend getaway you want practically from the comfort of your own home.

Stop by an amusement park

Your kids may have begged you every time you drove by the local water park or small amusement park to take them there. Don’t hold out on them any longer and use this as an opportunity for a weekend vacation. Even if you don’t live right by an amusement park, there is probably may be one close to where you live. Rent out an inexpensive hotel for a night, make the drive, and have a blast. One reason this vacation option is popular for people with young children is because it isn’t a huge investment and your kids will love every minute of it. One advantage of doing it over a weekend is that your kids won’t become overly tired and crabby like if you extended your trip over the course of several days.

Cool off at a local resort

Nothing screams vacation like a weekend at a resort. Although you might think that resorts are strictly for adults, don’t underestimate the fun your children can have at your local resort. Many resorts have pristine crystal blue pools equipped with slides, hot tubs, and even a lazy river. If it’s getting hot in your town, book a weekend at a resort with your kids and spend some time pool side. To keep this cheap weekend vacation at a price you can afford, plan it well in advance. Many resorts offer special deals during their off-season or during weeks where there isn’t a high demand for rooms.

Wander with a road trip

Your young adventurers will get a kick out of this popular weekend getaway idea. Pack some of your children’s favorite treats in the car, buckle them in, and drive wherever the road takes you. All this will cost you is the price of gas and the cost of food at the unique little restaurant you find on your way to nowhere. To keep your children entertained, make it a game. Have them take turns telling you where to turn. You may end up at a place you never would have picked out on a map. However, make sure that you do keep a map with you so that you can find your way home at the end of the weekend.

When it comes to a cheap weekend vacation for kids, less is more. Don’t stress yourself out over hitting all the right destinations and tours on time and do things at a pace set by your kids.  Try out one of these ideas the next time you need a weekend away. Your kids will enjoy them just as much as if you had spent thousands of dollars on an exotic trip to a foreign country.






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