Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Staycations for You and Your Children

I have a few staycation ideas that you might like if you are unable to travel out of state for vacation. Sometimes the very things we need and like are right in front of us in our own hometown.

Staycation idea

Home Depo Workshop,5300 Pierson Road, Flushing, Michigan 48433

Home Depo Store in Michigan offers various workshops not only for adults, but for children as well. I just happened to be at Home Depo with my grandchildren and they were having a workshop one day. I thought this was nice and it was free.  The firemen were there.   Children were able to take a tour of the Firetruck, make a craft, and they received a Home Depo Apron.

Movie Night

Have you considered having special movie nights at home, when you are not able to go on a vacation? Cable on Demand has many free movies that are available to you as well as Pay Per View. With Pay per View you just pick the movie you would like to see and it is then billed to your account. Just prepare your popcorn, gather the family, and you are ready to watch your favorite movie.

Zehnder's Splash Village, 1365 South Main Street, Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734

Zehnders Splash Village is a great family outing for those that like the water. Whether you are in the Splash Park or the Atrium Park, you can have hours of fun. Here you will see water geysers, story tube slides, dumping baskets and much more. This indoor facility is fully staffed with lifeguards. You will need to call to confirm pricing for a 2-day get away, but packaging includes Chicken Dinner at Zehnder's Restaurant, 1 Large Pizza, breadsticks, 4 sodas and breakfast each morning at the Elf Hollow Cafe. I have had the Chicken Dinner at Zehnder's and it is delicious. Their stollen bread which is like a fruit cake is pleasure to your palate.

Bronner's, 25 Christmas Lane, Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734

Now if you are looking for unusual ornaments, this is the place that you want to go to. There are at least 10 sections of nothing but various types of ornaments. Here you will see fishing, hunting, angels, alphabet ornaments and much more. They even have an engraving area where you can have your special ornament engraved. Some ornaments can be as low as $3.00 or $4.00. During Christmas time just driving to Bronner's and Zehenders is a beautiful sight to see. There are so many bright Christmas lights outside, it makes you feel as though you are in a Fairy Tale. It is just beautiful.  Below is a fishing ornament that my granddaughter gave to her grandfather.

Mackinaw Island, Upper Peninsular, 312 South Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, Michigan 49701

Although I have never been to the Mackinaw Island, I have always wanted to go. Maybe, I will put that on my bucket list. Now I almost went there, when me and my deceased husband were on our way to Kentucky. This was the first time that we both had driven long distance. We discovered before getting to the Mackinaw bridge that we were going Route 75, but going the wrong way. That was a learning lesson I will never forget. From then on we made sure to check our maps. Thank goodness though now for the GPS. I wonder what will be next. According to Michigan health.com you will see horse drawn carriages, bicycle riding, a Butterfly house and much more at Mackinaw Island.

Splash Pad, Creasey Bicentennial Park, 1505 Grand Blanc Road, Grand Blanc, Michigan

The Splash Pad in Grand Blanc, Michigan is a place that is very inexpensive to visit. Children just love this. It is an outdoor area that you may want to consider during the summer months, especially on those really hot days. There is an area where parents can sit and observe. Children will love the water spouts and the fact that they can control when the water comes outs to splash them. Prices are reasonable with $2.00 for residents and $3.00 for non-residence.


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  1. As a mom in Florida, we practice the "staycation" ritual A LOT! I love the Home Depot workshops. Did you know Lowes offers them for free too? Michaels has even joined in the fun! love this! Found you on the Blessings Counter Link-Up!

  2. Betty, I love Bronner's. I grew up in MI, but haven't been there for years. Always loved looking forward Christmas items at Bronner's, and of course getting chicken dinner at Zehnder's. Thanks for linking up at CMB.

  3. Deb I found Bronner's to be very interesting. Bethany. I did not know about Lowe's. I will have to check them out. Thanks.

  4. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

  5. Thanks for having me there Terri.

  6. Staycations are the best! Finding new things to do in your very own town is so much fun! Thank you for sharing your list at Waiting on...Wednesday!