Beat Springtime Boredom With These Staycation Ideas

by Lauren Caggiano

After a long Midwest winter, many people have a serious case of cabin fever. If you’re in need of some fresh air and sunlight, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of spring’s arrival. And spring break will be here before we know it.

But not everyone can book a flight and take a week away. If you’re strapped for cash or pressed for time, you might consider a staycation. Chances are, your city or town has much to offer in terms of entertainment and activities. Here are a few ideas:

Get some exercise.

Take a leisurely walk or rent a bike from a local outdoor store. You might consider taking advantage of your local park or trail system. Or if the weather doesn’t cooperate, consider burning off some energy at a place like SkyZone or your local bowling alley or roller rink. (Yes, people still roller skate.)

Discover your green thumb.

An indoor garden is a great way to introduce horticulture to kids. Herbs and greens are natural choices. Make a trip to your local home and garden store and pick up potting soil, seeds and a container. Then let the fun begin!

Check out our post on the easiest plants to grow indoors and out!

Find a bargain.

Small budget? No problem. Your local Goodwill, Salvation Army or independent thrift store are great places to find one-of-a-kind items at a low cost. Sometimes they have discount days, when all merchandise is half off. Check social media for updates.

Give back.

If you have some free time and a passion to serve, you might inquire about helping a local nonprofit or cause for a few hours. Some restrictions may apply, but it’s worth making the effort to lighten the load. It can be simple as stuffing envelopes or making phone calls on behalf of the organization.

Trace your roots.

If you or your family has an interest in genealogy, it can be a great bonding activity to start working on that family tree. Check your local public library to see if they have a Genealogy Center. Staff can help you get started in researching your familial history. Bonus: The services are typically free! 

Learn a new skill.

The Internet means there’s an infinite amount of knowledge available at your fingertips for no or low cost. Want to learn how to cross stitch or code? Chances are there’s a YouTube video for that!

Get away in your hometown.

Is there a local hotel that has a great pool area near your house? Or maybe a charming AirBnB you’ve had your eye on? Pack your bags and get ready for a fun adventure! Even staying at a property right down the street can feel like a getaway.

Get in tune with your artsy side.

Plan a visit to your local art museum or gallery. If you want to create art, Painting with a Twist or Wine & Canvas are the places to go. Enjoy an adult beverage while you paint a scene with the guidance of a professional artist. With studios throughout the Midwest and beyond, Board & Brush offers a similar experience.

Stop and smell the roses.

Literally! Your local botanical garden is the place for all things flora. Oftentimes their special exhibits change regularly, so be sure to inquire about hours and other restrictions. Bonus: the natural light makes it a great venue for photos.


Is there a new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try? Treat yo’self! Whether a date night or family outing, you’re sure to have a good time enjoying the local flavors. Or maybe you’d prefer to eat in. Try a new recipe and experiment a little.

Here’s to banishing springtime boredom!




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