Dec 18, 2015

Planning your Winter Break Staycation

Metro Detroit Mommy Guest Blogger - Danielle Andresen - Suburbia Mom

School is almost out for Winter Recess and it’s time to celebrate the holiday season with family and friends.  Some take off on vacation but many of us plan to stay home. Instead of traveling long distances, why not plan a staycation!

A staycation has so many perks!  No need to pay for a hotel room or rent a house which can be hard on the pocket book after buying presents and attending all those holiday parties in December. Plus every mom knows that packing for a weeklong vacation takes a lot of planning and organizing.  When you plan a staycation you only need to pack for the day and your bed will be waiting for you when you come home exhausted from having so much fun!

Metro Detroit has so much to offer. We have museums, sporting events, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the great outdoors and tons of cool places within an hour or so to visit.   Let’s get out and do some of these things!  Better yet, have your child help you plan your staycation.  Be a tourist in your own city. Take lots of pictures and learn new facts by reading brochures and pamphlets.

Here are some ideas for the Perfect Staycation

1. Port Huron- Have you ever been to Port Huron?  We see the signs that lead to Port Huron all over the freeways but have you actually taken 94 East until it ends in Port Huron? Did you know that Thomas Edison has roots in Port Huron? Visit The Thomas Edison Depot and get a beautiful glimpse of The Blue Water Bridge leading to Sarnia, Ontario.  Take a walk along the bridge and you are certain to see a freighter.  When you get hungry head downtown for a bite to eat.

 2. Hit the Trails- The Paint Creek Trail and Clinton River Trail are perfect for getting outdoors.  You are almost guaranteed a deer sighting and the fresh air does wonders for the mind. Make a day of it and park Downtown Rochester where you can walk to either trails.  Shop along Main Street and enjoy the Big Bright Light Show at night.

3. Eastern Market- Going to Eastern Market is one of my favorite things to do on a Saturday morning.  I love supporting our local farmers and getting meats from the butcher shops.  Detroit corned beef is a must!   Check out the little antique shops and stop in Vivio’s for one of their famous Bloody Mary’s and an order of their mussels.  When you are done at Eastern Market head home to cook your dinner using the fresh produce and meats from the market. 

4. Spend a day in Detroit. Check out the Michigan Science Center.  When you are done, head over to Campus Martius to go ice skating.  There’s no need to own your own skates, they have them for you to rent.  Skating is sure to make you hungry so grab a bite to eat at The Hard Rock CafĂ©.   You will be amazed at how much fun a day trip to Detroit can be!

5. Camp at Home- Sometimes a staycation can literally mean staying home.  Pitch a tent in the living room, start a fire in the fire place, get out your flashlights and hang out as a family.  Tell silly stories in the dark and let your imagination flow with ideas. 

6. Ann Arbor- Take a day and head west to Ann Arbor.  Walk the University of Michigan Campus and check out the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum.  Downtown there are plenty of restaurants to choose from and shops to browse.

7. Leave the Country- Have you been to Canada?  Head over to Windsor and check it out.  It’s so cool that we border another country.  Many times I feel like we forget we have such close neighbors.  Head over and make friends!

8. Attend a Sporting Event- Check out a game or play one yourself.  There is always something going on

9. Visit the Detroit Zoo- A day at the zoo is always a guaranteed good time.  There are many indoor exhibits to visit that you don’t have to worry about being too cold.  Plus the animals love the cooler temperatures so they may be active.

10. Theater- Go to an afternoon matinee and enjoy some popcorn. 

Help me out.  What can we add to our staycation list?  

Please share below.

Danielle Andresen Danielle loves to stay busy with her two little ones and supportive husband!  If there is something fun to do, her family does not want to miss out.  In her spare time she enjoys writing.  She uses her blog Suburbia Mom as an outlet and also blogs monthly for Detroit Moms Blog.   

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