Our Best "Staycation" Ideas

You'll love our sensational ideas for enjoying the last days of summer -- all in the comfort of your own home.

Turn your home into a spa. You don't need to go to a pricey spa to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Create your own spa at home instead -- you'll feel refreshed and save money.

Throw a simple cocktail party. Invite friends over for a low-key get-together of fun finger foods and stylish cocktails on your patio or deck. For inspiration, see our cocktail recipes and party food ideas.

Go on a family cycling adventure. You don't have to be an avid (or experienced) biker to have a blast. For a safer adventure traverse local bike trails instead of hitting the streets.

Have a picnic. Pack a basket and head to your local park for a fun, easy outdoor meal. To get started, see our easiest picnic recipes. If you're watching your weight, don't miss our light and fresh picnic ideas.

Go fly a kite. Pack a kite or two with your picnic supplies and head to your favorite park for some family fun.

Transform your home into an island retreat. Bring relaxing tropical style home with these budget-friendly, summery decorating ideas.

Plant a family garden. Share your passion for gardening with your kids while teaching them responsibility and patience.

Host a girls' night in. Kick back with your favorite girlfriends for an evening of fancy fun and surprisingly simple treats.

Create a garden getaway. Fashion your own private paradise with one of our soothing garden plans.

Have a field day. Rediscover freeze tag, red rover, and other games you used to play as a kid. Our variations make them more fun -- and secretly healthy -- for the whole family.

Plan a TV night. Whether you're a sucker for sitcoms or made-for-TV movies, a small screen event is the perfect occasion for a no-fuss dinner party with friends.

Host a Mexican patio party. Your guests will love these flavorful recipes -- and you'll love how easy it is to throw together.

Organize a block party. Host a neighborhood get-together and create lasting friendships -- all within a few steps from your own front door.

Help your kids start a book club. Cultivate your child's creativity and love of reading with some of these easy ideas and projects.

Have fun with felt crafts. Let your little one practice their sewing skills with these easy felt projects they are sure to love, such as this precious pincushion, or a simple kid-sized tote.

Grow your own food. For fresh summer salads that are healthy and delicious, grow your own veggies. With these salad garden ideas, you can grow your favorites even if you don't have much space.

Throw a Hawaiian luau. Transport your kids and their friends to the Hawaiian Islands with our tropical celebration, complete with invitation, decoration, and recipe ideas.

Create art for your home. Indulge your inner artist and show off your creative flair with a budget-friendly project, such as these modern re-used frames, or a personalized digital photo montage.

Create a bistro dining experience -- at home. Charm your dinner guests, or your family, with this effortlessly chic (and fun) menu.

Refresh your space with paint. No need for an expensive makeover -- the right kind of paint can transform a room from ho-hum to stylish in hours.

Plan a pizza night. Enjoy a night in with these family-friendly recipes that are as fun to make as they are to eat.

Try a simple weekend project. Check out our editor's favorite get-organized weekend projects you can easily finish without spending a lot of time or money on them, like these cute under-bed drawers plus many more creative storage solutions.

Create an outdoor oasis. We've got plenty of ideas for creating a cozy retreat in your own backyard.

Set out on a reading adventure. Pack some treats, find a shaded spot, and embark on a reading adventure with these outdoor-themed books and activity ideas.

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