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From plane tickets to pricey accommodations and the cost of constant activities, it’s no wonder many parents are choosing to embrace the staycation life over traditional vacations. However, choosing to holiday in your backyard can come with its own challenges.  

To help you make the most out of your staycation, we have put together a few easy ways to keep the kids busy and banish the “I’m bored” blues. From fun crafts to baking up a storm and exploring the outdoors, we have rounded up the top low-cost activities to keep your little ones having fun.  

Get scientific 

Between mixing up common ingredients and seeing interesting results, trying out scientific experiments in the kitchen can feel like taking an advanced potions class. Slime is an easy, fail-proof experiment to start with and uses standard household supplies. It’s also something kids of all ages love. 

For an easy to follow slime tutorial, click here or click here for more experiments.  

Explore the great outdoors 

Staycations allow families to enjoy all the tourist hotspots in their backyard that they never usually have time for. Use the opportunity to visit the parks or botanical gardens that have been on your activity list. Pack up a picnic, toss in a few games and enjoy a day outdoors with your kids. Best of all, access is often free!  

Whip up a sweet treat 

Between getting their hands dirty mixing up the dough, having a blast decorating with sprinkles and sneakily licking the leftover icing in the bowl, baking is great fun for kids. Remember – the final product doesn’t have to be perfect. Some of the best tasting dishes look the dodgiest.   

Have a movie day 

Take your staycation movie day up a few notches by building a cool fort in the lounge using blankets and cushions. There is nothing kids love more than building a pillow fort. It keeps them entertained for ages, and it only takes a few minutes to take apart at the end of the day.  

Get crafty 

Crafting is one of the easiest ways to keep kids entertained when the weather is less than ideal, and it encourages them to let their imaginations run wild. Home crafts can include anything from building robot helmets using leftover storage boxes, decorating t-shirts using washable paint, growing a micro garden, making homemade playdough and more.  


If you need to create extra space in your home or garden for staycation fun, Nesta Storage can assist. With a wide range of storage unit sizes at affordable rates, Nesta can help you make more room for life. For more information on our available units, give us a call on 1800 772233 or drop by one of our branches for a visit.