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10 Ways To Take Your Kids On Vacation Without Leaving The Home

Vacation doesn’t have to be complicated. It can be simple, and it can happen in your own backyard! Keep your kids happy and stay healthy this summer. Brought to you by MetaBiotic.

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1. Go on a Treasure Hunt

Looking for an activity that won't cause a mess? Use this form to create your own treasure hunt by hiding clues and prizes throughout the house and backyard. Reward all participants with popsicles.
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Looking for an activity that won't cause a mess? Use this form to create your own treasure hunt by hiding clues and prizes throughout the house and backyard. Reward all participants with popsicles.

2. Paint Your Own Flowerpot

This quick and fun art project will provide you with decorative flowerpots for all of your plant needs! Get directions here, and feel free to mix up the theme of your flowerpot to fit the season and your child's mood.
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This quick and fun art project will provide you with decorative flowerpots for all of your plant needs! Get directions here, and feel free to mix up the theme of your flowerpot to fit the season and your child's mood.

3. Host a Board Game Tournament

Invite the whole neighborhood over for an epic competition. Keep track of winners on a scoreboard and encourage cheering!
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Invite the whole neighborhood over for an epic competition. Keep track of winners on a scoreboard and encourage cheering!

4. Make Glow-in-the-dark Jellyfish

All you need for this crafting project: paper bowls, yarn, and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint, and you'll end up with a decoration that will make you feel as if you're always at sea. Get the simple instructions here.
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All you need for this crafting project: paper bowls, yarn, and glow-in-the-dark acrylic paint, and you'll end up with a decoration that will make you feel as if you're always at sea. Get the simple instructions here.

5. Host an Outdoor Tea Party

Take your coffee table outside and surround it with pillows from around the house. Let the kids sit on the pillows like royalty and serve them tea and cookies.
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Take your coffee table outside and surround it with pillows from around the house. Let the kids sit on the pillows like royalty and serve them tea and cookies.

6. Get Creative With Pizza

Grab some store-bought pizza dough and let the kids go wild! With your supervision, they can make their own and have fun arranging whatever toppings they choose.
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Grab some store-bought pizza dough and let the kids go wild! With your supervision, they can make their own and have fun arranging whatever toppings they choose.

7. Go Camping in the Backyard

Switch off from the digital world and escape to your own backyard for a camping trip. Set up a tent, tell stories, and watch the stars... It will feel really special and, best of all, you won't have to get in the car once.
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Switch off from the digital world and escape to your own backyard for a camping trip. Set up a tent, tell stories, and watch the stars... It will feel really special and, best of all, you won't have to get in the car once.

8. Make a Watermelon Shark

This is a seriously entertaining snack. Learn how to make one here.
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This is a seriously entertaining snack. Learn how to make one here.

9. Make Your Own Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk is an easy way to get creative, and you can make your own using simple ingredients you probably already have. Decorate the concrete in your yard with a hopscotch court for hours of fun, or let out your inner artist and create sidewalk murals.
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Sidewalk chalk is an easy way to get creative, and you can make your own using simple ingredients you probably already have. Decorate the concrete in your yard with a hopscotch court for hours of fun, or let out your inner artist and create sidewalk murals.

10. Create a Homemade Sprinkler

Getting hot? Turn cooling off into its own activity by making a soda bottle sprinkler. Get directions here and look forward to hours of crafting and cooling fun.
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Getting hot? Turn cooling off into its own activity by making a soda bottle sprinkler. Get directions here and look forward to hours of crafting and cooling fun.

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Adult supervision is required for these activities and parents should ensure any materials used are age appropriate for their child.