5 Winter Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Families

Take a vacation right here at home in Philly

With short winter days, long winter nights, and freezing temperatures that make the indoors even more appealing, a trip to somewhere sunny and warm might sound ideal, but your bank account and your work schedule don't agree. That's when a staycation might be the best option. Here are 5 staycation ideas for families in the Philadelphia area.

Winter Weather Fun
Learning to ski or snowboard is a unique experience. Thankfully, many of the local ski mountains make their own snow, so even if there's no white stuff on the ground at home, head to one of these family-friendly mountains. If skiing or snowboarding isn't your thing, there's snow tubing of course. It's like going sledding on a much bigger hill and without having to walk back up the hill (thanks to the mini-lifts).

A Faux Warm Weather Day at an Indoor Waterpark
For a day or a weekend where the whole family can pretend it's sunny and lounge around in their bathing suits in balmy 80-something degrees, try a resort like Great Wolf LodgeAquatopia, or Kalahari. These three are their own destinations where there's something for the whole family. Or, try one of the many indoor water parks in the area, like Sahara Sam's

Try Something New Together
Find a class that the family can do together. Does everyone love eating? Try a parent-child cooking class! Learning to bake a cake, craft gourmet chocolate, make homemade pizza, or cook breakfast favorites will make family time special. Check out The Kitchen Workshop, The Cooking SpotlightSur La Table, or your local recreation center for classes. With a little luck, your staycation will pay dividends later when the kids want to prepare dinner for you.              

Make Fitness Fun with Bouncing
Sometimes kids just need to get their energy out and what better way to do that than with strenuous physical activity?  Make a fun, physical day out of a trip to one of these trampoline and bounce play zones to get them moving before heading to your favorite family-friendly restaurant for dinner. If the kids are old enough, complete the staycation day with a relaxing trip to the movies.   

A Mom & Kid Spa Day
Everyone likes a little relaxation on their vacation. For moms, a day at the spa is rarely on the itinerary, but since this is a staycation, why not take the money you saved and indulge in a Mommy and Me Spa Day?  Of course, DIY moms can do this at home with a trip to Target for a new nail polish and sweet-smelling lotions. Or, you could head to Primp & Play which offers a special package complete with massages, facials, manis and pedis for moms and kids.

Photo courtesy of Sur La Table.




Primp & Play
249 S. 10th Street
Philadelaphia , PA
Phone: (267) 886-8220
39° 56' 48.6924" N, 75° 9' 26.8128" W
Great Wolf Lodge
1 Great Wolf Dr
18355 Scotrun , PA
Phone: (800) 768-9653
41° 3' 35.694" N, 75° 19' 19.7148" W
193 Resort Dr
18372 Tannersville , PA
Phone: 570-629-1665
41° 3' 8.388" N, 75° 20' 46.8924" W
Kalahari Resorts
250 Kalahari Blvd,
18349 Pocono Manor , PA
Phone: 570-580-6000
The Cooking Spotlight
609 Village of Eland
19640 Phoenixville , PA
Phone: (215) 898-4000
40° 7' 47.172" N, 75° 32' 37.2264" W
Kitchen Workshop
21 Plank Ave # 204
19301 Paoli , PA 40° 2' 32.622" N, 75° 29' 18.3336" W