While an activity-filled week at sea on a sunny cruise ship would be ideal, this year our family opted for a mini spring break staycation. When planning our staycation around Houston, we were inspired by the family-centered, adventurous activities found aboard the Liberty of the Seas Royal Caribbean ship based thirty minutes away in Galveston.

With surfing, simulated skydiving, and ice skating on board, it’s a ship that encourages families to try new activities together. While Knox and Andrew won’t be skydiving any time soon, FMK and I wanted to use our mini spring break as an excuse to break out of our normal routine and really bond as a family. We may not be enjoying the amazing amenities of the Royal Caribbean this spring break, but we will be embracing their motto of celebrating moments of connection and memory making through adventurous experiences. If you’re in the same boat as us (pun intended), read my five tips below for making the most of a mini spring break staycation and successfully escaping your normal routine for a few days.

1. Break Out of Your Routine

Whether you’re miles away from home or staying put this spring break, shaking up your routine as a family will make you feel like you are truly getting away. Do your weekend mornings typically start with morning cartoons and a simple breakfast at home? It’s time to try that new brunch spot you have heard so much about!  Instead of hoping in the car, opt for a family bike ride.  Start your day with a new adventure to set the tone for the day. If you typically spend evenings winding down as a family indoors, shake it up by grilling outside and having a family game night. These may seem like small details, but they can really change the experiences and memories made as a family.

2. Go on an Adventure

I love the idea of instilling a sense of adventure into our mini spring break, even if we are just staying in Houston. With the kids’ vivid imaginations, it’s fun to create an exciting activity that encourages exploration. Whether it’s a scavenger hunt at the zoo, strawberry picking, indoor wall climbing, or trying a new park across town, suggest a family activity that the whole family will be excited about.

3. Have a Cultural Experience

Houston is such a culturally diverse and arts-centric city, but it can be tempting to stick to your familiar bubble. For our spring break staycation we are excited to see a play, try a new ethnic cuisine, and visit a new museum exhibition or botanical garden that isn’t in our typical rotation.

4. Connect with Each Other

One of the best parts of being on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship is that it encourages your family to spend quality time together. When you’re at home, it’s easy for everyone to run off in different directions and to get distracted with daily responsibilities. We’re planning to put our phones away and set aside our to-do list (the laundry can wait) and to make old school memories together through outdoor activities like picnicking and indoor activities like board games and charades.

5. Try Something New Together

A cruise ship guarantees new experiences together; you are in a new place almost every day! For our mini spring break staycation, we are excited to try out something new together as a family.  At the top of my list is visiting a local farm to pick strawberries or perhaps finding an adventure park with wall climbing and trampoline fun for the boys.

What are your favorite ways to spend a staycation in your hometown?