Stay·ca·tion. Stā-ˈkā-shən. An informal noun, meaning: a vacation spent at home or nearby.
The word staycation was first added to the dictionary in 2010, as more and more people began to forgo expensive trips in favor of enjoying their own neighborhoods.
To this day, the staycation sensation is still gripping the nation, and it’s easy to see why. Forget the hassle of booking flights and hotel rooms months in advance. Staycations allow you to be more spontaneous, to seize the day and explore new activities you might never have tried otherwise. They’re less expensive than traditional vacations, which means you can pack in more activities for a fraction of the price. And you get to support your local economy, while getting to know your hometown a little better than before.
Macomb County offers so many fun events that are perfect for staycations—here are four ideas to get you started!
- The Fashion Factory (Mount Clemens)
Have you always wanted to learn to sew? Does your child dream of seeing their fashion designs come to life? The Fashion Factory is an experience designed for fashionistas of all ages, started by a local mother-daughter duo of super seamstresses. They offer camps, workshops and birthday parties where participants can create (and keep!) everything from infinity scarves to tote bags to dresses
- Summer Discovery Cruises (Harrison Township)
Get out on the water this summer on a discovery cruise! You’ll explore the rich history of Lake St. Clair and its landmarks (including the South Channel lighthouses) while discovering the lake’s unique wildlife.
- Music in the Park (Sterling Heights)
These outdoor concerts are perfect for the whole family! They feature free kids’ entertainment every week, including bounce houses, balloon artists, face painting, and movies after the concert!
- Fun at the local library (Eastpointe/Roseville)
Libraries aren’t just for books anymore! This summer, the Eastpointe Memorial Library will host several programs for all residents to enjoy, including a concert series, trivia contest, rock ‘n’ roll show and family movie afternoons. The Roseville Public Library will host Magic the Gathering nights, a scrapbook night, a Beauty and the Beast party, and a reading competition (with big prizes!)
For more ideas about what to do during your summer staycation, check out our comprehensive list of Macomb County’s spectacular events here!
Jenna Russell is a summer intern for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development. She is a senior at Oakland University.