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A Twin Cities Staycation: 10 ideas for adventure-seeking families
When Andrea and Ryan Horazdovsky found out they were pregnant, they made a pact. They were going to be both parents and curious explorers. Living up to their decision they boarded a plane bound for Nepal soon after their son was born. Their plan was to spend six months working in a mission hospital, followed by a similar mission in Africa.
Now a family of five, they split their time between Anchorage and Minneapolis. Though not traveling as much overseas, the couple remains adventurous, seeking more off-the-beaten-path day trips. They shared a few of their tried and true tips with us.
THINK OF EXPLORING LIKE IT'S JUST A BIG FIELD TRIP
The best thing about day tripping is that it’s not as intimidating. Even so, just leaving the house with kids can be exhausting. Which is why Andrea and Ryan have adopted a new way of approaching adventuring with their children.
“Venturing outside of the house, of your neighborhood, your city or your state can be really intimidating,” Andrea says. “But I try to think of it as a big field trip. Kids learn so much through adventure.”
If you really want to embrace adventure, give camping a try. It’s a great excuse to let your kids play in the dirt and eat s’mores. Besides offering homes, apartments and villas, Airbnb also lists campsites. Like this farm camp in Northern Minnesota. Stargaze on the prairie and introduce your family to the farm’s resident cows, sheep and chickens.
EXPLORE SANS ELECTRONICS
You want this adventure to feel like a family getaway without leaving your hometown. Set some ground rules so everyone’s on the same page. For example, no iPhones, no email and no work.
“We try to stay away from electronics,” says Andrea. “Instead, we focus on books; sticker books, coloring books, or books on tape.”
LESS IS MORE
“We’ve found less is more. Fewer options make way for a better experience,” Andrea notes. Pick two adventures to tackle during your staycation. For example, get lost in a book at Wild Rumpus (and try to catch the wondering chickens and cats) and grab a raised glazed at Bogart’s Doughnut Co.
To kick start your family adventure, we made a list of 10 staycation ideas:
1. Hike a trail at Theodore Wirth Park
3. Get lost in the awesomeness of the universe at the Como Planetarium
4. Enroll your kiddos in the Power of Produce at Mill City Farmers Market
5. Sip a chai tea latte and watch the kids play at The Wishing Tree Cafe
6. Meet baby farm animals at the Oliver Kelly Farm
7. Be a kid again at Lark Toys
8. Wear your anthropologist hat at Jeffers Petroglyphs to explore ancient rock carvings
9. Paint without the cleanup at Simply Jane & ArtAble
10. Try a smoothie bowl at Whole Sum Cafe and Juice Bar