Fun Ways to Escape with your Family

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(ARA) – A smaller budget and busy work and school schedules don’t mean your family has to stay home all the time. There are lots of alternatives to an expensive family trip.

Looking for ways to escape your life for a few hours, a day and even a weekend? Disney — an online resource that was created to provide parents with helpful information from experts and other parents — has many tips to help you plan for an afternoon or weekend getaway.

* Bring the world to your neighborhood. If you’re “traveling” to Africa, make sure you have the safari animals present – whether they’re made with papier-mache, color craft paper or are your children’s favorite stuffed animals lined up around the table.

* Pack the family in the car and check out some of the nearby county or state parks. Throw a picnic lunch into the trunk complete with a couple of blankets, sunblock, bug spray, hiking shoes and a trail map.

* Many museums have free hours, and every city has a historical, structural or architectural attraction to keep the family busy for hours.

There are many more ideas for backyard holidays, day trips and weekend vacations at

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Welcome! Put your feet up, make yourself comfortable and stay awhile.