(NAPSI)—If a family vacation isn’t in the budget this season, there are plenty of affordable ways to still have fun in the sun. That’s good news, considering that AAA recently recommended two adults on vacation set a daily travel budget of $244 for lodging and meals. Add children into the equation and the costs can quickly add up. Those sticking close to home this year might try something as simple as spending the night as a family outdoors, away from the TV and computer. Just pitch a tent in your backyard for the fun of a camping trip with all the luxuries of home. Families can also visit a one-stop shopping destination like Target for affordable items that can help you have fun in the sun on your home turf. Here are some ideas to try out: • Backyard Water Park—Re-create the water park experience at home with a mini water world in your own backyard. Items like the Wigglin’ Water Sprinkler for $10.99 and Circo children’s swimsuits for under $9.99 are a bargain at Target. • Neighborhood Block Party—Plan a community potluck barbecue where each neighbor brings a different contribution. Each family can find great deals on festive paper products to help them celebrate in style.• Ice Cream Social—Work with your children to make homemade ice cream, cones and toppings. Target has low prices on cool necessities like the Rival 4-qt. Ice Cream Maker Bucket and Waffle Cone Maker, both just $24.99 each. • Plant a Family Garden—Look for festive gardening tools just for kids designed by children’s author David Kirk. The brightly colored characters can inspire gardening greatness.• Home Movie Theater—If it’s rainy, opt for an affordable movie day with the latest DVD releases. Create a cozy setting with comfy pillows and blankets and add a special touch with movie theater-style food like popcorn and candy. • Family Game Day—Rainy days are a perfect time for board game fun. Look for sales on games and put away a few options for an unexpected cloudy day. Add to the fun by picking up small low-cost prizes like candy, stickers and small toys for the winners.For more inexpensive family-fun products, visit Target.com.A backyard camping trip can be an affordable way to have fun with the family.
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