With the economy in the tank, many families and college students are forgoing the standard spring break beach trip and looking for spring break entertainment that's a little closer to home.  But just because you're staying home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Here are a few eco-savvy ways to liven up your next Spring Break Staycation.

Throw a beach party: Invite the neighbors over for a 100-mile pot luck or an eco-friendly barbecue.  Play volleyball, let the kids dig in a sandbox, and stretch out your stiff winter muscles with a game of limbo. 

Go backyard camping: Pitch a tent in the backyard for a weekend campout with family and friends. Roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, listen to birds, and cozy up in the tent for a good night's sleep. 

Rediscover your neighborhood: Take a closer look at your local entertainment and try a trip to a children’s museum, park, art show or concert.

For more ideas on Spring Break Staycations,  check out The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Backyard Adventures for all kinds of cool, stay-at-home ideas … everything from ice cream socials to insect safaris.