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.

Spring break staycations
Save money and the planet with spring break vacations that stay closer to home.