As I write this, my family has suffered under the economic crisis of 2009. I'm not sure we'll even have a home next year. We've never known the pleasure of a summer vacation. There's no such thing in the low-level blue collar world.
However, kids don't understand economic turmoil. They only understand it's boring. So, this year, try the Stay-cation and explore the local area. I am. We're going to the zoo, the MOSH, and a festival in the park this summer.