NEW YORK (AP) — If you're joining the "staycation" craze this summer by taking your precious vacation days at home, you might find inspiration in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Backyard Adventures."

The $12.95 paperback by Nancy Worrell, part of the popular Idiot's Guide series published by Alpha/Penguin Books, promises "close-to-home activities for fun-focused families" from camping out to arts and crafts.

Ideas include planning an "insect safari" for the backyard or a nearby park, or similar excursions to find plant life and different types of rocks; learning new sports or skills, from kite-flying to skateboarding; and connecting with your neighbors through an ice-cream social or even through your pets.