Summer Fun for the Whole Family
It's time for summer sun and fun! Enjoy seasonal indoor and outdoor activities, staying safe, and preventing summer brain drain. As the economic climate continues to worsen and the cost of gas and food continue to sky rocket, entertainment activities are being pushed aside, but they don't have to be eliminated. It may take some extra effort, but there are plenty of inexpensive ways to have fun and stay within a budget.
How to Have Cheap Summer Family Fun
Go to the park where there is plenty of free fun. Almost every town in America has a park with play ground equipment, open fields and picnic areas. Pack a lunch, take a baseball, football or Frisbee and head out to the local park. Run, play, hike, eat, laugh and enjoy the outdoors without spending a lot of money.
Create a scavenger hunt. Invite the friends and family and seek out different treasures that both children and adults can find together. Use such items as pine cones, feathers, white rocks and other things found in nature.
Play baseball, wiffle ball or softball. These are sports that anyone can play and offer hours of fun. Gather up two teams and head out to the local ball diamond.
Go to a museum. Like parks many towns have historical sites or museums and most are free or relatively inexpensive to visit. Find a local visitor's bureau and ask for a list of historical sites. Then before going out, research the sites and learn what makes them important in history. Take a stay-at-home vacation (write for tourist brochures -- plan each day as if you would a vacation that you went away on -- get up early, pack a lunch, take in as many sites as you can).
Head out to the swimming pool. Most public pools are inexpensive and provide hours of cool, refreshing run. For a change, head over to neighboring town's pool, creating a new environment for the kids
Don't forget the library, the fact is the library can offer hours of fun. Also, look through the community section of the local newspaper for free concerts, festivals and other family fun activities.
Discover the joy of nature walks. Take along hand-held magnifying glasses and/or binoculars. Blow bubbles out in the yard. Chasing them is fun, too.
Organize some group activities: Family Olympics (with several other families), Kids' Backyard Sleepover, Progressive Dinner, and a Stargazing Night. Kick the Can and Sardines are both classic games that need a lot of people and a lot of space to produce maximum fun. Have the kids make up fliers or posters with finger-paints--naming the date, time, and gathering place--then send them out to friends and neighbors to round up the troops.
Play old card games (the games are new to your children!).
Give your kids their own small section of the garden to plant whatever they want: flowers, vegetables. Make gardening a family event.
Go Retro: How about a hula hoop contest, jacks tournament, or friendly game of hopscotch on the front sidewalk? Think back on things that you have fond memories of from your own childhood that you can recreate with your own children: catching fireflies, fishing, hay rides, swinging on rope swings, building tree houses, picking wildflowers, making ice cream, playing checkers.
Go to a Farmer's Market.
Have a water fight or run through the sprinkler (or just spray your kids with a hose while they run through the yard). Make the activity more exciting by playing this version of freeze tag: Have the kids dance in the water to their favorite tunes; when the music stops the kids have to freeze; if they move before the music starts again, they're out--even if the water was spraying them in the face.
Make "Baggy Bugs." Place a graham cracker in a plastic baggy, seal it shut, and crush the crackers into fine sand using a large spoon. Add a few raisins to the bag and have the kids dig for bugs in the sand. Experiment with other tasty critters--dried cranberry "ladybugs," carob chip "ants," and fruit snack "worms."
Invite the neighbors over for a movie night. Put a television on the patio. Pop popcorn and serve soft drinks.
Gaze at the stars. On a clear, warm evening, take blankets outside and gaze at the beautiful night sky. Thank God for His beautiful creation.
Use your family time to help others. Spend time in a soup kitchen, pick up litter, plant trees or back cookies together, sell them and donate the money to a charity.
Have everyone write down a few ideas for family fun and and throw them in a hat. Take turns picking an idea from the hat each week. Allow your kids to pick things they enjoy doing. Don't edit anyone's choices for things to do.
The experts say that a family that plays together stays together. Family fun can be a great way to build relationship, strengthen family ties, and just relax and have fun.
This Summer, Get In the Water - and Get Out - Safely!!
A cool swim on a hot day is an American tradition. As temperatures rise, most folks want to get into the the ocean, lake or pool. But water safety is a concern wherever you - and especially your children - venture this summer.
Pools present dangers, particularly for young kids. Each year, some 3,500 deaths - about 10 per day - are caused by drowning. And another 4,000 people are treated at the ER for injuries and trauma related to pool accidents.
Here are the problems that lead to children drowning in pools:
No rules for the pool
Hurricane Season. What can you do?
For homeowners along the east and gulf coasts, June 1st marks the first day of hurricane season. And while some homeowners are particularly more concerned than others- really everyone in these areas should be preparing in the event their home happens to lie in the path of a hurricane large or small this year.
Preparedness is the key during hurricane season. It's not too late, but the time to get ready is now.
The Atlantic and eastern Pacific hurricane seasons last through November, although it's the Atlantic storms that usually strike the USA. Most eastern Pacific tropical storms spin over the open ocean. Here are some considerations BEFORE a tropical storm or hurricane threatens your area:
Get some of the earliest information on new hurricanes by visiting NASA’s site NASA’s Hurricane Web Page.
Prepare your home With common materials, you can easily protect your home from hurricane-force winds:
Rent a safe-deposit box
You can keep copies of important papers at home, but you need a safe place elsewhere for the original documents.
What to store in your safe-deposit box:
Supplies to go
Keep supplies in an easy-to-carry container in case of an evacuation. Include:
Prepare your finances
Prepare a financial-evacuation box. Whether a lockbox or a shoe box, use it to store plastic bags containing documents and other things you'll need before leaving home.
What to store:
Have enough insurance
Make provisions to store recreational vehicles (RV), boats, ATV's, etc.
Check on Neighbors: Check on your neighbors—especially the elderly and those with special needs.
Notify Others of Your Plans: Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all family members have a single point of contact. Notify this contact and other family members and friends of your plans.
Plan For Your Pet: Specialized pet shelters, pet-friendly hotels, veterinary clinics and friends and relatives out of harm’s way are ALL potential refuges for your pet during a disaster.
After the storm.
After the storm, you may have to wait a few days before help arrives. Here are some considerations AFTER a tropical storm or hurricane threatens your area:
Summer insurance: what you'll need
If you're buying a new toy or renting cars, watercraft and homes, you should consider your summer insurance needs before setting off on vacation.
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