Monday, July 16, 2012

Activities for Kids in the Summer Heat

With summer in full swing, and a lot of states experiencing warmer than usual weather, I decided to list some summer friendly activities to do with your kids:

1. Go swimming. Whether you head to a little lake, a big ocean, a swimming pool, or a river ideal for tubing, getting your kids to some water (and sand, if possible) is always a fun way to spend an afternoon. It gets the kids loaded up on Vitamin D from having all that skin exposed to the sun, and it's sure to bring smiles to your kids' faces. Just remember to pack the sunscreen so your kids don't accidentally get fried.

2. Have a water balloon fight. Do you remember summer days filled with water balloons and neighborhood kids? I'll admit water balloon fights are one of those simple, fun activities that I'm often prone to forget. But for a couple dollars, you can buy a bag of balloons and let them have a blast.

3. Play Marco Polo, but with a water gun instead of a swimming pool. Give the person who's it the gun, and let him spray the other players to get them "out."

4. Wash the car--and let the kids help. This is a good way to ensure EVERYONE will end up soaked and smiling. (Just don't tell your kids that most adults consider washing the car a chore.)

5. Make smoothies. You'll need a half cup of ice, fruits of your kid's choice (like strawberries, oranges, or bananas) and a touch of water or unsweetened juice. Poor it into a blender and pulse the ice. Then your kids end up with a snack that's fun, cooling, and healthy. Who knew such foods existed?

Hopefully now you've got some cool summer ideas to help occupy both you and your kids. And now I'm curious about you. What were your favorite summer activities growing up? Does anyone have a really fun game to share that will keep the kids entertained in the sun?

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