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Ramp up Summer Fun

Memorial Day typically signals the unofficial start of summer. With longer days on the horizon and kids out of school, it’s time to think outside the sandbox. Try these family-friendly ideas to keep the kiddos entertained. Some require parental supervision, but others allow the kids to discover their own awesome entertainment – a must this time of year!

Make icy treats. Cool off from the sweltering Texas heat with a delicious frozen popsicle or snow cone. Check out Pinterest for fun recipes, from yogurt and fruit pops to protein-laden peanut butter and chocolate chip. Mmmm.

Watch a movie in the backyard. Whether you’re setting up a sheet movie screen or watching on a computer, it’s more fun outside at dusk. If you have a pool, make it scary fun with a Jaws screening.

Have a PJ day. Let the kids enjoy the day in their pajamas with a slumber party day. They can make a leisurely breakfast (cereal and fruit), play board games and build forts in the living room.

Start a kids’ book club. Join the public library summer reading program and host a mini book club each week. Set a time to have snacks and discuss what each child is reading.

Create your own water park. Break out the slip-n-slide and conserve water by using foaming shaving cream for spectacular slippage. Play a game with water balloons, tossing them at a target or to each other before they break. Add a few inches of water to a kiddie pool and add bubble bath to it for soapy fun. Remember to use as little water as possible to conserve in the hot summer months.

Build a crazy obstacle course. Whether indoors or outdoors, this can be heart-pumping fun. Use hula hoops, jump ropes and outdoor furniture cushions to create your own version of a ninja warrior course. Use the stopwatch on your phone to time the kids as they go through the course.

Get creative in the kitchen. Allow the kids to play restaurant complete with menus, wait staff and easy meals (fish-shaped crackers and grapes, anyone?). Or make cookies, a cake or soup to take to a homebound person or a residential care home.

Institute a “Help Someone Else Every Day before Electronics” rule. From taking out the trash to reading a story to a younger sibling, there are lots of ways kids can assist others. It’s a great way to teach “paying it forward,” and the kids might be really surprised how much they enjoy finding a task that makes someone else happy.

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