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summertimeDon’t miss out on the countless activities that warm weather has to offer families for summer entertainment! The beach can provide endless fun. But, there are plenty of other activities to change things up. Go outside and enjoy blueberry picking, bike riding, and having a picnic in the park or even in your own backyard. These are all great ways to make summertime memories with your family before Labor Day.

Make the most of the extra hours of daylight. Sit down with your children to decide how much screen time and how much activity they should be doing each week. You might feel that setting this limit is helpful when school starts because the ground rules are established. Brainstorm ideas for things to do before the summer ends. Find activities that are fun for everyone –jumping through the sprinkler, inviting friends over for a scavenger hunt, visiting the local tennis court, or finding summer events in your area. For example, summer is a prime time for ethnic food fairs, concerts or movies in the park, nature hikes, and farmers’ market events. The opportunities are endless!

Drinking plenty of water is important when you are staying active with your family. If the kids are craving sugary beverages, have fun making water tasty. Try these ideas:

·         Try seltzer water with a splash of juice

·         Add sliced cucumbers and fresh mint

·         Make ice cubes out of juice and add them to your water

·         Add frozen raspberries or blueberries

·         Add slices of oranges, lemons, or limes

Here’s a fun activity: have a taste testing to see which combination everyone likes best.  Keep the favorite refreshing creation in a pitcher in the refrigerator to enjoy all day long!

If it’s rainy outside, don’t let it dampen your mood. Tour a nearby museum, watch a play at a local theater, or take the family bowling. It’s always an option to stay home and get the kids involved in the kitchen with you to make a meal or dessert that is a family tradition. How about using fresh in-season produce from your local farmers’ market?

Whichever way your family decides to spend the last month of summer before the start of school, remember to enjoy yourself. Create wonderful memories that could turn into summer traditions! What are your plans?

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