It’s summer once again and it’s time for your kids to have fun and go on their exciting adventures far from the comforts of home. The best way to give your children that chance is to enroll them in summer camp.
Memorial Day is a time to remember and pay respect to those who have laid their lives fighting for our country. It is also a great time to relax and spend time with your family and friends since it marks the start of summer. If entertaining at home is your thing, then throwing a traditional backyard party is the perfect way to kick off the vacation season. Here are a few tips to help you prepare a fun and memorable backyard bash.
Spruce up the backyard with lots of patriotic decorations. Red, white, and blue pinwheels are great for an outdoor setting. Different lengths of crepe ribbon tied to trees also look awesome as they flap in the breeze.
Add touches of the American flag to your streamers, buntings, pennants, and paper lanterns.
If you have a swimming pool, throw in some pool toys, floats, or balloons that reflect the colors of Old Glory.
For a festive table setting, lay down a red and white checkered tablecloth and use blue plates and glasses to keep that American theme going. A vase of red poppies, white geraniums, and blue hydrangeas makes a beautiful and inspiring centerpiece.
For an evening party, add red, white, and blue tea lights in old jelly jars to the table.
It’s Chow Time!
Your guests will appreciate chowing down on traditional barbecue fare such as hamburgers, hotdogs, ribs, and steaks. Set down some additional items like salad, chips, and dip and you’re golden.
For healthy barbecue alternatives, grill up some chicken breasts and vegetables, or check out the mouthwatering recipes we featured previously.
Stock up on plenty of cold beverages and keep up the patriotic theme with flag-inspired straws, drink stirrers, and swizzle sticks.
If you have any children, a sack race, wheelbarrow race, and three-legged race are classic backyard games that will keep the younger group entertained. Games with Frisbees, hula-hoops, and footballs are also surefire ways to keep the kids happy and busy.
Swimming pool games such as Marco Polo, Beach Ball Race, and Sharks and Minnows are a refreshing way to beat the heat and have fun at the same time.
If your yard is big enough, sports such as badminton, bocce, and volleyball are great for building up an appetite or burning off a heavy meal.
This Memorial Day weekend, let’s honor our war heroes by joyfully and respectfully celebrating the freedom they won for us.
For more ideas on games that you can play on Memorial Day, read Backyard Ocean’s Game On! It’s National Backyard Games Week.
Everybody loves a family vacation. It’s one of the few moments you can get out of the city, bond with loved ones, and participate in fun games and activities. Planning one can be difficult. You’re not only required to make sure that everything is planned correctly and everybody is having fun, but you also have the responsibility of arranging something unforgettable. For this summer, one of my suggestions for a memorable and enjoyable vacation is to go on a bike trip with the family.
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Everybody loves ice cream trucks. It’s something kids rush to in the midst of the scorching summer heat. It’s a great way to cool off your body as well as enjoy a little sugary treat by the swimming pool. Ice pops are the same. Although they don’t have that same creamy sensation, ice pops have just as much flavor and are just as savory as any ice cream cone or sandwich. They’re also much easier to make at home.
At the same time, it also allows parents to control how much sugar their kids are consuming. Rather than have your child gorge on ice cream that’s packed with sugar, you can create more nutritious, fun, and natural flavors at home.
Here’s how you can do it in your own home in 3 easy steps:
Fill a cup or pitcher with your favorite juice.
This is where you can get creative. Grab a couple pieces of any mouth-watering fruit and toss them into the blender. Mix strawberries, bananas, watermelons, coconuts, lime, berries, pineapple, separately or altogether if that’s what you fancy. Experiment! Have fun with it! It’s a great way to get creative in the kitchen.
Create your popsicle molds
Popsicle molds are easy to find in your local supermarket. They come in various fun shapes. If you don’t have any molds lying around the house, plastic wrap is an excellent alternative.
Pour the contents of your pitcher into a cup and place some plastic wrap over the cup. Finally, poke a craft stick through the wrap and into the cup to serve as your handle.
Finally, place the cup in the freezer and leave it for about five hours. Once frozen, pop them out of the cup and enjoy your brand new creation!
Of course, a trip to the market might be more convenient for those looking for a quick and tasty summer treat. Crafting these scrumptious pops at home, however, can be an enjoyable experience to have with your kids.
Many people are attracted to the great outdoors but the idea of roughing it—building a fire, putting up a tent, sleeping bags, dealing with insects and wildlife, coarse campfire food—isn’t appealing to them. For those who want to get some fresh air without leaving their creature comforts at home, glamorous camping or “glamping” may be something worth trying this summer.
If this is your first time, tour operators would have probably set up almost everything for you. However, you’re heading off to a place far from civilization, so there are still a few things you need to take care of before you “rough it.”
Location—Know the exact location of the camp. Look it up on a map or check a GPS for driving directions. This information comes in handy in case of an emergency. The best glamping locations should include ample space for parking, while being close to natural attractions such as mountains and rivers.
Amenities—Check the fine print to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for. Many glamping sites offer butler service, some don’t. Do tents or cabins have electricity? Do they include heating and private bathrooms? Some facilities also feature swimming pools and saunas. These amenities determine what you need and don’t need to bring on the trip.
Activities—Some packages include guided, one-day hikes. Others include the use of a boat, tackle, and fishing licenses. Bring something to occupy you for those vacant hours—a football, Frisbee, or other sports equipment would come in handy.
Meals—Most tour operators offer full-course country meals often prepared by a private chef. For those who are into hunting, the chef may cook any game you’ve caught. Many glamping sites have restaurants where you can expect five-star meals.
Since glamping sites offer amenities that conventional campsites don’t, it’s safe to assume that there will be room in your bag for the finer things in life. For example, a little black dress can now fit into a space previously reserved for a sleeping bag, and you might want to add an iPod and its dock to your to-bring list.
Remember, though, that glamping still follows many camping rules: Never touch anything suspicious, leave nothing but footprints, and take nothing but pictures. With these rules, glamping will let you feel the great outdoors, but with less of the hassle that setting up camp entails.