Go Outside, Have some Fun

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The Sun is back again. It’s mid-May but is already feeling like July. You want to go outside but it’s too hot. How do you enjoy the nice weather and stay cool, without spending a fortune? We’re here to show you!


1. Homemade water park

A trip to the White Water Bay water park in San Antonio, Texas, costs $61.99 for adults and $46.99 for kids under 48 inches in height, but you can pick up this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle sprinkler for $16.80 on Amazon.

If you have a garden hose and a little bit of yard space, you can easily put together your own water park. You’ll need a plastic outdoor kiddie pool, a waterfall sprinkler (Ninja Turtles or the grown-up kind) and some black trash bags. Fill the pool, lay the trash bags over a soft surface, wet them down to use as a homemade Slip ‘N Slide, and pop the sprinkler in the middle.

 2. Wash your car.

Use an environmentally friendly soap. It’s a good excuse to squirt each other with the hose on a sticky day.

3. Lemonade stand.

I found sugar-free lemonade for a buck at the drugstore; the package makes six quarts total. Set up shop with a “pay what you can” sign and see if you can make your dollar back.

4. Walk.

Walk to the store, if you can; you’ll save wear and tear on your car and get free exercise to boot. Walk behind your kids while they learn to ride their bicycles. Walk with your family along local trails and compete to find the most interesting rock, bug or butterfly; extra citizenship points for bringing along bags and picking up litter, or recyclables. Walk the dog. Don’t have a dog? Borrow somebody else’s. (Regular exercise is a component in dog training, and it’s in your best interests to have the neighbor’s pooch learn good behavior.

5. Celebrate an Obscure Holiday

Some suggestions to get you started: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2), National Watermelon Day (August 3), or National Sandcastle Day (August 17).

Or consult this list of over 100 fun and inexpensive summer ideas!