Catch fireflies.


Pick fruit at a local farm.


Have an afternoon ice cream break.


Play miniature golf.




Go for a hike.


Pick wildflowers.


Host a cookout.


Spend a day at a water park.


Play hopscotch or tag.


Go fishing.


See a drive-in movie.


Grill hamburgers and brats.


Drink an ice-cold beverage at the park.


Roast marshmallows and make s’mores.


Sit on a porch swing.


Watch a sunset.


Attend an outdoor concert.


Go camping.


Toss a football.


Read a novel.



Figure out which of the new features would enhance your cookout, including removable racks, heat diffusers, grease catchers, removable pans, push-button lighters, storage cabinets, double-layered hoods for heat retention, smoker/ovens, burner/broiler/fryer levels and built-on work tables.



For a tailgating grill that goes wherever you do, look for a lightweight model that you can fold into a portable, easy-to-manage shape/size. You can also look for one you can break down into transportable pieces.


Durable Construction

Many tailgating grills come with guarantees on parts and workmanship. Think about how the grill’s design will hold up when it’s riding in the back of your SUV or being rolled around parking lots. Look for quality welding, construction, sturdy hinges, and well-mounted latches.

Although plain drinking water is a clear choice for proper hydration, it’s not the only option. Tap into these tips to help your family keep hydrated.

Keep fluids flowing. Offer smaller amounts of beverages throughout the day, rather than large amounts at one time. Hydration tip: Be mindful of the beverages you choose. Those with added sugars and calories, but few other nutrients, should be occasional choices.

Make fluids fun. For younger kids, serve beverages in colorful glasses and use crazy-shaped loopy straws.

Let kids pick their own water bottles. They’ll be more excited about carrying beverages to school, sports and other activities. Hydration tip: To keep beverages chilled, freeze half of the fluid in the bottle overnight, then top it off in the morning.

Use caution when it’s hot outside, especially for active kids. In high temperatures, kids don’t sweat as much as adults do, so it’s harder for them to cool off. This puts them more at risk for dehydration. When kids are playing outside on hot days, head off problems by making sure they drink fluids before, during and after activity. As a guideline, encourage at least 4 ounces of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes, or whenever there’s a break or time-out. Hydration tip: One ounce equals about two “sips.”

Take care when it’s cold, too. Kids who play winter sports or play actively outside in cold, dry environments may sweat, especially when wearing lots of layers or protective gear. So follow the same fluid guidelines as for hot weather.

Slip in watery foods. Remember to serve soups and juicy fruits and veggies such as cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices, lettuce, watermelon, oranges, grapes, peaches and strawberries. Sweet treats made with water such as Jell-O Gelatin or frozen fruit pops are great, too.

Offer flavored fluids. Kids who shun plain water may readily drink flavored beverages. Juice drink pouches, such as Capri Sun 100% Juice or Kool-Aid Jammers, are popular and easily stowed in backpacks. Powdered “on-the-go” drink mixes such as Kool-Aid Singles or ready-to-drink beverages are handy options. Hydration tip: You can also add lemon, lime or orange slices to water to flavor it naturally.

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