Summer comes and goes so quickly! We’ve gathered some great ideas for you and your family to keep busy all summer long. Enjoy what’s most important – be together.

1. Stock Up At The Library
Seems simple, right? Create a routine out of a weekly visit to your local library – and it’s a really fun place for kids of all ages. It’s worth noting that many local libraries carry more than just books too. Music CDs, DVDs, and video games are all things that come in handy when some quiet time is needed. Most libraries have scheduled events and programs – you can’t go wrong with making this a weekly ‘go-to’ destination.

2. Host A Lemonade Stand
Every kid likes to make a little extra money here and there; and having a lemonade stand happens to be a great math and business lesson too. Lemonade stands can be super simple, or really innovative… maybe this is the year the kids take it one step further by designing posters and flyers, or selling their wares at the local soccer field.

Check out this great recipe for: Homemade Lemonade**
It’s refreshing on a hot day and packed with vitamin C!
Yield: Makes 2 pints

1 cup sugar
6 large lemons (squeezed and juiced),
1/2 cup hot water,
1 1/2 pints chilled still or sparkling water

1. Put the sugar in a heatproof bowl and add the hot water. Stir to dissolve the sugar, then set aside to cool.
2. Squeeze the lemons to make at least 8 oz. of juice ( if you need more use more lemons!)
3. Pour the juice into a pitcher and stir in the sugar syrup. Add the sparkling water.

3 .Participate In A Bike Parade
Bike parades can be a lot of fun. To draw the activity out a bit, how about setting up a bike washing station first? All you need for this is a hose, a bucket, some sponges, and a bit of elbow grease. Once the bikes are sparkling clean, decorate them with streamers, ribbons, and a playing card in the spokes. It makes a great “putt-putt” sound if you clip it on with a clothespin!

4 .Make Popsicles
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new concoctions! Pull out the blender and see what berries can be whirled together to make something delicious. (Hint: Strawberries go really well with vanilla yogurt, or the lemonade!)

5. Go Camping In Your Backyard
Pitch a tent and start your evening with a camping related dinner. (Hint: S’mores on the BBQ are delicious.) Follow it up with stories by flashlight in the tent. Anyone brave enough to sleep outdoors?
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**Recipe courtesy of The Toddler Cookbook by Annabel Karmel, copyright 2008.