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Spring is finally here in California which means that summer, my favorite season, will also soon be here. Where I live in Northern California, we get to enjoy mild weather 75% of the year, and that gives us plenty of opportunities to hang out outdoors as a family. If you’re hoping to start pinning outdoor activities for the family for summertime, I’ve got you covered.
First and foremost, if you plan on doing any outdoor activities, it’s important to remember to bring the sunscreen along. Yes, I’m getting all mommy on you right now, but after seeing many family members on my husband’s side of the family experience the beginning signs of skin cancer because they weren’t using sunscreen, I am extra cautious these days. I always make sure to wear face makeup that contains sunscreen, and I always keep a bottle of sunscreen spray with me for the kids.
My family loves Banana Boat® sunscreen products, and the Banana Boat® Kids Sport Sunscreen has been a favorite of ours for years. It’s a tear-free and sting-free formula that provides safes and effective broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection for the whole family, and is recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. We always go with the spray sunscreen because it is a light-weight and quick absorbing formula that doesn’t irritate my girls’ skin or run into their eyes. And being that the Kids Sport formula is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes, it’s perfect for any summertime activities. In fact, it stays on in seven conditions — sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and even 100 degree heat.**
Tip: Be sure to take advantage of the $1 off Ibotta rebate offer good for $1 off any Banana Boat® product (some exclusions apply) from 4/4/18 – 5/30/18. The low price of Banana Boat® sunscreen at Walmart combined with the $1 off rebate means you can get your sunscreen pretty cheap.
5 Summer Fun Outdoor Activities to do as a Family
Now that you’re gearing up for summer and have your sunscreen on hand, let’s take look at some fairly inexpensive family-friendly outdoor activities that you can do.
Be sure to follow the Summer Fun Banana Boat Pinterest board for more fun activities to do with your kiddos.
Family Bike Ride
Bike riding is big in our family, being that my husband is a cyclist and on a race team. We love to go on family bike rides through the town and end up at places like the local ice cream shop or the girls’ grandparents’ house. We live in a pretty small town, so a bike ride to the ice cream shop isn’t too much to handle.
We absolutely love to attend local festivals or little events that our local main street has going on. You can often find crafts for the kids, they can play games, ride rides, and enjoy some good eats. The most recent celebration was National Root Beer Float Day which included free root beer floats, popcorn, music, chalk drawings, bubble experiments, and a sailboat craft made from a sponge and duct tape.
Our town is obsessed with painting rocks and hiding/finding them right now and our family is totally getting into it. My girls love to paint different themed rocks and enjoy hiding them for the neighbors to find. If your town doesn’t currently have a painted rock Facebook page, you can easily create one and encourage people to share the rocks they find.
Often times we will find rocks during out morning drive to drop big sissy off at school, or when running errands around town. It’s such a special feeling to find someone’s painted rock and is so much fun to have someone find yours.
Kid-Friendly Pool Party
We are fortunate enough to have our own pool in our back yard, but in case you don’t, you can easily have a fun pool day at the public pool. Bring some snacks, crank up the music (if at home), and make some kid-friendly summertime drinks. My girls love fun pool floats and water games, too.
California has so many beautiful state parks to visit, with Calaveras Big Trees State Park being one of them. The trees are absolutely enormous and all have a unique story behind them. You can purchase a paper map for 50 cents and go on a self-guided tour of the giant redwoods.
This is one of my favorite parks to visit because it’s very kid-friendly. There are more difficult trails to hike, but the main trail can even be seen by stroller.
I encourage you to get out and explore the beauty that your city and state has to offer. When you get out and explore as a family, you can bond and grow closer together.
**7 conditions does not apply to tanning or oil products, SPF 100 lotions, lip balms, Kids FREE and Zinc Faces.
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