Splurging on a summer pass to the community pool may not be an affordable option for some families. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep cool when the mercury soars without breaking the bank.
Water Balloon Piñata
- Package of water balloons
- Garden hose
- Small plastic funnel
- Plastic baseball bat
- Fill up the water balloons using the funnel and hose. Keep in mind that the more water you add to the balloon the quicker the piñata will break.
- Add water to about 10 balloons and put them in a safe place while you measure out a 40-inch long piece of string.
- Tie the balloons to the string, keeping a two-inch gap in between each balloon. Leave the last 8 to 10 inches of the string empty.
- Tie the ends of the string to a tree limb or another structure where the piñata can hang and kids can safely swing at it.
- Once the piñata is securely attached to a solid structure, have the kids line up, blindfold them, and let them take swings at it one at a time.
- Kids can enjoy getting splashed as the piñata is hit.
Water Bottle Bubble Blower
- Water bottle
- Dish soap
- Duct tape
- A sock
- Garden hose
- Cut the bottom off an empty plastic water bottle (16 and 20-ounce bottles work best).
- Slide the sock over the bottom of the bottle so that it covers the opening completely.
- Use the duct tape to secure the sock to the bottle.
- Add some dish soap to a bucket and then fill it up with water from a garden hose. Gently mix the water and the soap to create a bubbly solution.
- Dip the bottom of the sock-covered bottle into the solution, and then have kids blow gently into the top portion of the water bottle to create a steady stream of fun froth.