In the stifling heat of summer, many people are tempted to stay indoors in order to keep cool. By adding a little water or shade into your backyard, you can enjoy the warm summer days and stay cool at the same time.
Swimming in the Pool
If you’re lucky enough to have a pool in your backyard or complex, then there is no limit to the fun you can have. There are many pool games such as Marco Polo, battleships and submarines and what time is it Mr. Sharkey? which can be played in groups. There are also large ranges of water inflatables and water games that are available to further add to the summer fun.
Running in the Backyard Sprinklers
If your property doesn’t have a pool, or access to a shared pool, then a backyard sprinkler is a great way to keep cool. You can even purchase specialty sprinklers or sprinkler extensions that vary the flow and pattern of the water. Running in the backyard sprinkler is one of the oldest Australian summertime traditions, and is always a popular activity for the kids.
Entertaining Under the Veranda
There is no better time then summer to enjoy the delights of an Aussie barbeque. Having friends or family over for a delicious barbeque lunch or dinner beneath the veranda or porch is one the best ways to entertain during the summer. Grill up a selection of meats and accompany it with some fresh salads, breads and antipastos. Make sure you provide lots of drinks to keep every one cool and satisfied.
Shaded Backyard Picnics
Staying in the shade is a great way to enjoy the summer heat without getting burnt or sun damaged skin. Having a shaded backyard picnic is both convenient and fun and can take place under any shade you may have in your backyard. Some places you might like to consider are beneath: sails, gazebos, verandas, porches, trees or dense shrubbery. You can choose whether you want to have a café style picnic on a table or a more traditional picnic or a quilt or blanket.
Water Balloon and Water Gun Battles
Another popular summer activity is group water balloon and water gun battles. All you need to do is set up two home bases in shaded areas and then divide your participants into two teams and compile an arsenal of both water balloons and water guns. Then you and your family can have an all out water battle that will keep your mind off the harsh summer heat.
However you decide to spend your summer days, it is important to be sun safe. Ensure that you and your family keep your skin protected with sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Make sure you keep well hydrated with water and regularly check the weather conditions, so you can stay indoors if the heat index is dangerously high. If you need some help getting your backyard or pool into shape for summer visit www.premiumpg.com.au.'
By Grace Patterson