Ottawa: The Savvy Guide to August

SavvyMom April 8, 2016

One month and two long weekends to go. Stop thinking the summer is passing you by and make the most of it with our savvy guide to August.
Make watermelon pops.
Here’s how: Take ⅛ large watermelon, 4 tbsps fresh lime juice and 1 tbsp sugar, or honey. Remove rind and seeds from watermelon. Chop into small chunks and put in blender. Blend until watery and then add lime juice and sugar/honey. Pour into popsicle molds, freeze overnight and enjoy the next day.
Why? Because they are healthy, yummy and fun to make.

To the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light Fireworks Competition
Why? Because this annual fireworks competition at Lac-Leamy in Gatineau will knock your socks off. August 1, 5, 8, 12 and 15.

A car game app for your iPhone/iPod Touch
Why? Because you just might need a compendium of ways to stay entertained on a recession road trip this summer. The app is a reference guide for 100 old-school games the whole family can play—the instructions (not the games) are on the phone. Think guessing games, singing games, memory games, games for under 5s, and games using the car radio—all good FUN.

What time is it, Mr. Wolf?
Establish a starting point which is also the ‘safe place’ (a fence or tree will do). Select Mr. Wolf (a parent is good for this job but it can be a child as well). Mr. Wolf stands across from the players in a straight line, while they chant “What time is it, Mr. Wolf?”, to which he replies the time of his choosing, e.g. “nine o’clock”. Then the players take the same number of steps toward the wolf that the time is (i.e. nine o’clock, nine steps). At the wolf’s discretion, he will eventually say “Time to eat you!” and go running after the other players until someone is caught.
Why? Because it’s a fun, suspenseful game and it’s great for younger kids who are learning numbers and time.

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