We are basking in full-on summer anticipation right now. We’ve earned this summer!
School is out, the pools and parks are (finally) open, and now we’re grateful for those long days that stretch on forever. It’s going to be nothing but picnics, beaches, days in the park, and (hopefully) family road trips. (And maybe even a stress-inducing day camp pick-up schedule, but let’s not talk about that.)
But, it won’t last forever. Here’s our Savvy Guide to July in Ottawa to help you make the most of it.
DO: Get Out & About
Why? We’ve been cooped up for so long. As Ottawa slowly reopens and we are enjoying more outdoor events, safe gatherings, and summer fun with our kids, you may want to look at adding some local events to your family’s calendar. In-person events, and online activities, are happening all over Ottawa this summer. Here are some activities and events your family can enjoy in July in and around Ottawa.
ALSO DO: Register for Fall Sports & Activities
Why? Summer will be over as swiftly as it began and you don’t want to be caught scrambling when the school year starts. Sports leagues and other activities that are hoping for a (likely delayed) fall start are registering now. Sign up today so you can enjoy the rest of the summer with the knowledge that everything is in place for next year.
Reputable camps will hold your spot (but also your money) if Covid-19 delays or cancels the upcoming season. Most will grant a full refund if requested. Best to determine that up front.
GET: Sunscreen You Can Feel Good About
Why? A great summer includes lots and lots of outdoor time, so it’s important to protect our kids’ delicate skin against today’s sunburns and tomorrow’s risk of skin cancer. But it’s also hard to feel good about slathering our children in creams and lotions that contain chemicals. We consulted with the Canadian Dermatology Association for our list of Best Sunscreen for Kids and the Whole Family. And while you’re at it, don’t forget the summer hats for kids.
PLAY: Classic Backyard Summer Games
Why? While our cities are starting to open up, not everyone is willing (or able) to fully engage with the outside world. And if we do get locked down again, we still need to enjoy our summer! Becoming well-versed or reacquainted with some classic backyard summer games means you can still have fun in the comfort and safety of your own backyard, with no pre-booking or inflated ticket prices to consider.
READ: 17 Must-Read Mysteries & Thrillers for Summer 2021
Why? Summer reads are best consumed in a shady hammock, or in a cool, dark bedroom as the heat rages outside and the kids are otherwise occupied. Maybe that’s why we’re drawn to mysteries and thrillers more than any other genre. If you are too, here’s a list of must-reads sure to provide enough chills to keep you cool for summer 2021.
APPS: Best Educational (and Fun!) Apps for Kids
Why? MAAAYYYYBBBEEE you’re a little worried that your kids didn’t really grasp everything in their curriculum this year. And maybe you’d be into some supplementary learning that wouldn’t involve MORE online school. And it’s not as if your kid won’t touch a screen or the iPad for the next two months. So if your kids are going to be online, it might be nice if they learned something. Most teachers will tell you that some of our kids’ best learning happens when they don’t even know they’re doing it. So here’s a list (we checked it twice) of the best educational apps for kids.
EAT: Unique Salad Recipes for Any Time of Year
Why? Our collection of unique salad recipes is growing, and growing, and there’s a reason for that! The second winter fades away and summer arrives, we are all about salads. People ask, ‘what do you cook for your family during the warmer months?’ and my answer is always the same: Salad. Salad with fish, salad with chicken, salad with steak, salad with shrimp. Basically, salad with everything. And it easy to serve disassembled versions for families with picky eaters. These unique salad recipes are handy way to keep your summer salad dinners delicious and interesting.