Simple Summer Activities in Ottawa Your Children Are Sure to Love

Summer is often filled with outdoor parties, warm weather, and no school. Unfortunately, the arrival of summer can bring stress for many parents as they search for ways to keep their children happy, healthy, engaged, and safe without breaking the bank.

Listed below are a few simple – and inexpensive – summer activities that you and your children can do together this summer.

Go berry picking.

  • Many berries come into season in the summer. Take your children to your local berry farm to pick your own delicious strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Here’s a list of 17 berry farms around Ottawa.

Make homemade frozen treats.

  • Cooking together is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime and to instill healthy habits in your children. After picking all the berries, check out this Pinterest board for loads of recipes.

Take a hike.

  • Enjoy the summer weather and your local scenery, and get some exercise by taking a family hike at your nearest hiking trail. The National Capital Region has some beautiful trails and Gatineau Park has over 15km of trails.

Catch a show at the NAC.

  • This summer, the NAC is offering free family programming daily at 11am. Perfect indoor activity for the rainy days we continue to enjoy.

Watch a movie outside.

  • There are a number of free outdoor movies around the city for you and your kids to enjoy under the stars. Here’s a list of outdoor movies until August 26.

Visit one of the many Ottawa Valley fairs.

Or one of the MANY Ottawa Valley festivals.

It’s a special year in Canada.

There are so many added events in Ottawa this year thanks to Canada 150! Here is a list of some of the summer events you can enjoy with your family!

Experience the amazing museums in the National Capital Region.

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Let the good times roll!

Golf Cart Safety Tips

As surprising as it may be, there are many golf cart accidents annually, which result in personal injury, property damage, and even death. Since golfing is intended to be a fun, relaxing, and enjoyable outdoor activity, review the following safety tips to keep you and your fellow golfers safe.

  • Drivers and passengers should remain seated while the vehicle is moving at all times.
  • Never exceed the maximum capacity for a golf cart – everyone needs his or her own seat.
  • Slow down and honk when reaching an intersection to alert other drivers and pedestrians of your presence.
  • Reduce your speed when approaching pedestrians; they always have the right-of-way.
  • Reduce your speed when turning and passing other carts.
  • Use the safety mirrors when approaching intersections.
  • Keep all body parts inside the golf cart when it is in motion.
  • When it is not in use, place the golf cart’s control lever in the neutral position and remove the key.
  • Do not shift gears while the vehicle is in motion.
  • Maintain an adequate distance between you and other drivers.
  • Your maximum speed will depend on the terrain and weather conditions. Generally, you should operate a golf cart at the same speed as a well-paced walk.

Home Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Keeping up with seasonal repairs upkeep not only shows pride of ownership, but can reduce the risk of costly and preventable home expenses. Prepare your home for the summer with the following considerations.

Home Exterior

  • Check all window and door locks to make sure they are secure. Open and close them, and apply lubricant when they are hard to open.
  • Inspect your roof and gutters, clean out gutter debris and check shingle integrity.
  • Inspect your home’s foundation, sealing cracks, and leveling yard depressions with compacted soil.
  • Check wooden structures, such as decks and steps, for rotting, loose wood, or exposed nails.

Home Interior

  • Hire a qualified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to tune up your air conditioning unit.
  • Examine electrical outlets and cords for potential fire hazards, such as frayed wires.

Garage

  • Examine your garage door to ensure that it is in proper working order.
  • Declutter by reviewing the contents of your garage. Donate or dispose of items you no longer use or need.

Driveways and Walkways

  • Inspect your pavement for cracks and holes, and remedy them. This can go a long way in preventing accident slips, trips, and falls.

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Stay Cool in the Summer Heat

beautiful-girl-with-hat-in-sun-picjumbo-comHeat Exhaustion occurs when the body is not able to sweat enough to cool itself. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache, and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Body temperature 38.3 C
  • Sweaty skin
  • Feeling hot and thirsty
  • Having difficulty speaking

When someone is suffering from heat exhaustion, he/she should move into a cooler place and drink plenty of water immediately.

Heat Stroke is the result of untreated heat exhaustion and includes the following symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Unawareness of heat and thirst
  • Body temperature rises rapidly above 38.3 C
  • Confusion or delirium
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizure

When someone is suffering from heat stroke, medical personnel should be called immediately, as the condition is life-threatening. Place ice packs on the person’s armpits and groin until help arrives.

Healthy Hints

To avoid heat illnesses in summer temperatures, remember to drink lots of water – even if you are not thirsty. Additionally, wear light-coloured lightweight clothing made of natural fibres and put on a well-ventilated hat. Lastly, avoid leaving air-conditioned areas in the middle of the day if you can. Instead, get things done outside in the early morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

Backyard Pool Safety

pexels-photo-61129A backyard pool can provide an abundance of summer fun, but owning one comes with the responsibility of ensuring safe use for both adults and children. Thankfully, the following safety precautions can give you peace of mind and help ensure that your friends and family enjoy your pool safely:

  • Install a fence. A pool is a tempting source of enjoyment for children, but without proper supervision, they are putting themselves in danger of drowning or injury. A self-locking fence can keep the pool out of sight and inaccessible to children.
  • Ensure constant supervision. Most drownings happen to children whose caretakers aren’t paying attention. Unsafe behaviour among adults can cause accidents and drownings as well. Make sure you constantly supervise your pool no matter what ages your guests are.
  • Ensure that your children know how to swim.
  • Avoid swimming at night and in stormy weather. The lack of light in the evening could hamper rescue efforts, and lightning poses an electrocution risk.
  • Keep the pool area clear of toys and other tripping hazards.
  • Ensure swimmers enter the water feet-first. Few home pools are deep enough for safe diving.
  • Learn CPR so you are prepared for emergencies.