by Christina Katz
Roll down a long grassy hill – then do it again.
Go somewhere where cotton candy can melt on your tongue.
Host a neighborhood sidewalk chalk drawing competition with fun prizes.
Use cake cones to bake, frost and decorate cup cakes.
Check out your local movie theater for inexpensive daytime shows for kids.
Lollygag away a hot afternoon at the local library.
Fill the house with cut flowers from the yard.
Enjoy the playful banter of family game or puzzle night on the picnic table.
Go for an after-dinner treat to a local ice cream shop for an in-season flavor.
Make spaghetti sauce with fresh tomatoes and basil.
Add color and flavor to lemonade or iced tea by adding frozen blueberries, strawberries or blackberries.
Throw a swing over a branch or hang a hammock.
Do nothing, all day...memorize how it feels.
Have an all-family water balloon fight.
Squish your toes in the sand or the mud.
Go to a drive-in or an outdoor community movie.
Lay under the night sky and look or constellations.
Splash around in a wading pool.
Use up the last of the fourth of July sparklers.
Make fruit cobbler in the wee hours and serve it for breakfast with ice cream.