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How to Beat the DC Summer Heat

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

The time has come for another summer in the city here in DC, and the heat is on!  Luckily, there are many options to help you stay cool.  Here are our tips for how to beat the DC summer heat.

Splash Parks

There are various parks through the DC area that are home to water features designed for playing in.  These features can be fun for all ages, and when the 90 degree days set in, you’ll be more than willing to put your grown-up pride aside and relive your days of running through the sprinklers.  Here are some of our favorites, but you can check out the Department of Parks and Recreation page for a comprehensive list.

Canal Splash Park: Navy Yard
Canal Park

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1100 New Jersey Ave SE

Washington, DC 20003

Yards Park

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355 Water St SE

Washington, DC 20003

Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Water St NW

Washington, DC 20007

Pools

When the splash park just won’t cut it, pack up the swim suits and floaties and take it to the pool!  Park Chelsea residents have the luxury of a beautiful rooftop pool to cool down in, but there are many public pool options throughout the district.  Check the websites for summer hours and updates.

Park Chelsea Rooftop Pool

Anacostia Pool

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1800 Anacostia Drive SE

Washington, DC 20020

Banneker Pool

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2500 Georgia Ave NW

Washington, DC 20001

Deanwood Aquatic Center

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1350 49th St NE

Washington, DC 20019

Museums

Although the numerous Smithsonian museums offer free admission throughout the year, visiting is particularly sweet in the Summer months.  Pick a weekday to avoid the crowds, then enjoy the history, sights, sounds and deliciously cool air conditioning.  Here are some of our favorites:

How to Beat the DC Summer Heat: National Museum of American History

National Portrait Gallery

Take a look at our nation’s history through a stunning array of portraits.  Bring a book or your laptop and set up in the serene enclosed courtyard; bonus cool points if you cap your visit off next-door with a signature Zaytinya martini and some house-made tzatziki.

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Eighth & F Streets NW

Washington, DC 20001

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Take a stroll through the curious sculpture garden, then treat yourself to the cool air inside this cylindrical building filled with modern masterpieces.

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Independence Ave & Seventh St SW

Washington, DC 20560

National Museum of American History

Take a trip down memory lane with an impressive collection of americana and pop culture relics.  Some highlights include the original Star Spangled Banner, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the inaugural gowns of America’s first ladies.

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Fourteenth St & Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC, 20001

National Museum of the U.S. Navy

Take a short walk down M St. and visit the only Naval Museum that chronicles the history of the U.S. Navy from its creation to present day. The USS Constitution’s fighting top and the world’s largest deepest diving submersible highlight the artifacts in the museum.

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736 Sicard St. SE

Washington, DC, 20374

Sweet Treats

We’re happy to use the sweltering heat as an excuse to indulge in a chilly treat!  Here are some yummy options throughout the district.

Sweet Treats: Ice Cream Jubilee

Pleasant Pops

Located in Adams Morgan, this pop shop/cafe offers an array of unique and surprisingly delicious flavors such as Grapefruit-Rosemary and Mexican Chocolate.

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1781 Florida Ave NW

Washington, DC 20009

Ice Cream Jubilee

Ice Cream Jubilee is located in the Yards Park just down the street from Park Chelsea. The menu of flavors changes seasonally with fresh locally sourced products. To give you an idea of their creativity, Honey Lemon Lavender and Banana Bourbon Caramel are a few delicious flavors they offer.

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301 Water Street, SE

Washington, DC 20003

Good Stuff Eatery

When you’re over-heating coincides with a growling stomach, head over to this Spike Mendelsohn gem, slinging killer burgers and home-spun milkshakes.

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303 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Washington, DC, 20003

Cooling Centers

All fun aside, when you or someone you know is truly in need of a retreat from the heat, there are various cooling centers throughout DC.
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July 2018 Festivals and Events

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Spotlight on the Community

Free Outdoor Movies

There are plenty of opportunities to catch free screenings throughout D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie series in D.C., the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival in Virginia, and the National Harbor Movies on the Potomac events in Maryland are the most popular annual celebrations of cinema. The Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria and the Bethesda Outdoor Movies events in Maryland are also worth checking out.

All summer long, the Capital Region hosts free concert series in national and state parks in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Military band concerts at the U.S. Capitol, Navy Memorial, and Capitol Waterfront in D.C. are especially popular during the month of July while the National Harbor in Maryland and the Potomac Overlook Regional Park in Northern Virginia both host an annual concert series that attract some of the biggest names in pop music.

With dozens of performances around the region, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the best theatrical performances in D.C. this July. The U.S. tour of “Hamilton” will come to the Kennedy Center starting June 12, and “The Color Purple” takes to the same stage on July 31, 2018, among other. Additionally, you can catch the annual Capital Fringe Festival, which features over 140 unique performances at multiple venues in D.C. from July 7 to 29 this year.

From July 1 through July 22, 2018, you can experience the Universoul Circus at the National Harbor at the Plateau in Oxon Hill, Maryland. This entire family will enjoy the big top showcase bursting with action-packed performances, colorful lights, pulsating music, and international talent.

On Tuesdays through Saturdays from June to September of 2018, family-friendly performances in music, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and theater for children age 5 to 12 come to this unique venue at Wolf Trap National Park in Virginia. In 2018, featured performances at the Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods (tickets required) include Page Turner Adventures, Sugar Free Allstars (a “family funk super duo”), the Pop Ups, Soul in Motion, Story Pirates, and the FLY Dance Company as well as the Maryland Youth Ballet’s performance of “Rumpelstiltskin” on July 27 and 28, 2018.

From June 27 to July 1 and July 4 through 8, 2018, you can celebrate cultural traditions from around the world at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which takes place on the National Mall each year. The Festival includes daily and evening music and dance performances, crafts and cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and discussions of cultural issues. This is one of Washington, DC’s most popular summer events, so be sure to show up early (or on the much later side) if you want to avoid the biggest crowds of the day.

The city of Alexandria, Virginia, served a key role in the foundation and birth of the United States of America, but the town itself wasn’t established until July 14, 1749, and wasn’t incorporated as Alexandria until 1779. Either way, the residents of Alexandria celebrate its birthday each year around the 13th or 14th of July. In 2018, the official celebration of Alexandria’s 269th Birthday kicks off on Saturday, July 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Although a French holiday, the Capital Region celebrates Bastille Day and the culture of France with a variety of events taking place on and around July 14, 2018. This French national holiday commemorates the storming of the Bastille Prison in 1789, which started the French Revolution. To celebrate, French restaurants in the Captial Region and the Alliance Française de Washington host a variety of special events honoring cultural traditions, foods, and wines from France.

You can catch a number of your favorite sports teams representing the nation’s capital in D.C. area sporting events this July. From the Major League Baseball’s National League East home games of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park to the Washington Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, Virginia in late July, there’s a game for every sports’ enthusiast this month. Also be sure to catch the Washington Kastles Tennis Tournaments and the Citi Open Tennis Classic.

On Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 2018, the annual One Caribbean Carnival will return to Baltimore, Maryland for a showcase of Caribbean, Latin American, and Diasporian cultures. Featuring groups of performers representing each of these groups in colorful costumes, the event takes place all weekend long at Clifton Park. If you’re looking for an island escape in the Capital Region, you can relax to the sounds of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, African, Haitian, Latin, and Steelband music while you browse the open-air marketplace or watch the annual parade.

The Loudoun County Fair takes place on July 23 to 28, 2018, at the Loudon County Fairgrounds in Leesburg, Virginia. Family fun at the fair includes a carnival, rodeo bull riding, a dairy and goat show, horseback demonstrations, magic acts, pet performances, floral exhibits, obstacle courses, tug-of-war tournaments, and live music entertainment. This is a true taste of Americana!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to enjoy some of the best farm-to-table dining experiences the Capital Region has to offer but don’t want to break the bank, check out Howard County Restaurant Weeks event from July 23 to August 6, 2018. During the two-week event, dozens of participating restaurants in Maryland will offer discount prices on full meals and drinks from local farmers and brewers.

Each year, the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) organizes a celebration of some of the nation’s best microbrews as a benefit fundraiser for the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. After-hours on July 19, 2018, you can join the FONZ to enjoy unlimited beer tastings from more than 70 national breweries as well as live music and entertainment, local food trucks, and, of course, the zoo’s exotic animals.

On the last weekend in July (July 28 and 29, 2018), you can explore the local farms of Montgomery County, Maryland to escape the hectic and crowded city for a day or weekend getaway. The Montgomery County Farm Tour and Harvest Sale allow visitors to stop in at multiple farms to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, flowers, and other local goods. Additionally, several of the farms also have hayrides, pony rides, live music, farming demonstrations, and other interesting and educational activities for all ages.

Myth Busted

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Live Well, Work Well

Myth Busted: Sweating More Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Burned More Calories

Many people wrongly believe that how much you sweat indicates how effective your workout was. How much you sweat during a workout is due to a variety of factors such as weight, gender, age, genetics, temperature and even fitness level.

For example, men tend to sweat more than women, younger people tend to sweat more than older people and fit people tend to sweat more than those who are less fit.

So remember, don’t use sweat as an indicator for how intense your workout was. Instead, track your heart rate, level of muscle soreness and amount of progress seen to evaluate whether or not your workouts are effective.

View more Live Well, Work Well tips here.

Protect Your Car from the Sun

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in inSIGHTS, Insurance Discount Strategies

If you don’t take the proper precautions, the sun can severely damage key components of your vehicle. In fact, it’s not uncommon for the exterior of cars to reach 194? F when exposed to direct sunlight in the summer. This amount of heat can not only wreak havoc on your car’s finish, but its interior as well.

To protect your vehicle, keep in mind the following tips:

  • Park in the shade. This is the best way to avoid direct sunlight, which will keep your interior and exterior from drying and cracking.
     
  • Use a windshield sun protector. These affordable products keep the inside of your car cool and help prevent sun damage.
     
  • Install seat covers. Seat covers are a great way to protect leather and fabric seats. Better still, these covers can help keep your seats cool.
     
  • Wash and dry your exterior often. Sun and heat can fade and crack the paint of your car. Frequent washing and hand drying helps remove dirt and dust particles that can cause issues to a vehicle’s finish.
     
  • Wax your car. Waxing your car adds an extra layer of protection from ultraviolet rays. How often a car needs a wax job varies, but it is best to do it on a regular basis.
     
  • Check your tire pressure. Hot pavement and underinflated tires can easily lead to blowouts, which can be expensive to fix. Even good tires can lose about one pound of air pressure a month, so it’s important to check them often. Be sure to follow your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended tire pressure.

Hot Weather Safety Tips For Your Pet

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Personal Tips, Trips & Traps

We all love spending the long, sunny days of summer outdoors with our furry companions, but being overeager in hot weather can spell danger. To prevent your pet from overheating, take these simple precautions provided by ASPCA experts:

  • Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pets get tested for heartworm if they aren’t on year-round preventative medication.
     
  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
     
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
     
  • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
     
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
     
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
     
  • Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
     
  • Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
     
  • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
     
  • Commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach as well. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal has ingested a poisonous substance.
     
  • Remember that food and drink commonly found at barbeques can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet; any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol. Please visit our People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets page for more information.
     
  • Please leave pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home. Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape by downloading the ASPCA Mobile App. You’ll receive a personalized missing pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances.

For other ways to help, download and share our hot weather safety infographic to alert others of the dangers your pets may face during the summer.

It's hot out! Don't leave your pet in the car!

 

Enduring Summer’s Deep Freeze

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

IT’S summertime. The season when you can write your name in the condensation on the windows at Starbucks, people pull on parkas to go to the movies and judges have been known to pause proceedings so bailiffs can escort jurors outside the courthouse to warm up.

On these, the hottest days of the year, office workers huddle under fleece blankets in their cubicles. Cold complaints trend on Twitter with posts like, “I could preserve dead bodies in the office it’s so cold in here.” And fashion and style bloggers offer advice for layered looks for coming in and out of the cold.

Why is America so over air-conditioned? It seems absurd, if not unconscionable, when you consider the money and energy wasted — not to mention the negative impact on the environment from the associated greenhouse-gas emissions. Architects, engineers, building owners and energy experts sigh with exasperation when asked for an explanation. They tick off a number of reasons — probably the most vexing is cultural.

“Being able to make people feel cold in the summer is a sign of power and prestige,” said Richard de Dear, director of the Indoor Environmental Quality Laboratory at University of Sydney, Australia, where excessive air-conditioning is as prevalent as it is in much of the United States. He said the problem is even worse in parts of the Middle East and Asia.

Commercial real estate brokers and building managers say sophisticated tenants specify so-called chilling capacity in their lease agreements so they are guaranteed cold cachet. In retailing, luxury stores like Bergdorf GoodmanNeiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue are kept colder than more down-market TargetWalmart and Old NavyWhole Foods is chillier than Kroger, which is chillier than Piggly Wiggly.

There’s also the widely held misconception that colder temperatures make workers more alert and productive when, in fact, research shows the opposite. Studies have shown people work less and make more mistakeswhen the air temperature is 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit versus 74 to 76 degrees. Moreover, some research indicates feeling cold can take a psychological toll, making people untrustinguncommunicative and unfriendly.

As infants we learn to associate warmth with the safety of our parents’ arms. Our subconscious equates cold with vulnerability, which partly explains why people can be so miserable when they are chilled.

A region of the brain called the hypothalamus is responsible for our body’s thermoregulatory system, constricting blood vessels when we are cold and dilating them when we are hot to maintain a safe core body temperature. Your physical discomfort is essentially the hypothalamus prodding you to say, put on a sweater if it’s chilly or fan yourself when it’s hot.

Extreme temperature changes like entering a freezing lobby on a sweltering summer day may feel good at first, but it makes the hypothalamus go nuts, intensifying physical and psychological discomfort when the initial pleasure wears off — as if to say: “A blizzard is on its way! Do something!”

“It’s left over from a time when it was dangerous to have that kind of change in temperature,” said Nisha Charkoudian, a research physiologist with the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, Mass.

The problem is compounded by building managers who, surveys indicate, typically don’t adjust the temperature set point higher in summertime when people wear lighter and more revealing clothes than they do in wintertime. Since thermoreceptors (nerve cells that sense temperature changes) are on your skin, the more of it you have exposed, the colder you are going to feel. Sixty-eight degrees feels a lot different if you are wearing a wool turtleneck, slacks and boots versus a poplin sundress and sandals.

However, you can understand managers’ bias toward keeping the lower, wintertime setting when many are men and might wear ties and jackets no matter the season. They may be even less inclined to bump up the thermostat if they are heavyset, as body fat is the ultimate heat insulator.

Air-conditioning systems are also usually designed for worst-case scenarios — full occupancy of a space on the hottest day of the year. As part of that calculation, designers might have assumed heat loads that factor in older-model computers and less energy-efficient lighting that radiate much more warmth than the machines and bulbs used today.

And, engineers say, they might add a 20 percent upward correction, just to be on the safe side. A result is systems with ridiculous overcapacity that don’t run well on low settings.

“It’s analogous to a high-tune car where you have to keep your foot on gas to keep it from stalling out,” said Edward Arens, professor of architecture and director of the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California, Berkeley.

Paradoxically, another reason for aggressive air-conditioning is energy-efficient building construction. Better sealing and insulation keeps air-conditioning from escaping but it also keeps fresh air from entering. So cool air is often kept blasting to meet mandated air quality standards for levels of carbon dioxide that build up in the absence of outside air. The cool air also controls humidity, which can lead to every building manager’s nightmare: mold.

STILL, Mr. Arens and his colleagues found that when they reduced airflow in several office buildings during the summer, including ones on the Yahoocampus in Sunnyvale, Calif., air quality was not diminished and it cut employee cold complaints in half as well as reduced the energy bill by as much as 30 percent.

While architects like Mr. Arens point the finger at engineers for designing air-conditioning systems with too much capacity, engineers can justifiably point the finger back at those architects who often have an aesthetic aversion to thermostats.

“Architects try to convince mechanical engineers to hide sensors so they don’t mess up their beautiful design, so you find them in quite out-of-the-way locations” like within air inlets on the ceiling, where, because heat rises, they provide less than accurate readings, said Jon Seller, general manager of Optegy, an energy management consulting firm based in Hong Kong, which specializes in maximizing the efficiency and automation of air-conditioning systems.

A couple of computer scientists have developed a smartphone app that proposes to solve that problem by making people the thermostats. Users can tell the app, called Comfy, whether they are hot, cold or just right. Over time, it learns trends and preferences and tells the air-conditioning system when and where to throttle up or throttle back the cooling. So far it’s used in a dozen buildings, including some of Google’s offices and some government-owned buildings, for a total of three million square feet. The developers claim Comfy-equipped buildings realize savings of up to 25 percent in cooling costs.

“We have a lot of data that people are most comfortable if they have some measure of control,” said Gwelen Paliaga, a building systems engineer in Arcata, Calif., and chairman of a committee that develops standards for human thermal comfort for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers, or Ashrae.

Of course, for fresh air and comfort, engineers and architects tend to agree the most effective control is being able to open and close the windows. No app required.

Source: nytimes.com

Ideas for Your Summer Staycation

July 10th, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in Lifestyle

As the kids finish school and the weather heats up, many people are getting excited about long-awaited summer vacations. Summer vacations are a time to relax, unwind and spend some quality time with loved ones. Big vacations, however, do require quite a bit of planning and, of course, can end up costing some serious cash, especially with a whole family in tow.

If you haven’t gotten around to making summer vacation plans, or it’s just not in the cards this year, you might be the perfect candidate for a summer staycation. (A staycation can be just as enjoyable as a vacation, and can enrich your life for the whole year. Check out Affordable Staycation Ideas for Families.)

A staycation is like a vacation, only you spend it at home. Instead of spending lots of money on airfare and expensive hotels, you can take advantage of the attractions your area has to offer that you never get a chance to enjoy. This includes your house – when was the last time you relaxed at home? A few ground rules will help ensure you have a successful staycation:

  • Put it on the calendar  with a start date and an end date – so everyone knows when you’re on staycation.
     
  • Get a visitor’s guide. Check out your local Chamber of Commerce’s website or stop by for a visitor’s guide. You might be surprised to find great activities that you didn’t know about. (Keep the kids out of your hair and wallet by saving on summer camps, sports leagues, day trips and more. Learn how in Budget-Friendly Summer Fun.)
     
  • Limit the chores. Plan ahead and try to get as many chores out of the way so that you don’t spend your staycation doing laundry and mopping the floor.
     
  • Write it down. Your staycation doesn’t have to be scripted, but it is helpful to write down the things you want to do, and then have fun crossing the activities off the list.

Whether you live in a bustling city or off the beaten path, you should be able to find plenty of activities to keep you busy. To get you started, here are eight great ideas for your summer staycation.

1. Get Out

Outside, that is. National parks, state parks, county parks, metro parks and nature centers all provide a place to run around and enjoy nature. As an added bonus, many are free. You can easily spend a day hiking, swimming and picnicking in your local park. Visit http://www.nps.gov/ to find a national park or http://www.stateparks.com/ to find a state park.

2. Stay In

A rainy day during your staycation is a terrific opportunity to visit a local museum or two. Art museums, aquariums, planetariums, science museums and natural history museums can be enjoyable and interesting. You can search for museums at the American Association of Museum’s website at http://www.aam-us.org/ (click “Museum Resources” tab”); or search the Association of Zoos & Aquariums’ website at http://www.aza.org/.

3. Get Active

Take advantage of the local swimming pool, tennis courts, golf course or skating rink. Go for a bike ride, a walk, or try a new sport. Dust off the old baseball mitts, soccer balls and Frisbees and have fun.

4. Get Festive

Summertime is usually ripe with festivals in one form or another. Your local newspaper or Chamber of Commerce can keep you up to date with goings on. In addition to daytime festivals, many locales host free music nights during the summer months. 

5. Learn Something New

Have you always wanted to learn how to throw pottery or paint with watercolors? How about cooking Cuban food or home-brewing beer? Your local recreation department or community college probably has a great choice of classes to get you started. Many of them will be  one-day introductory classes that won’t require a huge investment.

6. Be Pampered

With all the money you’re saving on your staycation, you just might be entitled to a trip to the local spa for a massage and facial. Most spas do require advance reservations, and many offer specials and packages so be sure to ask. Try http://www.spafinder.com/ to find a spa in your area.

7. Tell Ghost Stories

Pitch the tent and build a small fire – in your back yard. Camping in the backyard is a fun and easy way to camp. You can chase fireflies, sing songs, look at the stars and roast marshmallows (or make s’mores: roast a marshmallow until golden brown, place between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate and squeeze together).

8. Splurge

Is there a fancy restaurant you’ve wanted to try? Have you wondered what it would be like to hire a personal chef for a delicious meal at home (try http://www.personalchef.com/ and click on “Find a Personal Chef”)? A staycation is a wonderful opportunity to splurge on something you wouldn’t normally spend the money on, without feeling guilty.

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Stay Put

A staycation can be just as much fun as a regular vacation. Often it can be more rewarding than a vacation simply because there is no travel stress and it costs less money. Being under less stress, and not spending so much money, can allow for more relaxation while creating quality time for you and your family. A staycation might be just the vacation you need. Don’t forget to send postcards.

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