5 Water-Based Summer Activities Kids Will Love

So here we are, the middle of summer. The kids have been out of school for weeks now, free of homework and looking for fun. But keeping cool in the middle of the day can be tough if you can’t get to the pool or the beach, and waterparks can be pricey and overcrowded. And keep in mind that while on vacation from school, they might need some creative inspiration as well. Take a look at these five imaginative Do-It-Yourself water activities that make it easy for you and the kids to beat the heat and have a blast, right in the backyard.


Kiddie Car Wash


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 The Kiddie Car Wash is a simple project you and your kids can assemble together, but keep in mind that with the PVC pipe, it’s mostly a parent job. This trip to the car wash will keep them busy and cool while requiring you all to get creative! Customize your car wash with sponges, ribbons and other materials to recreate a classic car wash experience for your child’s bike or scooter. 


Slip N' Slide


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The cost of making one of these DIY Slip N’ Slides is far less than family passes for any water park — and there are no lines! There are plenty of ways to build and customize your Slip N’ Slide, but make sure that you keep safety your number one priority. No obstacles like rocks or sticks should poke from the bottom!


Build Your Own Sprinkler

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All you need is a sturdy plastic bottle and some tape to create one of these sprinklers. They’re a quick and easy way to make playtime with a hose a lot more interesting, while keeping the kids cool in the sun.


Ice Block Treasure Hunt

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Ice Block Treasure Hunts are catching on this summer. All it takes is freezing toys or even fruit inside of a block of ice and letting the little ones dig away (with a safe and blunt tool, like a plastic hammer) until they discover the treasures inside. This also can lead to making your own ice pops as a tasty treat: How To Make Fresh Fruit Popsicles.


Ice Cube Painting

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This activity can get a little messy — consider laying out a tarp or lots of paper towels if you plan on painting inside. If you want to make ice cube painting a little more interesting, use fruit drink powder instead of food coloring to make edible paint!


Not only are these water activities an excellent way to keeps kids (and yourself) feeling cool in the summer sun, they encourage kids to get imaginative by creating something. Instead of sitting inside all afternoon watching TV or playing video games, they can get crafty and enjoy their masterpiece afterward, making summertime memories along the way. Give these activities a shot and feel free to share your pictures with us on Facebook and Twitter!


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Meet Deena Briggs: Motorcycle Enthusiast and Aqua's Fleet Administrative Assistant

Some families like to take portraits together. Some have game nights where they play “Sorry” or maybe “Monopoly.” Some set up a yearly football game. It’s a way to spend time together and have some fun. Deena Briggs’ family also likes to spend time together and have fun, though their definition of “fun” might differ a bit from others. Almost everyone in Deena’s family — her brothers, her cousins, her dad, even her grandmother — ride motorcycles. Not in the “take a cruise on a bike” kind of way. They’re enthusiasts.



Deena has been riding motorcycles for about 10 years. You might catch her driving into the office on her BMW S1000rr when it’s nice out — “nice” meaning above 65 degrees and sunny. Deena has been with Aqua for nearly four years in a variety of roles. She recently was promoted to fleet administrative assistant and works out of the Springfield office.

Her interest in bikes began when she was 6 years old and started riding go-karts, scooters, mini bikes – anything with a motor. As a kid, she traveled to Maryland to spend time with her uncles and cousins, all of whom rode street bikes, go-karts, dirt bikes, mini bikes, quads and more.



With an upbringing such as Deena’s, the idea of riding a motorcycle as an adult was not only promising but inevitable. When asked if she remembers what age she begin riding, she laughed and said, “I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t riding some type of powered machinery.”

“Riding a motorcycle provides me with an indescribable sense of freedom like no other,” she said. “I love how much of a stress reliever a short ride can be. After a rough day, one ride just makes all of my tension melt away.”




But it’s not all simple. Deena said she’s often stereotyped for being a woman with a male-dominated hobby. Some people assume she’s riding an automatic or that she owns a lesser grade bike. Or they assume she’s riding her husband’s motorcycle, she said.

It’s something she hopes will change over time, especially now that her children are starting to gain interest in riding, including her 7-year-old daughter, Patience.

“I just can’t help but smile when young girls see me on my bike and say, ‘wow, girls can ride too,’” Deena said. “Honestly, it makes me feel like a super-hero.”


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