Aqua Presents: Aquapella

The soundtrack to Memorial Day: Cannonballs into the pool, wipeouts in the ocean waves, canoes rippling through the lake – isn’t there something missing? The music! 

Memorial Day Weekend is coming up, and Aqua has got you covered with the perfect playlist for the beach, the backyard or poolside BBQ. That is, it’s all about water. Check out our favorite water-themed MDW tunes below. Grab your portable speakers or snag the aux cord on the way to your favorite nautical destination. With help from Aqua, you can show your family and friends just how far you’ve come since loving Pitch Perfect's “Cups.” 

Bring on the summer!

 

 

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Water-Based Science Experiments that Kids will Love

Here at Aqua, we’re all about science. Beakers, microscopes, lab coats, the scientific method — we love it all! In fact, some of our favorite memories of grade school were when our science teacher would come in with some fancy contraption and use it in an experiment that blew our tiny minds. It’s like magic. Those were the days when we learned the most because we were legitimately engaged—not falling asleep at our desks during a lecture, but involved in some sort of crazy experiment.

Kids love this stuff. It’s a fact. That’s why we put together a list of these mind-blowing experiments you can do at home with your kids. And here’s the coolest part: it’s affordable and safe. All you really need is a little bit of water and a few miscellaneous tools, and your kids will have their own science labs right in your kitchen. Here are some of our favorite water-based science experiments that will have your kids loving to learn in no time:

 

1. Oil vs. Water

 

 

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What you need: 

  • A glass of water
  • Food coloring
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • A bottle 

How to do it:

  1. Add several drops of food coloring to the glass of water.
  2. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the colored water along with the 2 tablespoons of cooking oil into the bottle.
  3. Screw the lid onto the bottle.
  4. Shake it up as hard as you can.
  5. Put the bottle down and watch it settle. You should see all the oil float up and sit on top of the water.

Why it works:

Water molecules are strongly attracted to each other. Oil molecules are the same way. Since each is more attracted to its own molecules than that of the other substance, they don't mix together—they separate and the oil floats above the water because it is less dense.

 

2. Color Splash

 

 

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 What you need:

  • Water
  • 3 clear cups
  • Cooking oil
  • Food coloring
  • A pencil 

How to do it:

  1. Fill one cup up to about 2/3 full of water and a separate cup to about 2/3 full of oil.
  2. Add several drops of food coloring to each—but leave some space between each drop so they don't touch. Observe what happens.
  3. Fill the third cup up to about 2/3 full of water. Pour in enough cooking oil so it forms a thin layer on top of the water (see our last experiment!).
  4. Add food coloring to cup 3 then touch one of the drops with the tip of your pencil. Watch what happens. 

Why it works:

  • When you add food coloring to water, it mixes. When you add it to oil, it stays in a little ball and doesn’t mix at all. This happens because food coloring is mostly made of water, and you know from our last experiment that water and oil don't mix.
  • When you add coloring to cup 3, each drop is coated with oil, which is why the drops sit in the oil layer. The oil acts as a little boat on which the food coloring floats. When you poke one with a pencil, the oil layer breaks, which is why the food coloring mixes with the water and makes a cool little design.

 

3. Walking Water

 

 

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 What you need:

  • Water
  • 3 empty glasses
  • Paper towels
  • Food coloring 

How to do it: 

  1. Choose two colors and fill a jar for each color. You will need your third empty glass of the same size for the pair.
  2. Cut a paper towel in half and then fold it a couple of times lengthwise. Place one end in a jar of colored water and the other end into the empty jar.
  3. Repeat step 2 for the other jar of a different color.
  4. Observe.

Why it works: 

Because of capillary action, the water “walks” up the paper towels for the outside colored jars into the empty middle jar. This middle jar fills up with water until the water levels of all the jars are equal. Both colors mix into a new color!

 

4. Making it Rain 

 

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What you need:

  • Hot water
  • Ice
  • Glass jar
  • Paper plate

How to do it:

  1. Add 2 to 3 inches of hot water into your glass jar.
  2. Put the paper plate on top of the glass jar and let it sit for a few minutes.
  3. After a few minutes, take your ice from the freezer and place some on top of the paper plate.
  4. Watch it rain!

Why it works: 

  • The warm air from the hot water is sealed into the jar by the plate. The cold temperature from the ice placed on top causes the moisture in the jar to condense and form the water droplets you see.
  • What you see in the jar is always happening in our atmosphere—moisture rises to meet cold air in the sky where it condenses and falls back down on us as rain. It’s the water cycle!

 

Your kids will love these cool water-based science experiments. They are a great way to start off summer with a splash! Give them a shot and feel free to share your pictures of successful or failed attempts on our Facebook or Twitter pages!

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7 Glasses of Justice

 

 

Summer is on its hot and sticky way to us, and you know what that means: ice cream by the pool, suntans (or sunburns) at the beach, Avengers: Age of Ultron (because who isn’t, like, totally excited for that?) and, of course, lots and lots of water. Like, so much water. More than the recommended eight glasses a day. Plus there’s all the beach trips, pool visits, sprinkler-jumping, super-soakers, yada yada yada.

 

Speaking of superheroes, wouldn’t the summer be a lot cooler if you had your own water powers? Considering how much water we use during the hotter months, it’d definitely make things a lot easier. Imagine it. What if you could generate and manipulate the essence of life? Imagine having the ability to control 60 percent of the human body and 70 percent of the entire world! Wouldn’t that be, like, totally sick?

 

So, why does nobody get excited about Aquaman? People won’t shut up about Batman, but they forget about Namora. People love chatting about Wolverine and how angry and brooding he is, but Frozone gets no love. And who would you rather have as the CEO of a water charity: Spider-Man or Namor, the Sub-Mariner?

 

I think it’s about time to educate all of you. So, here are the eight best water superheroes, seven glasses of justice.

 

7. Frozone

 

Lucius Best, played by Samuel L. Jackson in The Incredibles, is Mr. Incredible’s best friend and occasional crime-fighting partner. Similar to Iceman, but also totally not, Frozone has the ability to freeze water, including moisture in the air, or even his own body.

 

6. Namora

 

Namora is a superhero from the Marvel Comics Universe, specifically Atlantis, and is the cousin of Namor the Sub-Mariner (we’ll get to him later). She was born of an Atlantean father and a human mother, possesses super-strength, can swim at super speeds, has the ability to breathe above and below water and has super cool wing-like appendages on her ankles, giving her the power of flight.

 

5. Storm

 

One of the more popular X-Men thanks in part to Halle Berry, Ororo Munroe —or Storm —is one of Marvel Universe’s sickest heroes. Storm has the ability to manipulate the weather to any extreme she wills. How does this relate to water? Get her near the ocean or a large body of water, and you’ll have yourselves typhoons, whirlpools and hurricanes, all of which are guaranteed (at the very least) to get you very, very wet.

 

4. Iceman

 

One of the founding members of the X-Men, Bobby Drake, or Iceman, is a mutant with cryokinesis, or the ability to freeze anything around him, including transforming his body into ice. Being one of the original X-Men, Iceman has had his share in many of their battles, becoming increasingly powerful as their story continues.

 

3. Namor, the Sub-Mariner

 

Namor is a superhero, sometimes antihero, who appears in the Marvel Universe. Namor is the child of a human sea captain and an Atlantean princess. Namor possesses super-strength, flight and all sorts of aquatic abilities. He has served with superhero teams such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Avengers.

 

2. Aquaman

 

Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman, is arguably the most recognizable sea hero ever. Easily spotted by his orange torso and green leggings, Aquaman steals the scene with his enhanced strength, swimming talent, healing power, agility and the ability to telecommunicate with and manipulate all undersea life. With an army of sea creatures at his disposal, Aquaman is a tough one to beat.

 

1. Katara

 

While she’s not actually a comic book character, she’s a true hero. Katara is a main character in Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and is a waterbender. In the Avatar world, there are people who have the ability to bend the four main elements: water, earth, wind and fire. Katara is a waterbender, which means she has the ability to control water, ice, and, with strict concentration, even blood. She can create water whips and giant waves. If it’s wet, Katara can make it do anything she likes.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers: The Facts

 

Ahhh, springtime. A season full of warm weather and outdoor adventure. Of course, before we can bask in the sunlight, we’ve got to storm through that April rain. We’ve all heard the short poem — you know, the one about April showers? But what most of us haven’t heard are the facts. So here they are: five facts behind the age-old rhyme April Showers Bring May Flowers!

Rain or Shine:

As it turns out, most flowering has more to do with temperature than rainfall. In fact, a paper in the PLOS ONE Journal found that the recent record-breaking temperatures resulted in an earlier blooming season! 

The Roots:

The poem Sweet April showers, do Spring May flowers was found in the April section of Thomas Tusser’s book, “Five Hundred Good Points of Husbandry,” from the mid-1500s. Sure, the way we say the rhyme has changed over time, but the meaning behind it (both literal and figurative) is still as right as rain!

A Deeper Meaning:

“April showers bring May flowers,” reminds us all that even the most unpleasant of things — in this case the heavy April rain can result in a positive outcome. So keep your eyes peeled for that metaphorical silver lining; there’s a bright side to everything.

Poem Pop Culture:

The rhyme has had a sizeable impact on pop culture throughout the years songs, movies, and even longer poems all rooting from that one iconic line. Most notably is Abe Lyman’s 1935 song March Winds and April Showers. If you don’t feel like giving the song a listen now, you could always save it for a rainy day!

The Cause:

Behind every poem is factual science, right? Okay, so that might not always be true, but in this case it is! So why exactly does it rain so much in April? One of the major causes is the position of the jet stream in early spring. As it moves further north, heavy rain and wind are brought in from the Atlantic.

Whether you're getting ready for those sunny Texas summers, prepping for hikes through the beautiful Illinois woods or counting down the days until you can head to the Jersey shore, enjoy some downpour downtime. After all, the flower show is less than a month away.

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Streaming: 10 H2O Flicks to Soak Up

 

People have always had a certain fascination with the water, and for good reason. Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by it, yet we’ve only explored around five percent. We spend our lives surrounded by H2O and know close to nothing about it, so it’s no surprise that this mystery intrigues us. Luckily, movie magic allows us to bring our biggest fears and fantasies to cinematic life. 

Yes, water and the movies go together like R2-D2 and C-3PO. So we’ve collected a list of our Top 10 favorite water-themed movies. You’re going to need to set aside some serious screen time after reading this — and yes, we approve of binge watching.

10. Splash (1984)

Directed by: Ron Howard 

What it’s about: Splash is your typical 1980s rom-com: boy meets mermaid, mermaid finds him in New York City, boy falls in love. Ah, don’t we all remember our first mer-crush?

Why we love it: It’s difficult not to love a movie that combines romance and mermaids.  Plus, it’s the charming film that propelled Tom Hanks into stardom — and let’s face it, everybody’s a sucker for Tom Hanks. 

9. Cocoon (1985)

Directed by: Ron Howard

What it’s about: The fountain of youth might actually be a pool. After a group of senior citizens go for a dip, they feel more energized than they have years. Because...aliens.

Why we love it: Ron Howard taps into the universal desire for youth with this sci-fi drama. Cocoon combines the real-world fear of aging with the galactic escapades we so often fantasize about. Essentially, it’s sci-fi with a heart.

8. Beaches (1988)

Directed by: Garry Marshall 

What it’s about: Based on a novel by Iris Rainer Dart, Beaches follows the lifelong friendship of the free spirited CC Bloom and the uptight Hillary Essex. After (gasp) falling for the same man, they take separate paths. That is until they move in together...

Why we love it: Beaches is like one big emotional rollercoaster. If you’re looking for a heartwarming and tear-jerking chick flick, Beaches won’t let you down.  

7. The Blue Lagoon (1980)

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

What it’s about: Two children, Richard and Emmeline, are marooned on an island in the South Pacific all by themselves.

Why we love it: Easy. It’s a ridiculous guilty pleasure that we love to hate. 

6. Waterworld (1995)

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

What it’s about: In this post-apocalyptic film, the polar ice caps have melted leaving Earth completely consumed by water. (No, no we’re not talking about An Inconvenient Truth.) When the Mariner arrives in town, a survivor bribes him to bring her to the mythical “Dryland”.

Why we love it: Society’s obsession with dystopian-esque worlds didn’t start with The Hunger Games. The throwback cult classic takes place almost entirely on top of water. Could it be more awesome? Plus, we can’t get enough of Kevin Costner as the invincible, cool guy.

5. The Little Mermaid (1989)

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

What it’s about: Ariel simply doesn’t get that it’s better down where it’s wetter, so she trades her beautiful voice for human legs. Once Prince Eric finds her washed ashore, she has three days to receive “a kiss of true love” if she wishes to remain human.

Why we love it: This Disney family film never seems to get old. The upbeat songs, the colorful characters and the happily-ever-after endings just put us in a good mood—and Ariel’s soul searching makes her surprisingly relatable. 

4. The Abyss (1989)

Directed by: James Cameron 

What it’s about: At the height of the Cold War, an American nuclear submarine mysteriously crashes. The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is asked to investigate—could it be extraterrestrial life forms?

Why we love it: One of Cameron’s more underrated films, "The Abyss" allows us to delve further into our underwater sci-fi fantasies. Not to mention, it creates the perfect combo of high-powered action, romance and aliens. Because naturally they go hand-in-hand.

3. Castaway (2000)

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

What it’s about: FedEx employee Chuck Noland is marooned on an uninhabited island after his plane crashes somewhere in the South Pacific. Chuck struggles to survive, but gets by with a little help from his...um, friend.

Why we love it: Chuck’s will to return to his beloved girlfriend is inspirational. Moreover, his camaraderie with Wilson is weirdly endearing — you can’t tell us that you didn’t cry when that volleyball floated away.

 2. Jaws (1975) 

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

What it’s about: Duuun dun duuun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun BOM BOM dun dun dun dun dun dun doo dedoo doo dedoo dede doo dede doo dededoo. Need we say more?

Why we love it: This movie single handedly scared an entire generation away from the ocean. After Jaws was released, our interest in sharks skyrocketed. Shark Week lovers, we’re talking to you! 

1. Titanic (1997)

Directed by: James Cameron

What it’s about: Culture-clash couple Rose and Jack have an unsuspected love that goes a bit...overboard. Their romance is fast and fierce, but is brought to a screeching halt when the Titanic hits an iceberg.

Why we love it: Titanic is an epic love story that most of us only dream of having (minus their fate). And the tragic ending only adds to the intensity of the emotional whirlwind — even though we know you could have fit Jack on that plank of wood with you, Rose! We’ll never let go.

So pour yourself a glass of water, grab some popcorn and queue the Netflix. And while you wait for those classics to load, tell us what your favorite water-themed movie is!

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