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The warm summer weather and sunshine should be enough to entice most kids out of the house but sometimes, staring at screens for hours at a time can be all too tempting.

The easiest way to get kids active and moving around outside is to simply make it fun. So the next time they complain about being bored, suggest some of these activities instead.

1. Run a lemonade stand
This is a classic summer pastime for children of all ages. Let the kids figure out pricing, marketing and sales — not only will selling lemonade (and whatever snacks on the side, like cookies or brownies) earn them some spending money this summer, it’ll also teach valuable lessons.

2. Make a giant board game with chalk
Whether it’s hopscotch or Twister, pull out the chalk

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Sunny days and warm temperatures are a welcomed sign of summer coming. But it’s not too long before things start to get hot in the house— maybe too hot.

Putting a large AC unit in every room of the house or installing a swimming pool in the backyard might seem like great ways to keep cool, they’re also hugely expensive.

Here are some tips to cool things down without breaking the bank.

1. Grow some houseplants
Some plants, like cacti and bromeliads, take in water from the air and so can help reduce humidity in your home. That keeps everything cooler.

2. Buy a dehumidifier
If the plants aren’t cutting it, buy a dehumidifier to do the same job of removing moisture from the air and making you feel cooler even at hot temperatures.

3. Close

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The Mac and Cheese Festival (July 5 – 7)
A celebration of the gooey classic favourite.

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival (July 5 – 14)
A whirlwind of acts, from dances to mimes, hits the streets.

Dog City Festival (July 13)
A new event that brings together dogs — and tries to break the world record for the biggest dog yoga class ever.

Taste of Edmonton (July 18 – 28)
Western Canada’s largest food festival that lasts for nearly two weeks.

K-Days (July 19 – 28)
An extravaganza of rides, games, music, food and adventure that kids and adults alike will love.

Interstellar Rodeo (July 26 – 28)
A must-see music festival that’s unique in more than one way.

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Summer Solstice Music Festival (June 11 – 21)
The 12th music festival hosted by Edmonton Chamber Music Society.

Improvaganza (June 12 – 22)
An international improve and sketch comedy festival with ten days of laughter.

Freewill Shakespeare Festival (June 18 – July)
Different variations of Shakespeare’s productions, from the contemporary to professional.

International Jazz Festival (June 21 – June 3)
More than 50 concerts are orchestrated at different venues around the city.

Boodang Outdoor Music Festival (June 28 – 30)
A three-day festival of music, hosted outside where you can enjoy the warm weather.

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