Backyard parties are part of summer. But so are bee stings, heat-induced illnesses, and sunburns. Here are some handy tips on how to handle and avoid these common summer woes.
During summer's dog days, not even a frisky pup has the energy to run to first base. But when the ball's full of water, every hit makes a splash. Give each team a point for every balloon they break. The outfielders won't have much to field, but they can try to tag the runners before they get to base.
Here's another soaker for scorching days. Purchase blocks of ice from an ice dealer, or make your own blocks by freezing water in milk cartons. Place a towel on top of your block to lie on (unless you're really brave!), find a grassy hill, and slide on down.
Too hot to kick a soccer ball? Battle it out with a stream of cold water. Each team gets a hose and tries to push the ball across its goal line with the spray. The hotter the game gets, the more creative the defensive strategies. A well-timed body block can be a cool trick. And keep an eye on that back line for hose interference!