Outdoor Recreation

  1. Beach Essentials: 5 Summer Shade Solutions

    Beach Essentials: 5 Summer Shade Solutions

    Heading to the beach this summer? We know you won’t forget the obvious beach essentials: sunscreen, towels, the drink cooler... But what about a

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  2. Look No Further: Find the Best Beach Chair for the Summer

    Find the Best Beach Chair for the Summer

    Have you been shopping for a beach chair lately? If you’re in the market for one, you’ve probably noticed that

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  3. The Big Football Game Calls for the Ultimate Backyard Homegate Party

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    There’s a big football game being played on Sunday, and there will be a championship feeling in the air. Whether your favorite team is playing, or you have no rooting interest at all, the best way to celebrate the day is with a small backyard homegate party!

    While a tailgate party is an outdoor bash that takes place before a sporting event at the parking lot of a stadium, a homegate party that you hold in your backyard. A tailgate party will include a grill, a tailgate canopy, portable folding chairs, a sturdy but compact camping table, a trusty metal cooler, and plenty of food and drinks.

    A homegate party gives you all the benefits of a tailgate without the added stress of gameday traffic, need to prep food the night before, or the need to pack your car or truck with tailgating gear. Additionally, homegating allows you to keep your party as intimate as you’d like. You can make it a family affair, or just invite the neighbors over for a pre-game meal.

    While the big game atmosphere can make tailgating a unique experience, you can replicate the feel in your own backyard. In fact, when you’re homegating, you aren’t restricted to one or two parking spaces. You’ll have more room to set up tables and chairs, games like cornhole, and to generally just stretch out. Also, you’ll have the convenience of setting up and breaking down your backyard in your own time frame, and not when the stadium parking lot is open.

    It doesn’t matter if you live in the cold Kansas City area, the warmth of the Tampa Bay area, or anywhere else in the United States. Even thought the 54 of the 55 of big championship football games have been played in warmer weather or indoor stadiums, it’s a sport that’s played in just about any weather. Those who tailgate at Kansas City games dress in layers to stay warm. Fans of the team in Tampa know how to stay cool under the blazing sun.

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  4. Plan a Vacation: Even If It's Local or In Your Backyard

    Plan a Vacation: Even If It's Local or In Your Backyard

    We all need to plan time off from work to spend quality time alone or with family and friends and recharge our minds. However, taking paid vacation time is something not every American worker is doing. According to the U.S. Travel Association, American workers left an average of 33% of their paid time on the table last year.

    National Plan a Vacation Day, which is the last Tuesday in January (this year, it’s January 26), reminds us to plan our vacation at the start of the year for the rest of the year. The earlier you plan a vacation, the more ready and relaxed you’ll be when your vacation time gets here.

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  5. Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports

    Pop Ups and More for Winter Sports
    Just because it’s cold or even snowing doesn’t mean you should forget to use a shelter for winter sports! Whether you’re participating in an outdoor recreation event or watching a game live or on television, pop-up canopies are perfect for your winter sports activities.

    Did you know sunscreen is not just for the warmer seasons? Just because it’s not summertime anymore doesn’t mean you should skimp on sun protection. Protecting your skin is just as important because the sun’s harmful UV rays don’t take a winter break! According to Accuweather, sunlight reflects off snow the same way it reflects off a pool in the summertime, which can still cause a sunburn.

    Players or watched outdoors, winter sports fun can still bring a risk of skin cancer. Sun protection is your best line of defense when it comes to skin cancer prevention.

    So, before you head outdoors for winter sports fun, why not make sure you have a reliable shelter to protect you from the elements?
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  6. 18 Cool and Creative Uses for a Portable Canopy

    18 Cool and Creative Uses for a Portable Canopy

    Whether you’re planning an outdoor family, business, community event, unpredictable weather can make planning tricky. A portable canopy can provide quick shade or instant protection from the rain. A portable canopy is a portable shelter that collapses for easy storage and transportation. Generally, a portable canopy comes in two pieces: a sturdy powder-coated steel canopy frame and a durable fabric canopy top. Portable canopies are often called pop-up canopies because the canopy part of the frame pops-up when it is opened. The legs of a portable canopy are height-adjustable to provide quick shade and weather protection and variable headroom. Pop-up canopies generally come with a convenient carry case, which makes them easy to store on a shelf, in a closet, or in a garage or shed. Since they are portable, pop-up canopies are also convenient to keep in the back of your car, truck, or SUV. Like having an umbrella handy on a rainy day, you never know when a portable canopy will come in handy! There are many ways you can use a portable canopy for work and play. Let’s look at a variety of cool and creative home, community, and business pop-up canopy uses:

    Uses for a Portable Canopy at Home

    Patio or Deck Cover: Sometimes, in the summer, you need a quick shade solution for your patio or deck. A pop-up canopy can help you beat the heat so you can enjoy your investment. Use one when you’re having your morning coffee, or when you’re having guests over for dinner. Pool Cabana: The swimming pool can be fun, but sooner or later you’ll need to take a break. Place a portable canopy over your lounge chairs and avoid the sun’s harmful UV rays. A quick rest in the shade will help you stay energized! Sandbox or Garden Shade: Since portable canopies are height-adjustable, they’re great for when you’re working low to the ground. You can use a pop-up canopy to provide quick shade when you’re working on your garden. Also, you can use one over a sandbox to keep your kids safe from the sun. Garage Sale: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Make your customer’s treasure hunt more pleasant and put your sale items underneath a pop-up canopy. It’s not only a great way to keep your customers out of the sun on a hot day, your merchandise will stay dry if it starts to rain. Lemonade Stand: When you’re a kid, there’s no more fun way to make a few bucks than to sell lemonade in your front yard. Keep your kids and their customers cool underneath a portable canopy!

    Portable Canopy Usage When You’re Out and About

    Picnic in the Park: Want to get away from the everyday routine? The park is a great place to have a picnic. Of course, parks aren’t always a great place to escape the sun. Bring along a pop-up canopy and get some quick shade for your picnic. Beach Shade: Like the park, there’s very little shade at a beach. Bring along a portable canopy and get some relief from the sun. Some portable canopies have wind vents to prevent them from going airborne. However, a portable canopy should also be anchored to the sand*. Street Fair or Community Event:... Is your organization planning to attend at a local event? You can make its presence known by using a pop-up canopy. Whether it’s a street fair, carnival, fair, a portable canopy will help you stand out in the crowd. It will also help keep your team protected from th
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  7. Have Fun This Summer with These Backyard Family Activities

    Have Fun This Summer with These Backyard Family Activities
    Traditionally, the summertime is a great time to get away with the family. However, work schedules, summer camps, and other activities can keep a family vacation from taking place. But fun family activities don’t have to take place on the road. You can make memories with your family right in your own backyard!

    There are several family activities that you can do right in your own backyard this summer. Some family activities require strength and teamwork, while others allow you all to relax and enjoy. Also, some of these activities can bring more fun to your next backyard gathering.

    From giant board games to family yoga, here are six backyard family activities that will make it a memorable summer.
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  8. 5 Fun Outdoor Learning Activities You and Your Kids Will Love

    5 Fun Outdoor Learning Activities You and Your Kids Will Love
    Schools may close for the rest of the academic year, and summer youth activities are up in the air. So, can we keep our children’s minds busy when they stay home? There are several outdoor learning activities that can take place on a laptop or a television screen. However, there are also many outdoor learning activities that can take place right in your backyard, and don’t require the Internet!
    Let’s look at 5 fun outdoor learning activities that your kids will love, and can be done in the backyard:


    Grow Your Own Vegetables

    Gardening changes and improves kids’ lives, their communities, and the planet. Not only is growing vegetables a fun learning activity, it can lead to healthy habits. Food researchers at Ohio State University and Cornell University found that children are five times more likely to eat salad when they have grown it themselves.
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  9. Top 10 Things You and Your Family Can Do When You Stay Home

    Top 10 Things You and Your Family Can Do When You Stay Home
    It’s hard to stay home when the weather starts to get nice. But you don’t need to be bored when you need to stay home. Here's a Top 10 list of things to do.
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  10. Event and Party Tents: Should You Rent or Buy?

    Event and Party Tents: Should You Rent or Buy?

    Event tents are an ideal way to shelter guests from the elements no matter what type of party you’re throwing. Perfect for weddings, corporate events, or even backyard barbecues, party tents and shades will make guests more comfortable and allow your get-together to go off without a hitch. Many people aren’t sure whether to rent or buy an event tent. There are pros and cons to each, and you should first figure out how you’re planning to use party tents before making a decision.

    Ways to Use Event Tents

    When most people think of event tents, they automatically think of an outdoor wedding. While that is an incredibly popular reason to purchase or rent party tents, there are many different ways you can use these shelter solutions:
    • Corporate event: There are many different reasons businesses gather employees together. Whether it’s a celebration, training, or retreat, party tents can be utilized to shelter guests or even provide a space for them to check in to the main event held indoors.
    • Tailgate: People take the big game seriously these days, and that means bigger than ever tailgating parties. Maybe it’s your favorite professional sports team, or an end of the year event for your child’s baseball team. Either way, event tents will provide shelter and boost the fun factor.
    • Backyard barbecue: The heat can damper any backyard event if your guests have no place to escape from the sun. Provide shade and shelter with an event tent.
    • Birthday parties: Whether you’re throwing a children’s party or fancier sweet 16 bash, party tents can create the ambiance you’re looking for.
    • School festivals: School fundraising events are a great way to use event tents, providing a place for shelter, games, and a great area to eat food.
    • Farmers markets: Store the food you’re selling under an event tent, and people have more time to browse while staying out of the sun. Not to mention, your goods will be sheltered from the elements as well.
    • Rest area: Sometimes you may not want to use party tents for an actual party. Perhaps you have workers on your property for a large event and need a space for them to rest or get out of the sun.
    Event tents are ideal for making sure you and your guests have proper sun protection.... At the end
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