2ND ANNUAL DOG FEST
Take Fido out for a little road trip and visit historic Zoar Village for the second annual Dogfest June 13-14. Cheer on the Buckeye DockDogs, back this year and jumping and diving to victory, during this free weekend of fun for the whole (furry) family. Walk the village and witness a variety of spectacular canine agility competitions, herding and barn hunt demonstrations. Plus, food, beer and pet vendors will be open all day. Visit historiczoarvillage.com for more information.
Whether camping out or simply standing in the backyard, if you’ve got your smartphone or tablet, you’ve got yourself a personal guide to the stars. With Sky Map (free for Android and iOS), you can discover and browse the night sky just by pointing your phone to space. By using your phone’s orientation sensors, Sky Map will tell you exactly what you’re looking at and show you a star map for your location. Explore planets, stars, moon phases, constellations and meteor showers. Learn the name and location of space objects and impress your friends and family!
CAMPING AT HOME
If you’re looking for tips on conquering the great outdoors, we’ve got you covered with our book selection. But if you’ve got little ones and need a test run, or simply want an impromptu night under the stars with limited gear, camping right outside your back door may be just the thing. The biggest rule of backyard camping? Treat the experience like the real deal and get the whole family in on the experience, including setting up the “campsite.” And no going back inside for the comforts of home (except when nature calls). Get the campfire (or, in this case, outdoor fireplace) stoked up and the s’mores nice and gooey. And just because you are at home doesn’t mean you can’t go on a hike. Try exploring the neighborhood on an evening walkabout.
KIDS’ SUMMER FUN GEAR
While it was almost exclusively adults walking the aisles of the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, the booths were filled with bright colors and fun designs sure to appeal to kids. Some highlights of new kid-friendly products are below, and perfect for summer fun. By Melissa Erickson, More Content Now
kaptap.com | $4.99
Invented by 6-year-olds and sold by their dads, Kap Tap is an amazingly simple tool that turns any water bottle into a sports bottle. Simply place the Kap Tap on top of a water bottle, tap it lightly, and it punctures a tiny hole in the top to allow water to flow freely when squeezed. Even better, when that water bottle is tipped over or dropped, only a few drops of liquid spill. Available in a variety of colors.
Chill Factor Original Slushie Maker
thechillfactor.com | $7
Freeze, fill, squeeze and enjoy. It’s that easy for kids to make a slushie in seconds. No ice, blenders or mess required. Store Slushie Maker upright in your freezer, add any cold drink, squeeze with your hands and, in under a minute, enjoy your slushie. Create slushies from juices, chocolate milk, soda and more.
Le Petite Chef knife set
opinel-usa.com | $49.99
Do your kids like to cook? Teach them how safely with Opinel’s La Petite Chef knife set, which is designed for children’s small hands. This set includes a finger guard, a peeler, and a kitchen knife with a rounded tip and educational ring to help position the fingers to prevent the hand from slipping onto the blade. Both the knife and the peeler have stainless steel blades, requiring no maintenance at all.