It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t enjoy a break from Michigan’s hard winters, but is there too much of a good thing?

A Healthier Michigan wrote a fantastic article with many tips and tricks to keep kids safe this summer (View the whole article here! ). But here were some of our key takeaways:

  • Bring sunblock: The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends that kids wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.  
  • Make the most of the morning: The early morning hours before 10 a.m. are often the coolest of the day. Plan as much outdoor activity as you can during this time. 
  • Stay in the shade: If you must be outdoors during the hottest hours of the day, stay in the shade to avoid overheating.  
  • Dress the part: Reach for breathable fabrics like cotton, linen or athletic fabrics in light colors that whisk sweat and moisture away from the body. Loose-fitting clothing can also help keep the body cooler.   
  • Rest and hydrate: Whether you’re out on a family beach day or the kids are just playing in the backyard, it’s important for them to drink plenty of water and to take sporadic breaks inside the house to cool off.  
  • Pack accordingly for family trips: Pack a tent or large umbrella for trips to the pool or beach. That way, your kids can take breaks from playing under direct sunlight and get a little shade.  
  • Keep cooling devices handy: Want everyone to stay extra cool? Keep water misters or handheld fans in the house and in your bags.