Now that the warm temperatures of spring are starting to stick around, it’s a great time to head outdoors with your family and kick that cabin fever. There are tons of warm weather activities you can engage in with the kids, but just remember that while exposure to direct sunlight can increase vitamin D levels, it can also wreak serious havoc on your health. For example, according to the Sun Safety Alliance, just one blistering sunburn can double a child’s lifetime risk of developing skin cancer.
For this reason, it is absolutely crucial to set up your home base in a cool, shady area. Don’t gamble your family’s wellbeing by hoping that a shady spot will be available when you arrive at your outdoor destination. To create your own respite from the sun and elements, bring a Quik Shade Instant Canopy along for the trip. They are conveniently portable and simple to set up and break down.
Here are some outdoor family activities in which instant canopies are absolutely essential.
One of the cornerstones of outdoor festivals, whether they are celebrating art, music or barbeque, is the pop-up canopy. These hassle-free devices line the main festival thoroughfares, sometimes for miles, and are the perfect way to stake out your space, whether you are selling your wares, promoting your business, or just want a central meeting place for your group. All festivals have different rules and regulations, so be sure to check with the officials before bringing your canopy.
Little League Games
When your kids and their teammates have been running around the soccer or baseball field for hours on end, having a shady place for them to sit down, rest and rehydrate is key. Set up a few folding camping chairs in the space (like the Quik Chair), keep coolers filled with bottled waters, juice boxes and snacks, and even sweeten the deal with a few handheld, battery-operated cooling and misting fans.
5Ks and charity walks are great places to set up a shady canopy because runners can swing by for some quick shade and refreshment to keep them going all the way to the finish line. And don’t forget NASCAR and motocross races. Long days at the track can take their toll, especially with the sun beating down on you.
What better place to get pumped for the big game than under a shady canopy, with tunes playing, a cold beverage in your koozie, and a freshly grilled hot dog or hamburger on your plate? Make your tailgate party the talk of the parking lot by starting with a simple instant canopy. The shade will not only make you more comfortable, but the protection from full sunlight will also keep your coolers colder and your food safer to eat, for longer periods of time.
If you’re a family of nature lovers, then camping is surely a favorite activity. While everyone likes escaping into the wilderness, it’s also nice to have some creature comforts, one of them being shade. Set up an instant canopy at your campsite to shield you from the elements like sun and rain.
Remember that even through shade and cloudy days, you can still be affected by UV rays, so be sure to pair your outdoor activities with a sunscreen that is at least 30 SPF and polarized sunglasses (which are especially important for people with light-colored eyes like green and blue). Pack up that canopy and set out on your family adventure this weekend!
Sarah Kellner is a writer for The Home Depot who writes on a wide variety of family and outdoor recreation topics. To find the canopies mentioned in this article, visit homedepot.com.