Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips that signify too much time in the pool, and the soothing feeling of aloe vera on that patch of skin that always seems to turn red, no matter how much sunscreen you slather on.

If you’re looking for ways to fill your long summer days, we at Green Valley Lifestyle have some suggestions! We’ve got activities to keep you and your kids occupied. Check out our list for a fun road trip, tantalize your taste buds with excellent foodie spots, quench your thirst at a locals’ tavern, and explore outdoor spaces when the kids head off to camp.

If you’re looking to stick closer to home, we show you a great getaway destination. Maybe you’ll pick up a few ideas to spruce up your own outdoor festivities. We also show you some easy treats, yard games and summer cocktails you can enjoy. Invite your friends and family and throw a backyard soiree!

The mercury is rising, and the days are stretching longer and longer. No matter how you spend them, enjoy these dog days of summer, Green Valley — and try to stay cool.