The weather is heating up, kids all around the country are out of school or soon will be. Now is the time that they’ll start asking about going swimming or otherwise going to play in the water. What’s the best way to let them have their fun without wasting valuable water?
Combine Regular Watering with Play
While the best time to water in terms of limiting evaporation is during the cool parts of the day, the best time for kids to play in the water is when it’s hot. If you’re going to let your kids play in the sprinklers, on a slip n’ slide or otherwise have fun with the water, make sure to combine that with the needs your plants have for water.
This includes moving the kids and their water fun around as a given area gets enough water. Don’t let them play too long in any one area. Move them, and you can get much of your yard watered while the kids have fun getting soaked.
Do note that most waterslides and kiddie pools really are not eco friendly. They’re often made of vinyl and only last a season or two before starting to leak or otherwise break down. I much prefer to set the kids up with plain old sprinklers.
Go to the Local River, Lake, etc.
Not all water play has to be done at home. Local rivers, lakes and so forth are a lot of fun for kids. Just be sure they’ve had swimming lessons for safety.
Don’t use motor powered craft on the water. If you want to get out in a boat, try a kayak or rowboat. They’re not as fast, but they’re good exercise and you can really appreciate the view. In some areas you may even be able to fish from a rowboat.
Visit the Community Swimming Pool
Unfortunately, most community swimming pools have a lot of chlorine and other chemicals in them. That never seems to stop kids from having fun in them!
Using a community pool makes more eco sense than having one of your own. More people use it.
Most importantly, many community pools offer swimming lessons. I strongly suggest finding a way to pay for swimming lessons each summer until your kids are as advanced as possible. It doesn’t completely drownproof them, but anything you can do to make them safer around water is a good thing, particularly if they’re ever at the home of someone else who has a swimming pool.