Have a Safe and Fun Memorial Day Weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend is a wonderful excuse to spend time with close friends and family. To jump in the pool with the kids, teach your teenagers the skill of the BBQ, drop the boat in the water and share the importance of remembering what this holiday is all about. Memorial Day Weekend is not just another long weekend to enjoy a few extra days off of work, it’s a weekend full of opportunity, endless possibilities to connect with your kids and establish some lasting memories.

What To Do In Arizona

We popped over to AZCentral.com to see what family friendly events are happening over this Memorial Day Weekend, and wanted to share those with our AOA Family:

  • Veterans in Free at Wet ‘n’ Wild – According to AZCentral.com, veterans and first responders will get into the part for free over Memorial Day Weekend, from May 24th through May 28th. Family members of military, veterans and first responders can get in for only $19.99. They will have awesome BBQ and fireworks in the evening.
  • Cemetery Memorial – For the 29th years, the Pioneers’ Cemetery Association will celebrate Memorial Day with Civil Way re-enactments, Buffalo Soldiers and celebrity appearances.

Of course, you can always throw your own backyard BBQ over this long weekend and celebrate Memorial Day in your own way!

Water Safety

With so many pool parties and backyard BBQ’s happening this weekend, we wanted to remind you to watch your kids around water. Follow these simple steps to have a safe and fun holiday weekend:

  • Watch Your Kids At All Times – Don’t assume that someone near the pool or at the party is watching the kids for you. You must be responsible not only for your own kids, but for every child at that party. If you’re hosting the party, it’s your responsibility to have someone on watch at all times.
  • Do Not OverIndulge With Alcohol – If you are at a pool party with the family and kids, it’s best not to over-indulge with alcohol and to be acutely aware of everything that is happening in and around the pool.
  • Maintain Control – Just as there would be rules at any community pool, there needs to be a strict set of guidelines at your pool party. There should be no running around the pool, no rough housing underwater and no diving in the shallow end.
  • Have Safety Gear Available – You should have floatation devices for the younger children such as life jackets, padded swimsuits or water wings. You should also have a  pool safety line to let the younger swimmers know where the deep end begins.
  • Fencing – You must have a fence around your pool!

The AOA Family wishes everyone a safe and fun Memorial Day Weekend!