If you're looking for a fun summer activitiy to do with your kids, try setting up a lemonade stand and raising money for charity.
Liz Scott, co-founder of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) provided tips on hosting an official Alex's Lemonade Stand. The foundation was inspired by Liz's daughter Alex who starting selling lemonade to raise money for kids with cancer, just like her. Here's how to get started:
1. Decide on a location that is fun and has a lot of foot traffic. "You want to bring as many customers to your lemonade stand as possible, so choose a location where you will have lots of visitors," Scott said. "If your street is quiet, why not approach a local store or park and ask to have your lemonade stand there."
2. Ask for help. "This is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family together to be part of your lemonade stand, either by getting involved with planning or assisting you the day of," she said.
3. Set a goal -- whether you want to raise $5 or $50, think about how you can accomplish that. "You can tell all of your friends to stop by, hang fliers around town and share on social media using #Stir4ACure," said Scott.
4. Put your chef hats on. "Instead of just regular lemonade, why not add fruit or different flavors to come up with your own lemonade concoction," she said. "Create something delicious and refreshing during these hot summer months."
5. Don't include a price tag. Instead, tell people why you are hosting the stand and let them decide how much they would like to contribute, said Scott.
Scott also suggested that if people want to contribute but don't have money on them, they can donate at Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, as well as online at toysrus.com/alexslemonade through Aug. 16.