SOURCE: Banana Boat

May 30, 2013 05:00 ET

Sun 101 for Summertime Family Fun

MISSION, KS--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - (Family Features) As summer approaches, many families take playtime outdoors, whether it's a day at the beach, in the park, or riding bikes around the neighborhood. Spending time outdoors means families need to protect themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Here are some Sun 101 tips for family fun in the sun:

  • Embrace the great outdoors. Go for a nature walk with your family, keeping all eyes and ears out for wildlife. Lather you and your family with Banana Boat® Sport Performance™ CoolZone™ sunscreen lotion, which instantly cools and refreshes the skin on contact. Be sure to reapply every two hours while you're on the trails.

  • Take lunch outside! Some of the best summer meals are enjoyed under the sun. Pack a basket lunch for a family picnic at a nearby park, and bring a Frisbee or football to toss for additional fun! Be sure to cover up with clothing, including a broad-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses while you're outside.

  • Build sandcastles on the beach! Help your kids build their dream sandcastle, or take a dip in the ocean. Remember that water intensifies and reflects the sun's rays, so protect your kids with a broad spectrum sunscreen like Banana Boat® Kids SPF 50 Lotion.

  • Cool down by sliding into summer. Turn your backyard into a mini water park, with slip and slides, sprinklers, inflatable pools and garden hoses. Have the kids invite a friend for a day of fun, and be sure to apply sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection. Lather yourself in an equally protective lotion, with the bonus of all-day moisture, like new Banana Boat® Protect & Hydrate Sunscreen Lotion.

To reward families who play it safe while having fun in the sun, Banana Boat® sunscreen, in partnership with Great Wolf Lodge® Waterpark Resorts and "Dancing with the Stars: All Stars" champion Melissa Rycroft, has launched the Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes, which gives families the opportunity to win the ultimate family getaway to Great Wolf Lodge® Waterpark Resorts and other summer fun prizes.

"I'm excited to be partnering with Banana Boat® sunscreen to launch the Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes and celebrate families having fun outdoors while helping to protect themselves from the sun," said Rycroft. "As the mom of an energetic two-year-old who loves to play outside, it's important for me and my husband to ensure the whole family stays safe from harmful UV rays with effective sun protection."

To learn more about the Banana Boat® Unconditional Fun Sweepstakes, visit

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