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Amy Umble writes about family issues and kid-friendly events.

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Time to start making outdoor plans again

This summer's extreme heat made ghost towns of many area playgrounds, but relief is on the way.

Weather blogger Chris White writes today that the Heat Dome of 2011 is leaving Fredericksburg later this week, and temperatures should stay below 90 through the beginning of next week.

Finally–a chance to get out of the air-conditioned bubble of your house and get the kids some fresh air they can breathe without risking heat stroke.

Start talking up possible activities now–a picnic at a local park, maybe? Or just a long walk around your neighborhood?

If you’re looking for organized events, here are a few on the menu for later this week, from our community calendar:

YMCA All-American Cookout and Fireworks Waterpark Beach Party: Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Massad Family YMCA Steve & Cheri Thurston Water Park, 6:30 – 10 p.m. Adults/$15; Children 12 & under/$10; Family of 4/$50 (ea add’l child $5); Children under 2 free; Day of Event: Add $5 of each of above fee

Stafford County Parks & Recreation’s Moonlight Canoe & Kayak Float: Friday, Aug. 12, 7:30 to 9 p.m.; We will push off at sunset and return to lakeside after an evening of relaxation. You will watch wildlife settle in for the night. Register for either a canoe or kayak. Children between 12-15 yrs must be accompanied by an adult; ages 12+; Curtis Lake; deadline 8/5; for more info. $10 per person.

Geocaching 101 (one of several events at Caledon Natural Area this weekend): Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m. Try out the new sport of Geocaching, a global scavenger hunt. This is a great activity for families. GPS units provided. Call the park for more info and to make the required reservations. $3/person; $8/family.

And don’t forget the Saturday morning farmer’s markets. Find a complete guide here.