Summer officially arrives at 1:16 P.M. ET today. It is the beginning of the summer solstice and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

The summer solstice is a result of the Earth’s north-south axis being tilted 23.4 degrees relative to the sun. The tilt causes different amounts of sunlight to reach different regions of the planet.

Today the North Pole is tipped more toward the sun than on any other day of 2011.

Kick off your summer with a game of croquet. This delightfully buggy version of the classic game is guaranteed fun for the entire family. Unpack the carrying case, set up the wickets and goal stake, and you are ready to play croquet!

While you’re goin’ buggy, how about whipping up some ants on a log?

An easy kid friendly recipe calling for just 3 ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • celery sticks
  • peanut butter
  • raisins

Wash the celery and cut it into pieces about 5 inches long. Spread the peanut butter over the entire length of the celery and invite the ants (raisins) to march one by one on top.