WHEN I WAS GROWING UP,
my mom ran a beauty shop out of our basement. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, a steady stream of ladies paraded up our driveway for their weekly ’do. And in the summer, you could often find me and my sister perched behind our little table, hawking cups of lemonade. We charged a dime. Or a nickel. Really, we’d take change of any kind. At the time, we were in it to fill our respective piggy banks, but I like to think we’d have broadened our cause if Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) had been around back then. The organization is dedicated to supporting new research into treatments for pediatric cancer, and its mission is quite literally fueled one cup at a time. It encourages families and kids to host lemonade stands and donate their proceeds, and this summer, Familyfun is proud to support the campaign. We hope more than anything that you’ll join us! To get started, sign up at alexslemonade.org/ familyfunmag, where you’ll be able to register your stand and get the info for setting up your fund-raiser. Then flip to “The Ultimate Lemonade Stand!” on page 32 for decoration inspo (lemon balloons!), tasty treat ideas (mango gummies!), and, of course, watermelon lemonade (guaranteed to be a best-seller!). Whether you go all out or keep it simple, one thing is for sure: You’ll have a day to remember. Happy summer, everyone!
Cut a lemon shape out of a cardboard box to make a sign!