When life gives you lemons…open a lemonade stand!

Since summer unofficially kicked off yesterday, the kids are ready to start their summer planning. This year, I finally think they’re old enough to do what all young and ambitious entrepreneurs do — open a lemonade stand! With a little hard work (squeezing lemons is no easy task) and some quick lessons in “how to give a 10 second elevator pitch,” I think the kids could really make some cash that in turn will be a great lesson on the value of money. But first things first…we have to have the cutest lemonade stand on the block to really stand out and it just so happens, I’m willing to share my finds with the competition. Here’s a look at this year’s top lemonade stands…

Alex Toys Lemonade Stand, $85.16, at amazon.com

Pink Lemonade Stand, $49.95, at amazon.com

Cardboard Lemonade Stand, $68, at chasing-fireflies.com. Decorated with personalized and reusable decals, $28.

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Lemonade Stand/Grocery Store, $94.24, at amazon.com

Custom Kids Lemonade Stand, $199, at Etsy.com (this one is for the VERY serious entrepreneur)

Now that you have the best lemonade stand on the block, just add pitchers of fresh squeezed lemonade and as an added bonus, homemade cookies and brownies that no-one will be able to resist. In fact, perhaps it’s better for the kids to learn a real lesson and have them donate the money they earn to charity. National Lemonade Days is coming up on Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 12, 2011 where thousands of kids across the country will be hosting lemonade stands to raise money for childhood cancer research via the organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to kick-off the summer season!