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3 Ideas For Creating Summer Memories - Even During a Heat Wave


photo by rcbodden on Flickr

Guys, it’s hot out there. And if you’re like me, perhaps you’ve been tempted to hide inside — close to the nearest AC unit or vent, of course — over the last few days, rather than getting out there and creating summer memories with your kids.

I understand the urge to hide from the blazing sun, but if this weather is here to stay for a while, it’s time to come out of hiding and find ways to celebrate the summer! Here are three ideas for creating summer fun even when temps are soaring:

Have an all-day movie party.

Those really miserable days are a perfect excuse to block the sunlight, suck up some AC and have a movie day! Pull the shades and draw the curtains, rent some DVDs or hit your On Demand menu, and have an all-day chill-out film festival. Keep the “summer” feeling alive by serving up some fresh, in-season berries.

Think mini-outings.

Instead of an all-day excursion, make a quick trip to the beach or zoo first thing in the morning or later in the evening, when the temps have cooled off. Short trips allow you to pack light: just pack a bag with water, some sunscreen, diapers (if needed) and your camera, and you’re good to go. I find that I take a lot more photos on those short trips, because I’m not so tied down with stuff — and I’m less exhausted, so I actually remember to take pictures!

Celebrate summer with a creative “picnic.”

It’s fun to eat in the park on normal days, but 100+ degree temps can create dangerous — not to mention uncomfortable! — conditions for outdoor picnics. When it’s too hot to cook AND too hot to bring food to the park, why not jazz up lunch or dinner with an indoor “picnic?” Grab some refreshing salads at the Wendy’s drive-thru and eat them on paper plates on your living room floor. Or eat at the restaurant, and then treat yourself to Frosty’s to take to the park afterward.

How will you beat the heat and still make fun memories this summer?

A big thanks to Wendy’s for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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