With temperatures up to 95° on the longest day of the year, it’s tough to find fun things to do out of the summer heat. But, now that softball season is over, I’ve got to get a little creative to keep the kids active, entertained, and cool!
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stay cool for summer fun:
Bubble Baths 1 of 10A midday bath can be cool and comforting. Come in a little early and start the nightly routine even before dinner. We discovered this little treat when seeking relief from sunburns, but it's perfect any time to cool down on a hot day.
Bowling 2 of 10
Library 3 of 10In addition to books and air-conditioning, many libraries have special programs for summer fun. Magicians, exotic animals, book-themed carnivals — our small town library has it all, and my girls can't get enough!
Read more about library special events
Movie Theater 4 of 10
Museums 5 of 10
Splash Parks 6 of 10Check with your local parks departments for parks with water features. Splash parks, splash pads, sprinkler parks — whatever your city calls it, the kids will love the chance to play in the water. And, you'll love that it's completely free! As part of the public park system, there is no fee to play and no water bill to pay.
Swimming 7 of 10This one is a no brainer, sure, but even if you don't have a pool of your own, there are plenty of options available. Check with your local parks, YMCAs, schools, and fitness centers for open swim times and prices.
Water Table 8 of 10I love the idea of this homemade water table — it's inexpensive, simple to put together, and provides hours of not-too-wet fun.
Photo and tutorial via Inspiration Thief
Indoor Sports 9 of 10Take a break from your own action at a WNBA game or a roller derby bout — their summer schedules are an exciting way to stay indoors! You should also try ice skating. It's often thought of as a winter activity, but I'd much rather spend time on the ice away from the heat than when I'm already freezing in the winter.
More Water Play 10 of 10If swimming and sprinklers aren't enough for you, try other water games to keep cool. Filling water guns and balloons takes less water than a sprinkler, too!
Photo Credit: Flickr user britanglishman
More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
How to Survive a Heat ave with No Air Conditioning
Beat the Heat: Summer Cooking Without an Oven
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