10 Ways To Have Fun and Stay Cool This Summer

Keep your kids cool this summer, and have fun while doing it, with these ten sure to please activities


 

You’ve waited three seasons for this: It’s finally summertime! School’s out, the kids are home and it’s finally (and I mean finally) time to put away those winter jackets and switch them for a bathing suit. Here are ten family-friendly ways to have fun and stay oh-so-cool this summer:

Make popsicles, because buying them takes the fun out of creating delicious new flavors. All you really need is popsicle moulds and the rest is really up to you and your child’s taste buds. It can be as simple as freezing up your child’s their favourite juice. If you want to try and be more creative, whip up your favourite smoothie and freeze it up. If you want, sneak some little fruit chunks in there too and viola! Delicious cool treats the whole family will enjoy!

Go for a swim. Go to your local outdoor pool or if you have one, take advantage of the one in your backyard or apartment complex. It's a great way for you and your kids to stay active and a fun way to have that much needed cool down during a hot day. Just remember to keep your kids supervised at all times.

Bike by the lake. It's always a couple degrees cooler by the lake, even during the summer. Take the entire family out for a nice bike ride along the water and enjoy the cool breeze. There are usually some great bike paths along the waterfront for riders to enjoy.  If you don't have one near by, plan a bike trip along your local park. Look up a nice and shady bike trail near you so you can avoid the scorching heat.

Sprinkler time. For a cheap and easy cool off, set up the sprinkler! Your kids will have an absolute ball running through it with their friends. For an even cheaper alternative, splash your kids with the garden hose but just make sure the water pressure isn't too high.

Chilled food.  As much as your kids probably wouldn't mind having ice cream, popsicles and slushies all summer, there are some other tasty alternatives to refreshing their bodies from the inside out. Think of fresh fruit like watermelon,  grapes, peaches, honeydew melons and cantaloupes. Mix them up for a yummy fruit salad or consider making a leafy green salad with spinach, cucumber and some berries.

Field trip. Some days you'll have to take the fun inside.  So why not head on over to your local museum or aquarium. A lot of these places offer great summer programs that will keep your children entertained. Bonus: most of these places will be air conditioned.

Go boating. For boat owners this seems like a no brainer. But for others who are stranded on land, consider going to your city’s waterfront and taking a boat tour. It's a great way to appreciate the city you live in while relaxing on a boat. The best part, temperatures can be up to 10 degrees cooler on the water compared to city.

Have a spongeball fight. It’s a fun summer twist to your traditional snowball fight. Buy some sponges at your local store. Afterwards, fill up a bucket with cool water and soak your sponges.  Then, SPONGEBALL FIGHT!

Go camping. You can interpret this in a variety of different ways. You can take this literally and actually go camping or have fun with it and camp in your backyard. On a really hot night, consider setting up a tent in your basement where it's nice and cool. Make some at-home s’mores (without the campfire) to further enhance that camp-feel while also being able to enjoying the luxuries of home.

Have an icy excavation game. This will take some prep time but definitely worth the try.  Think of a toy theme you can use like dinosaur excavation or ice fishing. Then put the dino or fish toys into a big or medium sized bowl full of water and put it in the freezer until it’s solid. Safely remove what is now a big block of ice and place it outside where your kids plan to have the excavation game. Set them up with some child-safe tools they can use to break the slab and you’re set. Make sure that when you do this, it’s a hot summer day so the sun can help with some of the melting.  And there you have it,  a fun sensory game your younger ones will love!

 

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