Summer is a time families look forward to throughout the year. It presents an opportunity to relax and spend quality time together in the great outdoors. But what do you do if you live in an area that gets unbearably hot in the summertime? Even if you live in a more temperate climate, you could experience a sudden heatwave that threatens to put a stop to your family fun. Here are some ways you can keep the summer festivities going even when the temperature rises this summer.
Play in the Pool
Whether you get your own backyard swimming pool, sign your family up for a membership at your municipal pool, or swim at a local fitness center, swimming is one of the best ways to keep your kids entertained and refreshed in the summer heat. It allows them the ability to stay active even when it’s hot outside. Splashing and playing with your kids in the pool offers a great chance to bond with your kids.
On special occasions, you could even go to a water park for thrilling slides, splash pads, and wave pools! When it comes to spending time in the pool, safety is key. Make sure to sign your children up for swimming lessons, keep adult supervision on them at all times while they’re in the pool, and remind them to wear sunscreen. Then they’ll be all set for a safe, wet summer.
Transform Your Backyard into a Watery Wonderland
If you’re not ready to take the plunge into pool ownership or a pool membership and you still want your kids to be able to have fun in the water this summer there are plenty of other creative options. You could get a sprinkler that shoots out water in all directions, buy a Slip and Slide, or get a kiddie pool. Or purchase some toy water guns and water balloons for a wet and wild water war!
Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Works Properly
Though playing in the water is fun, there will come a time when everyone is ready to dry off. In these cases, you’ll need to spend some time winding down inside. You can watch a family movie together in your living room, play table games, or build a blanket fort. These indoor summer family times will be much more comfortable for everyone if you have a working air conditioning system. Don’t wait until the heat is stifling to make sure yours is in good working order. Test it out at the very beginning of the season to see if you need to schedule an AC repair service. Regular yearly maintenance checks are also a smart idea.
Find Indoor Fun Zones
If your kids are growing weary of water activities or it’s just too hot to be outside, consider a trip to an indoor activity center. For example, a trampoline park, a movie theater, or a laser tag center. If you want some free activities for your kids to try, check your local library. Many of them have summer reading programs as well as a full calendar of exciting and educational activities lined up for kids.
Take a Trip to the Ice Cream Shop
Nothing is quite as refreshing on a hot day like an ice cream cone. Take a bike ride or drive to your local ice cream shop with the family for a sweet, satisfying treat. If you live in an area that has an ice cream truck, keep your ears open for that fun and inviting tune.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways your kids can enjoy their break from school without becoming miserably hot. With a little planning and preparation, you can help them to stay safe and have the time of their lives this summer.
By Anica Oaks
Anica is a professional content and copywriter who graduated from the University of San Francisco. She loves dogs, the ocean, and anything outdoor-related. She recommends checking with movie reviewers to decide if a film is appropriate for your family.