Of course the best thing to do if you are going to be outside is to go swimming. By this, I mean actually staying in the water. This isn't the time to get a tan or spend hours on the shore reading a good book. Just yesterday someone was leaving the pool from heat exhaustion and my theory is they weren't actually in the pool much. Swimming can keep you hydrated, cool and be lots of fun, but whatever you do, don't forget the sunscreen!
Our city put in a new water park a couple of years ago. It has a swimming area, diving boards, sprinkler play area for little kids and a lazy river.
This used to be great for Gess because when she got bored with one area we would move on to something different. However now we can't seem to get her to leave the "big pool." I am not sure if that's because she is getting better at swimming or is just getting older. Maybe it's a little of both. Oh well, it really doesn't matter. What matters is that neither of us are feeling the heat while we are there.
If we aren't up for swimming we look for things to do indoors. The library is a great place to find fun things to do during the summer. Remember that summer reading program I mentioned in an earlier blog? Well, besides getting the kids to read books they also come up with other activities for the kids to do. Our library has a weekly story time, craft time and then some other random activity. Last week Gess decorated cookies. She will soon have an American Girl Tea Party and even get to learn fingerprinting at a CSI event. Here she is at the paint party they started the year off with.
Horseback riding is another fun way to cool off. During the really hot months Gess usually rides in the evening. This way it isn't too hot and it is sure is relaxing. She loves riding!
Of course you can always find a museum or check your local paper for area events that are happening. Last Sunday there was a Christian Kids Night we attended at an area youth center. I am sure you can find plenty of "cool" things to do this summer, you just might have to look around.
What are you doing to beat the heat? If you want some more ideas you should head over to the Schoolhouse Review Blog Cruise and see how my crew mates are Beating the Summer Heat. I bet they have some great tips on staying cool!