With most of the United States dealing with temperatures well over 100 degrees for the past few weeks, many of us are looking for ways to stay cool. Here are a few fun ways to stay cool during this unbelievably hot weather.
1. Running Through the Sprinkler
As an adult you may see a sprinkler and think that it is only for watering the lawn. However, running through a sprinkler is one of the most refreshing and fun things to do on a hot summer day.
2. Play in a Fountain
Many amusement parks, zoos, and playgrounds offer fountains to play in. There are even splash playgrounds where you can go and run through many interactive fountains. This is a fun way to cool off on a hot day.
3. Water Park
Of course, the water park is a fun way to cool off on a hot day. Lounge in the lazy river or sit in the wave pool. Look for deals on sites such as Living Social and Groupon for discounted rates.
4. Potluck with Ice Cream Sundaes
One of the best treats on a hot summer day is ice cream. Plan a potluck where everyone brings different ingredients for an ice cream sundae. Spend the day sampling different combinations of ice cream and toppings.
5. Cold Food for dinner
Why cook hot food on a hot day? Try a dinner of items such as cold wraps, chicken or shrimp salads, gazpacho soup, and a cold dessert.
6. Movie Marathon
Stay in and watch some movies. Have each family member pick a favorite, make some popcorn, gather some drinks, and sit back and enjoy the day by forgetting that it is hot outside.
7. Buy a Kiddie Pool or slip and slide
You can get a cheap kiddie pool, fill it up with water and sit back and enjoy the water while reading a good book. If you are looking for a way to entertain the kids, fill up an old tote or two with water and let the kids splash around.
8. Water Balloons
A good old fashioned water balloon fight is a great way to stay cool on these hot summer days. If you do not like the idea of tying hundreds of balloons, buy some cheap sponges for the kids to throw at each other.
9. Go Ice Skating
What better way to stay cool than to go to an indoor ice skating rink? You can go watch a performance or tie on a pair of skates and enjoy the ice.
10. Popsicle Party
Popsicles come in all different flavors and offer a wonderful treat on a hot day. You can make your own popsicles with just about any juice or soda that you have on hand. Invite the neighbors over, play some music and have a tasty frozen treat!