How is your summer going? It is super hot here in Texas which is very typical for this time of the year. It finally reached triple digits temperatures a few days ago so we have been staying inside quite a bit. Staying inside at home has its benefits but my kids have already gotten a bit restless. They have been constantly asking me if we can go do this or that. Since my kids are getting restless and I am sure that your kids are the same way, I wanted to share some ideas on how to keep the kids busy while beating the heat. Plus, most of my ideas are free or low-cost too!
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Crafts are usually a huge hit with my kids. They enjoy making things and it is a great way to keep them busy for a few hours. Gather up a few supplies (there are even crafts using things around the house too) and find some fun activities on Pinterest.
Go to the Movies
During the summer time, movie theaters usually have special showtimes during the summer that are inexpensive. Our movie theater features a few of the older movies once a week for less than a $1 a person. Check with your local movie theater for more details and see if they offer anything like this for your children.
Head to the Mall
The mall is a great way to cool off during the summer time. You don’t even have to spend money in order to have a good time. You can go window shopping, people watching, or if your mall offers an indoor play place you can let the kids play for free.
Visit the Splash Pad
The splash pad has been a huge hit this summer with my youngest son. He enjoys playing with the other children and it is a great way for him to cool off. Plus, its free! Find out if your community has a splash pad. The splash pad in our area has certain hours of operation so you should find out if they are any restrictions before heading out.
Cool in the Water Sprinkler
Hook up the sprinkler and turn on the water. Let your kids run through the water sprinkler for a little while. I remember doing this when I was little and it was always so much fun.
Buy a Wading Pool
This was one of my favorite thing to do every summer when I was growing up. My mom would buy me a wading pool and we would set it up in the backyard. If you set it up first thing in the morning, by the time the kids are ready to go swimming in the late afternoon the water will be warm. Just remember to use caution when you allow your children to play in the wading pool. They do require constant supervision. Even though most wading pools are shallow, it is still possible for them to drown in a small amount of water. Add a bucket of water to wash their feet off before getting into the pool. Doing this will help keep some of the grass out of the pool especially if you just mowed. The great thing about most wading pools, you simply dump the water when it gets dirty and start all over. Check out the huge selection of wading pools on Amazon.
Have a Water Gun Fight
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Get the kids to change into a swimsuit. Then grab a few water guns and give one to each of your children. Then fill up a bucket of water so that your kids can easily refill them. Then let your kids have fun shooting each other. They get to have fun while cooling off at the same time.
Go to the Library
The library usually has a few activities for the kids during the week. These activities are usually free unless noted on their calendar. Our library has a weekly story time which is perfect for the younger kids and activities several other days for the older kids. See what your library has to offer.
Host a Movie and Popcorn Party
Invite several of your friends over for a movie and popcorn. You can rent, stream, or even let the kids pick a movie from your DVD collection. Then pop some pop corn and give the kids some water while they enjoy their movie.
Let the kids play a few of their favorite video games. I typically don’t let the kids play video games all day long during the summer. I want them to read, play with each other, and do a few other fun things. If you have any cleaning that you need done around the house, let them earn some extra video game time by helping out around the house.
Have a Picnic at the Park
Depending on where you live, you can pack you and the kids a lunch. Then head to your local park so that they kids can play for a little bit. Once they are done playing, have lunch at the park. Don’t forget to pack the baby wipes to clean up icky hands.
Let the Kid’s Wash your Car
Get the kids to change into their swimming suit so that they can wash your car. Give them a few sponges and a bucket of soap. Then let your kids have fun while they wash the car. My kids love doing this because they usually end up spraying each other in the process.
Play Board Games
Grab a few of your kid’s favorite board games and let them pick a game to play. They can even take turns picking their favorite game. Let the kids play a few different board games. This usually keeps my kids entertained for a few hours.
Have an Ice Cream Sundae Party
Go to the grocery store and buy a few of your kid’s favorite flavors of ice cream and toppings. Then invite a few of their friends over for ice cream. Set up an ice cream sundae line and let all of the kids pick their own treats.
My kids love slushies and it is a great way to cool off with an icy treat. You can make your own or head to Sonic for 1/2 price slushes during happy hour.
Play in the River, Lake, or Beach
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If you have a river, lake, or beach nearby, check to see if they have areas where you can swim. Some places even have life guards too. Just make sure that you take life jackets and watch your kids closely. Don’t forget the sunscreen too.
Let the Kids Play in the Bathtub
Too hot to play outside? Do you have a garden tub in your master bathroom? Let the kids put their swimsuits on and fill up the bathtub with luke warm water. Then give them a few of their favorite water toys or cups and let them have fun playing. Once they cool off, dry them off.
Find an Indoor Playground
My kids always love playing at the park but often times during the summer it is just too hot. Find an indoor playground and take your kids there to play for a while. You can even buy them an ice cream cone or drink to help them cool off too.
I hope that you enjoy these fun ideas on how to keep you and the kids cool this summer.
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