6 Ways to Stay Cool with your Kids this Summer
Summer is here and the kids are out of school. The last thing any parent wants to hear during the summer months is “I’m bored”.
Kids love to play outside but it may be a challenge as temperatures rise. Stop the boredom before it begins.
Here are 6 ideas to keep your kids occupied so that you don’t hear “I’m bored” once this summer:
Soak up Some Culture
Visit the museums and zoos in your area. Take a day trip and check out some historical sites like Montezuma’s Castle to not only entertain your kids but educate too!
Take it Outside
It may be too hot in town for outside activities, but a quick drive up north and there are lots of options for you and the kids. Local state and national parks offer a wide variety of activities such as fishing, swimming, hiking, biking, camping and horseback riding.
Cook up Some Fun
Sign up for a cooking class with your kids and learn some fun recipes you can whip up together at home.
Go to the Theater
Take in a play at your community theater. There are lots of inexpensive kid-friendly shows they are sure to enjoy while staying cool indoors.
Hit the Ice
Ice skating is an inexpensive way to cool down this summer with your kids without going too far from home. Most ice skating rinks offer daily public skating programs for kids and the rest of the family.
Build a Fort
Bring out all of your sheets, pillows and blankets and make a fort inside the house. Kids can “camp out” in their new fort all in the comfort of your living room.
Summer Safety Tips
Being out in the hot summer sun can cause heat exhaustion and heatstroke if you don’t take the proper precautions. Help your kids stay safe & healthy while enjoying all the summer fun with these tips:
• Stay hydrated! If your kids don’t like water, add berries or lemon for flavor and vitamins
• Always apply sunscreen
• Protect the head and eyes—wear a hat and sunglasses
• Restrict outdoor play time to early morning or late afternoon in the hottest summer months
• If swimming, take frequent breaks to allow them to come inside & cool off
• Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator. Use for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors
• Dress cool—wear loose-fitting clothing, preferably in a light color
• Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks—it can promote dehydration
Just because it’s hot out doesn’t mean you have to go stir-crazy being stuck inside. Try these tips and stay cool with your kids all summer long!
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