Friday, August 05, 2016
Fun activities for kids on the hottest days
But as fall approaches and kids need to be energetic and sleep a regular schedule at night for school, it's time to get them moving, heat or no heat.
The trick is to disguise "fitness" with fun.
--Pools are great in hot weather--indoor, outdoor, kiddie type, even a sprinkler. Many pools offer day passes or short-term memberships. I used to "join" a hotel pool when we lived in DC--we swam every evening and then spent all day on weekends--prepaid...and it was great.
--Get everyone up early for the air conditioned mall. Even if the stores are not open, the mall may be--and the kiddie areas.
--Check into indoor trampoline parks or indoor play areas--maybe you can even score a Groupon.
Or how about indoor rock climbing? Some of those places accommodate kids.
--Zumba, karate, yoga? See if your local purveyors have day passes and welcome kids or have kid classes.
--If you go outside, go in the evening and head for shady paths and parks. Being near the water, even a pond, is cooling. Bring sandwiches for dinner.
Also bring water--even for indoor activities. And watch kids to be sure they aren't getting woozy.
You can even add flavor to the water--lemon for example--or bring a juicy snack such as watermelon, celery, cantaloupe, and cucumbers.
My Mom used to freeze orange juice in ice cube trays and give us a cube with a piece of paper towel to hold it with. Beat any popsicle ever made.