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Top Ten Ways to Keep Cool When It's Hot Outside

Updated on October 25, 2013
There are many ways to meet summer heat.
There are many ways to meet summer heat. | Source

With summers getting warmer, many are trying to find ways to beat the heat.

Since nobody wants to sit around all day fanning themselves, why not check out these cool activities?

Just because the summer is hot, doesn't mean you can't find things to do.

Here is a top ten list of acitivities which includes ideas to get you moving and ways to keep you relaxed and cool.

10. Water Gun Fight

Whether you have kids or are a kid at heart, playing with these cheap plastic toys can be lots of fun.

You can get a three pack at the corner store for just a couple of dollars.

Or, if you're looking to intensify the challenge, go for the big super soakers.

These extraordinary water guns take the fight to the next level.

Put on an old bathing suit and chase each other around the yard. You'll be wet, cool and laughing.

It's a great way to beat the heat, get some exercise and still have fun.

Ice cream is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day.
Ice cream is a great way to cool down on a hot summer day. | Source

9. Ice Cream Party

Nothing cools you off like ice cream.

You can buy some at the store or try making your own.

Play around with different flavors and ingredients.

Or, for a low calorie, fat-free treat you can make a popsicle from fruit juice.

Either way this cold delight is an instant way to get some relief from the heat.

Invite some friends over in the evening to share this cool dessert after supper as you watch the day melt away and the evening cool set in.

8. Slip and Slide

Remember slipping and sliding all summer when you were a kid?

It might be time to dust back off this fun way to keep cool.

While the slip and slides are designed for children and preteens, you can make your own slip and slide for adults.

Many people suggest getting a large, slick tarp, some metal stakes and a cheap yard sprinkler.

While this activity is a fun way to keep cool, remember to exercise safety and caution!

7. Arcade

Remember when you could play Pac-Man all day for just a quarter?

Believe it or not, there are still arcades out there and it can be a great way to blow off some steam and keep cool.

For the kids try Chuck-E-Cheese. Check the website for coupons and token deals. You can usually get a lot of tokens to play games for just a few dollars. All games are just one token so kids an easily spend hours playing.

For the adults, restaurants and arcades can be found in conjunction with mini-golf courses or at places like Dave and Busters.

Or, you can set up your own gaming system at home and invite some friends over to play.

Ice skating isn't just something you do in the winter.  It's a great way to keep cool in the summer.
Ice skating isn't just something you do in the winter. It's a great way to keep cool in the summer. | Source

6. Ice Skating

Ice skating isn't just a winter sport.

Many local, indoor rinks are open year round. Most have public skating sessions and skate rentals.

Find out when the next public session will be held and head over for an afternoon of ice skating in the cool comfort of the rink.

You can even take a class and learn some basics of ice skating.

This is the perfect way to cool off in the summer while still exercising and burning calories.

5. Board Game Day

Dust off that old Monopoly board game or pick up a new one to learn together.

Board games have been around for thousands of years in some form.

Chess has been around for at least two thousand years. Checkers came from ancient Egpyt.

Sometimes, when it is too hot to exercise your body, it's still good to exercise your mind.

Play a game of strategy or one of luck. Either way you'll beat the heat and have some fun with friends and family.

Try dusting off your inner artist for an afternoon of creating when it's too hot to go outside.
Try dusting off your inner artist for an afternoon of creating when it's too hot to go outside. | Source

4. Arts and Crafts Day

Art supplies are relatively cheap. Pick up a box of crayons and some construction paper and challenge your kids or friends to create scenes of their favorite summer activities.

You can also paint, play with playdough or create sculplutures with clay.

Why not take a painting class or a do-it-yourself pottery class?

You can make a creation you will treasure and still stay cool and comfortable.

Check out pinterest for more fun craft ideas and inspirations.

3. Water Balloons

There's really nothing like a good water balloon fight.

With a little preparation you can have a fun, wet and cool afternoon.

Fill the balloons up ahead of time and keep them in buckets.

Hand out buckets of balloons to your friends and spread out in the yard or park.

See who can sneak up on the most friends and get them wet.

In this game, you'll want to get hit.

Don't forget to clean up after you've played!

You'll bring out the kid in everyone when you spend the afternoon with water balloons.

2. Summer Movies

Did you know that many movie theaters offer discount prices for summer matinee movies?

Cinemark and Regal theaters often offer later morning or early afternoon movies for just a dollar or two.

They also offer discount concessions.

Or rent a Red Box movie and set up your own viewing party in your living room.

Those hot and balmy summer afternoons are a great time to catch up on those films you just haven't had time to see.

You can't beat a day in the water for cooling off in the summer heat.
You can't beat a day in the water for cooling off in the summer heat. | Source

1. Swimming

Really, you can't beat dip in the pool, a lake, a spring or the ocean when the temperature soars.

If you don't have a pool, find a friend who has one and offer to host a cool acitivity next time in exchange for a dip in the pool.

Many city pools offer free or discounted admission.

If you live near a lake, make sure it's safe for swimming and then jump right in.

There's really no better way to keep cool and active in the summer than splashing around in the water.

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Which of these ideas is your favorite way to keep cool?

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Got a better idea? What is your favorite beat-the-heat, summer activity? Leave your ideas below!

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      L C David 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks stephanieb27. My kids love those super soakers. They definitely get you really wet but nothing feels better on those hot days.

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      stephanieb27 4 years ago from United States

      Great list! Over the past two years my boys have received a ton of water guns. I look forward to having a water gun fight with them!