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Too hot to play outside? Some ideas

Posted July 7, 2010

When I stepped off the plane in Raleigh after spending the holiday on Lake Ontario with family, reality set in. I'm back in North Carolina and it's hot.

The Triangle is forecast to see a high of 102 degrees today. And after a couple of days back at home, cabin fever is starting to set in.

So here are some ideas:

1. Go out early. We've enjoyed breakfast picnics when it's hot and early morning jaunts to the playground. We were out the door before 8 a.m. this morning and had plenty of time to play before the baby's nap time rolled around.

2. Go to the pool. I have to believe that outdoor pools aren't so refreshing when the temperatures are so high. But we've got plenty of indoor pools in the area to keep you cool. Triangle Aquatics Center, Pullen Aquatics Center, Chapel Hill Community Center Indoor Pool, Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center and Edison Johnson Aquatic Center are among the region's indoor pools. Check our public pool database for links and more information.

3. There are lots of indoor places to play from inflatables to indoor playgrounds. Check our indoor playgrounds and inflatables resource page.

4. Check out some of the regular performances and storytimes at Triangle stores. Many are listed on this resource page. You'll also find activities and storytimes at libraries.

5. We're lucky to have lots of museums in the area. While you may have been to the same museum a gazillion times, it's always worth checking out their regular daily programs. I especially like the storytimes, meet the animal programs and short movies at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, which is free. Check our museum, historic sites and zoo page for more.

6. Make some cool food. I've always wanted to do more with watermelon than just eat it. So I think it's time to try some watermelon recipes. There are plenty available at local markets and stores. Here are some watermelon recipes ideas. Watermelon popsicles sound good to me.

7. Don't forget all the free (and cheap) summer movie series for kids at local theaters. Check our free and cheap summer movie database for details.

7. Stay hydrated and safe when you go outside. Duke Medicine offers a few tips here on sunscreen, hydration and swimming safety.

What are you doing to stay cool?



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  • Mom2two Jul 9, 2010

    Another idea for elementary age and up is to think about what life skills you think are important for your children to learn and make plans to teach them: learning to plan and prepare a simple and nutritious meal, basic first aid, how to iron, how to read a map of your neighborhood/town, how to look up a number in the phone book, etc.

  • Mom2two Jul 9, 2010

    Why not a list of activities that you can do at HOME without having to drive anywhere? I had my kids (who were maybe 5 and 8 at the time) brainstorm one list of everything they could think of to do inside, and then another list of everything they could think of to do outside. Everything from playdough (making homemade was good), cooking things, playing board games, crafts, puzzles, etc. For outside it was everything from chalk drawing to turning over rocks and seeing what insects they could find to laying on the ground and seeing what the cloud shapes looked like. When the refrain came out "There's nothing to do!" I didn't make suggestions, I just pointed to the list and said: "I am not your social secretary, there is a list, so just choose something." It worked like a charm. I didn't tell them what to do, they decided on their own, and oftentimes, the problem was that they needed the list to give themselves an idea."

    Another idea for elementary school age and older is to start

  • Made In USA Jul 9, 2010

    Make that [reat] typo word below the word eat.

  • Made In USA Jul 9, 2010

    As far s activities, it sure would be nice to see Golo again like it was when it was new. The internet can reat up a lot of time before you realize it.

  • Made In USA Jul 9, 2010

    Got to treat this summer heat just like you do the winter cold...STAY INDOOR where it's more comfortable. Heat stroke in the summer and frost bite in the winter are the culprits. Just use common sense and consider your age, health, and know your body's limit.

  • shall6 Jul 7, 2010

    I'm with you on free activities! Many of these suggestions are free (and remember all of the state museums are free) and most of the pools are pretty cheap.

    And don't forget the free movie series, which I'm about to add to this post.

    But I'm all ears for more suggestions!


  • scottandjackie Jul 7, 2010

    free activities would be nice and refreshing!