Summer Activities: Beat the Heat

Graphic by Colin Close
Graphic by Colin Close

Summer Activities: Beat the Heat

In these dog days of summer when the mercury just keeps going and staying up, indoor activities begin to look better and better. Here are some ideas to beat the heat by staying indoors and still get those young brains engaged. But, don’t let your kids have all the fun. Lots of these are good for the whole family.

Have a movie marathon complete with popcorn. Build a pillow fort in the living room. Clear off a table and begin a lego castle that can be worked on the entire summer. Set up an indoor camp site (no fires please.) Experiment with new hairdos. Let the kids try out non-permanent colors, braids, or a spiked, gelled look. Get an origami book and fun paper. Create fun animals and shapes. Give them to friends or family members as gifts. Hold marble races. Use an old pool noodle as the track. Simply cut it in half, making two tracks of equal length. Then, race the marbles down the tracks to see who has the fastest one. Make a time capsule. Have each family member write down something they are grateful for and include a special item in the time capsule. Then, store it away until a designated date. Make paper airplanes. See whose airplane goes the farthest. Teach your kids your favorite card games. Play charades. Rearrange the furniture. Give the kids graph paper and have them draw out a plan first. Set a goal and complete a home project. Whether it is cleaning the garage, organizing the basement, or redecorating the spare bedroom, find ways to let the kids help.

There is plenty to do. Even though it may require a little clean-up afterwards it’ll be worth it.