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21 Affordable Ways to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Kids

While it’s been pretty hot in many other parts of the country, the heat is reaching that uncomfortable point here in Indiana where we live. I prefer the summer heat over the winter cold all day long, but sometimes the heat and the humidity can make you want to stay inside. With three energetic kids at home there is only so much space for them to use up that energy inside, so getting outside is a must.

Summer camps are great. Trips to the zoo and the air conditioned museum are wonderful too. But sometimes our funds, or lack of, can limit how much of that we can do. Idle minds and bodies are not developing minds and bodies. [Tweet This] So when it gets hot, what can you do to enjoy time with your kids and beat the summer heat?  Here are 21 affordable ways.

  1. Read books
  2. Finger paint
  3. Put together huge puzzles
  4. Create your own music video
  5. Take a nap
  6. Play card games
  7. Create an indoor race track with Hot Wheels
  8. Go the mall play area
  9. Go to the library
  10. Do an exercise video together
  11. Indoor scavenger hunt
  12. Push your kids around in the laundry cart
  13. Create Lego masterpieces
  14. Have a dance off
  15. Have a no rules night
  16. Build a fort
  17. Watch a classic family movie (non-animated/non-Pixar type)
  18. Skype or Facetime family and friends
  19. Have an indoor picnic
  20. Have friends over
  21. Play Nerf sports

Sometimes the heat drains us and we just need an idea or two to get us going. Everything on this list is free or little cost and will help you beat the summer heat indoors. Use this list on those slow and hot days to keep your kids active and having fun.

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Jackie Bledsoe

Jackie Bledsoe is an author, blogger, and speaker, but first and foremost a husband and father of three, who helps men better lead and love the ones who matter most.

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Huddle up with your kids and ask, “What are some fun things we can do inside the house when it’s too hot to stay outside?”

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