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21 Affordable Ways to Beat the Summer Heat with Your Kids

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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.

Idle minds and bodies are not developing minds and bodies.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. 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. Have an 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 of 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.

Sound off: What other ideas can you add to this list?

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