Most of the United States ended June and started July feeling the heat. Sometimes it is simply too sizzling to hit the beach or send the kiddos outside to play. Short of cranking up the air conditioning, staying inside, and binging on ice cream, what is there to do when the heat index and humidity creep up to the utterly disgusting?
Rest assured there are fun things to do when the thermometer hits those dangerously high levels, and they don’t involve staying in the house for long periods of time. As any parent knows, when children are kept cooped up for too long, the day never ends well and the same is true for adults. Shake the sand off the flip-flops, dress in light colors and head out to try these five fun ways to beat the heat when the next sultry summer wave scorches your town.
Lace Up The Skates
When summertime weather gives you lemons, forget the pool and head to the ice rink. Where better to cool off on a sizzling summer day than by enjoying a skate at the rink? Rink rats know summer is prime time to hit the ice because open skates and open hockey will be relatively empty. It’s a great opportunity to practice the slap shot, stick handling and skating skills or just relax gliding around the ice.
Throw the leggings, sweats, knit hat, thick sweatshirt and a pair of gloves in a bag and head to the nearest rink. There isn’t any need to bundle up like you are heading on an excursion to the frozen tundra. You will work up a sweat skating and you’ll be comfy in a couple of light layers capped off with a medium weight sweater or sweatshirt. Afterward, skip the hot chocolate and opt for some lemonade. Many rinks also offer hockey and skating camps over the summer, which are a good alternative to traditional outdoor camps.
Love The Library
The library is the ideal place to while away an extremely hot afternoon. Public libraries offer a wealth of free programs for both children and adults. Often, all you need to join in is a library card with many larger urban and suburban libraries welcoming users from smaller community libraries. A multitude of libraries also host music programs and show films in addition to educational talks.
Of course, there are the numerous shelves of books, magazines, and newspapers as well as computers and more to occupy your time. From chess to knitting to book clubs to yoga, public libraries across the United States have a lot going on, and summer is the perfect opportunity to fall in love with your local library. Oh, and public libraries have air conditioning too making the library a summertime hot spot.
When the heat and humidity just don’t cooperate, a museum trip is ideal. Big cities deliver a cornucopia of history, science and art museums in addition to area folklore and more. Many colleges and universities also offer an array of museum choices making it easy to find something within an easy driving distance.
A museum adventure is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon or even the day for families, couples, and singles too. Museums aren’t just for a vacation to a new location either. Many times people neglect to explore historic museums in their own backyard. Hands-on science museums are excellent for kids, providing an all-around learning experience. Summer is typically a time when museums have new exhibits as well to attract visitors. Some museums allow patrons to bring a lunch and packing one can be a money-saver since the food can often be pricey.
Movies are a cool way to beat the heat, but there is something uniquely special about experiencing a live theatrical production. Certainly, a Broadway matinee in the Big Apple is an amazing outing to avoid the rising thermometer, but the price tag can be hotter than the rising temperatures. Local theaters can be just as entertaining as a Broadway blockbuster and are more kid and budget-friendly. Quite a few Broadway productions hit the road over the summer as well, gracing the stage at state theaters across the nation with more affordable ticket prices.
Currently, Broadway productions are taking a bow in more than 200 cities throughout North America with performances of hits like “Aladdin,” “Beautiful-The Carole King Musical,” “Cats,” “Hamilton” and “Les Miserables.” Many cities large and small also offer free theatrical performances through outdoor Plays-In-The-Park series. NYC’s Central Park is well known for its summertime Shakespeare extravaganzas. Tickets are free for these performances though patrons line up earlier in the day to snag one with lines sometimes being quite extensive.
Become A Mall Rat
Southdale Center in Edina, Minnesota claims the distinction of being the first mall built in 1956. It still stands today, attracting quite a few visitors. While many people avoid malls until holiday shopping, a mall can be a refreshing place to dodge the heat. Today malls serve up more than just a shopping excursion. Quite a few come complete with food, rides, amusements, movies and more.
Minneapolis’ Mall of America has an aquarium and an amusement park inside, making a visit there a unique, all-day experience. King of Prussia in Pennsylvania, South Coast Plaza in California and Aventura Mall in Florida are some of the largest malls in the United States. Most people have a mall within driving distance and just might find the air conditioning and change of scenery refreshing in the middle of a heat wave. Get a jump on the back-to-school or holiday shopping or simply recapture those teen days by strolling around window shopping and snacking on totally unhealthy but delicious food.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for a run of high-temperature days to look for a little indoor summertime adventure. The aforementioned ways to beat the heat are ideal for sunny, hot, rainy or any day of the week this July and August.