Tips for Surviving a Heat Wave

heat waveIt’s the end of June and we are about to have our first heat wave! I know there are many of you out there who love the heat, who have experienced hotter temperatures, but heat make my kids and me grumpy. I’ve always joked with my husband that when we are retired we are going to be reverse-snowbirds. I’m following the cold and the rain. Heat is not my friend. So, in an effort to remain civil and help everyone survive this heat, here are a few ideas for you:

Visit a local spray park. Who doesn’t love splashing in the water? Kids are entertained, adults can pop in and out under the guise of “checking on the kids” and everyone remains cool. And should you have one kid that likes water parks & one who doesn’t, check out this list of the 10 Best Playground Water Park Combos. The best of both worlds!

Head to a nearby outdoor pool. We practically live at our local outdoor pool as soon as summer hits. There is something rather charming about the old-style pool that is designed for solely for swimming. If you have little ones, check out the wading pools, they are a great option.

It is now drilled into us, always apply sunscreen before heading out. Make sure you are using a healthy sunscreen and not one of these eleven sunscreens which have been identified as dangerous for kids.

After paddling around in the water, an ice cream treat is a must-do. Sure you can head to the local corner store but why not check out one of these amazing boutique, small batch ice cream shops? I do warn you, once you’ve had their ice cream you will be ruined for the grocery-store version.

And at the end of the day, who feels like cooking? Why not check out one of these super family-friendly restaurants where kids eat FREE? Saves parents from trying to come up with another meal idea that everyone will eat and prevents the house from getting heated up from the oven.

Enjoy the sun, drink lots of water, slather on the (safe) sunscreen, and have a wonderful time in this rather late-to-the-party heat wave!

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