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Cool It! Great Ways To Keep Kids Cool During The Summer Heat

It’s the middle of the summer right now, and the mercury has been reaching new heights!  Temperatures keep rising, and with little ones to care for, sometimes air conditioning doesn’t even make a dent in the heat.

With my creativity melting from the humidity, I went straight to the experts.  I asked Home Daycare Providers and parents what they’ve been doing to keep their kids from suffering heat exhaustion this summer, and they have some amazing ideas!

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Have a Water Fun Day!

Here’s Marina’s solution to keeping the kids cool while having a ton of fun!

We had a water balloon sports day. Water balloon basketball, hockey, baseball, and shooting water balloons from a slingshot. We also went on a bear hunt and set up a course in the backyard with a real mud pool and swimming pool for going through the mud and the river to find our bear. It was a lot of fun! ~ Marina

Stay Hydrated … on the inside AND on the outside!

Andrew had these suggestions:

Splash pads, pools, even a hot tub work as you feel cooler when you get out!  Sprinklers, and of course – AC! Ice cream is also a good idea, or get Freezies. Stay hydrated with water and juices. ~Andrew


Throw A Party — A POOL Party!

Shelley says:

We are very lucky this summer , one of our daycare families installed a beautiful pool and invites her daughters daycare over regularly for swims. ~Shelley


Get Creative … With Water!

One reader texted me with her very creative idea:

I have let my little ones water paint!  Cups of water and paint brushes and they “paint” everything outside.  And themselves too!!

It’s YOUR turn!  How do you keep your kids cool during the crazy hot dog days of summer?

Let’s help save one another’s sanity and share our ideas in the comments below!

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Alli Smith

    Here in SC, it’s like living on a tropical island without the trade winds. It’s been brutal lately. Pools and sprinklers are the way to keep cool outside during this horrible humidity.
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  2. Heather

    This is why we got a pool. But these last few weeks even the pool is too warm. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m ready for fall!

  3. Mimi Green

    Here in the DC area we’ve been feeling like 115. I wanted to visit the Zoo today but we have another heat advisory. I have to keep us cool with activities to keep us busy.

    Waterplay is must for sure.

  4. Francisca Ramos

    It’s always great to get tips on what to do for summer heat. I will be taking my kids to the pool. They would have fun and keep cool. Water paint outdoors is a good idea for kids. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Jeanette

    On a really hot day we try to do something with water or something out about foot in the air conditioning. These are all great tips.
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  6. lisa

    We love all things water. We have a pool and spend most of our summer in it. It’s so nice to have.

  7. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    It’s so important to stay safe during the hot summer days. We try to make sure to drink plenty of water during the day, as well as staying out of the sun during the middle of the day.

  8. Liz Mays

    I like these ideas! Pool games were always our favorite way of cooling off. We used to let the kids water paint the house too!

  9. CourtneyLynne

    Great suggestions!!!! One thing I miss about living in the south was all of the splash pads. They don’t have those here in NY unfortunately

  10. Anosa Malanga

    I love the water paint idea! So cute although I fear for my brothers dogs haha Never mind the kids, I need all these to stay cool, hate being hot! Definitely a winter girl

  11. krystal

    It is so important to stay cool over the summer. I saw a fun hose activity to cool kids off and make fun shapes on walls while you do so! I need to try all of these ideas!
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  12. Bonnie @wemake7

    These are great ways to stay cool this Summer. The kiddos have really enjoyed Swimming this year.

  13. Robin Rue

    These are great ways to get creative with water. We need one last hurrah!

  14. Adrienne Bradley

    We have Water Play Fridays all Summer. With the California heat we usually have to go out early, but the kids love it! It keeps them cool. Last week we had a “car wash”. The kids had fun and all my Cozy Coupes got squeaky clean! LOL

  15. Dana

    We go swimming – a lot! We also have water balloon fights and take trips to the beach 🙂

  16. LaShawn

    It is SO hot here in Georgia! We always head to a water park for a cool down! SO much fun!

  17. Marielle Altenor

    We had some really hot summer days this year. A few times we had a couple of my son’s friends over and they enjoyed some pool time.
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