I got in my car this morning, and the temperature read 94 degrees! Ugh! When our two types of weather are “Hot” and “Hotter,” we have to find ways to keep cool. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to move up north to beat this summer heat.
There are plenty of ways to stay cool in this scorching South Texas heat.
I’ve said it before, my kids love to be outside. So, if everyone is drinking plenty of water, wearing sunblock, and finding shaded areas to play, there is no reason you can’t go out and enjoy some fresh air.
Get Out and Get Wet!
- Organize a friendly, neighborhood water balloon war. (Tip: Add some water to an ice chest. Fill the cooler with filled water balloons. Ammunition all set!)
- Have a water gun fight. (Don’t have water guns? Use water spray bottles, or pull out the hose and spray away.)
- Put out a water table or a small tub of water. Add bath toys and toy boats and let the kids at it! (Tip: Reuse water bottles and plastic food containers for your water table. Poke holes in the bottom of the containers, and watch the magic happen!)
- Make sponge water bombs. “Passion for Savings” has an easy and quick tutorial for making your own sponge bombs.
- Try out the H.E.B Splash Park at the Texas State Aquarium. It’s open daily (weather permitting) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and is included with admission price to the aquarium.
- Go swimming and enjoy some water slides at the Aransas Pass Aquatic Center or the Portland Aquatic Center.
- Visit one of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Pools for more swimming fun!
- Cool down at a water park like Hurricane Alley or Schlitterbahn-Corpus Christi.
- Get wet at one of our local beaches. I love Staci’s idea of using an old baby bathtub for easy beach trips.
- Let the kids run through the sprinklers. It’s an old favorite at our house.
- Set up a backyard pool for the littles, or go old-school with a “slip and slide.”
- Go boating, water skiing, jet skiing, or just take a cool dip at Lake Corpus Christi State Park.
- Let the kids help you hand wash the car. (Note: This will be more about the kids having fun than actually getting the car cleaned.)
- Freeze toys like plastic animals, legos, trinkets, etc. in cups of water. Loosen the ice from the cup with a little warm water, and give the frozen toys to the kids. (They can melt them on the ground, in their hands, or using toy hammers.)
If you’re trying to stay out of the sun, there are ways to have fun inside, too. (This is especially important during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
Stay In and Stay Cool
- Take advantage of an inside children’s playground like at La Palmera Mall.
- Let the kids burn off some energy inside Play or Get Air.
- Make some delicious homemade popsicles.
- Let the kids wash their play dishes or toys in the sink.
- Swim inside at the Natatorium. (No need for sunblock. Yay!)
- Build-your-own Ice Cream Sundaes…Yummmm!!!
- Put the kids in their swimsuits and let them take a bubble bath in the middle of the day!
- Tour and learn something new at a local museum. You will be thankful for the air-condition at the Art Museum of South Texas, and the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History when summer heats up!
- Visit a nearby aquarium for some cool, educational fun. The Texas State Aquarium or The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor are great, local choices!
- Prepare or cook a meal together. Use a favorite crockpot recipe so you don’t heat up the house.
- Watch the newest family movie at the movie theater or have a family movie night in the comfort of your own home.
- Go bowling at Bowlero Corpus Christi. There’s nothing wrong with some friendly, family competition inside!
Summer days can be long and hot. Cool off with these fun ideas, and enjoy some quality family time together! What are some of your favorite ways to stay cool in the summer?