Staying Cool with the Kiddos in the Dog Days of Summer

In Southern New England it’s currently in the high 90s with a heat index into the 100s+.

Tarzan didn’t have it this hot.

What’s a heat index? It’s how hot it FEELS. Or as puts it:

“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. That’s a partly valid phrase you may have heard in the summer, but it’s actually both. The heat index, also known as the apparent temperature, is what the temperature feels like to the human body when relative humidity is combined with the air temperature.

So, what the hell do we do with the kids in this heat? Here are some suggestions for ya.

1. Stay inside.

Always time for Lego!

Sounds like a no-brainer, right? But remember when you all were going stir crazy in the house this winter because there was too much snow to go outside? Yeah, that’s happening again.

You need to have things TO DO in the house. Some of our favorites: build a whole city of Lego. Water coloring. Board games. Make a fort out of thin sheets and put a big window fan at one end – makes it like a wind tunnel. SO much fun. You can use a duvet cover, like CraftyLineage suggests!

It turned into so many things like a reading fort. The funniest was they pretended they were shrunk down inside a whale and were traveling around trying to find a germ to destroy. We put balloons with helium and they swirled and swirled around. Every stuffed animal ended up in the “cave” as well.

Photo: CraftyLineage

2. Head to the beach… in the early morning or evening.

Anyone look THIS good when you take the kids to the beach?

Pack up a breakfast or dinner picnic. Grab the bathing suits and head to the water. It’s usually cooler at the shore and hopefully you get a nice breeze off the water. You can always go for a dip, too.

Avoid the late morning, noon and early evening times – it’s still going to be sweltering then. has some really good ideas for a beach breakfast picnic the kids will love, including:

• cut-up fruit in small containers or on skewers
• yogurt tubes
• yogurt, granola, & fruit parfaits in jars
• egg muffins (make the night before)
• applesauce pouches

3. Make some yummy food at home.

Yummy AND Cool!

Salads, fruit kabobs, cheese and cracker platters. Just avoid baking of any kind – leave the oven OFF.

Check out the recipe for these “no bake” cookies from Live Well Bake Often.

These Classic No-Bake Cookies only require a few simple ingredients and are incredibly easy to make. Loaded with peanut butter, oats, and cocoa powder, these cookies are perfect for an easy dessert!

Photo: Live Well Bake Often

4. Make some frozen treats!

Yummy and fun to make!

When MindofModernMan first got started, our friends at Zipzicles backed us up and sent us our very first products to review. SO much fun!

You can make an old-fashioned freezer pop with their special tubes. Freezing any kind of beverage you can think of – and they have a WHOLE page of recipes too!

We’re definitely going to give the Rootbeer Float Zipzicle a try this week!

photo: zipzicle

As they say on their site:

No need for mugs to enjoy this cool and creamy root beer float ice pop.

You can order your own zipzicles HERE.

5. No A/C? Plenty of places to find that do!


The Library, The Mall, The Movies!

Library – it’s free. They have movies, music, books and usually activities for the kids.

The Mall – you can eat and window shop. It’s free to walk around, but with kids on your side, do you really think you can escape the mall without buying anything? Good luck.

The Movies – it’s perfect. A/C is usually BLASTING! Snacks and some fun family entertainment. Check out your local theater and see if they have matinee pricing or family fun packs of tickets. Check Groupon too.

photo: Bravo

Wanna keep it cheap? Bring the snacks from home. Did you know that the majority of theaters don’t actually have a policy against bringing in your own snacks? Yes for alcohol or hot foods, but most don’t care if you bring your own M&Ms or Reece’s Pieces.

I love what a great blog on Bravo said about it:

It’s the thrill of it. Oh, the thrill of sneaking your own food into the movies and saving a few shekels. You’ll never charge me $50 for popcorn NEVVVEEERRRRRR! Water? A buck across the street, you crooks!

I’d avoid water parks and splash pad parks – on a hot day like we’re having this week, those places are MOBBED! It’s nice in the water, but all the waiting in line, dressing rooms, parking lots are HOT!


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