Welcome to summertime 2021! As the world reopens, it’s time to let loose and beat the heat with friends and family. We have collected fun ideas to chill out with your favorite people during the scorching summer months. Check out these ideas to get out and into some cool summer fun.
Catch a wave at the beach
Lay out and stay out! The beach may heat up, but you can have a chill time at the beach (or the shore) with the proper sun protection. Get a beach-friendly shade, large umbrella or tent to protect yourself from the beating sun. A portable fan can also give you some extra cooling beyond the nice sea breeze when you’re relaxing on the hot sand. Don’t forget the sunscreen, hat and sunglasses.
Take a wilderness hike
Stay active and keep cool outdoors on a wilderness hike. Locate a nearby hiking trail with plenty of tree cover or up in the hills or mountains. Overhead leaf coverage and elevation will transform a hot walk into a more temperature-friendly activity. Invite friends for a nice, low-impact activity or turn your hike into an event by planning a group picnic.
Refresh yourself at a water park
Splash over to your local water park. This might involve an outing to a large park with plenty of slides and pools, but it can also mean a visit to a local swim club or family-friendly pool. Some municipalities have neighborhood parks with “spraygrounds” or water features like sprinklers and splash pads for younger children.
Have a water party at home
Don’t want to stray too far from the comfort of your home and air conditioning? Turn on the hose or sprinkler and throw a backyard water party. Find a few hydrating party activities like squirt pistols, water balloons, and a slip-and-slide. The young-at-heart will enjoy running and sliding. For tykes and toddlers, use a water-focused play table or kiddy pool, which make are sure to make a splash at your backyard extravaganza.
Get to an outdoor cinema
Enjoy the thrill of the movie theater in a park or even your own backyard! Some cities and towns organize family-friendly outdoor movie screenings in public parks. Search online for local events aimed at moving the theatrical experience outdoors. If there aren’t any open-air screenings in your neighborhood, set up a home-theater in your yard. With a projector, screen (you can also use a white sheet), and blankets or chairs for seating, you can enjoy some fresh-air movies with friends and family.
Chill out at the mall
Get out of the house and into some large-scale industrial air conditioning. Meet up with friends or take a stroll at a mall near you. It’s cool, has accessible bathrooms, food options and designated locations for relaxing and resting. A visit to your local mall will only cost whatever you want to buy at the stores you visit, so it can be a relatively inexpensive way to stay cool and get your steps for the day.
Make a trip to the museum
Cool off while you fill your mind and blossom your soul. Many museums are air-conditioned and are happy to welcome visitors. Art, science, natural history, maritime, and children’s museums are a great way to stay cool and keep minds active at the same time.
Visit your local library
Reading and books are cool! Many local air-conditioned libraries host events for adults and kids—including concerts, book clubs, story time, lecture series, and more. This can be good way to get out of the heat and interact with other people in your neighborhood or city. Events are posted online and many times require an RSVP to secure your seat for a nominal fee or free.
Get moving early in the morning
The early bird catches more than worms, often the coolest air of the day. Catch the sun as it’s rising as you run, walk, stroll or work out just outside your home. The sun rises early, so it’s a good time to sneak in some outdoor solo activity. If you want some company, try joining or starting a local walking club for some low-impact, early morning activity.
Stay cool and enjoy the summer season!