Here are some awesome ways to keep cool during those hot summer days. From wading in the pool to drinking some ice-cold lemonade, you’re sure to stay cool.
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We all love the summer, but definitely not the heat waves. Me personally, I would love a nice cool summer on a beach sipping Alabama Slammers (will link once available). These are adult drinks that I have personally become fond of.
As a mom, I would truly enjoy a nice big backyard for my son to romp around in. It would have a pool, a small little jungle gym (as he’s getting into tumbling and climbing at the time of this post), and a great 2 level patio.
Look at me, dreaming already. I am sitting in my small 2 bedroom basement suite, with the air conditioner going, typing for all of you.
When I think of ways to keep cool, I think of sprinklers and ice cream, as well as a dip in the pool. However, it is my duty to share with you the best ways to keep cool with your little ones.
How to Keep Cool Tip 1:
Now, when you have little ones, you’re going to try everything you can to make sure they are hydrated after a long day in the sun. I know that trying to keep them entertained inside the house on a beautiful day will be tough. However, don’t despair!
Don’t keep them inside, they need vitamin D. A good dose of the vitamin to help keep those blues away when winter arrives. This tip is actually a product that I use for my son when we have access to a backyard. It is a sprinkler blowup ball that connects to your hose.
The times we used it at my mother’s old place before she moved was great. He was shy at first, confused, but once we nudged him in, it was great!
The best thing about Amazon is that they have so many different options to choose from! We chose the smaller one as the backyard we had was small.
If you love to dip your feet in some cool water, that’s great! This tip is for you. I am actually suggesting taking a dip in the pool. If you are like me, we have to travel to our pools.
However, where I live in Surrey, BC, our outdoor pools are free to enter. They open between the end of May to about the middle of June, as all the kids are getting ready for summer vacation.
But, if you have your own in-ground or above-ground pool, that’s great as well. As long as you practice water safety with your kids, you’re golden.
Pop some pool floats in, grab a drink and swim around with your kiddos. Maybe you can teach them how to swim.
Amazon has some really nice inflatable pools like this one or a more advanced for more stability.
One way to cool down is to make your own slushies or frozen drinks. There are many different recipes on the web with different flavors.
I love to make a trip up to the gas station to grab an ice-cold Slurpee to drink on the way home. However, I don’t always have the extra $2 to grab one.
That’s why I will be starting to make them at home, especially since my son has started to like them as well.
- 1 can ice cold coca-cola
- 1 can decarbonated coca-cola
Freeze the decarbonated coca-cola into ice cubes. Then in a blender, blend together the cola cubes and the ice-cold can of cola together.
You can also make it with regular ice cubes if you wish. This recipe can be intertwined with different flavors and you can always make your own layers.
Ice cream is the most delicious item in the world and every country has its own versions as well. When it’s my husband’s payday, my son and I like to travel to where Kiefer is working, and get gelato from a local gelato place in Vancouver on E 1st street called Amato Gelato.
They have 72 rotating flavours, and so far combined, Kiefer and I have tried 6 different flavours, while our son has tried 2 flavours. I may be lactose intolerant, but the ice cream is worth the sacrifice!
You can also make your own ice cream at home if you have the tools. Amazon has this really cool ball that makes ice cream when you play and throw it around. It’s called Softshell Ice cream ball by Yaylabs. You add cream, flavorings, and sugar in one end, rock salt, and ice in the other end. Kick, throw, play with the ball for 20 minutes and you have ice cream.
You can also make a day trip to your local beach or lake for a day of fun. Here in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, we have many different lakes and beaches. Up in the Okanagan, we have our only desert in Canada with Lake Ogopogo. I used to go there every summer as a kid with my foster family, for some much-needed time away from the city.
If you have time and someone to watch your kids, you can also take your girlfriends to the local wineries in the Okanagan. There is also a fun little place called Rattlesnake Canyon that has mini golf, rides as well as their own little ice cream parlor.
There are even little lakes with slides in the middle of them. Lake Ogopogo, named after the legendary myth of the Ogopogo monster, has kayak rentals, and boat rentals. If you stayed at the Holiday Inn right there, you got free kayak rentals if you produced a room key.
Across the lake, there is even a campground. I don’t know much about the campground as I stayed in the hotel, but I do know that they have their own kayak rentals.
Air Conditioning! These awesome little devices love to keep small spaces cool. We have a Danby portable A/C and it keeps our small approximately 750 sq ft place nice and cool. The best thing about a portable a/c is that you can move it anywhere you wish, as long as it has access to a window and an electrical outlet.
The window a/c is a different story. You have to situate it properly in the window with the proper stand. There is a window a/c out there that is designed to sit in your window without having the proper stand like this one.
These are just a few of my favourite tips to keep cool here in BC. How do you keep cool in your country? Let me know in the comments below.