Summer outing ideas for hot days

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The weather has been very wacky here. We started the week with two days of rain and, now, we are headed for triple digits for about a week. Either kind of weather, rain or Africa-like heat, keeps us inside a little more than I would like. I am trying to schedule outings for us in the early or late parts of the day or in places that have air conditioning!

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Here are some ideas for getting the wiggles out on HOT (or rainy) days (I've included some links for my local readers):
  • Splash park (local)
  • Indoor bounce or play places (like BounceU, or Wacky Tacky, or Sky Zone
  • Take a class at Home Depot
  • Go to a pond and feed the ducks
  • Go on a photo or nature journal safari in the early morning or late evening
  • Paint your own pottery or do other art projects (Petroglyph, Color Me Mine, Art Beast, ReCreate, Creative Art & Music Center)
  • Visit a museum (train museum, aerospace museum, art museum)
  • Visit an indoor learning or science center (Rocklin, Sacramento)
  • Visit a planetarium (Sierra College)
  • Go indoor rock climbing (Roseville, Rancho Cordova)
  • Go bowling (for free!)
  • Go ice skating (Skatetown)
  • Go to the library or a story time at a children's store
  • Go to the movies
  • Visit a cave (Shasta Caverns)
  • Go on an underground tour (Old Sacramento)
  • Expand your menu by trying a few new foods and serving a buffet of sample size bites on cute little plates. A good way to get kids to try new things!
  • Have an un-birthday party- make homemade ice cream, turn on some dance music, and play games
  • Have a paper airplane race inside 
  • Hit a beach ball over the volleyball net at a park (early or late in the day- find Roseville parks with volleyball courts here)
  • Fill up a kid pool in the backyard and play. At night, put glow sticks in balloons and toss them in the pool for a super cool glow swim!
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • My favorite idea: go to the beach in a cooler city!
More ideas for my local friends, here!

2 comments:

Flora said...

Some more ideas:

-- Lowe's Build and Grow workshops (http://lowesbuildandgrow.com).

-- Drive up to Northstar or Tahoe and hang out in the village. They sometimes have kids stuff, hiking, and it's cooler up there!

-- Explorit (http://www.explorit.org/). We haven't been here yet, but plan to. This summer's exhibit: "Beautiful World: Science and Art."

-- Pick berries and other fruit in Apple Hill. Then, we're going to attempt to make jam or fruit leather.

-- Go fishing in Lincoln, Big M Fishery: www.bigmfishery.com. We haven't tried it yet, but it looks promising.


Allison said...

Thank you Flora!