As we slide into the last few weeks of hot summer days and powerful sun rays, it’s easy to think you have to be at a pool or beach to cool off. But with these tips you can beat the heat from your own backyard.
1. Bring out the hose.
Nothing says summer like a nice run through a sprinkler. Hook up your lawn sprinkler to your hose and you’ll be cooled off in no time. Bonus! This sprinkler can cover up to 3,000 sq. feet and is a great way to get outside and stay active all while giving your yard or garden the water it needs.
2. Break some balloons.
Get some friendly revenge on friends and family by having a water balloon fight. See how many different ways you can get the balloons to pop. You could even host a family water balloon Olympics competition to get everyone involved and moving.
3. Sponges don’t only clean dishes.
Gather up the extra sponges and turn them into DIY sponge balls. These are great reusable alternative to water balloons. Get creative and try using these in your next game of catch or other outdoor ball games.
4. Water guns.
We’re bringing back this classic summer activity that doubles as the perfect way to cool off. Fill the water guns with water and play hide-n-seek or tag in the yard. Not looking to get sprayed? Set up some empty cans or jars on a railing and test the accuracy of your super soaker.
5. Get out your tarp.
Brush off your old tarp, clear a spot in the yard, grab some dish soap or baby oil and make your own Slip ‘n’ Slide. This is an easy and fun way to not only cool off, but catch a breeze as you slide around.
6. Find pleasure in the little things.
Looking for something a little more relaxing? Simply purchase a small kiddie pool. Just sticking your feet in some cool water can cool off your entire body. For an added relaxation effect, put on some soothing music and get out your umbrella. Nothing says relaxation like having your feet in the water listening to some tunes.
7. Munch on some cool snacks.
It’s a good idea to stay hydrated and well nourished while you are spending time in the sun. Some easy ways to cool off are with some easy to make and eat frozen fruit kabobs, or if you need something extra sweet, some ice cream. These snacks will keep you cool while packing in a nutritious punch.
8. Set up a shaded fort.
Done in the water and need a place to cool off? Tie up some old bed sheets or blankets to fences, trees, or outdoor furniture for a nice shady spot to sit and relax.
9. Enjoy the outdoors when it cools off.
After a long day of water activities in the backyard, set up blankets and pillows to make the most of the dark night sky. Enjoy the cooler evening weather by stargazing, bringing out your laptop or phone to watch a movie, or reading books and telling stories around a lantern.
10. Head to the local splashpad or pool.
Many public pools and splash pads are open for business this summer. Metro-Detroit areas and West Michigan have a ton of free pools and splash pads for public use. Check to make sure yours is open and head over for a day of fun in the sun.
Now you’re ready to take on the heat. These hot summer days won’t last forever, so safely soak up the sun while you can!