Water and the Great Indoors
Get out - If the heat is unbearable, make plans to spend time in the shade with the family and pets near a body of water. A lake, a river or even an inflatable pool in the backyard is preferable to sitting in the sweltering heat at home. Taking a dip in a pool or lake will lower the body temperature quickly. Go to a water park and have fun with the family. Annual passes are more economical than one day deals.
Sprinklers - Turn on the sprinklers briefly and let the kids and Fido (okay, you too!) have fun running through them and continue to cool down by sipping lemonade or iced tea.
Hydrate - Drink cool drinks to lower the body temperature. Make them healthy and tasty by drinking iced tea rich in antioxidants, or freshly made lemonade or orange juice mixed with pineapple juice to get a punch of vitamin C. The main thing is to keep replenishing fluids lost through sweat.
Spray - Keep an inexpensive spray bottle filled with water near you to spritz and refresh your face and neck at regular intervals. This keeps your brain cool and increases your level of comfort.
Shower - Use lukewarm water instead of cold and feel your body heat disappear – and stay cooler longer after the shower.
Arts & Crafts - Make a collar to keep you cool that you can use on adults, kids and pets. These instructions for making a cooling collar will help you with this fun, easy project.
Quick Cooling - We have done this and it feels great! Place light-weight t-shirts in the freezer and wear them throughout the worst heat to instantly reduce body temperature and get some relief. Saturate wash cloths with water, squeeze out the excess and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Hand them over to family members to cool down and place another batch in the freezer for later.
Stay Indoors and be entertained - for free or low cost: Go to the mall and window shop, sit in comfy chairs and play with handheld games, socialize with your friends or read a book. From bookstores to coffee shops with wi-fi connections, the options for cooling and entertainment are all under one large roof.
Your local library - completely free: The library is a cool place (literally) that has a lot to offer - classic books and current best sellers, magazines, wi-fi and computers to entertain you with online games. They also have DVDs and music CDs you can enjoy playing on your laptop without having to check them out. (Don't forget your headphones!)
If your town has an indoor ice skating ring it may seem obvious to spend time there with friends and family, but many people forget about winter activities once the summer months roll around.
Museums, Art Galleries and Cultural Centers - All these are either free or low-cost and combine culture, art exhibits and special events in an air conditioned environment.
The Boys and Girls Clubs - This is ideal for parents who need a safe place to send their kids while they are at work. Indoor recreation rooms, lunch rooms, televisions, game consoles and supervision in an air conditioned environment that is supervised by adults. There are boxing programs, painting classes and field trips to rivers, lakes and amusement parks at heavily discounted rates.