12 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Cool in a Heat Wave

The tail end of summer often means enjoying the last few weeks with the whole family before school starts, bbq’ing or taking the kids to the beach one more time. But we often forget how hot August can get…especially recently with temperatures surpassing 90F!!! Talk about a heat wave!

So what do you do when it’s scorching hot outdoors and you’ve run out of ideas to keep the kids cool? You get a little creative with what you have lying around so the kids can beat the heat!

Fun ways to keep kids cool during a summer heat wave. Everything from water play ideas and DIY homemade treats to beat the heat!Water Activities to Keep Kids Cool

One super easy way to cool down right in the backyard is with a DIY sprinkler made from a pool noodle.

Or if you have a toddler that can’t get enough of playing with the hose, try this fun Water Hose activity.

To add even more fun and keep the kids splashing about for hours, bring out the creative juices and make an awesome Kiddie Carwash!

If you have a tarp handy but don’t want to do too much work, the little ones can still have a blast with this DIY Splash Pad – one of my favorites!

Water Balloon Piñata is a another really fun way to keep kids cool on a hot summer day – it also makes for a great summer party game!

For keeping babies cool in the summer, a kiddie pool is the perfect option. Here are five fun games to play in your kiddie pool PLUS five toys to use in pool or bath!

For kids with extra energy who love to run around, nothing beats the heat like a good old (gentle) water fight with these Sponge Water Bombs.

And when all else fails, there’s nothing like simple water table fun. Here are 20 ways kids can play with a water bin.

Keep Cool with Ice Play

When the kids have had enough of the water and looking for other play ideas, what better way to have fun and stay cool than with some ice play!

My toddler LOVED cooling off and creating some art with this Painting with Ice Activity we worked on last summer!

Need to pass some more time? Try an Ice Excavation activity filled with anything your kids love. They’ll have a blast digging into the ice to recover treasure!

More Ways to Keep Cool

And we didn’t forget about one of the most favorite ways to refresh: ice cream or popsicles!!

There’s nothing more refreshing than homemade popsicles on a hot summer day. Take your pick from this popsicle recipe list featuring mango, raspberry, lemonade, chocolate and more!

And finally you can let kids decorate their ice cream any way they choose with this Painting on Ice Cream treat!

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Such an awesome list of beach activities PERFECT for toddlers! Great ideas to keep kids busy on the beach and burning-energy so that they are ready to hit the sack after a sun-filled day! I wish I had this list with my first baby! Easy tips to keep your infant cool in the summer at the beach. So important for babies under 6 months!!


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  1. I have always wanted to make those sponge things.. they look like fun and you know we love some ice play at my house! 😉
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  2. Great post on fun summer ideas! I am going to share with my sister in law for our little Niece. She is just two years old, so constantly needs to be entertained and I think she would have fun with some of these activities.
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  3. We love sprinklers and Ice play around our house:)
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