9 Fun Things to Do When It's Too Hot Outside (and You Don't Have a Pool)
Consider summer—and spring or fall, in certain climates—also known as heat wave season. Typically, steamy temps are synonymous with summer fun: People lounging poolside with a frosty beverage, catching a local baseball game, or grilling hot dogs in the evening sun. When a heat wave hits, though, the last thing you want to do is spend any time outside, not only because it's uncomfortable, but also because it can be dangerous.
Unfortunately, there's only so much binge-worthy Netflix you can watch and so many popsicles you can eat before you'll need to figure out new fun things to do at home, especially if you have kids. And even though you know it's scorching out, your little ones won't understand why they can't just run through the sprinklers for hours on end. So, just as you may have a grab bag of things to do on a rainy day, you'll want an arsenal of indoor hot day activities for when the mercury rises to an intolerable level.
Whether you're looking for things to do when bored with friends, finding new ways to entertain the kids, or just want to make the most of your indoor me-time, these ideas will help you beat the heat. We even have some heat wave gadgets that are specifically designed to keep you from overheating. And of course, you'll want to utilize some of the cool (in certain cases, literally cool) indoor activities your area has to offer—the local movie theater may over-charge for popcorn, but at least it's air-conditioned.
You can put away the swimsuit, store the sunblock, and forget about a day at the local pool. Instead, crank the AC way up (or put several fans on high), keep some ice-cold water handy, and make the most of inside time with indoor activities that will help you forget about the sweltering heat outside.