Cheap Ways To Stay Cool And Have Fun

No pool? 6 Fun summer activities for kids

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It's sweltering outside. You don't have a swimming pool and you are hundreds of miles from the beach. Don't worry, you have plenty of options. Check out these affordable ways to cool off and have fun this summer.

Kid in sprinkler

Turn on the sprinklers

Put on your bathing suit and turn on the sprinklers or break out the Slip 'N Slide. You are never too old to frolick in your yard in the water. Portable wading pools for kids are really cheap, and a great way for adults to cool down too. So pour yourself a summer cocktail and have a little water fun in your own backyard.

Head to the museum

Most museums have free days (or at least free hours) every week. A trip to the museum, whether by yourself or with your kids, is a fantastic way to cool off, enjoy some culture and spend a lazy afternoon.

Take in a matinee

A big dark room with air conditioning is the perfect way to escape the summer heat. This weekend, see a movie matinee. Summer movies are great because you can go alone or take your whole family -- plus, some of the best films are released in the summertime.

Have a water balloon fight

Grab your kids (if you don't have kids, grab the neighbors' kids) and have a water balloon or water gun fight. You can buy packages of balloons (and water guns) on the cheap at the dollar store.

Go ice skating

Many areas have indoor ice skating rinks that are open all year round, and prices are usually a lot cheaper in the summertime. And we all know how cold it is in the ice skating rink.

Get out of town

Even if you are far away from the coastline, you can find water somewhere. Get into your car and get out of town to the nearest lake or river, where you can go tubing, swimming, boating and more.

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Kori Ellis
Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and three children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published in dozens of magazines, newspapers and websites worldwide, writing about everything from wedding planning to fantasy sports.

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