We all know Midwest summers can be sweltering, and Summer 2015 has certainly arrived with the extra hot temps. this week. Don’t let the heat put a damper on your summer fun! Check out our list of 13 ways for you to ‘Go,’ ‘Do,’ and ‘Eat’ your way to a fun and successful summer, and beat the heat!
Did you see our Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in Kansas & Missouri blog post or our Top 10 Activities and places to go in Kansas & Missouri?! We have a few additional places and things to do to those lists!
The arts are so accessible in Kansas City, and for ten days Kansas City artists are taking to the street to bring their work to you. Including theatre, music, dance and more, the Fringe festival offers something for every taste. Kids under 12 receive a free Fringe button and can participate in Youth Fringe activities this weekend!
At the National WWI Museum, they are working hard to make history accessible for all ages. In addition to incredible artifacts and interactive displays the WWI museum has gone the extra mile to make history hands on this summer! Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. in July, the museum is offering ‘Hands-On History’ where kids get to handle artifacts from the war!
- Daytime Movies
When the heat really kicks in, take refuge in your local movie theater! Most movie theaters offer discounted kids movies during the late morning and early afternoon, complete with discounted snacks!
As it gets hotter outside, we know the challenge of safely playing outside. Here are some tips and ideas to follow to keep the kids safe and entertained without leaving the neighborhood.
- Freeze Plastic Water Bottles for the Pool
With a heat wave in full effect your neighborhood pool might feel more like a hot tub than a refreshing dip in the pool. Create your own pool ‘chiller’ by freezing plastic water bottles to play with in the pool. They cool down the area around you and melt during while they melt- providing a cold drink as well! It’s the perfect way to have fun, stay cool, and stay hydrated!
- Make Your Own Sponge Bombs
This is a craft and activity all in one! Start with sponges from the dollar store, two for each sponge bomb you want to make. Cut the sponges vertically into three strips. Then, take six sponge strips and arrange them into two layers with three strips in each layer (it should be the size and shape of two sponges stacked on top of each other). Next, take dental floss and wrap it around the bundle of sponge strips horizontally. Pull the floss tight and see your sponge bomb pop to life! Tie the floss in a knot, and your sponge bombs are ready to go! Fill up buckets with ice water for a sponge bomb war in the backyard, or just take them to the pool!
- Minute to Win It
Create your family’s own version of Minute to Win It at home! Challenge each kid to create their own challenge for the whole group to play. Compete against each other using points, or try and beat the clock! Some ideas include stacking golf balls, bouncing pencils into a bowl, or transporting water from one bucket to another by carrying water on your heads or in sponges!
Summer food is the best food (besides Girl Scout cookies), but here are some ways to make it even better!
- No sugar Popsicles
Summer foods are delicious, but most of the time they also come full of sugar. Use this recipe to make delicious popsicles without the sugar! First, brew a strong pot of your favorite fruit tea. We recommend Celestial brand raspberry flavor, and double the amount of tea bags. Next, chop up your favorite fruits! Blue berries, strawberries, and kiwi are all great! Pour tea into your popsicles molds to fill them half way. Add as much fruit as you like, and then top it off with more tea. Freeze and Enjoy! If you don’t have a popsicle mold, most dollar stores carry them, as well as IKEA and Walmart.
- Homemade Ice Cream
This classic science experiment also makes for a tasty summer treat! The recipe is super simple and you can easily double it to cut down on the work! Our tip – put the cream in a coffee can or large plastic bowl to keep your hands from freezing!
- Freeze Fruit
Fruit is good, but it’s more fun frozen! Frozen blueberries and grapes are a staple for the pool, but the possibilities are endless. I like to cut watermelon into wedges and put them on skewers to freeze them to create popsicles!