Last year, Livi was still small enough for us to spent most of our time at home with a daily walk or two at the mall when a heat wave came rolling in. This year, she is an active toddler – always busy, walking, talking – who wants to be entertained. So what do you do when it is too hot to go outside for a walk or to visit the playground?
If you have an air conditioner, you are in luck as you can do quite a lot inside for a few days. From playing games to reading books to doing arts and crafts, little hands and minds can be easily kept busy. But even with an AC, you cannot spent the whole day at home. And if you are “lucky” like me and your house turns into a sauna in the afternoon, you are desperate to get out and cool down somewhere.
1. The Mall
The mall is still a great choice. Air conditioned and big enough to go for your daily walk, you could also have lunch and get your shopping done.
Most malls have nice family rooms for diaper changes and free play areas for your little one. They tend to get crowed during hot weather, however.
Some malls also offer free entertainment like puppet shows and sing alongs during the day.
Another great choice for an air conditioned destination, museums can be hit or miss with children. Hopefully, you have a children’s museum in your area as they tend to offer interactive exhibits. Otherwise, make sure the museum you choose has an exhibit that is interesting for children.
Another big hit is a visit to an aquarium.
3. Library and Book Store
Always a safe bet with young children is a visit to the library. Between play areas, story time, and all the books waiting to be discovered, time often flies.
For a change of scenery, go to your local bookstore. Most have play and reading areas for children.
4. Water Park, Pool or Beach
If it is not unbearable outside, a visit to the beach or pool may just be what you need. With a spot in the shade, sunscreen, and plenty of water and snacks, you can enjoy a nice break outside.
5. Arts and Crafts Stores
Some arts and crafts stores offer workshops for little ones. It is a fun activity everyone can enjoy and at the end, you even get to take home your project.
6. Pet Store
This one works well with smaller children. Colorful fish and birds are usually a big hit and some stores even have a doggy day care and pet hotel where you can watch dogs and cats play. But be careful with older toddlers; they may want to take a pet home.
Now it is your turn! What are some of your favorite activities during hot weather. And how do you keep your little ones entertained during those extra hours at home? I look forward to reading your ideas.