No matter where you live, I’m sure you’ve experienced a wicked heat wave! If you’re anything like me, you’re probably praying for the heat to arrive all year long, and then as soon as it’s a little too hot —boom, it’s the end of the world. I am here to bring some good news! It is in fact, not the end of the world, but rather a time to get creative with how to spend your time. Here are some of the best activities to beat the heat!
Go swimming (duh)
This is probably the most refreshing, outdoor activity you can do during a heat wave! Whether you’re swimming in a pool, lake or ocean, any body of water is perfect in hot temperatures. If you don’t have access to any of these, try a splash pad at your local park!
Go to the museum
When was the last time you went to a museum in your hometown? Most (if not all) museums have air conditioning so this is a great way to cool down while being creatively stimulated!
Indoor ice skating
Okay, hear me out! If you live in a typically cold climate, this might be the last thing you want to do, especially if your summer season is only a few months long. However, it could be super fun to do a “winter” activity when it’s nearly 100 degrees outside!
Wash your car
Let’s be honest, we probably don’t do this enough. Washing your car is a great way to cool down, and the best part is that it can be done solo or as a group! Put on your bathing suit and shorts and scrub away!
Go to the water slides
Bring out your inner child and drive to the nearest aquatic park! Whether you love insane slides or you prefer hanging out in the lazy river, one thing is guaranteed — you’ll feel about 10 degrees cooler!
Make watermelon slushies
What better way to cool down than with a cold beverage? Throw some ice in a blender, along with thirst-quenching watermelon, lime juice and orange juice. Vodka is optional! You can pretend your living room couch is your luxe lawn chair!
Shopping (at the mall)
A classic rainy day activity, which I 10/10 recommend on a super hot day. I don’t know about you, but I hate shopping when it’s beautiful outside! However, when it’s too hot to be outside, why not spend the day in the cool comfort of an air-conditioned mall?
Go for a bike ride
The best thing about biking is that you don’t feel the hot air against your face when you’re moving! Choose a path that’s close to the water for maximum cooling benefits.
Ice cream tour
There is no better time for ice cream than during a heat wave! You can even hit up all your favourite spots in the same day for the ultimate brain freeze — maybe turn your bike ride into an ice cream bike tour. It’s all about balance right? Exercise and dessert!
Go to the movies
Last but not least, the cinema! The summer (especially a scorching hot one) is fabulous for blockbuster movies. Enjoy the air-conditioning, premium entertainment and of course buttery popcorn! Go with a friend, a parent, a partner — why not make it a weekly or monthly tradition?
Written by: Sacha Vincent-Toskin