July equals blazing temperatures. This means lots of sweat, plenty of humidity and a strong dose of sun in our faces—and not all of us around here have air conditioning. According to the CDC’s Extreme Heat Prevention Guide, “Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat. Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure caused 8,015 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.”
Now you know we all want to prevent unnecessary illness and death (duh!) so we’re all about the A/C whenever possible. However, whether you simply can’t afford an air-conditioner or you just cannot stand another second cooped up at home with the kids (been there!), we’ve come up with 12 fun things to do in the shade (or in someone else’s air-conditioning) today. Have fun and stay safe. And by safe, we also mean cool!
1. Visit a museum.
A museum is one of the best summer activities for kids and it’s usually worth every penny, we promise. If you can go on a weekday, you’ll find there are less crowds and you can let your kids run a little wild. Pack a picnic lunch to eat there to save money and plan on spending the whole day immersed in history, science and technology.
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