In the heat of summer, it’s easy to say “Let’s stay inside today.” Air conditioning feels great, but being cooped up can be a nightmare for a family with young children! Instead, try these tried, true and easy ways to stay cool on really hot days.
Flower Garden: These easy game is fantastic for the younger crew. Any size crew will work for this interesting take on hosing down the children! if more than one child is playing, line them up in rows. Ask each child what flower they have chosen to become and explain that flowers need water to grow. When they don’t get water, they wither away and die. All that’s needed at this point is a watering can! Anything that holds water will work, but it works best with a hose. Hose the child(ren) down and watch them grow! When water isn’t reaching them, they will wither.
Drip, Drip, Drop: Adapted from the popular Duck, Duck, Goose, this game is uses sponges. Have all the children sit in a circle and pick a child to be “It.” “It” would then walk around the circle dripping water from the sponge onto the heads of his friends saying “Drip” each time. When he wants to choose a person to chase him, he would say “Drop” and squeeze the rest of the sponge out onto that child’s head. The rest follows standard Duck, Duck, Goose protocol.
- Variation: Drip, Drip, Drench: This version is played the same way, just with a bucket, spray bottle or something else that can “Drench” better than the sponge.
Cool Potato: But instead, players are paired up. Once in pairs, make two rows with pair members standing across from each other. You’ll want them far enough away to make this somewhat challenging. Each pair will then be given a water balloon to toss back and forth. Once a pair drops their water balloon and it explodes, they’re out. After several minutes, have the remaining pairs step further apart. Eventually, all pairs but one will have had their balloon explode. Beware! Water balloon fights usually break out after this game!
Bucket Relays: Depending on the difficulty level needed, players can use a variety of items for this game. Team the children up into groups of 4-6 and line them up. In front of them (a considerable distance away) should be a bucket. The first player in each team is given an item filled with water. He then has to run to the bucket, fill it and run back to pass the item to the next player. The first team to fill the bucket to the specified points wins!
- Item examples: Spoons, sponges, socks, bowls, cans with holes, anything that holds water but not for long while running.
Parks: When all else fails, most children in the area love going to the water parks and beaches.
- Killen’s Pond Water Park: Located in Felton as a part of Killen’s Pond State Park, the water park has a concession stand, shower area, water slides, underwater benches, a floating lily pad fun walk and a mushroom fountain. The baby pool has underwater bubblers, two frog slides and two shooting ground fountains. Around the state park itself are plenty of trails, picnic areas and several playgrounds.
- Area beaches: Beaches such as Lewes and Cape Henlopen have great swimming areas that usually aren’t clustered with tourists even in the heat of the season. Rehoboth Beach has a large swimming area as well as the popular FunLand and many opportunities for shopping and eating!
For more park fun, read 10 ways to make the hike fun and family-friendly!