Before we know it school will be out, bathing suits will start to come on, and summer break will be here! I know this can go two ways, while the kids are so excited about NOT attending school for a while…it can be daunting to parents with planning activities & keeping them busy.
When you live in Florida our summer is really like our “winter”…not in the sense of temperature wise, but with the fact that we typically stay indoors. That Florida heat can drag on and quite honestly it’s miserable.
While surviving 4 summers here in Orlando, I have learned that you have to either be in a pool, splash pad, or inside with the best invention ever…AIR CONDITIONING.
This past weekend Little Johnny and I decided to venture over to Azalea Lane playground. (Big mistake that was, too hot to be playing on a playground!) Big John was in New York, so I was trying to figure out ways to keep Little Johnny busy. We love to play at parks, but there may be less playing at them during these hot summer days.
While I was trying to keep us busy and Little Johnny entertained, I thought it would be a great idea to put together a “go to” list of indoor areas to explore when you want to beat the heat.
Activities for Those “HOT” Summer Days in
- Science Museum– Little Johnny and I just went there this past Sunday! Each time we go he always has a blast! Definitely look into a membership here as it’s not too costly. Also, if you’re a teacher make sure to checkout their discount! (Psst…meaning you get in for FREE!)
- Spash Pads!- click here for a wonderful list of local splash pads. Little Johnny and I recently went to Downey Park, which was so much fun!
- Florida Mall Play Park- Enjoy shopping along with having your little ones enjoy a fun experience and this new indoor play experience. Quick story- I totally was supposed to attend the Play Park blogger preview, but guess what…life happened and I forgot! 😦 I am hoping to bring Little Johnny here soon!
- My Little Town Indoor Playground- If it’s too hot to play at an outside playground, just bring it inside, right?! 🙂 This is for ages 6 months- 7 years.
- Monkey Joes- Let your kids jump out their energy at this fun-filled inflatable play center!
- Winter Park Community Center Pool- If you’re in a situation like me where you don’t have a pool at your home, this is a great place to take your kids for their open swim hours.
- Swimming in the Springs- This is always a refreshing place to take a dip! We especially love Wekiwa Springs!
- Library Time!- Growing up I remember attending the library for their summer reading program. Check out your local library for fun classes & events that you and your little one can participate in!
- Crayola Experience- Enjoy a colorful experience with your children while exploring attractions and other activities! This is located at the Florida Mall.
If you’re willing to take a day trip, check these places out…
Charles & Linda Williams Children’s Museum- This hands on science museum is located in Daytona Beach. We haven’t been yet, but it looks intriguing from what I have read. Something worth checking out if you’re willing to spend a day there.
American Space Museum- This is located in Titusville (near Cocoa Beach). Learn all about space while exploring hands on activities! Make sure to check out their launch schedule too!
Explorations V Children’s Museum- This is another hands on museum geared for children pre-school through elementary, which is located in Lakeland, FL.
Just Chilling at Home with Water Play!
Some days it’s nice to just stay home turn on the sprinklers, make homemade popsicles while enjoying your own DIY at home water park. 🙂 If you have older kids, include them in the making to see what ideas they come up with. Below I found great items that will add to your “water play at home”!
Creat your own “splash pad” at home with fun sprinklers! I also found this one on Amazon. (We currently don’t have one, but will hopefully soon!)
Slip N’ Slide!
If you’re feeling really ambitious, make a DIY water slide with your kids in the backyard! (or you can just buy one, which is probably way cheaper & of course easier, but where’s the fun in that,right?!…) 😉
Here’s a link to other fun DIY water activities for at home!
And to finish off a hot day in Orlando, it’s pretty much a given that you need a cold treat! Homemade popsicles will do the trick, and the best thing is you can sneak in your little ones fruit and veggies if they’re picky little eaters!
What would you add to this list? Please share! I’m always looking for other fun activities!
Stay Cool my friends!
Wishing you well,