5 Things to do Indoors on a Hot Day in Arizona

Finding things to do during the summer months in Arizona can be exhausting in itself. Although there are plenty of reasons to complain about the heat, it's important we take the time to spend it together while we can. Here are some ideas that will help you through the long summer days in Phoenix, Arizona..

As I’m sitting here on the hottest day of the year, I can’t help but be distracted by the heat.  How on earth am I going to keep my 4 kids cool, calm, and collective while being cooped inside? Although it’s not easy by any means, I have a few ideas that may help us all as planting them in front of the TV or iPad isn’t an option.

1. VISIT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY.

The kiddos just got out of school for the summer, and even though books may not be their go-to activity, the library is full of so much more!  Our county library in Surprise, AZ offers a ton of different activities during the summer for ALL ages.  They have everything from baby story and dance time to teen workshops.  As an added bonus, they even reward you for the reading you do.

The library provides an environment where kids can be entertained through learning and socializing without boring their parents. Moms and dads can enjoy the fun with their own workshops that include Zentangle hour and How-To classes.  The best part about it all? It’s Free!  So, beat the heat this summer and check out the calendar to your local library.

2. BE CREATIVE WITH A PURPOSE.

The range in age of my children make it tricky to find something we all enjoy, together.  One activity that works well for my family, is painting. A painting project with a purpose really engages the kids as they’re able to put their stamp on something useful. For example, purchase a basic ceramic plant pot and let them decorate it with stencils or brushes.

Once they’ve completed their unique design, provide them with some fruit or vegetable seeds to plant inside! The littles ones sure do get a kick out of watching the plants grow.  Not only are they using their creative skills, but it’s also a great way to teach them about responsibility. Watering and caring for a plant also enables you to gauge your preparedness of a pet. Provide them with some incentive and watch them grow!

3. THERE’S ALWAYS TIME FOR FUN & GAMES.

My ten-year-old is typically ready and willing to play board games.  This day in age, it may be considered old fashioned – but it’s some good old fashioned fun on a hot day! The best part about playing board games, is you’re keeping them off those pesky electronics.  Games like CandyLand and Chutes and Ladders will help your toddler learn the concept of taking turns while engaging them with something new. Even something as simple as “I-Spy” can be entertaining!

Your older children will probably enjoy games like Life and Monopoly, so take advantage of educating them throughout.  While they’re having fun buying and selling, they receive a simple life lesson on budgeting and making decisions that will benefit them as the game goes on.  Aside from board games, you can never go wrong with having a few decks of cards on hand.  Us parents are still young at heart, so don’t be afraid to showcase your competitive side. Beat the heat with some fun and games indoors!

4. TAKE PART IN HOMEMADE CRAFTS

There is always something laying around the house that you can use for crafts.  Toilet paper and paper towel rolls works wonders.  For example, you can make homemade bird feeders by covering the rolls with peanut butter, seeds and nuts. You could also make little animals, cars, or even binoculars with household items like these.  If you’re having trouble being creative, there are plenty of ideas for crafts on Pinterest. Immersing yourself in this type of activity keeps your kids happy, busy, and cool while your money stays in your pocket!

5. MAKE SOME COOL TREATS.

Nothing beats the heat better than a cold treat.  Homemade Popsicles are sweet to eat and just as much fun to make.  I’m sure you all have a couple ice cube trays stuffed in the back of your pantry, so let’s put them to use.  Fill your trays with fruit juice and pieces of fruit for a fun tasty treat that compliments lemonade or ice tea nicely.

If you don’t have the essentials, you can always find affordable popsicle trays at your local store. Walmart and Target provide different shapes and sizes to use to your creative advantage. Fill them with juice for a popsicle, or use chocolate pudding for a low sugar homemade fudgsicle.  The ideas Are endless!

It’s OK to stay inside. Enjoy the Summer while you can!

Summertime is the best time for families to enjoy each other.  You can have loads of fun with your kids without being forced to break the bank.  Quality time with your family is time that is never wasted, so take advantage of the summer and get involved with your kiddos.  They’re only kids for a little while..

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