Ok so staying cool during a heatwave can be a challenge, especially if you have little ones begging to go do things outdoors. Here are a few ideas to help keep and your tykes entertained while Mamma stays cool!
Go Swimming – This can be a visit to a splash pad, an actual pool or even the beach, but if you get a group of Mom friends together to go you’ll have some help keeping kiddo(s) safe and you can swim or dip a toe in the water too. Unless your Doctor or Midwife has told you to avoid swimming it’s perfectly safe to enjoy the water without worry.
Play with Water – We have a water table in our backyard, kiddo loves it, fill it up with cool water and let them splash around, chances are you’re going to get splashed too so grab a chair or stool and get in on the action and play with them. Or fill a kiddie pool grab a chair and sit with your feet in the water as kiddo splashes around.
Fill a bucket with ice and stick your feet in it – If you are not able to get kiddo interested in playing with water then use the ice+bucket to keep cool doing whatever activity they want. Tip if you add water and only a little ice it will last longer and reach more of your legs.
Go to the Movies – movie theatres are air-conditioned and usually have comfy seats, so grab hubby and go see a movie. Bonus it will likely distract you from how uncomfortable your body is with all the changes.
Walk in the Morning or Evening – the big thing is you want to avoid the intense heat of mid-day, it’s a great way to get everyone moving while it’s still cool to go for a walk in the morning. I’m not talking crazy early like 5 am (unless that’s your thing) but most of the time before 10 am is still going to be pretty cool. Plus it will help release those feel-good hormones exercise always does for us.
Nap – during the time that the sun really scorches the earth when the heat is highest take a nap! Your body is working hard taking care of you and baby and you totally deserve it!
Mini Golf – this can be great fun with a group of people in the early evening. Putt putt courses usually have shade and water features to keep things cool and you might even be able to dip a toe in without too much trouble. Just make sure to wear comfortable footwear.
Tackle a project – One of my favorite things to do while pregnant the first time was figuring out kiddo’s room piece by piece. While I don’t recommend you painting (seriously hubby can do that), or heavy lifting (again see hubby), planning out baby’s nursery, or making something fun and cute to remember your pregnancy, or even just organizing baby’s outfits and clothing was incredibly fun.
Date Night – along the lines of going to a movie you could do anything that you and hubs like to do for a date. At least once this summer make Hubby take you our for a nice date, like get dressed up, splurge on a nice dinner, an activity more adventurous then binge-watching Netflix. It will be fun for you both and help keep that connection strong.
Have a movie Marathon – especially if you are on bed rest (or wishing you were) and you can’t go out stay in and see how many movies you can make it through in a day. Or watch your fav TV series over a weekend.
Take a Baby Moon – if you can, do it! Before your new bundle of joy arrives go on a fling with your guy. Even if it is just for the weekend, spend some time connecting with your man.
Take a Road Trip – skip this if you don’t have air conditioning, but a good time in the car with peeps you love is a great way to explore new places and spaces. Crossing something off your bucket list before the birth can be a great adventure. And if you are taking the kids with you make sure to check out the Complete Guide to a Family Road Trip with Kids from FamilyOffDuty.
Try indoor play areas for your other kids – if you are like me your kid wants to be outside all the time, and you would rather be indoors (AC I love you!). To help them burn off all that excess energy find a local indoor play area and go for a visit. Kiddo will burn off energy and you can stay cool in the AC.
Go Visiting – old school going visiting seems to be dead in a number of communities these days but it is a great way to re-connect and spend time with so many people. Especially family, who if they have kids of a similar age can not only entertain your kiddos but tier them out for a quieter evening/nap.
Go out for ice cream – I’m not suggesting you walk the whole way, but if you can get out and stretch your legs while going for a sweet cool treat all the better. Bonus, if going with young kids it can give them a great memory of family time spent together.