Frogg Togg Chilly Pad (Pink) on Amazon. These are on my list of summer purchases. The product claims that when wet the towel gets cool and when applied to a person, cools them. All that is needed to recharge the towel is water. Amazing — and they have a whole line of products in various colors!
Make Your Own Popsicles board on Pinterest.
Looking for molds? We have Tovolo Groovy Ice Pop Molds, Yellow — Set of 6 and they work pretty well!
A favorite with my girls and their friends are the Little Kids Soak 'n Splash Dino Squirter Water Toy.
I got the Kiddie Pool — Sunset Glow Inflatable Pool — Intex (66" x 18"), but there are plenty of others to choose from in all price ranges.
ice play ideas I found on Pinterest. On a truly hot day, kids may also enjoy playing Frozen Free Fall (FREE, iPad/iPhone).
8. Splash Pad
If you are lucky, perhaps you have a splash pad or water park that is local. Splash pads are a great alternative to crowded swimming pools. If you don't have a splash pad in your area, perhaps you are handy enough to make one on your own. I am intrigued and intimidated by this concept, but there are so many cool ideas. We do hook up the sprinkler for the kids, or on a difficult day we play "Mommy Sprinkler," where I squirt them with the hose. I think this other homemade splash pad would be a pretty incredible addition to our plans.
What are you doing to keep cool this summer? Share with us in the comments below.
Amanda has a feeling she will be drenched for a good part of the summer, but is hoping to be surrounded by giggling, smiling children.