Five Ways to Stay Smiling and Stay Cool This Summer

Summer has arrived and the city is heating up! We all want to get out of the house after the last year and a half, but how do you have fun and stay cool?

Read on for five family-friendly activities that will beat the heat and keep everyone entertained!

Pick your own fruit –Visiting a u-pick fruit farm is the perfect way to soak up that summer feeling. It may be outside, but there are a few tricks to get around the heat. Many farms require reservations, so book a time earlier or later in the day when it’s not as hot. Plus, bring along sunscreen, a hat, and water to help stay protected and comfortable.

Blueberries are in season in July, and believe it or not, there are plenty of U-pick blueberry farms around the Greater Seattle area – Pearson’s Bees and Berries, Olalla U-Pick Blueberry Farm, and Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm to name a few.

Have a waterpark day – There’s no better way to cool off and tire out the kiddos than spending the day at a waterpark. Don’t know of any nearby? Check out this handy dandy waterpark locator tool that shows parks all around the world.

Try new (cold) recipes – Cooking is always a great idea, right? Except when the heat from appliances makes your kitchen feel like an oven itself! Try recipes that will keep you cool but won’t heat the kitchen up, like sandwiches, salads, and cold desserts. Get four easy and healthy homemade popsicle recipes here!

Need something to sip on while you’re cooking? Whip up some refreshing summer drinks like strawberry lemonade or a non-alcoholic blackberry mojito.

Host a movie party – Now that it’s safe to spend time with groups of friends and family, host a summer get-together! Pile inside to escape the heat and have everyone bring a snack to share. If you have the space, host an outdoor movie party after dark when it’s not too warm.

Visit a museum – Most museums are indoors and highly air-conditioned, so they’re a great way to escape the hot temperatures. A lot of local museums have recently reopened, including Chihuly Garden and Glass, the Museum of Flight, and the Seattle Aquarium.