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5 Ways to Keep Cool When You Don’t have a Pool

It’s summer.  It’s hot.  Going to a pool can get expensive, and keeping one at your home is a hassle.

I’m excited to be a part of The Berry Bunch’s Week to Beat the Heat, and share a few of my ideas on how to keep your children both cool and entertained.

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1. Squirt Guns 

5-Ways-to-Keep-Cool-When-You-Don't-Have-a-Pool---Mae-&-K-8I know not everyone is going to agree with me on this one.  We have a lot of fun with these though, and the boys especially love it when my husband plays too.  Squirt guns range quite a bit in price, one of these was around $15 and the other was $5.

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2. Water Balloons

5-Ways-to-Keep-Cool-When-You-Don't-Have-a-Pool---Mae-&-K-15You spend an hour filling them up for a 5 minute free-for-all.  It’s totally worth it.  The Badenator didn’t seem to grasp that he was supposed to do more than just drop them on the ground, but every time one popped he squealed.

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3. Bike Washing

5-Ways-to-Keep-Cool-When-You-Don't-Have-a-Pool---Mae-&-K-1Less mess than washing your car, but every bit as fun. The pictures are from the first time I did this.  Mackathanial thought the suds were snow, and he was so excited!

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4. Water Play

5-Ways-to-Keep-Cool-When-You-Don't-Have-a-Pool---Mae-&-K-20This is where having a water table or little kitchen would be nice!  We fill different tubs (a big bowl, a pot and our sled) with water, and the boys love it.  I give them cups, spoons and containers from the kitchen, and all the tubby toys.  Today The Badenator was mainly transferring water, and Mackathanial baked me a water cake.

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5. Have a Treat!

5-Ways-to-Keep-Cool-When-You-Don't-Have-a-Pool---Mae-&-K-22The options for delicious frozen treats are endless and scrumptious.  But be careful and don’t give yourself an ice cream headache!

5-Ways-to-Keep-Cool-When-You-Don't-Have-a-Pool---Mae-&-K-24(yes, Mackathanial and The Badenator are wearing the same striped onesie in the pictures.  It survived the red popsicle!)

Have fun and keep cool this summer!

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2 Responses to “5 Ways to Keep Cool When You Don’t have a Pool”

  1. Jessica Berry says:

    Ha! How awesome the onesie survived the red popsicle! Love all these ideas! I don’t know why I never thought to use buckets and bowls in place of a water table. Thank you so much Maegen!

  2. Ajaire says:

    Fun ideas! We do belong to a pool, but having some fun at home things to do on those days you just don’t feel like packing everything up is great! The washing the bike thing is a perfect idea.

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