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8 Ways to Beat the Heat With Kids

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We love summer as much as the next guy, but the heat can be brutal and exhausting, especially on the kids. From air-conditioned movie theaters to splash pads pumping out plenty of refreshing water, here are eight ways to beat the heat and find family fun this summer.

Editor’s note: This list was last updated March 28, 2022 and will be updated throughout the season. 

1. Try a new snow cone joint. Here are ones our readers recommend and our Editor’s Picks, highlighting stands throughout the Oklahoma City area. Or, make your own healthy cool treat at home.

2. Hit up a community splash pad or pool or experience the water in a new way on a canoe or kayak.

3. Stay entertained indoors during a visit to a free metro museum or with this handy list of boredom busters jam-packed with dozens of ideas for at-home fun.

4. Go underground. Caves generally bring a sense of awe and they offer a very welcome break from the summer heat—and they are just plain fun! Here are the two best places to explore caves with kids in Oklahoma.

5. Splash around. Venture beyond the city for a day at one of Oklahoma’s best ‘beaches’.

7. Take a hike. Most hikes will be hot, but these waterfall hikes will be sure to cool you off! Also, try hiking to an Oklahoma swimming hole.

8. Make your own slip n slide for a wild time, or turn on the sprinklers and create a wet obstacle course.


Looking for even more summer-time family fun? Check out our dozens of resources to help you plan your perfect summer!

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