How to Stay Cool in the California Summer

Summer is quickly approaching, so keeping cool is soon going to be a full-time job. Los Angeles can get scorching hot in the summer, but thankfully there are plenty of ways to beat the heat. Here is a handy cheat sheet for keeping cool in the California summer heat.

Activities

To beat the heat, it’s best to start at home. Here are some great ways to keep cool and have fun doing it.

  • Make your own slip-n-slide. Slip-n-slides are fun, but you’re constrained by the size limits of what’s available in the toy store. Why not make your own with polythene tarp, a hose, and some dish soap? Make one that’s as big as your backyard!
  • Have a water balloon fight. Water balloons are cheap and fun for the whole family, and a great way to cool off competitively!
  • Make a water bottle sprinkler. Poke a few holes into an empty 2-liter soda bottle. Use a swivel hose adapter to attach it to a garden hose. Turn on the water and have fun!

Places to Go

Up for a little driving? There are all kinds of places to go in Los Angeles that are perfect on a hot summer’s day.

  • Moaning Cavern
    What better way to escape the heat than to head underground? This cave is open to the public and has all sorts of activities for every level of adventurer, from walking tours to zip lines, to a 3-hour exploration expedition! Moaning Cavern’s address is 5350 Moaning Cave Road, Vallecito, CA 95251, USA.
  • Splash!
    This aquatics center in La Mirada is a great place to take the whole family. Start by taking the kids for swimming lessons, then head over to Buccaneer Bay, its pirate-themed water park. Splash’s address is 13806 La Mirada Blvd. La Mirada, CA 90638.
  • The Natural History Museum
    Museums might not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to escaping the heat, but they can be one of your best options. Air-conditioned, with hours of interesting things to learn about, museums might just become your go-to getaway during the summer. L.A.’s Natural History Museum is a world-class destination to learn about the natural world, and an affordable one as well (adult admission is $12, children’s admission is $5). Additionally, the museum offers a summer day camp for kids in grades K-8, giving your kids a hands-on opportunity to learn about natural world this summer. The Natural History Museum’s address is 900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007
  • Palisades Park
    It’s hard to beat the beach in the summer, and few beaches are as picturesque as Palisades Park. Featuring stunning views, numerous venues, and beautiful stretches of beach, it is the ideal place to spend a summer evening.

Recipes

Here are some easy and delicious ways to keep cool!

Homemade Coconut-Pineapple Freeze Pops
Just like the ones you loved as a kid, only much better for you! Combine 2 cups of chopped pineapple, 1/2 cup of coconut milk and 1/2 cup of orange juice in a food processor, stick them in a zipper-popsicle pack, freeze and enjoy!

Neapolitan milkshake
Try the shake version of this ice cream favorite! Make three different-flavored shakes, and freeze each layer until it’s just firm before ladling the next layer on top.

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