(Giveaway ended 08/29/14)
Summer may be winding down, but there is still time to get in those last moments of summertime play before school begins.
In Texas, we have to come up with creative play ideas because temperatures in the 90s and 100s make outdoor play a bit uncomfortable.
I’ve discovered several activities around town that allow my kids and I to be active while beating the heat.
There are many places around town that have indoor bounce houses. The inflatables are quite elaborate and include slides, obstacle courses and fitness challenges. The new fad around town is indoor trampoline centers. I love going to these places because they have trampolines installed not only on the floors, but also on the walls (we are literally bouncing off the walls). Jumping on these trampolines is an intense workout. It has become one of my favorite ways to exercise with my family.
When we don’t feel like going out, we sometimes jump on the beds and couches at home (don’t tell my wife). My kids like to pretend that they are superheroes as they launch themselves onto the pillows that are carefully placed around the floor.
Test Your Tactical Skills
When the sun is blazing, we often visit local establishments to play a few games of laser tag. Our favorite place is the largest indoor tactical battlefield in the U.S. We have one hour to complete several missions through the massive, multi-level battlefield. My kids enjoy playing laser tag because it feels like we’re characters in a real-life video game. It’s a great way to get some exercise while having fun and testing your tactical skills.
We try to recreate the experience at home by having epic water gun battles in the backyard, which leads to…
Going to the swimming pool is a summertime staple. We have a community pool in our neighborhood that we visit at least once a week. If you don’t have your own pool or one in your neighborhood, there are plenty of public pools in most areas. If you have a friend or family member who will let you use their pool, that’s even better.
We also like to go to local Splash Pads. These are small areas at parks or recreation centers with various water-based activities for kids. They can run through fountains or soak themselves underneath the sprinklers. When we don’t want to leave the house, we turn on the sprinklers in the backyard for the same effect.
In addition to these ideas, you should still go outside to play with your family. Just be careful. Schedule your outdoor play time during the cooler parts of the day, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Enjoy soaking up those last bits of summer, and don’t forget to check out more play ideas on LetsPlay.com.
To help you celebrate the end of summer, I’m offering three (3) Mocha Dad readers the opportunity to win a Visa gift card (worth $25, $50 or $75) from Let’s Play to help fund some end-of-summer play. To enter the giveaway, take the Let’s Play Pledge and answer the following question in the comments section:
What is your favorite end of summer activity?
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Mocha Dad’s “Let’s Play End of Summer Giveaway” starts on Friday, August 15, 2014 and ends on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mocha Dad readers, subscribers, and/or fans 18 years old and older in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Goodall Family Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this website within the past 30 days. One (1) winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced soon after the ending date. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Allow 3-6 weeks for giveaway fulfillment. Prize value up to $75. Disclosure: I am currently serving as a “Play Ambassador” for Let’s Play. This is a sponsored post, however, the opinions expressed are my own.