The summer season brings a lot of opportunities for fun. People of all ages spend more time outside, basking in the sun and enjoying some time away from school or work. However, sometimes it can be challenging to choose what to do, and summer does come with some risks, especially on extremely hot days.
Whether you’re looking for things to do on a hot day with friends, by yourself, on a date, at home, indoors, or outside, we have some ideas for you. Here are some fun and safe activities to consider.
1. Make Fresh Fruit Frozen Treats
Enjoy a summer treat at home that contains health benefits, too!
Try a hibiscus sangria “mocktail” or a grapefruit ginger “mocktail.” Both are refined sugar-free and full of fruit-based vitamins and minerals. (And adults can add a little extra zing with some rum or vodka.)
Another idea is to make homemade frozen fruit popsicles. Just blend up the following until smooth:
- Two cups of frozen strawberries (thawed)
- ¼ cup apple juice
- Two tablespoons of honey
- Juice from half of a lemon
- A pinch of sea salt until smooth
Add to popsicle molds and freeze overnight.
2. Have a Healthy Picnic
If the heat isn’t too uncomfortable, you can get outside and enjoy a nice meal. Spread out a picnic blanket and some healthy food to share with your family.
If the day is way too hot for outdoor picnics, you could do an at-home picnic on the living room floor!
3. Get Outside in the Water (But Don’t Forget Your Sunscreen!)
Water activities are always a refreshing idea for hot days. Just remember to bring and apply sunscreen every two hours to protect your skin.
Head to your local water park, lake, or river for some water fun with friends or family. See if any of the water parks in your area host dive-in movies, where you can watch a film while floating on the water.
4. Explore Free Local Events
Have you checked out local events happening in your city? Chances are, there are more things to do than you knew, and many of them might be free. Look up events in your area that allow you to explore where you live during a hot day.
5. Camp in Your Backyard
Camping is a classic summer activity, but you can do it without going anywhere fancy. Set up a tent and sleeping bags in your backyard.
If you have a fire pit, you could roast marshmallows and make s’mores to eat while you enjoy the outdoors. And if the temperature is just too hot, you can “camp out” in your living room instead!
6. Host a Board Game or Card Game Night
Have friends or family over for a fun night in with board or card games. It’s a good opportunity to get everyone together in an air-conditioned space away from the heat.
7. Start an Herb Garden
Use the hotter weather as an excuse to start growing some plants. This is a great activity for kids and adults. It takes some time, but herbs are fun to grow, and you can use them for cooking once they’ve grown.
8. Do at-Home Facials
It’s never a bad time to pamper yourself! Get out of the heat with an at-home spa day. Invite friends over for a night in doing facials and other self-care activities.
9. Take a Painting Class
Many locations have events like Painting with a Twist where everyone paints together while having drinks or snacks. Some locations even offer at-home versions if you don’t want to get outside at all.
10. Go to the Movies
This is an easy one that everyone enjoys: Head to your local movie theater! You’ll get out of the heat and watch a good film in an air-conditioned environment.
The Bottom Line
These are just a few ideas on things to do on a hot day. Whether you want to get outside more or prefer escaping from the heat, these activities will help you make the most of the season.