You CAN beat the heat. Come August in Vancouver, keeping a sweaty, cranky child happy and comfortable in the summer heat is easier said than done. Once you’re sick of schlepping it to the air-conditioned mall, you want some fresh ideas for keeping cool no matter how sweltering Vancouver gets. Here are a few simple ways for families to keep their cool in high temps:
Anything near the ocean
Take a stroll or bike ride somewhere like the Stanley Park Seawall, where the near constant ocean breeze means it’s always cooler there than deeper in the city. If you’re more daring, take a refreshing walk across the often-windy span of a bridge like Lions Gate or Burrard. Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks are our fave city beaches because they’re expansive, less busy, and have plenty of spots for skim boarding, sandcastles, and picnics.
Trip to the grocery store
Ok, so it’s kinda like the old standby of going to the mall but the bonus of a grocery store is that there’s a verrrry chilly freezer section you can take your time perusing. Make a game of it by giving your kids a “job”, like reading the next item on the grocery list, or crossing it out once you’ve put it in the cart. Grab a race car buggy for extra awesome points. Whole Foods‘ chilly aisles and organic small batch ice creams are calling your name.
Whether you live in an apartment with no backyard for a kiddie pool, or you just need some novel playtime, a cool bath with some fun tub toys never fails. You can find some cool little bath toys and accessories at one of our fave local stores, Lusso Baby.
The library is always cool
It’s air-conditioned, packed with awesome kids’ books, and comes with a built-in quiet time rule. Bingo. Vancouver’s downtown branch, Central Library, is always a favourite.
Make popsicles at home
Browse Pinterest for some delicious recipes for homemade popsicles, from berry smoothie pops to peaches n’ cream, then pick up some seriously cool popsicle molds (like the ones above from Zoku) to make them in. The kids will love taking part in making them, and you’ll all cool off with the treat once they’re frozen and ready for enjoying.