Our beautiful country offers some amazing coastlines and sun-kissed weather during the warmer seasons.
When the summer holidays come around, we’re lucky enough to be able to pack an esky, get the kids in the car and drive down to the nearest beach to cool down.
As well as those trips to our beautiful beaches, there are a few other ways you can keep the whole family cool. Here are five things you can do to keep the kids chilled throughout the summer holidays.
5 tips for keeping the kids chilled this summer
1. Freeze your fruit
Keep your kids hydrated with this yummy and healthy ‘icy pole’ recipe. Grab some berries (we like blueberries, strawberries and blackberries), some kiwi and watermelon. Use a blender or food processor to blitz your watermelon and make a juice. This will form the base of your icy poles. Chop the strawberries and kiwi into bite-sized pieces. Throw your juice, kiwi and berries into a bowl, combining all ingredients. Pour your mixture into icy pole moulds and freeze. Tip: prepare your icy poles the night before so they’re ready to go the next day. Check out our other recipes here.
2. Car pool – to the pools
If you don’t have one at home, you can cool off by visiting your local pool. The kids will love it and you won’t have to deal with the sandy consequences of a beach visit. You might even want to car pool with another local parent and enjoy a dip yourself. Tip: Have a pool? You’ll know that powering your pump can get costly. You might want to look at solar as a way to reduce energy costs during the hotter months.
3. Watch a movie (or two)
The summer holidays are made for box office hits. Take a trip to the cinema and catch the latest animated flick in a cool environment. Note: Kids movies are just as enjoyable for parents as they are for the little ones!
4. Arts and crafts
Plan an arts and crafts day. Grab some play dough, colouring pencils, note books and paint. Tip: art smocks are a great way to avoid extra washing up, but let’s be honest, anything involving paint and pencils will most likely add to your washing load. Love your laundry by using these 5 helpful tips.
5. Keep the house cool and get reading
Visit the library and borrow some books. Going to the library is a great way to get the kids excited about reading. It will also give mum and dad some precious quiet time at home. Simply create a comfortable reading area near the air conditioner and leave your kids to get lost in imaginary bliss. Tip: Lower your energy costs by using a fan instead of an air con if the mercury is under 30 degrees. Find more energy efficiency tips here.