MAD (Mindie, Adam, Alex, David) Family Fun is the result of friends and family asking "How do you find so much fun stuff to do?" So, I decided to share with everyone! There are no BIG secrets involved, I promise. I just have a knack for finding fun and now I want to share it with you!

MAD Family Fun is a place to find activities, events and ideas to have more fun with your family. Enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Dog days of summer!?!? How to beat the heat!

With the temperature breaking 100 all over the country, what is a parent to do!?!? When there are heat warnings, you can only send them outside for brief and I mean BREIF flops in the pool. So what are you to do? Here are some simple ideas for indoor fun….

1.) Movie day! Pop some popcorn and start a movie/cartoon marathon. Keeping the curtains closed will help with them temp and give a theater feel

2.) Swim in the tub. It’s wet and a few toys can keep them busy for a bit

3.) Play-doh! Set them up at the kitchen table and let them be creative

4.) Board games. Try something new. We here at MAD are learning to play checkers

5.) Have an art gallery day! Look at the “Masters” online then have your children draw pictures. Hang them around the house and ask them to take you on a tour. Ask question like “how were you feeling when you made that” or “Does this picture have a special meaning to you”

If you must be outside for any period of time, keep an eye out for warning signs like profuse sweating, weakness, muscle cramps, headache, and nausea and vomiting. These can come on quickly in children and are signs of heat exhaustion and stroke!

If you have pets, keep an eye on them as well! Do not let your dogs play outside (poo and back in) and please keep them off hot cement which can burn their paw pads. If you have outdoor pets like chickens or bunnies, provide 2 litter bottles of frozen water for them to lay against for relief.

Be it animal or human, make sure everyone has cold water and lots of it on these crazy hot days!

Have fun but be safe!

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