Summer may be ending soon but it seems the heat is here to stay! It’s way too hot to stand in long lines at the theme park and it might even be too hot to enjoy a family hike.
But if you don’t want to be stuck in the house all day, we’ve got you covered! We rounded up 10 unique places to beat the heat! From retro arcades to kid-friendly escape rooms, these cool places will surely keep you from melting…
Plus, a fun giveaway at the end of this post!
1. Chill Out at a Retro Arcade
Parents! Get transported back to your childhood and show this new generation of gamers how it was when you walked into an arcade in the 80s and 90s. Neon Retro Arcade in Pasadena has over 40 classic arcade games and pinball machines.
2. Let the Good Times Roll at a Roller Skating Rink
Whether you’re a roller skating rockstar or it’s your first time… Holiday Skate Center has fun themed nights, skating lessons, and public skating hours to help you stay cool and have fun at the same time! So let’s get rollin’! Check out more roller and inline skating rinks here.
3. Venture into a Playground of Mud!
Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach is not your ordinary green grass, blue skies, birds chirping, dogs running kind of a playground. This is a play in the mud, grab a hammer and nails, build a fort, slide into a mud pit, and get on a water raft kind of playground! We recommend this outing for older kids who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty!
4. Speed Off in a Go Kart!
If your kid loves adrenaline, excitement and has a need for speed, check out K1 Speed Indoor Go Kart Racing. Anything indoors with air-conditioning sounds good to us!
5. Get Creative with Ceramic Painting!
Visit a ceramics studio like Color Me Mine to create one-of-a-kind art pieces! Kids will have fun choosing from a variety of ceramic shapes and painting with dozens of different colors. Check out more ceramic studios here!
6. Aim for Indoor Archery Practice!
7. Go Ice Skating!
One of the best ways to cool off is to lace up a pair of ice skates and circle around the ice rink! Check out The Rinks locations for public skating sessions and themed sessions like Cosmic Skating and Karaoke Skate Night! And don’t worry, first-time ice skaters, they have the cutest orange helpers. There’s more ice skating rinks here!
8. Escape the Heat with a Kid-Friendly Escape Room
Escape rooms are all the rage right now but it can be tough to find one suitable for kids. Cross Roads Escape Games has an escape room just for kids! The Funhouse Kids Edition is a room filled with trickery and illusions where teams have to work together to beat the clock and solve clues in this topsy-turvy experience. Click here for more kid-friendly escape rooms!
9. Jump and Jam at an Indoor Playground
Jump n’ Jammin has mind-blowing, multi-level play structures with web crawls, giant slides, obstacle courses, ball blasters, tip buckets, and even an exploding foam ball volcano! Check out our Indoor Playground directory for more!
10. Take Movie-Watching to Another Level!
Oh we know one of the safest bets to beat the heat is going to the nearest movie theater with air-conditioning. But make the movie-going experience even more exciting by watching a classic kid’s film at an even classier theater. The Wiltern is featuring a showing of one of Disney’s all-time classic, Lady and the Tramp!
And, we’re giving away tickets to this amazing experience! Details below.
Win Tickets to Lady & The Tramp at The Wiltern!
How to Enter:
- Leave a comment below with your favorite kid’s movie quote!
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That’s it! Giveaway closes on Wednesday, August 8th, 8:00 a.m. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to respond. Good luck!