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When the weather first gets hot, we often welcome the sunny days with glee and pull out the flip flops and cute outfits… but it doesn't take long until the heat begins to get to us. At least it does to me. My hair + humidity = no thank you!
Plus, the heat can be draining. So, while we may have lots of ambition, our energy levels beg to differ. So, what can be done to beat the boredom?
For starters, this is the perfect time to think of things that you may not be able to do for the rest of the year. It is also the perfect time to start on a new project you have been putting off, like learning a new skill.
Looking for indoor activities is often the best solution, but you can still get outside and enjoy the benefits of being active and conversing with people. You just need to know where to look.
We have compiled a list of 35 activities to consider when you are bored and looking for some things to do on a hot day. I am willing to bet these will get the wheels turning, and before you know it, the cooler weather will be sliding in and you'll be glad you had such a busy and eventful summer.
Let's get started.
35 Things to Do on a Hot Day
1. Have a Water Balloon Fight.
Water balloons aren't just for kids, although this is a great family activity! For added enjoyment, try gathering the neighbors and make this a block party balloon fight.
You can make it as simple as having filled balloons to toss or creating an obstacle course and other games associated with water balloon fights.
2. Visit an Art Gallery
Small or large, most towns have at least one museum or art gallery, and they are usually air-conditioned in the summer. If an art gallery isn't interesting to you, what about a local aquarium or nature center?
Find something that you haven't visited for a while and spend the day leisurely enjoying the sights in the cool air.
3. Create the Ultimate Summer Playlist
This would be the perfect time to compile the ultimate summer playlist to listen to at your next party or when you are in the mood to dance around the living room.
You can start with a pre-made list or look up all your favorites. Remember as a kid how much fun it was to create a mixed tape?
4. Have a Board Game Day
Take those long-abandoned board games out of the closet (You could also tidy it up a bit, you know you have been putting it off!) and dust them off. Gather the family around or call a few friends and spend the day reliving the fun you used to have playing.
You could even combine this with one of the fun activities below, like having an ice cream party!
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5. Make Your Own Adult Popsicles
Hot weather is a perfect time to have some childhood fun and bring it into your adult life. Try making some adult popsicles and sharing them with a group of friends. This activity is definitely one that is great to combine with other fun activities like a water balloon fight.
6. Get Cozy with a Good Book
People often think of getting cozy by a fireplace on cold winter days, but there is nothing stopping you from grabbing a book you have been wanting to read and enjoying it.
Set yourself up in a cool spot with a fresh lemonade, or drink of your choice, and enjoy the book. Extra points if you get a kiddie pool and soak your feet in it as you relax!
7. Start an Indoor Herb Garden
Maybe it is too hot to think about digging in your yard, or maybe gardening isn't your thing. However, taking the time to plant a simple indoor herb garden that sits on your windowsill will have you enjoying fresh herbs for cooking all year.
8. Make a Vision Board
Creating a vision board is a great way to put give a visual account of your dreams and goals. Grab a large piece of poster board, some markers, magazines, and any other objects for creating, and get started.
This is a great activity to do alone or with a close friend. Here are some vision board ideas to get you started.
9. Try Indoor Ice Skating
Check out the operating hours of your local indoor ice-skating rink. It doesn't matter if this is an old favorite of yours or something you never tried before. Now might be the perfect time to try something new.
10. Wash Your Car
If you don't have a car, your dog would probably welcome a cooling bath outside. Put on some cool clothes, grab your bucket, and hook up the hose. Make it even more fun by inviting a group of friends!
11. Go Kayaking
Anywhere on the water is bound to be cooler than inside the city. Find the nearest place to rent a kayak and spend a lazy day floating down a river. If the nearest place is a bit of a drive, enjoy the ride with your air conditioner turned up and your favorite playlist blasting!
12. Have a Movie Marathon
Think about the movies you'd love to see again. Today would be perfect to gather a few movies, pop some popcorn, and curl up in a cool pair of pajamas for a movie marathon. As an alternative, you can set up an outdoor movie theater under the night sky and hold a neighborhood movie night.
13. Feed the ducks
There is bound to be a place nearby where the ducks or geese gather. Grab a few bags of frozen peas, which they love, and head out for an afternoon by the water. This activity will lighten any mood and make you forget about the heat. If there are no ducks or geese around, there are bound to be birds that would love a special treat!
14. Visit a Water Park
Grab your bathing suit and head to a water park. Whether you are floating along the lazy river or experiencing the feeling of flying down the slides, you'll soon forget that the weather is smoldering outside.
15. Have an Ice Cream Party
You could try your hand at making your own ice cream or inviting some friends over for an ice cream party. For the party, set out a couple kinds of ice cream, some sauces and toppings and let everyone create their own sundae. To make clean-up easier, invest in some sugar bowls.
16. Paint a Picture
Gather a friend or two… or embark on this adventure alone. Grab a canvas and some paint and create your own masterpiece. For inspiration, you may visit the Bob Ross channel on YouTube. Whatever the end result, frame your piece and hang it up proudly!
17. Do a Jigsaw Puzzle
Skip the online version and pull out a physical jigsaw puzzle. Go for the larger ones. You can make this a family project or simply something that allows you to relax. Jigsaw puzzles can create a type of problem-solving focus.
Think of a problem you have been working on. As you work on the puzzle, whether one day or more, think of solutions. By the time you finish, you may have the solution to your problem.
18. Write a Story
We all have at least one story in us waiting to get out. Make today the day you set yours free. If you already write, you may just want to sit and get started, but if you think you need some help, there are free sources online that help guide you through the process.
19. Have an Indoor Picnic
There are no rules that you need to be outside to have a picnic. Make up a cool salad and gather a cooler of drinks. Toss a blanket on your floor and enjoy a family picnic or grab a book and enjoy the feel of a lazy summer picnic, with the added benefit of air conditioning.
20. Start a Journal
Journaling has many proven benefits. They come in a variety of styles and have many purposes, including dealing with anxiety. Find a nice empty notebook and your favorite pen, and just start freewriting.
You can use this journal in any way you find helpful and may find yourself enjoying a daily journaling habit.
21. Take a nap
In places like Mexico, they understand how refreshing an afternoon siesta can be when it is taken during the hottest hours of the day.
There is nothing stopping you from doing the same. It can also ready you for an outdoor movie night or some other nightly activity that takes place in the cooler hours.
22. Watch the stars
As the day cools, the clear skies of summer come alive with stars, planets you can see with the naked eye, and even meteor showers.
Grab your blanket and head out to your backyard or a quiet spot free of trees and lie back. You will start to feel how wonderful this vast universe is.
23. Take time to meditate
Meditation is another activity that doesn't require much planning and works well when the weather keeps you wanting to move as little as possible. If you've never tried it before, now might be the perfect time to give it a try!
24. Take a Cool Bath
So, you don't have access to a pool? No, need to worry. Run a bashful of water that is just short of cold. Add some essential oil, grab a book and cool drink, and just relax in the water.
Let your muscles rest and rejuvenate your body at the same time. Flower petals and candles aren't a must, but they can make the environment even more magical.
25. Play a New Video Game
Has there been a new video game you have been dying to try? Now might be the best time to turn on the air conditioner and get started on the game.
As an alternative, maybe there is a game you have tried to beat and never quite gotten there. In any case, grab some cold beverages and some snacks and give it a try.
26. Take Some Online Personality Tests
Personality tests are both fun and informative. It is never a waste of time to try and find out more about yourself. Try these 12 tests for free and see what new things may come to your attention.
27. Create a Bucket List
Bucket lists are not only for things you want to do in life. You can make them specific, such as books you want to read, movies you want to watch, or places you want to visit. Maybe you would like to learn 100 new skills in your lifetime. In any case, use today to start compiling your ultimate bucket list, or lists.
28. Go Birdwatching
Where there are birds, there are trees. Where there are trees, there is shade, and sometimes even water. In all cases, the temperature is cooler in these areas. Grab a book on bird identification and go on a search.
You could instead take a camera and try to capture as many different photos of birds as possible. Fair warning, birds are not very cooperative when a camera is brought out!
29. Learn a New Skill
Learning new skills is always a wonderful feeling. When you can actually earn a certificate upon completion, it makes you feel extra good. Try some of these free skill-building classes or do a search for a particular skill you have been wanting to learn.
30. Plan Your Dream Vacation
Start researching for your dream vacation. Whether it involves a cool ocean beach or snowy ski slopes, you can imagine yourself in the locations. Visualize the cool breezes or biting winter winds. Plan all the details and give yourself something to work toward.
Decluttering your environment helps to declutter your mind. This has been proven by science and has long been known by those who practice the art of Feng Shui.
Use your time indoors to get rid of some of the stuff that has just been taking up space and collecting dust. You'll feel lighter! Learn how to start a declutter habit
32. Attend an Outdoor Concert
Most towns and cities have a variety of summer activities going on, a lot of them in parks where there are trees and fountains.
Grab a copy of your city's entertainment guide and look for an outdoor concert or festival to enjoy.
33. Set New Goals
Do you have life goals in place? Now might be a great time to focus on one or two life goals. You can realize a sense of purpose to help guide you through life. Take a look at this list for some inspiration.
34. Write a Letter
Whether it is a letter letting someone know how much they mean to you or a letter of forgiveness that is meant to bring you peace, actually picking up a pen and writing a physical letter allows a sense of freedom and accomplishment. Feelings tend to flow more freely when you write longhand.
35. Borrow Some Kids
Kids naturally know how to have fun whether the weather is hot or cold. Ask a couple of friends to borrow their kids for a few hours if you don't have any of your own. Ask for suggestions and let the kids lead.
You may end up splashing in the local water fountain, having a hose war, or simply chilling in the shade. The parents will get some time off and you will have a great adventure.
Final Thoughts on Things to Do on a Hot Day
Whether you venture out, or stay at home, you will never be at a loss for something to beat the boredom … thanks to this list. You can try a few or all of them! Or perhaps we’ve inspired you to come up with a few of your own?
Whether you are alone, or with a group of friends and family, you will find yourself entertained if that’s what you want. And maybe you’ll even find yourself having a productive spell, if that’s the route you choose to go. Sky’s the limit.