How to Chill with the Family in the Summer Heat
 
Trying to stifle your family’s boredom when you’re staying indoors to beat the heat? If you’re stuck inside with the air conditioner, we understand! Thankfully, Shea Homes® are energy-efficient, so staying cool won’t ruin your budget.
 
We’ve rounded up the best chilly treats, fun activities, and backyard games so you can have a blast - without blasting that AC.
 
Icy Treats to Keep You Cool
Popsicles are a delicious way to chill out during a heat wave — from fruity to creamy, you’ll find nearly endless variations. Why not step up your popsicle game by adding sour gummy worms  for a pop of excitement? You can enjoy your sweets faster with a popsicle maker, but popsicle molds work with a little patience!
 
Snow cones are another summertime favorite, and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to whip up snow cone syrup — all you need is Kool-Aid and sugar! Snow cone machines are helpful for making these treats, but the crushed ice mode in your fridge will work in a pinch.

Stay Cool Blog Kids Eating Ice Cream
Enjoying a cold treat on a hot summer day!

Indoor Activities For Staying In the A/C
You don’t have to be bored just because you’re staying cool in front of the air conditioning vent. Tap into your ice maker to play a range of fun games, from ice cube painting to ice bath adventures.
 
If it’s too hot outside for your picnic, why not bring it indoors? Lay out a blanket, put your favorite potato salad into a basket, and host your meal on the floor. Then, when the dishes are put away, you can play your favorite yard games like corn hole inside — though we recommend you toss those bags a little gentler than usual, of course.

Stay Cool Blog Indoor Picnic Kids Eating Pizza
Order pizza for your next indoor picnic.

Backyard Games to Beat the Boredom
Brave the backyard on hot days by adding some water fun! Punch holes into a two-liter bottle and attach it to the end of a hose to create a silly sprayer. Add water to your favorite games — like jumping rope while holding a full cup — and we guarantee you’ll be soaked by the end of it. Get creative and freeze t-shirts for a chilly competitive game, or freeze necklaces for a cooled-off ice lei!
 
Creativity will save the day if you’re trying to entertain the family through a heat wave. Frozen treats and games make all the difference when you’re trying to change a boring day into a playful one.

Stay Cool Blog Father Son Pool
Hit the pool for summer relief.
 

Are you going to stay cool with any of these ideas? Tell us how you’re beating the heat on Instagram or Facebook by tagging us at @SheaHomesCO and using the hashtag #SheaHomesCO!

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