Beat the heat, Seattle: We’re having a heatwave! Whether you worship the sun or prefer the cool breeze from an air conditioning unit, here are seven ways your family can enjoy these glorious summer days and still stay cool.
Shallow wading pools are a perfect place to spend a lazy afternoon with little kids. Many of them are near shady trees and park lawns, so pack a picnic.
There’s nothing more quintessentially summer than kids running through sprinklers on a hot day. If you don’t have a backyard with sprinklers (or if you’re minding your water bill), you’ll find a variety of spray parks and splash pads at Seattle-area parks. Here’s what to expect at some of our favorites.
The water is always cool in the greater Seattle area. From lakes to Puget Sound shores, here are the best beaches to take the family.
In the heat of a summer afternoon, it might be wise to avoid the UV rays and get your swimming fix indoors. This updated list has both indoor and outdoor pools.
Walk a shopping mall, take in a movie, take refuge in a library. Many libraries have made their facilities available as cooling centers.
- King County Library System facilities with air conditioning and extended hours during the heat
- Seattle Public Library branches with air conditioning (also note that some SPL facilities are closed during extreme heat.)
Sometimes the best way to cool off is with a double scoop of cookie dough ice cream. Here’s where to find the best ice cream treats around Seattle.