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Beat the heat list: 7 ways to cool off in the heat of Seattle summer


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.

Seattle-area wading pools

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.


Seattle-area spray parks and splash pads

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.


Best beaches for kids

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.


Seattle indoor pools

In the heat of a summer afternoon, it might be wise to avoid the UV rays and get your swimming fix indoors. Grab your goggles, and check out one of these indoor pools around Seattle.


Free bowling and cheap movies

When you need a blast of A/C, spend a summer afternoon bowling for free, or see a family-friendly movie for only a dollar. Here's where you can do that.


Indoor play spaces

If the heat index or air quality (it's wildfire season!) has you ducking for cover, you can find shelter from the elements and plenty of space for energetic kids at these indoor play spaces around Seattle.


Frozen treats 

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


Also read:

Sunscreen for kids in Seattle: What you need to know

How to make sure your swimming spot is safe, clean

15 Seattle-area restaurants with great patios

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