Beat the Heat
June 27, 2012
Before heading off to bed last night, I checked in on the weather forecast for the next 7 days. According to our local meteorologist, Gary Lezak of 41 Action News, we are looking forward to a week of mostly triple digit temperatures and no rain in sight. In fact, the only day of "relief" might be this Friday, where we can enjoy a cool down with temps only getting up to 99 degrees. Boy, I don’t believe I’ll bother digging out a sweater for that!
I must admit, despite the fact that I enjoy the summer and can usually stand the heat and humidity, there comes a point when even I am uncomfortable and need a break from the scorching weather. I don’t know about you, but this is that point and I, like many of you out there, am looking for ways to keep cool without having to hide out at home with the a/c on full blast.
So, here are some ways to get out and enjoy these hot summer days without risking heatstroke:
1) Go swimming. Okay, I started with the obvious, yet some may argue that it’s even too hot to go swimming. Unless the water is as warm as bathwater, I don’t believe it can ever be too hot to go swimming. So, this is going to remain at the top of my recommendation list. My family has a season pass to the Blue Springs Centennial Pool-Plex this year, and it has already proved a worthwhile investment. Don’t forget other options like Oceans of Fun, Schlitterbahn, or your local YMCA. Just remember to keep slathering on the sunblock, take periodic breaks in the shade, and drink lots and lots of water.
2) Get some culture. Did you know that there are a ton of museums in and around the Kansas City area? If art is your thing, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art are free, air-conditioned, and house numerous pieces of art from around the world. History buffs can visit the Steamboat Arabia Museum in City Market, the Titanic Exhibit at Union Station, or the National World War I Museum. Sports fans can check out the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum near 18th and Vine or the College Basketball Experience at the Sprint Center. For those looking for a more unique museum experience, stop by Leila’s Hair Museum in Independence, the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City near the UMKC campus, or the Red-X Bell Museum in Riverside.
3) Sample the local brews. Did you know that Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City’s biggest local beer brewing business, offers free tours of its facility? You’ll need to think ahead and schedule your tour, but I can’t think of a better way to beat the heat than to learn why they call that Smokestack Series beer Tank 7 and get a few free samples, all while basking in the crisp, cool, conditioned air of a great local business. If you want a little food to go along with your microbrew, then you can also check out McCoy’s Public House in Westport, the Amerisports Brew Pub at the Ameristar Casino, and 75th Street Brewery in Waldo. All brew several types of beer on site and serve some pretty good pub fare to go with it.
4) Be a kid again. Or just help yours work off some of their pent up energy in ways that don’t involve doing acrobatics off of your living room furniture or coloring pictures on your walls. Many local gymnastics centers, like the Gage Center in Blue Springs and Emerald City Gymnastics in Overland Park, have open play times that allow kids to go nuts on indoor playground equipment, trampolines, and foam pits. Don’t forget about Paradise Park in Lee’s Summit, which also has bumper cars and an arcade. Your children with sensitive, artsy sides will enjoy getting creative at Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope at Crown Center.
5) Dust off that library card. This one may be last, but it is certainly not least. Designated as an official cooling center in 30 locations throughout the Greater Kansas City area, Mid-Continent Public Library is here to help you keep cool and serve as your gateway to access whatever information you need. We offer free Internet access, fiction and nonfiction books for all ages, music, movies, Wi-Fi, fun and interactive family programs, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, research resources, and so much more. Not to mention, we have a staff full of folks that are ready and waiting to help you find what you are looking for.
With so many options, it’s time to stop complaining about the heat and get out there and have some fun! We’ll be looking for you at the Library!
Blue Springs South Branch