Of all the things I love about North Carolina, hot muggy summer days are the least among them. I can’t stand to be outside for more than 15 minutes on days when the temperature soars to 90 degrees and above. It’s oppressive. It’s unbearable. It’s uncalled for.
When our son was an infant, avoiding the sun on those days was manageable. He could roll around on the floor for hours with a few toys and have a blast. Now that he is 2 and half years old, it’s harder to keep him entertained indoors for a long stretch of time. On days when the weather is reasonable, we give him lots of outdoor time. But on those blistering hot days, I refuse to be without air conditioning between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Our son naps for at least 90 minutes a day but that still leaves several hours for us to figure out how to direct his energy. He colors for about 5-10 minutes before getting bored and moving on to climbing over furniture, trying to break into our cabinets and calling my name over and over until we have a tickle fight. That fills up another hour of our day locked indoors away from the raging summer heat.
After awhile, we all get tired of being cooped up. So here a few of my ideas for inexpensive indoors activities on hot summer days:
Watching YouTube Videos
Dancing along to YouTube videos is one of our favorite ways of burning energy. Our son’s new favorite song is the classic “I Like to Move It Move It” from the animated children’s movie, “Madagascar.” He also loves the “Baby Shark” song by PINKFONG.
Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center
This is an excellent indoor pool with a water slide, lazy river and a zero-depth entry area that is perfect for toddlers.
Crabtree Valley Mall’s play area
The play area is small but carpeted and has a small slide and climbing structure with an assortment of pay-to-play rides. The rides cost 50 cents each. To our son just sitting inside a ride and turning the steering wheel was plenty of fun. There are similar play areas at Triangle Town Center, Cary Towne Center, and the Streets of Southpoint in Durham.
What are some inexpensive Triangle-area indoor activities for toddlers on hot days that you enjoy?