15 Ways to Incorporate Water & Ice into Active Outdoor Play & Stay Cool This Summer

15 Ways to Incorporate Water & Ice into Active Outdoor Play & Stay Cool This Summer

The heat is on this summer, but that doesn’t mean everyone needs to stay cooped up near the air conditioner! We’ve pulled together 15 ways you can incorporate water and ice into your family’s active outdoor play time this summer to beat the heat and still have a blast outside!

Activities Using Water

Activities Using Ice

Don’t Forget the Sunblock!

Don’t forget to keep everyone safe and healthy while they’re outside by slathering on plenty of sunscreen! When playing in water, it’s important to keep it handy and reapply frequently. You can even turn it into a learning opportunity, by teaching your kids how the sun affects our skin in this great lesson from TedEd! Watch the video below, then visit their lesson page and encourage your kids to think, dig deeper, and discuss.

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WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”



With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

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We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.