5 Fun Ways to Stay Cool without a Pool

Why does it always seem like these last days of summer are the hottest? We totally love summer and its bright sunshine-filled days, but that heat can get a bit much and turn us into A/C-craving hermits. While it can be tempting to stay inside in the chilled air, getting outside is what summer is all about and totally worth a bit of sweat.

The best option is when you can find ways to stay cool outside in the summer heat. While a swimming pool is the easiest way to cool off outdoors, not all of us have easy access to a pool. But, there are lots of other ways to have fun this summer and stay cool WITHOUT a pool!

5 Fun Ways to Stay Cool without a Pool this Summer



Make “Sponge Bombs”

There’s no need to buy water balloons or squirt guns when you can make your own fun DIY sponge bombs! Use colorful kitchen sponges to make these bombs your kids can soak with water and throw at each other. It’s a good way to get wet, stay cool and have fun!


Seek the Shade

This one is a bit of a no-brainer that people have been doing for thousands of years. When it’s crazy hot, stay out of the direct sun and in the shade of a tree or building OR make your own shade in a fun way. You know those blanket forts that are so fun to make indoors? Drag a few lightweight sheets outside and let the kids use them with tree branches or lawn chairs to create their own shady structures. (Just keep the sides open to allow for breezes to blow through.)


Run through a Sprinkler

While not as old a concept as shade, kids (and adults) have been running through sprinklers for decades and it’s a great way to cool off. If your sprinklers aren’t the built in type, move the sprinkler around the yard as you play andyou’ll do double duty of getting your entire lawn watered at the same time.


Slip and Slide

If we’re going in order of how long a “keep cool” idea has been around, right after the lawn sprinkler is probably the Slip and Slide! If you don’t have one that came in a box from the store, it’s easy to make a stand-in by using big sheets of plastic used for protecting floors and furniture while painting. Use a garden hose to keep it wet and if you need some extra slipperiness, add a TINY bit of dish soap.


Cool Treats – Jolly Llama Sorbet Pops and Cream Pops

You can keep cool from the inside out with delicious frozen treats like those from Jolly Llama! These Sorbet Pops and Cream Pops are a smart choice because they are made with whole fruit, avoid artificial anything and use no GMOs, dyes or high fructose anything. Jolly Llama Sorbet Pops and Cream Pops are a guilt-free, family-friendly summertime refreshment. They are now easier than ever to find since you can get them at your local Walmart. Find a complete list of store locations here.

We tried the mango and blackberry flavors of Jolly Llama Sorbet Pops and they were both so good. They are definitely bursting with real fruit flavor and we could feel good about eating them. With so much good stuff in them and the icky stuff kept out, what’s not to love?!?

How does YOUR family stay cool during the summer?

On HOT summer days you don't have to hide out indoors in the A/C. Have fun outdoors with these 5 Fun Ways to Stay Cool without a Pool!

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  1. These are great ideas! Who says you need a pool to stay cool. A good old fashioned slip and slide and some freeze pops can do the job perfectly.

  2. dontemailme@gmial.com' robin rue says:

    These are all awesome ways to stay cool in the summer. We have our sprinkler going pretty much every day.

  3. dearrhannahh@aol.com' Hannah C says:

    These are all very good and fun ideas!

  4. All very excellent ideas. I used to love playing on the slip and slide when I was little, this post makes me want to get one for my littles.

  5. cshell090869@aol.com' shelly peterson says:

    Its been a really hot summer. We have enjoyed a lot of popsicles. My grandsons would have so much fun with the “Sponge Bombs”.

  6. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    I love all these ideas. Going through the slip in slide is one we really like, having frozen treats are great and staying in the shade is important!

  7. Thise sponge bombs look awesome! We live in Florida and love cool down ideas.

  8. Those Jolly Llama pops look so good! I love that they have natural ingredients. I’ll look for them next time I’m at Walmart!

  9. Now these are some fun summer ideas. It’s definitely a good time to bring out the sprinklers! The sponge bombs would be perfect on sprinkler days!

  10. These are all good ideas for staying cool. Those sponge bombs look like fun.

  11. gooba01@live.com' Holly Thomas says:

    Slip and slides are perfect for anyone to use.

  12. Great tips for staying cool. My girls love spending time just playing with water, great tips!!

  13. Anything to do with water and frozen treats always makes my girls happy in the heat of the summer. These are all such fabulous ideas! And those Jolly Llama Pops are going on my shopping list asap. They look delish!

  14. annemarie.leblanc@gmail.com' Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Using the sprinklers would serve two purposes – water the lawn and to cool the kids down. Me and my siblings used to do that when we were kids! Thanks for your suggestions of outdoor summer fun. It will not only help the kids cool off, it will also encourage them to have some outdoor play time.

  15. The sponge bombs are fun. Easy to make and fun to throw without hurting.

  16. It’s been hot, hot, hot this week. Trying to stay cool is the name of the game. Those sponge bombs would be a big hit with the kids.

  17. Staying cool is tough when it’s over 90 everyday. The kids would love those Jolly Llama pops to keep cool during summer afternoons.

  18. Who needs a pool to have fun! These are awesome ideas, especially the slip and slide. I can see my kids having so much fun with that one!

  19. What a great list of fun creative ways to stay cool without a pool in the summer! I never thought of the sponge idea, brilliant! I will have make those and pops? Those are totally necessary in the summer season 😉

  20. I think these are awesome ideas! It’s always nice to come up with other activities aside from swimming! And who says we always need a pool during the summer! These are so much fun!

  21. savvysavingcouple@gmail.com' Amy Desrosiers says:

    My kiddos have been doing just this! We would love to eventually get a pool but not yet!

  22. These are such great ideas! I love the sponge bombs!

  23. Those sorbet pops would have been great at our school today. The air decided not to run and it was haaaaaaawt. Better now than when the kids show up though. 🙂

  24. Running through a sprinkler sounds like an especially fun idea. I am not sure that I have ever even done that.

  25. info@ourfamilyworld.com' Our Family World says:

    Turning on the sprinkler and letting the kids cool off looks like a lot of fun. The slip and slide is also another awesome idea to cool off. We could set this up for our family get together before school starts again.

  26. lorzsweeps@gmail.com' Kari Lorz says:

    I love the sponge bomb idea! We definitely need to do something different as my AC bill was $140 last month! OMG!!

  27. carawling@hotmail.com' Cynthia R says:

    Those sorbent pops looks good. I love anything mango. It’s been a hot summer for sure!

  28. mijamesr82@gmail.com' James Robert says:

    My kids love the sprinklers and as a kid, I did as well.

  29. A trip to the library will help you stay cool.

  30. We always ran through sprinklers when I was growing up. Easy & cool.

  31. lqueen75@yahoo.com' Lisa Queen says:

    These are fun ways to keep cool!

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