Stay Cool This Weekend with a Few Indoor Activities

A bevy of heat and sun warnings are hitting the New Jersey area this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the house.

Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t recommend running a marathon in 100+ degree weather, but consider staying cool with a few suggestions below. As always, remember to drink plenty of water, wear sunscreen, and stay in the shade if you are going to be outside.

Before I get into the list, I’d also like to mention that a number of towns have established cooling centers and hours for those who may not have A/C. The city of Linden, for example, has set up cooling stations throughout the town at various locales, including libraries and rec centers:

Catch a Movie
The Lion King is expected to set all kinds of box office records this
weekend, but if opening weekends aren’t for you, Spider-Man and Toy Story 4 remain great family options. For those that won’t be bringing kids in tow, Quentin Tarantino’s latest, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, featuring
Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, is also hitting theaters [Edit: Woops. This one comes out next week, on 7/26].

Lounge in/around the Pool
You might not want to bake in the sun too long, and definitely not without some sunscreen, but dipping in and out of the pool between bouts in the shade might not be a bad way to beat the heat.

Go on a Foodie Tour
I’ll admit, this is probably my favorite pastime, normally reserved for
the extreme winter months. Obviously, it doubles over nicely in the extreme
heat as well. Pick a walkable town (if you want some suggestions, feel free to ask), pick a food, and eat your way through the day. This is particularly fun and doable with things like ice cream, doughnuts, tacos, etc.

Stay in the AC
OK, I started this off by giving options to get you out of the house. But hey, if you want to stay home too, I’m not going to stop you. If the heat has dragged you down to the point of exhaustion, maybe it’s as good a day as any to just blast the AC, lounge on the couch, and catch up with a good book or TV show.