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Is It Too Hot to Play Outside?

Posted on May 04, 2017

Skip the Sun and Play Inside

Summer means no school, no homework, and no tests. It’s a kid’s paradise! But with all that time to play, it’s easy to lose track of the sun. An overheated kid is an unhappy kid, even before they get dehydrated or risk heat stroke. Keep your kids happy without worrying about the heat at Monkey Joe’s Winter Park.

6 Signs It’s Too Hot to Play Outside

Did you know that dehydration affects kids faster than adults? You want to make sure your kids are cool and hydrated, especially during active playtime. And humidity can make it harder for kids to cool down by sweating out extra body heat. Is it too hot to play outside? Look for these signs.

  1. What does the clock say? It only takes 20 minutes for a child to become dangerously overheated when playing outside. Make sure they take breaks, sit in the shade, and drink plenty of water.
  2. Time of day. Do you know when it’s hottest? When it’s summer, kids should play indoors between 11am and 4pm.
  3. Temperature. When a child’s core body temperature reaches 104 degrees, the child begins to experience heat stroke. Stay inside if it’s above 95 degrees or particularly humid outside.
  4. Energy. Are your kids lagging? Lack of energy is a sign of dehydration.
  5. Color. Are your kids’ faces red? It may not be sunburn (and you don’t want that either). Red, sweaty faces are signs of overheating, which in turn is a sign of dehydration or heat stroke.
  6. Dry mouth. Are your kids parched? Thirst, cracked lips, and a dry mouth are signs that they’re not getting enough water.

Where can you keep cool and have a blast? Monkey Joe’s! We’re open 7 days a week, so kids don’t have to sacrifice fun to the hot sun. Bounce, slide, and play all day.