What do you do on a hot day? 32 ideas to get rid of boredom

What do you do on a hot day?  32 ideas to get rid of boredom

As much as I love summer, I can’t say I love the record-breaking heat waves in Texas this year. If you’re not close to a lake, beach, or pool (even kids’ pools are enough!) you’re probably asking yourself the same question: What do you do on a hot day? Coming up with ideas that challenge the post-air conditioning world can be quite a struggle. Since I don’t do well in this level of heat and humidity, I found myself typing “Brain slows down in heat” into Google. Lost hope. I was a little relieved to find out that this was a real thing.

If you’re like me, you may feel stuck between wanting to make the most of these fleeting summer days and not being able to get outside without breaking a sweat. So, until the fall chill settles in a few months from now, I’ll be doing my best to deal with the high temperatures and spend plenty of time indoors. If you’re also looking for fun things to do on a hot day, welcome. You have come to the right place.

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What to do on a hot day: 32 ideas

Say it with me: Just because it’s too hot to go outside doesn’t mean I’m going to waste my summer. I’ve compiled a list of creative, delicious, comforting, and productive things to do on a hot day that I can turn to every time I feel boredom starting to get the best of me. Whether you’re having the perfect summer day on the water or you’re here wondering what to do on a hot day indoors, I have ideas for all of us.

From making homemade popsicles to facial massages, consider this your go-to list for boredom-busting and memory-making ideas that will keep you busy through Labor Day and beyond.

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Creative things to do on a hot day

1. Create the perfect summer playlist. Collect all the songs that make you happy, old and new, into one perfect playlist. This way, you’ll have something prepped and ready to go for pool days, beach walks, al fresco dinners, and solo dance parties. Or get inspired by our summer playlist.

2. Discover your enneagram type. Discover how your personality can teach you more about yourself, others, and how you interact. But remember, you are more than just your type!

3. Design your own flower arrangements. Since it’s too hot to go outside, you can bring nature inside with an affordable flower arrangement from Trader Joe’s. Listen to some music (see tip #1) and design an arrangement for each room in the house.

4. Give your home a new look for free. If the heat is going to keep you indoors, you better make sure you feel at home. Check out these seven styling tips to get a whole new look without spending a dime.

5. Write a message. One of the things I miss most about summer camp is writing down on paper and telling friends and family about my many adventures. Hand out your stationery and say hello to a friend, loved one, child/niece/nephew at camp, or just leave a note on your partner’s pillow.

6. Break up the board games. Enjoy some friendly competition with a good old-fashioned game night. Check out our list of approved board games to kill your boredom.

7. Find inspiration on YouTube. The platform is a treasure trove of ideas to update your home or wardrobe, try a new beauty routine, experiment with interesting recipes, or learn productivity tips to completely transform your day. Are you wondering where to start? Camille Styles’ YouTube channel is our favorite.

Slices of lemon ice box cake.
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Delicious things to do on a hot day

8. Make your own ice cream. If you’ve never made ice cream at home before, you’re missing out. I scream, you scream, we all scream for your healthy homemade ice cream recipes Owns To try this summer.

9. Use summer fruit in cobbler. While chocolate is welcome every other month of the year, I’m of the opinion that all summer desserts need fruit. Try one (or all) of these cobbler, crunchy, or crumble recipes and let us know which one is your favorite. If you’re feeling ambitious, add to your culinary creativity with a scoop of homemade ice cream, too.

10. Make a great snack for dinner. Because when it’s too hot to even go to the grocery store, turn to Camille’s tried-and-true “snacks for dinner” formula. They’re festive, delicious, completely customizable, and require little to no cooking. AKA, perfect for lazy summer evenings.

11. Host a make-your-own pizza party. Is anyone else’s family struggling to come up with a dinner idea that will satisfy everyone’s tastes? Growing up, we all liked different things, so build your own pizza night was a real crowd pleaser. Plus it’s just fun. Get creative with your topping combinations or try existing Camille favorites.

12. Create a dinner menu using only summer ingredients. There is no doubt that the product is one of the best parts of summer. Learn about what fruits and vegetables are in season and try our favorite summer recipes.

13. Make popsicles at home. There’s nothing better than a popsicle to help you beat the heat. Get creative by making your own popsicles in these popsicle molds, or try this Mango Lassi Popsicles recipe if you need inspiration. You can also simply add your favorite fruit juice for an easy summer treat. Having an adults-only party? Try one of these drunken popsicle recipes instead.

14. Take an indoor walk. Pull out your favorite picnic blanket, light some candles, and create a dreamy indoor picnic in your living room. This is the perfect place to enjoy one of these perfect picnic recipes. Skip the heat and the bugs, keep the fun and food going.

Blonde woman reading on bed.
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Relaxing things to do on a hot day

15. Enjoy a 90s movie night. Because we all need to watch Parent trap At least once a summer. Create your own perfect movie marathon with this list of must-see ’90s movies. Don’t forget the popcorn!

16. Treat yourself to a facial at home. Give your skin a break from sunburn and sweat with a five-step facial from Camille’s beauty expert. Both your skin and your mind will thank you.

17. Create a meditation space at home and get your Zen energy going. One of my summer goals is to finally master meditation, starting with setting aside a meditation space in my home. This meditation helps transport me from the hot, humid summer days of Texas to the cool, refreshing atmosphere of California. Well, in my head at least.

18. Take a power nap. Sometimes the best way to beat the heat is to sleep through it. We tend to forget that although summer is about fun, it’s also about comfort! Make the most of your beauty sleep with these products.

19. Learn the art of facial massage. Did you know that regular facial massage can have anti-aging benefits, relieve stress, and make your skin glow from within? Find out exactly how to do facial massage at home and try it for yourself.

20. Pick up the book you’ve been dying to read. Lie on the couch in your favorite comfy clothes and curl up with a good book. Do you need a re-book? Check out our editors’ favorite fantasy novels for the perfect summer vacation. Is there a better way to spend a hot Sunday in summer?

Brunette woman sitting at desk.
Photo by Michelle Nash

Productive things to do on a hot day

21. Clean out your closet. Take advantage of your time indoors and get organized. Summer is the perfect season to get rid of clothes you don’t want or need and move your winter wardrobe into storage. Because we could all use more space for sundresses and swimsuits.

22. Get your groove on with a cardio dance workout video. In Texas, it’s so hot that it’s dangerous to exercise outside, so I turn to my favorite exercise videos to stay active. My personal favorite? A fun and sassy cardio dance class. Learn more about dance cardio and get ready to dance.

23. Start an indoor herb garden. Nothing goes better with a summer dinner than fresh herbs, and why buy them when you can grow them? If you don’t have outdoor space or it’s too hot to garden, check out the best indoor herb garden systems.

24. Make a Council vision. Tony Robbins famously said: “Energy flows where attention goes.” I, personally, love the opportunity to get serious about visualizing my goals. Tap into your creative side and learn how to create a vision board.

25. Connect with your mind and body through yoga. Current research shows that consistent yoga practice supports long-term positive changes in brain health. Get the physical and mental benefits of yoga by trying these 10 stress-relieving yoga poses in your home. If you want more, check out these 5 facial yoga exercises to give your skin a lit-from-within glow.

26. Relax and immerse yourself in the new podcast. Whether you’re looking for podcasts that will uplift you, motivate you, help you in your career, or guide you through parenting, we’ve got you covered. Use this time indoors to learn something new about yourself, your life, and the world around you.

A mother standing in the ocean with her children.

Things to do on a hot day with kids

27. Visit the skating rink. Usually reserved for the winter, there’s no better way to cool off than going straight to the source itself. Gather the family and get ready to have a great time.

28. Support local cinemas. While it’s certain that the big movie theater chains will be showing all the big summer blockbusters, there’s nothing better than a small movie theater experience. Often times, these local theaters have funky seats and sofas that are fun to relax on. And of course air conditioning!

29. Have a water balloon fight. Fill a bunch of water balloons in the backyard with your hose. Split into teams and get to it! This was one of my favorite things to do in hot weather when I was a kid, and it definitely still is.

30. Go to a baseball game. Although this may not be your ideal choice on a hot and steamy summer day, if the temperatures drop enough, it is one of the best ways to spend the day as a whole family. If you can, try to find seats in the shade.

31. Set up an obstacle course. If the summer heat doesn’t go away, design an obstacle course for your kids indoors. Use what you have on hand like pillows, sofa cushions, anything! It’s one of the most fun and creative indoor activities you can do on a hot day. Alternatively, you can set up a scavenger hunt. Trust me: the kids will have a blast.

32. Make sausages over the fire. Once the heatwave subsides a bit in the evening, take advantage of the slightly cooler temperatures and cook dinner outside. Bonus points for following up the meal with s’mores.

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