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4 cool ways to beat the heat this summer

Think beyond sprinklers and Popsicles this summer when trying to beat the heat in Maryland. There are plenty of more creative ways for kids to keep cool — from exploring an exhibit full of icebergs to ice skating to splashing into icy waters to sitting in a dark room gazing at the night sky.

Don’t let the heat suppress your family’s sense of adventure. Try one of these ideas to make sure your kids have blast this summer.

Cool places ice rinnkChill out in an ice rink

Ice skating is a great way to hide from the sun for a day, and walking into a chilly ice rink in the middle of summer offers instant relief.

“When it gets hot and sticky outside, it is very refreshing to go ice skating,” says Sigrid Berge, general manager and skating director for Capital Clubhouse Recreation Center in Waldorf.

The average temperature in an ice rink is 50 to 55 degrees, so most people like to wear long pants and gloves in case they fall. Ice skating can also be a good workout, requiring a little balance and perseverance, Berge says.

“It’s a great way to get in a little exercise on the side after all those summer ice creams and barbecues,” Berge says. “Ice skating utilizes your whole body and is fun for the whole family.”

A few options in the area include:

Piney Orchard Ice Arena, Odenton
410-672-7013, pineyicerink.com

Bowie Ice Arena, Bowie
301-809-3090, cityofbowie.org

The Gardens Ice House, Laurel
410-792-4947 ext. 102, thegardensicehouse.com

Capital Clubhouse, Waldorf
301-638-5990, capitalclubhouse.com

Click next below for how to cool off under and indoor night sky.

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