Summer will be in full-force this weekend with highs pushing 100 degrees. Combined with the humidity, that will feel more like 110 or even 115.
Of course, the heat won’t stop there — it’s only mid-July. Models suggest that high temperatures could continue in the mid-90s through Thursday or Friday of next week.
So if you’re trying to find interesting ways to cool off, we’ve got you covered. These ideas might not be the most straightforward, but they are definitely the most entertaining.
1. Play kiddie pool kickball
This is the coolest (get it?) way we’ve seen to bust the heat, and it’s probably an easy setup. You’d need four slip ‘n slides and four kiddie pools (it’s probably best to get the pools with the soft inflatable sides rather than the plastic pools). Combine these with a hose, a kickball and 10 of your best friends and you have an afternoon of sweet, cool fun.
2. Ride the world’s tallest water slide
In July 2014, the Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., debuted its most popular attraction: the world’s largest water slide, confirmed and admitted into the annals of ridiculousness (otherwise known as the Guinness Book of World Records).
The slide is over 168 feet tall, and you have to be strapped into a raft with three other people in order to take the plunge, which peaks at a speed of 65 mph. The slide is so popular during the summer months that you and your crew have to make a reservation to ride in the morning, and then arrive a full 30 minutes before your scheduled launch so that you can climb all 17 stories to get to the top.
Apropos, the water slide is named Verrückt — German for “insane.”
3. Strap on a water-powered jet pack
Ever feel a little bilked that we still haven’t perfected hover-boards, flying cars or jet packs? Well, you can at least have a less-fiery version of the latter with a water-powered jet pack.
Yes — this is real. Apparently the hose is connected to something like a jet ski, where the engine pumps the water through the jet pack and out two different thrust streams which are then controlled by the user.
For double points, ABC meteorologist Rob Marciano took a ride on one that also requires you to keep your balance.
— Rob Marciano (@RobMarciano) July 2, 2015
4. Build a DIY, adult-size slip ‘n slide
Normal, child-size Slip’n Slides, which were created by Wham-O back in the 1960s, were fun while you were 12, but less so after you grew up. Now a lot of people have taken the basic principle to create larger versions of their childhood favorites, including the folks at digitalmisery.com, who explain the process step-by-step with photos.
Of course, you could also just buy a really big slide, for the low, low cost of around $1,300.
Just be careful you don’t stretch your slide out over a rock or… you know. Blammo.
5. Ride a water slide the length of four city blocks
If you happened to be in Seoul this weekend you might have stumbled upon a water slide that spanned nearly four city blocks. The City Slide Festa made a stop in Seoul as it travels around South Korea this year.
Similar events have popped up in the U.S. in the past, and are scheduled over the next few weeks in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Georgia.
How about it, D.C.?
6. Give your dog a sprinkler
If you’re more of an observer and less of a participator, consider treating your dog to a well-deserved romp in the water.
Pets suffer from heat-related illness, too, including heatstroke and even death. The Humane Society suggests limiting your pet’s exercise on really hot days, providing plenty of cool water and shade, and never leaving your pet in a parked car.
Editor’s note: This story was originally published in July 2015.