10 Tips to Beat the Summer Heat

Splash Around
The Paws On exhibit at the Brevard Zoo offers shaded areas for parents to relax while the kids splash away in the play lagoon that sits next to an aquarium filled with animals from the Indian River Lagoon.  Paws On is included in zoo admission. brevardzoo.org

The Palm Bay Aquatic Center, located at the Brevard Community College campus, features water play toys, a large slide, zero depth entry and eight lap lanes.  Get there early on hot days to get a good spot. Admission is $3 per person 2 years old and older. brevardparks.com/south

Watch a Movie
Sitting in a cold, dark room for two hours will make you forget all about the summertime blues. Check out one of the many blockbusters released this summer at your favorite local theatre. An added bonus? Matinees are not only an escape from the hot sun, but ticket prices are cheaper too.

Rave Motion Pictures Avenue 16, Viera

Cobb Theatres Merritt Square 16, Merritt Island

Premiere Theater- Oaks Stadium 10, Melbourne

Cinemaworld- West Melbourne 16, West Melbourne

United Artists Searstown Mall 10- Titusville
(321) 269-5421

Rise and Shine
Don’t forget, the early bird gets the worm. If you do want to do an activity outdoors like take a walk or a jog, try getting up with (or before) the sun. Temperatures are lower and most rain showers occur in the afternoon so you don’t have to worry about the higher humidity.

Feel Like a Kid Again
Create sweet memories and indulge in a scoop (or two!) of ice cream or frozen yogurt.  Plan an ice cream social with friends including toppings and mix-ins or keep it simple and visit one of the local ice cream or frozen yogurt shops like Redberry at The Avenue in Viera.

The Eyes Have It
The sun shines most every day so be sure to protect your eyes from the harsh rays. Forget boring sunglasses and go with something bolder this summer. Be sure the shape and color still flatter your face and don’t limit yourself to just one pair! Look for UV-protection details. Choose sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays. Dolce and Gabbana DG 4132, $360 at Sunglass Hut, Melbourne Square Mall.

Take an Afternoon Nap
The National Sleep Foundation reports a short nap of 20-30 minutes can help to improve mood, alertness and performance. Some studies have shown that just spending time in bed can be beneficial, though it is better to try to actually sleep.

Eat Fresh
Fresh, in-season fruit like watermelon is refreshing and beneficial during the summer months since fruit is made of mostly water. Other fruits in-season include mangoes, nectarines, melons and more. Visit a local farmers’ market for the freshest “picks.”

Downtown Melbourne Farmers’ Market
Corner of U.S. Highway 1 and State Road 192
Open year-round on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Suntree Open Air Marketplace
3270 Suntree Blvd.
Open year-round on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Maintenance will keep your A/C running cooler and more effectively. Take the time to replace air filters and have ducts checked for leaks for more efficiency. Need a professional? Call Climatic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning (321) 725-2430
Spritz Away
Can’t make it to the pool? Keep a plastic spray bottle of water in the refrigerator — when you get hot, mist yourself with the cold water. Start with your wrists to quickly cool yourself.  You can also store your daily moisturizer in the refrigerator. Keep it in a closed container and away from food items.

Get Lost in a Book
Forget about the weather outside while you read about ice and snow in books like “A Winter’s Tale” or “The Call of the Wild.”  You’ll trick your mind into forgetting about the heat as you delve into the stories of winter weather.