Hot weather is here to stay and soon we’ll all be cranking up our AC and dreaming of a cool dip in a rooftop pool and frozen margaritas.

I love the speed at which Bostonians switch the narrative from ‘will this winter never end?’ to ‘I can’t remember the last time I felt cool!’ I’m as guilty of this as anyone, perhaps more so as my English bones are only used to the most moderate changes in temperature season to season.

It gets harder when you factor kids into the equation. Not only do you have to keep yourself sane during the hottest months of the year, but you also have to look out for little people who, helpfully, can’t communicate when they’re too hot or that they’ve had too much exposure to the sun.

Don’t panic. Here are some indoor activities in the South End that will keep you and your little ones in a nice, air-conditioned cocoon this summer.

Swimming at YMCA, 316 Huntington Avenue, 02115

It’s the perfect time of year to take your kids swimming – not only is it a great way to cool off but getting changed at the end is much easier when they have fewer clothes to put back on!

The pool at the YMCA on Huntington Avenue was recently renovated and is a great option for lessons or simply taking your kids for a dip. During June and July, you can try out the pool for free on Tuesdays and Thursdays

The next block of swimming lessons starts June 26, 2017 for 4 weeks or 8 weeks:

  • Stage A, Water Discovery (6-18 months): Saturday 9am and Sunday 9.40am
  • Stage B, Water exploration (18 months – 3 years): Saturdays & Sundays at 9am

Swimming lessons are 30 minutes and cost $140 for non-members or $70 for members.

If you preferring swimming on a more ad-hoc basis, then you can take your kids along to open swim sessions. Open swim sessions are not available when swimming lessons are taking place (Saturday & Sunday mornings and Monday & Tuesday afternoons) so you’re best to phone ahead and check: 617-536-7800. Non-members pay $15 per adult for each swim or you can get full membership for $77 per adult per month.

Little Groove Music and Art Classes, Boston Center for the Arts – Calderwood Pavilion – 527 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02118

Little Groove music classes are really popular among families in the South End. Kids get to sing and dance to music, while playing with trucks, balls, puppets, bubbles and so much more. They also offer art classes if you want to give your child the opportunity to get creative in a different way. Summer classes run from the second week of July for 7 weeks and cost $160-175.

Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

The South End branch of the Boston Public Library is a great place to take refuge when it gets hot. They have storytime on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 10.30am for kids aged 0-5. On other days, you can still go and make use of all the books and toys on offer.

If you can manage the walk to the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, there is a fun, air-conditioned space for kids to explore, plus events such as storytime, lego club, and dance parties for you and your little ones to enjoy.

CouCou Play Room, 24 Union Park Street, 02118

Not only is CouCou a shop with beautiful toys, books and clothes, but it also has a fabulous playroom where kids can read, do arts and crafts and play. The Play Room is open Tuesday through Sunday during store hours, except when there is a class or event in progress. You can pay a drop-in fee of $12, which covers 2 children per family (adults and infants under 3 months are free) or, if you know you’ll be a regular visitor, you can get unlimited visits for $175 for a year. In addition to the Play Room, CouCou also runs yoga classes and infant and toddler play date events – check out the website for more information about what’s on offer.

Little Lovage Club events, 778 Tremont St, 02118

The Little Lovage Club has an air conditioned space where you can shelter from the heat and socialize with other families. There are a range of Mom groups, art, music & dance classes so check out the summer schedule. On July 11th, come along to a July 4th themed open play from 4-5.30pm for kids 0-4 years. There will be red, white and blue themed crafts, songs and toys for you and your little ones to enjoy.

Sitter While Mom Spins Classes, Recycle Studio, 18 Union Park St, 02118

Ok so this option won’t keep you cool, but it will be an indoor activity for your little one. Recycle Studio in the South End has teamed up with Summer Sitters to make it easier for Moms to find time for a workout. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, you can come to an 8.30am spin class and sitters will be there to take care of your little one. The cost is $10 (in addition to the cost of the class) and sitters are there 30 minutes before and after the class so that you also have time to grab a shower and a coffee. Recycle Studio is offering all South End Moms 20% off their first ride – contact erin@recycle-studio.com and mention the South End Moms blog to redeem this offer.

Here’s to staying cool, calm and collected this summer – well, the cool part at least…

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