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Along with perfect summer days and nights also come those filled with unbearable heat. As we near 90-plus degree temperatures that may cause you to melt, we offer 7 different ways to cool down this summer in Bend, Oregon.

1. Stay Hydrated

orange_flaskYour body will feel cooler if you are hydrated, so drink frequently! Try drinking eight ounces of water at least every hour. Adding mint leaves, or orange, lemon or cucumber slices to your water makes it more refreshing.

Even better, if you’re tired of having to drink warm water, check out Hydro Flask’s double-wall vacuum insulated products. Each flask is made from high-quality 18/8 stainless steel and is stylish, lightweight, reusable and BPA-free. Hydro Flasks provide users the freedom to go anywhere with the assurance that their cold liquids will stay cold for 24 hours.

So fill up a Hydro Flask with iced water or tea and enjoy your icy cold beverage throughout the day!



2. Frozen Farmers Market Fruits

Not sure what to do with your extra farmers market produce? How about enjoying some homemade popsicles and frozen fruit kebabs. Check out a delicious berry popsicle recipe on our blog or just gather up some fruit, such as strawberries, watermelon, and grapes, and stick them in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Then enjoy them either on a kabob or straight out of a cup!











3. Discovery park

DiscoPk_kids_webBend’s newest park located in NorthWest Crossing is the perfect place to splash around and cool off by the water this summer. Discovery Park is a 31-acre park and features a three-acre lake, approximately 12 acres of developed park and about 16 acres of natural open space. People can enjoy walking trails, a nature play area, a picnic shelter, a lakeside water play area and an off-leash dog park. So slather on the sunscreen, grab some beach towels, plenty of water filled Hydro Flasks, and head to Discovery Park to cool off.






4. DIY Water and Ice Activities

Get set to beat the heat this summer with some of these water activities for kids! Water activities for water-balloon-u-launchers_secondary-ef192f7ckids are always a hit for summer and you’re bound to stay cool with these exciting ways to keep cool in this scorching hot heat. Make a slip and slide, a water balloon sprinkler, or have fun with ice cube water colors! Check out these 38 ways to beat the heat with quick and easy ice and water activities for kids.






5. Natural Sunscreeen

Everyone knows the importance of wearing sunscreen, but you may not know tScreen-shot-2011-03-17-at-10.39.25-AMhat you don’t have to destroy your skin with chemicals to avoid getting sunburnt. Make it a priority to protect yourself and your children from future skin damage and slather on the sunscreen whenever you’re outside. If possible, opt for natural sunscreens to prevent having chemicals and parabens absorbed into your skin and bloodstream. Natural suncreens are a little more pricy than the traditional brands, but they are much safer for the family and the environment.




6. Frozen Yogurt

4846715_origAfter a day at Discovery Park, why not treat yourself to a delicious frozen yogurt treat at All Mixed Up. It is the perfect place to grab dessert after dinner, a mid-day smoothie, or just anytime you’re craving a special treat. They’re the only place in Bend where you can get delicious frozen custard! They also have delicious organic fro-yo and amazing sorbets.  Have fun creating a dessert your way with their huge variety of tasty toppings.





7. Your pets get hot too!

Make sure your furry friends stay cool too in the harsh heat. Take a Bandanna, get it wet, freeze it, and then tie it around your dog’s neck for an instant way to cool off or just take a bowl, pour water, treats, etc., into the water and freeze. When hard, take it out and turn upside down until it melt enough that it slides out! Or why not get a mini plastic swimming pool for your pup to lounge around in?


We hope these tips will help you beat the heat this summer!