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Your backyard water table is no longer doing the trick and your A/C bill is heading for the triple digits. While San Diego is treasured for its year round gorgeous weather, sometimes it’s too hot to handle. But just because temperatures are rising, doesn’t mean you can’t keep your cool. From the best spots to enjoy frozen treats, ice skating and resort pools to our fave arcades, art studios and movie theaters… read on for dozens of places to chill out all over town.

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Bundle up like it’s winter and cool off while putting your coordination skills to the test at a local ice skating rink. Check out all of the public skate options at Poway Ice Arena.

Take your baby or tot to venture beyond the living room baby gates by crawling around one of these 10 indoor play spaces designed especially for wee ones. Looking for an indoor playground for older kiddos? Check these out.

Experience movie-going in a whole new fashion at a Cinepolis Jr. theater where energetic kids can scale play structures before settling in to super cozy, kid-friendly seats to watch a film.

Looking for a bargain flick? Try one of these discount movie theaters to see summer blockbusters in a cool setting.

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Make way to the coast where temperatures are typically cooler than they are inland. Head for one of our favorite family-friendly beaches to catch a wave.

Kids climbing the walls at home? Channel their energy into a literal endeavor by taking them to scale some climbing walls that truly ‘rock.’

The new Game Masters exhibition at The Fleet will have gamers in a frenzy with over 100 games to play––no quarters required.


Or you could hone their skee ball playing arm at one of these awesome arcades.

Trampolines! Go carts! Inflatables! Batting cages! Yes––they’re all indoors!


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Sometimes the only remedy for a hot day is to just get soaked. Here are 11 of our fave places to splash around all over town.

Staycation at a gorgeous resort pool? Why yes, so glad you asked. See where you can get a day pass to live the high life.

Or dive in for a dip at one of the best public pools in San Diego. Here are our 15 favorites.

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What could be better than cooling down with a sweet frozen treat? We tell you where to score the best chill desserts from Taiwanese snow to churro ice cream sandwiches!

Strike up some serious fun at one of these 7 kid-friendly bowling alleys. Get the details on how kids can bowl free this summer at Tavern+Bowl.

Get their creative juices flowing at one of these 10 local art studios that offer everything from jewelry making to pottery painting.

Pinkies up for afternoon tea time. Perhaps an iced tea? See where we love to pretend we’re royalty at 8 kid-friendly spots to enjoy high tea.

Where do you go to take refuge from the sweltering heat? Tell us in the comments.

––Beth Shea