Every Oklahoma summer is brutal. Each day, starting even in Spring, is a dry hot beat down from the sun. All summer it consistently reaches upper 90’s and the particularly scorching days, the 100’s. It’s important to be prepared for this. The best way to beat the heat is to go back to the comfort of your chilly home at the end of a long sweaty day. Ways to keep your house heat free are simple and don’t have to be too drastic like moving to Alaska to live in an igloo despite that being a fantastic option to keep as a backup plan.
Watch out for windows. Windows let in large amounts of heat into the house, especially if they are facing the sun during peak hours of the day. In order to keep your bills low and your comfort levels high close your blinds or shutters every time you leave the house. You can take it one step further by hanging blackout or heavy curtains with white backing to deflect and absorb the incoming rays.
For a long-term fix, plant tall trees and full bushes to shield the house from the sun. It may not be helpful this summer but in a few years, if you plan on staying in the home a while, you will have a massive shade grove for the house and your backyard barbecues. You can also plant creeping vines to cover an area that needs extra cooling.
Many don’t realize this but you can set your fans to rotate in the opposite direction. What?! Since when?! That’s what I said. The thought process behind this is that cold air sinks just like heat rises, so rotating your fans direction will pick up the cold floor level air and disperse it evenly throughout the room and around your body since most of us don’t typically sit on the floor. If you do, then its probably because your fans are still going clockwise.
Insulate although it feels counterintuitive. Your home may need an update in insulation. Have an expert come check it out or if you’re a DIY gal or guy then watch some Youtube videos and investigate yourself. Just like insulation keeps hot air inside during the winter it keeps cold air indoors during summer. Good insulation means good summer vibes.
Search for cracks. Look at all the windows for cracks in caulking. These can leave massive air leaks into the home. Check all the doors to make sure there are no gaps between the floor and the door. If there are you can invest in a foam device that slides onto the door filling in the gap. Enjoy your newly heat proofed house.
Here’s a list of all the family fun that you MUST accomplish this summer. I dare you, double dog dare with no take backs. See how many items you can check off before the end of summer and make it a friendly competition with your neighbors. Kick boredom out the door.
- Elevation Trampoline Park: the Best way for kids to spend some of that summertime energy. Let them jump it out until they get those naptime eyes. You know what I’m talking about.
- Pick a fruit, any fruit: Let them pick their own produce at a local OK farm. Then after a long day’s haul, you can take home your goodies to bake something delicious. Or just eat it right then and there. No judgment.
- Dem’ Bones: If your little Mikey or Mena is an aspiring Paleontologist then they’ll get a thrill at the Museum of Osteology. It features hundreds of skeletons from around the world and is the first and only bone museum in the USA.
- African Safari (In OKLA): Tiger Safari is an exotic zoo park that provides an interactive experience with the little baby animals (Sigh). They’re so cute. Take a guided tour through the park and feel like you’re in an exotic faraway land.
- Shade at the Arcade: When its extra miserable on those OK summer days, shoot for a day indoors at any of the family-friendly arcades offered. These can include, but aren’t limited to, Brickopolis, Dave and Buster’s, Main Event, Chuck E. Cheese (classic), Cactus Jacks, Celebration Station, HeyDay, and Andy Alligator’s. The possibilities are endless.
- Beach Blues: Being in a landlocked state can have its downsides, one being no ocean front beaches. Fear no more because now you can have an outdoor blast at Bricktown Beach. This new venue has sand, lounge chairs, volleyball nets, and SUN. Beach blues obliterated.
- Natural Beauty: Get natural in nature at Martin Nature Center. This reserve contains all the elements of a wildlife Reserve all in your own city. Rolling waters, prairie dog watch party, bird observatory, and easy hikes for the small feet.
- Memory Lane: Take a trip down memory lane with a night at a nostalgic drive-in movie. The Winchester and the Beacon offer kids and adult films alike. Nothing is more fulfilling than homemade popcorn in a brown Crest bag popped by your parents. I can attest.
Don’t just survive summer, master it.
Father’s everywhere anticipate the day of the year where their children celebrate them, give them gifts from the heart, and spend quality time with the ones that taught them how to ride a bike and tie their shoes. On this day we will give them praise and reminisce about the good ol’ days. Here are ideas to kick off his day right.
If dad likes to grill, have a cookout for him. He will enjoy the time together and the kiddos can present him with a grilling plate complete with their handprints. If the kids are grown then a nice grill set of tongs and spatulas are a sweet surprise. If you are especially crafty, create a DIY hanger for his new grill tools with a dad joke or quote for his humorous side.
If you’re looking for an adventure with dad, take him ax throwing at Bad Ax Throwing. It is a great way to relieve stress and you get professional coaches that will train you for your game. You can bring lunch and refreshments to make it a party. They are open from 5pm-9pm.
Take dad to a relaxing concert in the park. Sunday evenings are the Twilight in the Park series at the Myriad Gardens. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit out on the Great Lawn for a delightful musical experience. It may be his favorite Father’s Day event yet.
There is nothing more appetizing on Father’s Day than steak. If you don’t; want the mess of cleaning up after a cookout then WAGYU Japanese BBQ gives you the experience of a cookout without the mess. Yes, you cook your own meat on the grill at your table. This delicious multiple-meat course will leave your dad completely satisfied and a little plumper. It’s the perfect ending to the perfect day. Your dad may just consider you his favorite child. Only joking. We know favorites aren’t allowed.
You don’t have to sit at home all summer just to avoid the heat. Take a little getaway trip with your S.O. or the kiddos or even a zen solo trip. Get out of the house and explore your own state. These adventures aren’t that far and you can most likely make it there on one tank of gas. No excuses. Just hop in the car already and take off down the road. What’s more freeing than a weekend away to clear your head.
Talimena National Scenic Byway is beautiful no matter what season. It always has gorgeous scenery and interesting sites to visit. It is a 54 mile stretch where you can enjoy wildlife and foliage. There are historic cabins and train cars to check out along your drive. Of course, just driving down the byway is interesting enough in itself. You can camp and hike in the Ouachita National Forrest or rent a cabin for glamping. A mini road trip never seemed more exhilarating.
Spice up your weekend adventure with a trip to Meadowlake Ranch Bed and Breakfast. Here you can stay in authentic native American tipi for the night. Each tipi has a modern bathroom so don’t fret too much, we wouldn’t suggest you do your business in the woods. That may be a little too adventurous. The tipis are located near a lovely trickling brook and waterfall to soothe your worries away while you feel like you’re having a Western experience.
Maybe roughing it is a bit much for you this weekend. You want to be pampered and live in the lap of luxury for a while. Choose from a variety of suites and cottages for your stay. At Echo Canyon Spa and Resort, you will be treated to the full service five-star Aloha Spa and a five-star restaurant, The Baron of Beef. Here you will forget about the work week and completely be able to treat yourself. Although only an hour and 15 minutes outside of Oklahoma City, it will feel like you’re in another world.
Feel like you’re not even apart of this era at the Victorian Lady Bed and Breakfast in Jenks. Each room is decorated with vintage Victorian furniture so that you can truly feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Despite the lavish old décor, all suites have modern amenities. Lounge and converse in the parlor or take a walk in the perennial gardens and imagine yourself as Jane Eyre. Go “into town’ to enjoy shopping and various dining options.
Get lost in your own state and state of mind with these relaxing Oklahoma getaways.