Tips to stay cool this summer, because by the time the “dog days” of summer roll around, you probably want nothing more than to jump headfirst into a cold pool, right? But… what to do if you don’t have one, or don’t have access to one? There are plenty of ways to get wet and stay cooled off that don’t require a pool.

Check out our collection of some of the best ways to stay cool in the heat of summer without a pool – you’ll feel cooler just thinking about these ideas! And if you’re lucky enough to have one, check out our can’t-miss post on pool hacks.

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool photo collage, Child wearing necklace made from sponges, water filled balloons hanging from a sting with leaves in the background, hand holding a zip lock bag filled with frozen water labeled "cold pack", child holding a colored block of ice from a wooden stick, paper with water marks, other colored blocks of ice on table

Backyard Fun without a Pool

It has always been a goal of mine to have a pool in my backyard, but in the meantime…we can’t just sit inside and sulk!  Let’s get outside with water, sprinklers, a hose, ice…oh and so many more fun ideas.  You won’t even miss the pool! <–and so much less upkeep.

1. Make a Sponge Lei to help your kids stay cool this summer

Don’t sweat the summer away! Stay nice and cool with this easy DIY sponge lei. Simply cut up a sponge, run some string through it, and wet it as needed to wear around your neck and keep you cool. Genius! This is great for hot summer parties as well as playground afternoons. Don’t forget to stay hydrated while you are out in the summer sun having fun!

Use different color sponges for each member of your family, or mix up the colors of the sponges on each necklace! Remember to dip the sponges in water and wring them out. If you leave the sponges soaked, your kids will end up soaked. Just a bit of dampness on the sponge is what you need to get this hack to work!

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool Child wearing necklace made from sponges

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2. Stay Cool with homemade Slurpees

Slurpees, slushies… call them what you like, but summer just isn’t summer without a fruity, icy Slurpee. Here are 5 homemade Slurpees to try when the heat starts to rise. But the fun part of this is getting creative with your add-ins!

  • Kool-Aid Slushee-
  • Slushee with Ice Cream (yum!)
  • Healthy Strawberry Lemonade Slushee
  • Strawberry Lemonade Slurpee (Use a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid instead of fresh lemonade)

To make your Slurpee, grab your favorite flavor and add that to 2 cups of Club Soda, along with 1/2 a cup of sugar and 2/5 cups of ice. In your blender, mix the sugar, Kool-Aid (or whatever you are mixing in), and half of the club soda. Then add the ice and blend, and finish off with the last cup of club soda and mix. If you would like to make it thicker, put it in the freezer for about 30 minutes.

Is it just me, or do these sound like they would make amazing adult beverages, too? Hey, adults gotta keep cool, too, right? Don’t these just look like they would make you feel like your on vacation holding it?

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool 3 homemade slushees in clear cups with straws

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3. Make Sponge Water Bombs to have fun staying cool this summer

These sponge water bombs are colorful, hold tons of water, and just scream summer. Make a good handful and toss them around with the kiddos, or just use it to cool yourself off while hanging out outside.

Simply grab some sponges from your favorite dollar store, cut them into strips, and then tie them together in the middle! Make sure that you buy the sponges WITHOUT the scratchy side to keep things light and fun.

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool Ball made from strips of spanges tie together in middle in water

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4. Make your own delicious and cool Fruit-Infused Water

We all know that staying hydrated in summer is absolutely imperative, but if you get bored at the thought of plain old water, give fruit water a try. You can really create any recipe you like – anything that sounds good, throw in a water bottle and go! The longer the fruit soaks, the more infused your water will taste. You could even freeze some in a water bottle and let it thaw as you go throughout your day.

Here are a few combination ideas, but the fun part about this is getting creative with your fruit combinations, so have fun!

  • Water with Lime slices, Raspberries, and Mint Leaves
  • Diced Strawberries in water
  • Water with Sliced Cucumber and Lemon
  • Raspberries and Lemon Slices in water
  • Water with Orange Slices, Mint leaves, and Blueberries


OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool photo collage of water bottles with different fruits floating in them

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5. Stay cool having fun! Make Your Own Splashpad

The perfect solution for your little ones, or even you and your big ones that you don’t want to get covered in grass, this homemade splash pad is a breeze to set up, and just as easy to clean up when you’re done! Make sure you clear the area you will use for the splash mat of any rocks or other sharp objects.

Use the pool noodle sprinkler hack below to create a super splash pad!

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool 4 children playing on rubber mat on the ground with sprinkler spraying water in the middle

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6. DIY your own Sprinkler From a Pool Noodle (or four!)

This idea is about as easy as it gets, and has a huge wow factor. Your kid will love it, and you can enjoy a cool sprinkling of freshwater anytime by just jumping through it or turning it in your direction.

Use duct tape to connect more than one pool noodle to create different shapes. You can use a simple skewer or an ice pick to make the holes in the pool noodles. When hanging your new sprinkler, make sure you use a very steady branch as the water flowing throw it will make it very heavy, especially when you attach several pool noodles together.

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool pool noodle with holes hanging from tree with water pouring out of holes

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7. Sweet and Tart Summer Inspired Popsicles

There are TONS of ideas for popsicles out there that just SCREAM summer! Give these a try – the combination of tart lemonade and sweet berries is the perfect summer treat, and they look as refreshing as they taste!

Another option for a refreshing treat to help keep you cool this summer is to create these with yogurt instead of lemonade. And don’t forget to get creative with your fruit choices!

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool 4 plates from overhead. Two long oval plates with popsicles made from cut berries and lemonade, 2 small plates with whole strawberries and blueberries

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8. Make a Water Balloon Pinata to help the kids have fun staying cool

With just a few water balloons and some heavy-duty string, you can have a super fun piñata set up in no time. Take turns swinging at it like you would a traditional piñata, and enjoy the cool, refreshing “prize” inside when you break it! Keep in mind that the more you fill them, the easier they will be to pop.

And after you fill them, make sure that you lay them on a soft surface to keep them from bursting too soon.

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool water filled balloons hanging from a sting with leaves in the background

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9. Homemade Ice Pack

Make your own homemade slushy ice-pack to carry with you on hot days. When needed, pull it out and place it around the back of your neck, or even just hold it for a while! You can make different sizes with different size Ziploc-style bags (snack, sandwich, quart, gallon, etc.). When it melts, just throw it back in the freezer and it’s ready to use again in a few hours. This is a great hack for the cooler at the beach, too, or to use for camping. The bigger blocks of ice can stay colder, longer than regular ice cubes, and there’s no mess to clean up since the water is contained.

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool hand holding a zip lock bag filled with frozen water labeled "cold pack"

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10. Create your own Spritz, an All-Natural Mist

You can make your own all-natural mists by filling an empty spray bottle with water and your favorite essential oils or herbs. Just mist it on and feel refreshed in an instant! You will need about a tbsp of vodka or witch hazel, along with your favorite essential oils and some distilled water.


OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool bottles of homemade body spray with different herbs floating in the bottles

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11. Get creative and stay cool with this awesome DIY Ice Paint

Let your creativity shine with ice paints! These are easy to make, easy to use, and will most definitely keep you cool. And you may even end up with a work of art you love!

If you don’t have an ice mold, you can also use a mini muffin tin to create your colored ice cubes. fill your containers and then add a few drops of food coloring in each to get your desired colors. About an hour into freezing your colored water, put some craft sticks into them to act as a handle to keep little fingers from getting too cold!

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool child holding a colored block of ice from a wooden stick, paper with water marks, other colored blocks of ice on table

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12. Sew a Reversible Sun Hat

One of the best ways to keep the heat at bay is to have a summer hat. Make your own with this reversible, floppy sun hat pattern. The perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

For this piece, you will need fabric as well as an interface. You cut that out in the shape of the templates and then sew it all together. This is a simple and easy project. I absolutely love the items in my wardrobe that I made myself, don’t you?

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool woman with long hair wearing sunglasses and reversible floppy hat

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13. Fruit Infused Water Bottle Ice Cubes

What better way to stay hydrated and cooled off in the heat than with fruit-infused ice cubes, right in your water bottle? Use a water bottle ice cube tray, fill with fruit and water, then freeze. Slip them cubes easily into your water bottle after they’ve frozen and you’re ready to go!

OneCrazyHouse Stay Cool without a pool hand instering a frozen fruit mash into water bottle

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As you can see, you don’t have to have a pool to get (and stay) cooled off this summer. Which one of these ideas looks the most fun to you?

How to Stay cool without a pool in your backyard - One Crazy House - collection of four ideas


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