For a cool and cultured respite from the rising temperatures, consider this indoor activity, per guest contributor Kate:
“As a parent, lazy mornings of reading the newspaper and leisurely afternoons at the movies quickly are replaced by kid-oriented adventures. However, one hallmark activity of adulthood - visiting art exhibitions - need not be left behind. Currently on view in a surprisingly stroller-friendly gallery, Edward Hopper offers a chance not only to learn about a major American painter - and appreciate his images of mid-20th century New England - but also to introduce your little one to the rituals of art viewing. The exhibit can be seen in 30 minutes or less, and the galleries offer plenty of baby/toddler distractions: interesting lighting, painted color, lots of people to watch. The official policy of the MFA is to allow strollers in all galleries except at peak crowding, but the practice in reality seems be that strollers are always permitted (and no ticket is required).”
Check with your local library about discounted admission passes!