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Five Ways to Beat the Heat

Have fun even with a sizzling sun

1. Breezy Bay Fun: You can catch a crisp breeze on the water. Climb aboard The Tennison for a Historic Sunset Cruise out of Solomons July 19, Aug. 9 and Sept. 6 or the skipjack Dee of St. Mary’s July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 13 ( Lift a glass at the Wine in the Wind cruise out of Annapolis Aug. 24 (

2. Make Your Own Slip and Slide: You need a grassy surface (hills are the best), a hose and a tarp ( Attach pool noodles to the sides to contain the water and people and use soap to make the slide slipperier. Make a sprinkler by attaching a hose to a two-litter bottle with holes.

3. Become One with the Water: Learn to paddle board, which works every part of your body. Schedule a lesson with Stand Up Paddle Annapolis or rent a board on your own (
    Or take a seat for Kayak the Patuxent at Jug Bay on July 20 ( Explore the Chesapeake on Aug. 8 at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michael’s ( Join in the Marsh Ecology Paddle Aug. 3 at Jug Bay ( Glide on Parkers Creek Aug. 9 ( Light up the night on a Full Moon Paddle Aug. 10 (

4. Mid-summer Movies: Enjoy free movies on the beach at North Beach July 19 and Aug. 16 ( Go into the cool at Bow Tie Cinemas for the Kids Summer Film Series on Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 20 ( For any movie showing at Bow Tie Cinemas, you can save with Super Tuesday deals: $6 tickets all day and $5 large tubs of popcorn (www.bowtie

5. Skate away from the Sun: Escape the heat on skates. Cool down at the City of Bowie Ice Arena during a public skating sessions or sign up the kids for a summer camp ( Roller skate at Skate Zone in Crofton with deals on public skates every day (