5 Family-Friendly Ways to Avoid the Extreme Heat

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- To say it’s going to be hot over the next three days would be a vast understatement. The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning that begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until Saturday 1 p.m.

The heat index in much of Iowa is expected to reach, and in some areas exceed, 110 degrees.

Plan to suspend all major daytime outdoor activities and if you do not have air conditioning, you’ll want to locate the nearest cooling shelter.

With most kids home for the summer, this leaves a lot of parents looking for safe activities to avoid the heat. Here are five low-cost or free options.

The Bass Pro Shop in Altoona offesr a series all summer focused on camping. The “Family Summer Camp Series” offers programming four days a week at no cost. The camps include archery, fishing, and gardening. The next round of camps is on Thursday.

In the north metro, the Ankeny Library offers a litany of free classes to keep you out of the heat this week. One Wednesday, they continue their summer movie series with “Pan.” Showtime is at 1 p.m. In addition, to the movie they will also be putting on a variety show at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Movie theaters across the metro may be the place to be over the next three days. Flix Brewhouse in Merle Hey Mall continues its Junior Flix Programming series Wednesday morning. At 11 a.m., “Rugrats” will play and the cost is $2 per child.

If you want your kids to burn off some energy, the Valley Community Center is the place to be. Every morning at 10, they offer organized group activities for kids. The cost is $5 per child. In addition, to the group events, they have a playground that is free to the public and open until 2 p.m.