Where to cool off indoors

At a glance, the forecast doesn’t look so hot this week. Then, I noticed the predicted humidity! It could be another uncomfortable week if you don’t have central air.

It seems like a good time to remind folks of options for where to go in our area if you’re looking to cool off. (Indoors that is. For a look at places to swim, check out that post here.)

I’ve already shared the Solomon Pond Mall is offering $1 movies for kids on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.

Here are some other options. As always, I’d also love readers to share their tips in the comments.

Indoor Play for kids/teens

  • Free play spaces: the Natick Mall, the Solomon Pond Mall, and McDonald’s (Rte 9 Westborough and Rte 20 Marlborough)
  • Playtown Express: the popular indoor play space is aeat place for babes through very young school kids. They are extending hours today and tomorrow until 5 for customers to escape the heat. They are also listed as open on Saturday.
  • Jump in With Us in Marlborough – inflatables, etc for young kids
  • Gymnastics: Little Gym in Westborough and My Gym in Framingham allow kids to do a single day of camp (or more, of course)
  • Sky Zone trampoline park in Westborough is great for older kids, teens and even adults. (I recently got in some exercise while watching my kids play there!)
  • Arcades: LazerCraze in Westborough is my kids’ favorite. There’s also Fun & Games in Framingham, and Tilt Studio at Solomon Pond Mall
  • Roller Kingdom in Hudson
  • Bowling: Sawyers Bowladrome in Northborough, AMF in Shrewsbury and Pins in Milford

Creative Arts (for all ages – for a fee) 

  • Expressions Art Bar in Southborough has painting events, classes, and occasional “open studio” events
  • Painting pottery: PYOP Studio in Northborough, Clay Time in Shrewsbury, Plaster Fun Time in Framingham


The Southborough Public Library is open weekdays. In high heat, it can be a little warmer than usual – but certainly better than outdoors. Find a comfy chair and a good book to curl up with. The “Teen Space” is a good area for young adults to hang out. And the Children’s Room offers lots of summer reading activities for younger kids. (Hours are 10-5 on Monday and Friday, 10-9 Tues-Thurs.)

On Saturdays, other area libraries are open. Northborough, Marlborough, Westborough and Hudson are all on the same library card system as Southborough. So you can check materials out their and return them in Southborough (or vice versa). Framingham isn’t on the same system, but it it’s main branch is open on Sunday afternoons.

Indoor outings

If you are looking for something a little out of your ordinary routine, there are also area museums.

Click here for museum passes offered by the Southborough Public Library.

Now – where do you like to cool off in this weather? Post your favorite places below.

(photo from Flickr by Furniture San Antonio)

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