While Phoenix is an incredible place to live any time of year, the dry heat of the desert climate can get a little overwhelming in the summer. During your younger years, it might have been easier to deal with the heat — with a day trip to a waterpark or an afternoon spent playing games at an air-conditioned arcade.

The question now that you’re a bit older is: How do you continue to keep your cool and find things that interest you when it’s sweltering outside?

With the thermometer consistently crawling up past the 100-degree mark, sometimes the best (and safest) thing you can do is stay indoors and avoid the heat. The good news is that there’s plenty of indoor activities you can do in Phoenix, so you won’t end up feeling stir crazy. Here are some of our favorite options.

1. Get Crafty

While the sun is shining hot outside, why not let your creative side shine indoors? Arts and crafts are an incredible way to stimulate the brain and keep your mind focused, and working with your hands can be highly cathartic.

Whether you’re the kind of person who prefers to paint or put together scrapbooks, or you’re looking for an opportunity to learn an entirely new skill, there are plenty of ways to get creative. One particularly popular option is quilting — the process is simple and stress-relieving, it helps you to unplug from the world around you, and it nurtures problem-solving skills. Check out local classes in the Phoenix area to get started.

2. Explore your Local Senior Center

Phoenix has a total of 15 different senior centers, all with plenty of fantastic experiences, useful information on how to protect your health, and lessons on topics running the gamut — anything from computer skills to dancing!

During hotter days, learning how to dance can be a great way to stay active and entertained in an air-conditioned environment. The rhythm that you’ll adopt through dancing can improve gait and balance while reducing your risk of falls and fractures. One study even found that ballroom dancing may reduce your risk of dementia.

Check out the lessons and clubs available at your local senior center and sign yourself up for a fun day within your community.

3. Take in a Show at a Local Theater

We’ve boasted about the great museum offerings in Phoenix, but let’s not forget about the theater! Taking in a show is an entertaining activity when it’s too hot to be outside. There are plenty of locations for Phoenix seniors to choose from, including the Phoenix Orpheum theatre and the Herberger Theater.

Choose from dramatic renditions, family-friendly shows, and musical extravaganzas with all the drama that the stage has to offer. No matter which option you choose, chances are there won’t be a bad seat in the house. Take a break from the sun, settle into a comfortable position, and enjoy the show! You can find box office information online or call the theater of your choice to find out what’s on their entertainment roster.

4. Join a Local Club

If you feel a little bored and isolated when the summer sun is at its highest, consider branching out and meeting new people. Sites like Meetup can help you to find clubs and groups in your local area that appeal to you. There are meetings for interests ranging from book clubs to sewing classes, and even game nights.

Even if you don’t feel technology-savvy, there are plenty of ways you can find clubs in your area. Try enlisting your family’s help by asking them to look things up for you online, or check out the listings in your local newsletters and magazines. Local coffee shops and gathering spaces often post flyers advertising events and get-togethers. If you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll be surprised just how many opportunities you can find.

Not only will time with other people help you to build new friendships but investing in mentally-stimulating activities is good for your mind. Research shows that adults who take part in immersive games and activity lower their risk for cognitive decline and memory loss.

5. Get Some Exercise

Finally, just because it’s too hot to exercise outside doesn’t mean that you should forget about fitness altogether. In fact, the older you get, the more important it is to maintain your independence by building your muscles and strengthening your internal balance. The good news for residents at Aderra is that you won’t have to travel far to find the resources you need.

Aderra offers a state-of-the-art fitness center ideal for exercising close to home. Our center features an array of equipment so you can rest assured that no matter what kind of fitness you’re interested in, we’ve got you covered. Take it slow with a morning of relaxing yoga, or gently bike your way to better cardio health without placing too much strain on your joints.

The heat doesn’t have to ruin your fun in Phoenix. All you need to do is learn how to work with it! For more tips on making the most of life in Phoenix, check out the Aderra blog.