In fact, The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that parents only let their children play outside for 15 minutes at a time. But there are some ways to beat the heat around Northwest Arkansas.
"We just need some shade," said Brenda Whiteside in Bentonville. With temperatures climbing into the 100's every day, many people are looking for ways to stay out of the heat.
"We are just going to be hanging out at the library," said Whiteside. In Bentonville, the public library offers a free summer reading program and much more.
"We have a Monday Matinee for families, we have story times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. On Thursdays we have a family performance. We had a juggler here last week," said Hadi Dudley, Executive Director of the Bentonville Public Library.
"We love the library. They have little study rooms like if you want to work on your skills to get ready for the fall," said Whiteside. Also in Bentonville, many kids are able to run and play outside and stay cool at the local splash pad.
If you live a little further south in Rogers, you can also check out their public library where they offer quilting camps, Monster Movie Mondays and crafting castle day. In Springdale The Jones Center offers a summer youth academy.
"Swimming, ice skating, making paper and they also let us make dream catchers," said one child. And in Fayetteville at the public library you and your kids have many options including a summer reading program, Friday morning movies and a Creative Mask making workshop.
So whether you are inside reading or outside splashing around, the important thing is to keep cool. "Yeah it is really hard they don't like the heat very much," said one woman in Bentonville.
In addition to keeping kids outside for short amounts of time, doctors also recommend children rehydrate every 20 minutes.