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Places to cool off during the July 2013 heat wave!

Avoid the city's rising temperatures at these indoor summer sanctuaries for families—all with air conditioning!

Children's Library Discovery Center

Children's Library Discovery Center Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

There's no denying it—it's hot and sticky outside! In addition to keeping cool at one of our favorite city pools, beaches or sprinklers, we've rounded up some great indoor spots to soak up the AC.

Hit up a cinema

Watching a film on the big screen is the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon (the theaters tend to be cold, so your crew may even need to bring along a sweater!). Now playing for families: Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. Other kid-friendly flicks, including The Smurfs 2, open later this month.

Mosey around a museum

Learn icky science facts at the Liberty Science Center's "Grossology," view 3-D art displays at CMOM's "Red Grooms' New York City," be amazed at Lego sculptures in Times Square or check out one of the other awesome new exhibits to land at city museums this summer.

Pop into a play space

Burn off energy by exploring an indoor play space. While some spots are for members-only, many offer open play hours for a nominal fee.

Photo: Virginia Rollison

Visit an activity complex

Chelsea Piers boasts no shortage of indoor activities—think batting cages, a driving range, a Little Athletes Exploration Center and indoor ice rink (yes, we said ice!). Alley cats can head to one of our favorite ten-pin venues for a day of bowling.

Spend the afternoon in a library

There is nothing a little imagination can't fix—even the heat. Head to one of our favorite city libraries (including the Children's Center at 42nd Street) to experience escapism at its finest. Pick up a book and transport your crew to a wintry wonderland or an underwater abode.

Fernando Botero statues at the Time Warner Center

Go "shopping"

Bask in the ventilation provided by the Time Warner Center or Chelsea Market. Get creative and have a window shopping scavenger hunt to kill the time and make it an activity instead of an expense.

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